Operations Conference Planning Meeting (Aug 16-17)

Join the team to kick-off planning for the next Operations Conference. Led and moderated by the conference Chair and Co-chair, this planning session brings together over 80 electric and natural gas operations managers and supervisors. Attendees will team up with other energy professionals to identify the most important industry trends and challenges, strategize how to present them and prioritize presentation topics for sessions, panels, and roundtable discussions. Responsibilities also include help with speaker recruitment and on-site facilitation at the April 18-21, 2017 Operations Conference.

General Details

Program Vice Chair
Leanne Swanson, Southern California Edison

Program Location
Embassy Suites
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, Oregon 97204

Benefits of Attending
Participants have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, while also promoting success throughout the energy industry, building presentation skills, and enhancing leadership and project management skills. Taking part in a planning session for WEI’s two largest programs also ensures that only the most relevant, timely and important content is transformed into information and educational conference agenda topics. Attendees can also expect to increase their industry visibility by establishing relationships with energy peers and senior leaders.

For more information contact Eric Christenson at 971.230.6984.

Who Should Participate
Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:
• Directors
• Managers
• Supervisors
• Control professionals
• Engineering professionals
• Planning personnel
• Substation professionals
• Electric transmission professionals
• Natural gas pipeline professionals

Time and Travel Commitment
• Attendance at Ops Conference – April 2017 in southern California
• Active participation in planning sessions (regularly scheduled conference calls).
• Working between planning calls to coordinate with speakers and other team members as needed.
• May also require submitting written content for use on WEI website and other Ops material.


Tuesday, August 16

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Operations Networking Reception

Wednesday, August 17

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome, Theme, and Team Building

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Planning by Tracks

12:00 AM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Complete Planning by Track and Combined Sessions

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Track Report Out + Combined Sessions

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Review Draft Conference Design

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Assess Needs and Wrap Up

Hotel + Travel

Embassy Suites
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: 800.445.8667

The WEI block at Embassy Suites is currently sold out. You may contact the hotel directly and identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute at 800.445.8667, although the discounted rate may no longer be available.

There are several other hotel options in downtown Portland, and most are within walking distance of Embassy Suites:
• Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center
• Hotel Lucia
• The Benson
• Hotel Monaco