Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders – Challenge (Apr 25-27)

An intensive training for high potential managers and supervisors through exposure to broad perspectives of the utility business, its interrelationships and successful leadership strategies. This program is designed by a utility-driven Curriculum Development Team, and directed by facilitators, and executive and alumni mentors. Program sessions are hosted by member utilities and topics are presented by executives, subject matter experts and formal instructors. The first four sessions focus on leadership development, industry perspectives, customer connections, communications and strategic planning. The program includes a capstone project which is delivered to industry leaders at the WEI Annual Meeting. Participants build a broad peer network that continues well into their future careers.

General Details

Course Facilitator
Jacquelyn Lewis, General Rate Case Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Program Location
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
245 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94111

For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4973.

Session Two Theme
Industry Perspectives

Session Objectives
• Learn basics of gas and electric operations and regulation
• Understand emerging trends and issues in the industry
• Gain insight from industry executives of what is needed to lead an integrated, diversified utility
• Provide you with a ticket to talk with your company’s senior leadership


Monday, April 25

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome, Safety, and Agenda Overview
Speaker: Jacquelyn Lewis, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome to PG&E and Introduction to Energy Procurement Business
Speaker: Fong Wan, SVP Energy Policy and Procurement, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

2:00 – 5:00 PM
Evolving Electric Supply Market
Speakers: Anna Fogelsong, Acting Director, Renewable Strategy Policy and Development, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Martin Wyspianski, Senior Director, Renewable Energy, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Joe Lawlor, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officers
Sponsored by:
Henkels + McCoy-01
7:45 PM
No Host Optional Dinner at Palomino
345 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tuesday, April 26

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
How Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Makes Money
Speaker: David Thomason, Sr. Director Financial Forecasting and Analysis, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Electric Industry Overview Part 1
Speakers: Vanita Chhabra, Director Electric Transmission Business Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Group Capstone Work

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Debra Affonsa, Vice President, Customer Service, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Emergency Operations Tour
Speakers: Evermary Hickey, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Jason Regan, Director, Emergency Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Electric Industry Overview Part 2
Speaker: Kevin Dasso, Vice President, Electric Strategy & Asset Management, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Refresh at Hotel

3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Boat Tour of San Francisco
A bus will pick us up at Harbor Court Hotel and take us to Pier 40 where we will take a boat cruise of the City of San Francisco.  The Tour will drop back off at Fisherman’s Wharf where students can shop or go to dinner.
Sponsored by:

Wednesday, April 27

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Speaker: Pat Hogan, Senior VP, Electric Transmission & Distribution, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Commute to San Ramon – Bishop Ranch Gas Operations Center

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Check in at Bishop Ranch

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Gas Business Overview
Speaker: William Mojica, Director Investment Planning & Resource Mgmt, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Overview & Tour of Gas Control Center
Speaker: Mel Christopher, Sr. Director Gas System Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch & Gas Overview Presentations
Speakers: Brian Dicksa, Manager In-line-inspection Workstream, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Brain Daubin, Manager Strength Test, Dig Workstream, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

2:00 PM
Board bus for San Francisco General Office

3:00 PM
Arrive back at SF General Office & Dismiss

Hotel + Travel

Harbor Court Hotel
165 Steuart Street San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415.617.2002

Make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel directly at 415.617.2002. Identify yourself as being with the “Western Energy” group and that you are part of the block of rooms set up for this group. You should receive a special rate of $265 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until March 25, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full. Resort fee is waived and complimentary internet and wireless access is provided in all guestrooms. Complimentary self-parking is provided.