Sep

22-24

Annual Meeting (Sep 22-24)

This event brings the natural gas and electric utility executive community together to encourage discussion and foster new opportunities. Learn from subject matter experts regarding imminent opportunities and the challenges pressing utilities to adapt and flex in uncharted territories for best-in-class utility management. Topics covered in recent years include customer relations, global economic insights, new business models for utilities in a carbon constrained world, opportunities and challenges of big data, energy supply and demand forecasting, and visions for the utility of the future.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Gillian Wright, SVP & Chief Customer Officer, Southern California Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • VEA Newport Beach, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
    • 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660
    • Who Should Attend
      • Energy industry executives
      • WEI Board of Directors
      • Executive Planning Committees
      • Service company providers
      • Senior management professionals
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $1,199 USD

    Registration price increases $150 after August 23, 2024. Registration includes a welcome reception on Sunday evening, access to all agenda items on Monday and Tuesday, and digital program materials via the event app. Guest tickets are available for $200 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions.

    Current participants in the Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders program can attend the 2024 Annual Meeting at no charge. The ticket option will be available for participants to select when they register.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Director of Programs at (971) 303-2119.

Agenda

Sunday, September 22, 2024

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Optional Networking Opportunities

More information coming soon!

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

WEI Executive Board Committee Meeting

Open to current WEI Executive Committee members only.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Registration Open

The registration desk will open early for attendees to pick up their name badge.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

WEI Board of Directors Meeting

Open to current WEI Board Members only.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

All attendees welcome.
sponsored by Burns & McDonnell and Fujitsu

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Board of Directors Dinner

By invitation only. Open to WEI Board Members and invited guests.
sponsored by Black & Veatch and KPMG

Monday, September 23, 2024

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome + Opening Remarks
Speaker(s): Gillian Wright, SVP & Chief Customer Officer, Southern California Gas Company

The WEI 2024 Board Chair will welcome everyone to Newport Beach, California.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

America from a Different Angle
Speaker(s): Katty Kay, U.S. Special Correspondent for BBC Studios, Award-winning Journalist, and Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker

Emerging from the pandemic, America is grappling with unprecedented social, cultural, workplace, economic, political and technological change. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—and its closer ties with China—further complicate the political and economic picture. Veteran journalist Katty Kay gives audiences the latest from Washington, unpacking politics and policies through a global lens.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

sponsored by GROEBNER

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Industry Panel

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

sponsored by Technosylva

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Momentum: Accelerate Your Performance Without the Burnout
Speaker(s): Suneel Gupta, Expert, Connecting Well-Being and Performance; Healthcare Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker

In the face of an exhaustion epidemic, it’s time to rethink how we view high performance. Grit and hustle have their place but are also scientifically associated with burnout. As CEO of RISE, Suneel Gupta helped thousands of people overcome their challenges with physical and mental health. He now helps organizations increase performance, innovation, and creativity by showing why high-potential people and teams fizzle out. They don’t run out of time or talent, they run out of energy! This presentation is rooted in Suneel’s one-of-a-kind teaching at Harvard Medical School, as well as eight years of closely studying the habits of extraordinary leaders who reached breakthrough levels of productivity, resilience, fulfillment, and momentum.

Actionable Takeaways Tailored to Each Audience:

  • Learn why managing energy is as important as managing time
  • Build emotional runway and avoid burnout with science-based practices
  • Discover habits from some of the happiest cultures on Earth
  • Master everyday practices for boosting morale and engagement
  • Reframe failure as a pathway to success
  • Master the changing work landscape with less stress

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Break

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

LA28: Preparing Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic Games

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Committee Meetings

By invitation only. Open to WEI Board Committee Members. The WEI Service Company Committee will also meet during this time.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Service Company Soiree

Join us for a fun-filled evening sponsored by WEI’s Service Company Membership. For years, it has been a tradition for our service company members to host an event to celebrate the end of WEI’s fiscal year and a way to thank all the energy company members for their partnerships and sharing throughout the year. This reception style occasion is designed to promote interaction, networking, and reconnection with colleagues and members. All attendees are welcome.

Tuesday, September 24, 2024

8:00 AM - 2:15 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Breakfast + WEI 2025 Theme
Speaker(s): John Hairston, Administrator & CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

Don't miss the 2025 Western Energy Institute Annual Theme presented by the WEI Incoming Board Chair, and hear an overview of the 2024 Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders Program. 
sponsored by Michels Pacific Energy 

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Breakout: Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception + Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation Ceremony for Business Acumen

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel at (949) 640-4000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with “WEI” to receive a special rate of $299 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 6, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full. Please note, room rates are subject to a daily resort fee of $20.00 USD/night per room.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors
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Session + Conference Services Sponsors

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Meet The Speakers

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

SVP & Chief Customer Officer

John Hairston

Bonneville Power Administration

Administrator & CEO

Suneel Gupta

Keynote Speaker

Expert, Connecting Well-Being and Performance; Healthcare Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author
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As the founding CEO of RISE, a breakthrough wellness company, Suneel Gupta helped thousands of people build better habits for life and work. Now as a bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, Suneel has taken his mission one step further – helping people achieve sustainable peak performance by bolstering emotional resilience and engagement. Suneel asks, “How can an organization excel on the outside if its people are exhausted on the inside?” Grit and hustle are simply not a long-term answer to dealing with non-stop change and stress. Suneel offers leaders and teams a better way to work; one that results in sustainable innovation, productivity, and fulfillment. He arms people with science-based habits that will avoid burnout, boost energy, and improve their professional and personal lives.

Suneel is a business survivor and the author of the international bestselling book Backable (2020). That book is rooted in his inner journey from twice-failed entrepreneur to becoming a leader behind two IPOs and being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. The book reveals the mindset shifts and hidden habits of people who are extraordinary at pushing new ideas forward.

His next book, due in 2023, will unveil the habits of high-pressure performers, explaining why some people burn out, while others reach new levels of resilience, productivity, and momentum.

As visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School, Suneel researches and teaches the interconnection between inner well-being and outer leadership. He is also emissary for Gross National Happiness between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

As CEO of RISE Suneel helped thousands of people establish a way to personalize their physical and mental health journey while connecting with certified nutritionists and trainers at an affordable price. The company was named “App of the Year” and partnered with then first-Lady Michelle Obama before being acquired by the NASDAQ-listed company One Medical Group. In 2022, with its acquisition of One Medical Group, RISE is now part of Amazon.

Suneel is currently the host of Business Class, a docuseries created by American Express where he showcases entrepreneurs and business visionaries who embody struggle and resilience. He is joined on the show by guests like Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, former monk Jay Shetty, and Martha Stewart.

Suneel has also personally backed ventures including Impossible Foods, AirBnB, 23&Me, and SpaceX. He was one of the very first investors in CALM, which now helps millions of people achieve a greater sense of work/life balance.

When a reporter once asked Suneel about his purpose, his response was to “find good people, and inspire them to do what inspires them.”

Katty Kay

Keynote Speaker

U.S. Special Correspondent for BBC Studios, Award-winning Journalist, and Bestselling Author
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Kay is an award-winning journalist whose instinctively global perspective on American politics and global affairs comes from having lived and worked in the Middle East, South Africa, Japan, Europe, and the U.S. throughout her career. Now Washington-based, Katty Kay has been with the BBC for nearly 30 years as a reporter and lead anchor, reporting on six U.S. presidential elections, Washington politics, financial crashes, world trouble spots, sex scandals, global affairs and much more.

As U.S. Special Correspondent for BBC Studios, Kay hosts TV documentaries from both the U.S. and Europe, presents her own podcast series, and writes a weekly column. She also provides lead coverage of major news events, like the upcoming 2024 U.S. Presidential elections. From the state of democracy and the rise of nationalism to global politics and power shifts, Kay’s veteran perspectives help audiences see the world from a new angle.

Kay is a regular contributor and substitute host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and she writes on the art and science of self-assurance in women and girls. She is co-author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls, Womenomics and Living the Confidence Code.