Business Acumen for Certified Leaders 2011 + 2012 + 2013 (May 22-23)

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Rob Taylor, Senior Director, Regulatory Policy and Public Involvement, Salt River Project

    • Program Location
    • Salt River Project
    • 1511 N. Project Drive
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • Who Should Attend
    • 2011 + 2012 + 2013 Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders graduates.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $349 USD

    Registration includes all materials and meals associated with 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 Kevin Sullivan, Director of Member Engagement at (971) 255-4973.


Monday, May 22, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Welcome to Salt River Project + Leadership Principles
Speaker(s): Alaina Chabrier, Associate General Manager & Chief Communications Executive, Salt River Project

A welcome from Salt River Project Leadership.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Introduction Updates + Current Issues Roundtable

Attendees will introduce themselves and give an update on their company and responsibilities. Each person should then share a recent success or challenge that they have seen in their area over the last year.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Located at Culinary Dropout
149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at SRP

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Leadership + Emerging Electric Trends
Speaker(s): Brett Greene, Director of Origination, Structuring and Fundamentals, Portland General Electric, Ann Becker, Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Arizona Public Service Company

Hear from a senior leader at APS on the key emerging trends on the electric side of the industry.  Learn how APS is positioning themselves to focus on them and perspective on how to be an effective leader during these times. 

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Leadership Exercise

Facilitated by Salt River Project.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Emerging Natural Gas Trends
Speaker(s): Jose Esparza, VP, Energy Solutions, Southwest Gas Corporation

A chance to hear about some of the key challenges and opportunities on the gas side of the energy business while hearing about what Southwest Gas is focusing on to keep up.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Managing Paradoxes
Speaker(s): Joe Carellla, Assistant Dean of Executive Education, University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

At times of rapid change, it seems that conflicts crop up everywhere: in culture, leadership and strategy and even in our daily lives. Because two sides of a paradox are interdependent, you cannot choose one as a solution and neglect the other.  Join our speaker as we look at managing paradoxes with a special take as they relate to the energy industry.  

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Key Focuses for SRP
Speaker(s): Aidan McSheffrey, Chief Financial Executive, Salt River Project

A look in to the key initiatives for SRP and thoughts from a senior executive on the opportunities that exist.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Customer Choice
Speaker(s): Brett Greene, Director of Origination, Structuring and Fundamentals, Portland General Electric

A look at the changing customer expectations and the opportunities and challenges that it creates.

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Networking: Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Game

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 547-8705 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $164/night. This rate is guaranteed until May 1, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jose Esparza

Southwest Gas Corporation

VP, Energy Solutions

Ann Becker

Arizona Public Service Company

Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer

Joe Carella

University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

Assistant Dean of Executive Education

Aidan McSheffrey

Salt River Project

Chief Financial Executive

Alaina Chabrier

Salt River Project

Associate General Manager & Chief Communications Executive