Business Acumen Alumni Summit (Dec 04-05)

The Business Acumen Alumni Summit is designed to reconnect Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders alumni. Our goal is to offer a program that allows alumni to continue their development, expand their network and share stories on leadership and industry trends. It will also be an opportunity for providing input and feedback to help improve the experience for the next wave of leaders in our industry.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Hilton Portland Downtown
  • 921 SW 6th Ave
    Portland, OR 97204
  • Who Should Attend
  • Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders alumni, facilitators, mentors, and executive mentors.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD

    Registration includes meeting materials, hosted reception on Wednesday, breakfast, and lunch on Thursday, and refreshments throughout the program.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Introductions, Safety + Housekeeping

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Maria Pope, President and CEO, Portland General Electric

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Strategic Issues Roundtable

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Hosted Networking Reception

Location TBD

Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Kimberly Heiting, Sr. Vice President Operations & Chief Marketing Officer, NW Natural

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): John Hairston, Chief Operating Officer, Bonneville Power Administration

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Industry Roundtable

Break into groups based on your role

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Feedback from 2019

Facilitators and Program Managers will recap the 2019 cohorts and sessions.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Review Session Outlines + Homework Assignments

Break into groups to review session outlines and homework assignments.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Report Out + Group Discussion

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Future Planning

Looking ahead to 2020 – what do you want to see from the alumni summit?

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 226-1611 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $140 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until November 25, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Maria Pope

Portland General Electric

President and CEO

Kimberly Heiting

NW Natural

Sr. Vice President Operations & Chief Marketing Officer

John Hairston

Bonneville Power Administration

Chief Operating Officer