Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge – Session One (Feb 07-09)

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 Location
  • El Paso Electric
  • 100 N. Stanton Street, El Paso, Texas 79901
  • 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 6, 2023, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2023 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to the first day of fundamentals training, which is January 24, 2023.
  • 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 Kris Taylor, Director of Programs + Service Company Membership at (971) 930-2033.


Tuesday, February 7, 2023

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Student Check In at hotel lobby

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Walk to El Paso Electric

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Industry Tour

Power Marketing Trading Floor

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Walk to El Paso Electric

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM


8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome to Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Student Introductions

Be prepared to give a brief self-introduction.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome to El Paso Electric

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Executive Speaker: Leading Through Change

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Leadership Exercise

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Strengths Based Leadership Book Discussion

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Networking Tips Refresher + Close

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Walk to hotel

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Thursday, February 9, 2023

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Walk to El Paso Electric

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Review of Day 2 and Welcome to Day 3

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Executive Speaker: High Performing Teams

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Team Building Exercise

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Current Issues Homework Discussion

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Introduce Capstone Project

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Capstone Project Group Time

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Close + Introduction to the Elevator Speech

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (915) 534-3000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $169 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 19, 2023 or until the WEI room block is full.