Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge – Session One (Feb 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

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Anna Scarlett, Director, Shared Services, Avista

    • Program Location
    • Southwest Gas Corporation
    • Building C Auditorium
      5241 Spring Mountain Road
      Las Vegas, NV 89150
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participants are nominated by WEI members and selected through a formal application review process. Applicants make a commitment to attend and actively participate at each session, and should plan time for additional work between sessions. It is expected that students commit to completing “homework” assignments during evenings and off-hours with additional assignments required outside of the normal work day. Each group is assigned one executive and one alumni mentor who will support the group’s development throughout the program and guide them to a successful final project.

  • Full Course Dates + Locations
  • Session 1: February 25-27, Southwest Gas, Las Vegas, NV
    Session 2: April 15-17, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego, CA
    Session 3: June 24-26, Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma, WA
    Session 4: August 7-9, Hydro One, Toronto, ON
    Session 5: September 15-17, Annual Meeting, Carlsbad, CA

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 31, 2019, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2019 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to session one.
  • 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.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please use the reservation link to receive a special rate of $65 USD/night on February 24-25 and $105 USD/night on February 26 – 27, 2019. This will display on the website as an $85/night average daily rate. Alternatively, you can contact the hotel directly at (866) 942-7770 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with WEI or reference the booking code CAWEI19. Please note that this rate does not include a mandatory $29/night resort fee which includes guestroom wifi and access to other hotel amenities. This rate is guaranteed until February 5, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.