Business Value

Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
What Do I Do with My Data Scientists?

Speakers: David Baron, Manager of Performance Management/Organizational Strategy, Southern California Gas Company
Mario Carrasco, Manager, Information Strategy & Data Analytics, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Bloomberg and Glassdoor have referred to Data Scientists as having the “sexiest job in America” for the past three years in a row. We know they extract knowledge and insights from data, but how is that “sexy”? In this session, participants will gain an understanding of how to get the most out of Data Scientists and answer tough questions like: “How do I keep my Data Scientists motivated?”, “How many do I need?” and “Am I ready to hire them?”. This session will explore a brief history of Data Science, discuss attracting and retaining analytical talent, and share successes/lessons learned working with Data Scientists.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Change /CHānj/: To Make or Become Different

Speakers: Haley Saul, Strategy, Analytics, and Performance Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Travis Metcalfe, Strategy, Innovation and Engagement Manager, Tacoma Public Utilities
Change is hard and companies don’t change, but on the bright side people do. To overcome the internal and external pressures facing our industry, utilities must change. Change management (CM) is a discipline that equips employees with the tools to anticipate, manage and overcome change impacts. This session will help participants understand the importance of CM by learning about James Kotter’s “Eight Steps to Transforming Your Organization”, hearing a case study, engaging in a Change Management exercise and having a little fun.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Strategies for Revenue Growth – Value that Builds Growth
Speaker: Michael Warburton, Director, Parkwide Communications, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Utilities today are faced with a tempting set of opportunities for new revenue. However, many of these opportunities involve new business models, new approaches to the marketplace, and can stretch the capabilities of the utility or create an unwanted distraction to the core business. In this session we present a portfolio of services and innovative approaches to revenue that can help a utility achieve balanced growth that complements the core strengths of the business.

Friday, March 15, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Budget and Planning: More than Numbers
Speaker: Chris Fabian, CEO, Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Have you ever thought to yourself, “There must be a better way to do this?”. Well, when it comes to budgeting, there is! Over 200 local government organizations have adopted and implemented a new approach to resource allocation, called Priority Based Budgeting (PBB). PBB at its core is a simple but profound framework… Applying PBB, organizations discover solutions to optimize their current resources and explore opportunities to obtain new resources in order to successfully launch the new programs and bolster the highest priority programs required to create the best future they can. In this session, Chris Fabian, CEO of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration, will present the Framework, the Challenge, and the Application of PBB into your organization.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
The Value of Innovation

Speakers: Mark Warren, Director, Business Innovation & Measurement, FortisBC
Amir Tabakh, Manager of Efficiency Solutions Engineering & LADWP La Kretz Lab, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Dawn Jurgensmeier, Manager, Information Technology, Grid Modernization, Salt River Project
Today innovation is quickly becoming ingrained in business values at many organizations. Utilities are no exception. This moderated panel brings together various innovation experts to discuss what ideas they’ve implemented at their organizations, how they foster creative thinking, handle risk and weigh the benefits.