Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders – Challenge (Feb 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

Course Facilitator
Jacquelyn Lewis, General Rate Case Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Session One Theme
Leadership Development

Session Objectives
• Identify strengths of self and others
• How do you lead a diverse workforce as an inclusive leader
• Start establishing bonds with project team and other participants
• Identify key leadership attributes of high performing teams
• Begin group project work

Program Location
NV Energy
6226 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV

For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4973.


Monday, February 29

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tour of Hoover Dam Power Plant

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
SW Gas Operations Center Tour

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Meet & Greet at Palms Hotel
There will be a room available to gather with fellow students and mentors to make dinner plans for the evening.

Tuesday, March 1

7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Transit Provided by WEI
Meet in Palms lobby at 7:30 AM.

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast at NV Energy

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome Students, Mentors, Speakers, and Safety Minute
The 2016 Facilitator will provide an introduction to the program and describe the goals throughout the program.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Student Introductions
Students will introduce one of their peers and share information learned from the Partner Interview assignment.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Welcome to NV Energy & Leadership Discussion

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Leadership Speaker – Leading Through Change

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Leadership Exercise

2:30 PM- 2:45 PM
Networking Break

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Debrief from Strengths Based Leadership Book
Based on the best-selling book, Strengths-Based Leadership, students will be led through a team-building exercise to identify the strengths in others and how an understanding of these strengths contribute to high-performing teams.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Networking Tips Refresher + Close
We close out the day and provide tips and tricks for intentional networking.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
WEI BAEL Program Reception for Hosts and Special Guests
Sponsored by:

Wednesday, March 2

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast at NV Energy

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Team Building Activity

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
BAEL Capstone Introduction
The BAEL program provides a unique experience of working with a diverse group of emerging leaders researching and reporting on key strategic drivers in the energy industry. Results of your analysis and key learnings are provided by your project group at the WEI Annual Meeting.

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Leadership Speaker – Leading High Performing Teams

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Current Issues Assignment
Students will share the results of their interviews with Supervisors and Board Members on what the current issues are facing their organizations and business function.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Leadership Speaker: Leading A Diverse Workforce

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Capstone Project Group Time
Time will be given to discuss potential topics and to create a group plan for moving forward.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Session Close and Introduction to the Elevator Speech
Throughout the program, you and your classmates will several opportunities to mix and mingle with executives and key leaders from host utilities. A polished elevator speech provides you an opportunity to make a great first impression and share a little bit about yourself and your organization with folks you meet.

Alumni Mentors provide examples and share their own tips on effective elevator speeches. In future sessions you will present your elevator speech to your fellow students.

3:00 PM
Session One Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

The Palms Casino Resort
4321 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 866.942.7770

Please contact the hotel directly at 866.942.7770. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders for a special rate of $79/night for a superior guest room. State and local taxes may apply. This rate is guaranteed to February 7th, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.