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.
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.
Session 2: April 24-26, Puget Sound Energy, Bellevue, WA
Session 3: June 26-28, New Mexico Gas company, Albuquerque, NM
Session 4: August 8-10, ENMAX, Calgary, AB
Session 5: September 20-22, Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Registration + Check In
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Welcome to PSE and Overview/Leadership
Speaker(s): Phil Bussey, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Puget Sound Energy
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker(s): Andy Wappler, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Puget Sound Energy
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The group will walk to Lucky Strike in Lincoln Square, approximately half a mile from the hotel. In addition to bowling and billiards there are lots of restaurants in the area. Dinner is on your own.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast at PSE
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Speaker(s): Booga Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Operations, Puget Sound Energy
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Operations and the Customer
Speaker(s): Jennifer Tada, Director C&P, Puget Sound Energy, Harry Shapiro, Director, Gas Operations, Puget Sound Energy, Dan Koch, Director, Electric Operations, Puget Sound Energy
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Planning – Competing for Dollars
Speaker(s): Cathy Koch, Director Planning, Puget Sound Energy
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Regulatory & Compliance
Speaker(s): Steve Secrist, Sr. Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Puget Sound Energy
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
PSE & the Future – Getting to Zero
Speaker(s): David Mills, Vice President, Energy Operations, Puget Sound Energy
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Preparing for Next Generation
Speaker(s): Marla Mellies, SVP Chief Administrative Officer, Puget Sound Energy
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Reception with PSE Executives and invited guests
The Seattle Marriott Bellevue
Washington Room, Lobby Level
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at PSE
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
IT and the Industry
Speaker(s): Margaret Hopkins, CIO, Puget Sound Energy
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Financials in the Industry
Speaker(s): Matt Marcelia, Director Controller & Principle Accounting Officer, Puget Sound Energy
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tour Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Plant and Museum
Please wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes. Water and a light snack will be available on the bus.
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Capstone Project Work Time
Lunch will be available when we get back from the tour. Groups are encouraged to take a lunch break or have a working lunch as best meets their needs.
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Optional extended work time
Space at PSE will remain available for extended Capstone Group work time.
As the senior vice president of Operations for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, electric and gas system operations and dispatch, system planning, and engineering. She also leads project management and engineering across operations.
Since joining PSE in 1985, Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric design engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, technology and emergency response management. She has been vice president of Operations since 2011.
In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson serves as chair-elect of the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and chair of the EEI National Response Executive Committee. She also serves on the University of Washington Electrical Engineering Advisory Board as well as the Washington State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Executive Council.
Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.
She enjoys skiing, hiking, running, kayaking and gardening.
Margaret Hopkins is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy, Inc.
As VP and CIO, Margaret is responsible for leading PSE’s technology and cyber security strategy and delivering solutions that enable business process improvement.
Margaret’s previous positions include technology and leadership roles at Philip Morris, The Chubb Corporation, and Safeco Insurance.
Margaret is dedicated to developing future leaders in the community and workplace. She has been an executive mentor to the Executive Development Institute of Seattle’s Puget Sound Region, where she provided professional coaching and mentoring services to mid-senior-level leaders.
She holds a degree from The Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.