Apr

15-17

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge – Session Two (Apr 15-17)

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 of Shared Services, Avista

    • Program Location
    • San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center
    • 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
      San Diego, CA 92117
    • 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 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.

Agenda

Monday, April 15, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time

Lunch is on your own and there is a café available on site.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration and Check-In

San Diego Gas & Electric Headquarters
Bldg. 6 Seminar Rooms
8326 Century Park Court
San Diego, Ca 92123

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Session Two
Speaker(s): Anna Scarlett, Director, Shared Services, Avista Utilities

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Welcome to San Diego Gas & Electric
Speaker(s): Randy Clark, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Emerging Issues and Priorities for SDG&E
Speaker(s): Caroline Winn, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Emerging Issues in the Electric Industry at SDG&E
Speaker(s): Dave Geier, Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, John Jenkins, Vice President, Electric Engineering & Construction, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

3:15 PM - 4:30 pm

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) World Class Fire Prevention
Facilitator(s): Brian D’Agostino, Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaption, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Zoraya Griffin, Emergency Operations Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Speaker(s): Katie Speirs, Vice President - Electric System Operations, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Gas and Electric 101 Discussion
Facilitator(s): Anna Scarlett, Director, Shared Services, Avista Utilities, Anna Scarlett, Director, Shared Services, Avista Utilities

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Return to hotel

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Breakfast available at the hotel

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Travel by bus to SDG&E Northeast Operating Center

SDG&E Northeast Operating Center
571 Enterprise Street
Escondido, CA 92029

Safety Clothing requirements
• Long pants
• Closed toe shoes (no high heels, comfortable for walking)
• SDG&E will provide hard hats and safety glasses as required

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Growth and Technology
Speaker(s): Michael Schneider, Vice President, Clean Transportation and Asset Management, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Tour of the Escondido Battery Energy Storage Facility
Facilitator(s): Dan Baerman, Director Electric Generation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Overview of Energy Supply and Markets
Speaker(s): Kendall Helm, VP – Energy Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Kendall Helm, VP – Energy Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Business Acumen Homework Discussion and working lunch

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Capstone Project Update

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Travel to Palomar Energy Center

Palomar Energy Center
2305 Harveson Place
Escondido, CA 92029

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tour of Palomar Energy Center
Facilitator(s): Dan Baerman, Director Electric Generation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Return to hotel

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Executive Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Courtyard Patio
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Central
8651 Spectrum Center Blvd
San Diego, California 92123

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

6:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Breakfast available at the hotel

7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Travel to Energy Innovation Center

Energy Innovation Center (EIC)
Cabrillo Room “A”
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

EIC Welcome and safety briefing

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Emerging Legislative Issues
Speaker(s): Mitch Mitchell, Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Emerging Trends in the Gas Industry
Speaker(s): Gina Orozco-Mejia, Vice President – Gas Distribution, Southern California Gas Company

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Key Regulatory Issues and How California Utilities Make Money
Speaker(s): Chuck Manzuk, Director GRC & Revenue Requirements, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Elevator Speeches
Facilitator(s): Anna Scarlett, Director, Shared Services, Avista Utilities

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time or self-guided tour of the EIC

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with WEI – Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders to receive a special rate of $150 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 1, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Randy Clark

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Operating Officer

Dave Geier

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Senior Vice President of Electric Operations

John Jenkins

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, Electric Engineering & Construction

Katie Speirs

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President - Electric System Operations

Brian D’Agostino

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaption

Zoraya Griffin

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Emergency Operations Manager

Michael Schneider

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, Clean Transportation and Asset Management

Mitch Mitchell

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, External and State Legislative Affairs

Gina Orozco-Mejia

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President – Gas Distribution

Chuck Manzuk

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director GRC & Revenue Requirements

Dan Baerman

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director Electric Generation

Kendall Helm

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

VP – Energy Supply

Zoraya Griffin

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Emergency Operations Manager

Brian D’Agostino

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Fire Science and Climate Adaption

Anna Scarlett

Avista Utilities

Director, Shared Services