Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Challenge – Session Two (Apr 27-29)

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
  • Dominion Energy
  • 333 S. State St.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • 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 27-29, Dominion Energy, Salt Lake City, UT
    Session 3: June 15-17, EPCOR, Edmonton, AB
    Session 4: August 5-7, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles, CA
    Session 5: September 13-15, Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Kris Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.


Monday, April 27, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration + Networking

Lunch is on your own

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Welcome to Session Two

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Welcome to Dominion Energy

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Gas + Electric 101

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Homework Discussion

What did you learn about the electric or gas industries? What questions do you still have?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast at Dominion Energy

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Tour of Biogas Facility

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Capstone Project Update

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Electric Executive Speaker

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Homework Discussion

What are the emergent issues your company is facing and what opportunties do you see to address those issues?

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Role of Gas in the Grid

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast at Dominion Energy

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Tour of the Gas Control Facility

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Safety Leadership

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

time for journaling

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief

Hotel + Travel

  • Marriott Salt Lake City Center
  • 220 South State Street
  • Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
  • Phone: (801) 961-8700

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $189 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 6, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.