Feb

26-28

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session One (Feb 26-28)

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)
  • Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Arizona Public Service Company
    • 400 N 5th Street
      Phoenix, Arizona 85004
    • 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 1: February 26-28, APS, Phoenix, AZ
    Session 2: April 30-May 2, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Francisco, CA
    Session 3: June 25-27, Intermountain Gas Company, Boise, ID
    Session 4: August 8-10, BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC
    Session 5: September 23-25, Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, 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 5, 2018, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2018 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 Anna Sanger Reed, Director of Customer + Corporate Programs at (503) 688-2795.

Agenda

Monday, February 26, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Student check-in

Students meet in the hotel lobby to travel by bus to the tour location.

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tour of APS Ocotillo Power Plant
Speaker(s): Andrew Federico, Arizona Public Service Company, Salvador Lopez, Arizona Public Service Company

Buses depart from hotel at 1 pm.

Attire is casual for this tour. Wear long sleeve shirt and long pants made of natural fiber, and closed toed shoes. No high heels, clogs or crocks. If you have your own safety eyewear, please brig it. 

Hard hat, high visibility vest, and safety eye wear spoggles will be provided by APS.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Return to hotel

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Student networking reception

We will have a reception for both cohorts, no invited guests, at the hotel. Dinner is on your own.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Travel to APS

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:00 AM

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Security Clearance + Breakfast at APS

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome to Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders
Speaker(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

The 2018 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

Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Welcome to APS
Speaker(s): Daniel Froestcher, Senior Vice President, Transmission, Distribution & Customers, Arizona Public Service Company

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Multipliers Exercise
Speaker(s): Barb Arms, Manager Talent Management, Arizona Public Service Company, Leila Zaghloul-Daly, Talent Management Consultant, Arizona Public Service Company

Is it possible that despite good intentions you’ve been accidentally diminishing the people on your team? We will walk through an exercise to explore the results you received form the "Accidental Diminisher" quiz.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Leading High Performing Teams
Speaker(s): Patrick Dinkel, Vice President, Environmental and Chief Sustainability Officer, Arizona Public Service Company

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Strengths Based Leadership Book Discussion
Facilitator(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Networking Tips Refresher & Close
Facilitator(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

We close out the day and provide tips and tricks for intentional networking.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Transportation to Reception

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Reception sponsored by Burns & McDonnell

Enjoy a reception with all 2018 BAEL students and mentors, as well as special invited guests and hosts from APS and Salt River Project. 

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado
Tempe, AZ 85281

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Travel to APS

Meet in the hotel lobby by 7:00 am. 

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Security Clearance + Breakfast at APS

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Review of Day 1 and Welcome to Day 2
Speaker(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Leading a Diverse Workforce: It Starts with Tackling Bias
Speaker(s): Patrick Dinkel, Vice President, Environmental and Chief Sustainability Officer, Arizona Public Service Company

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Leading Through Change
Moderator(s): Cynthia Grosso, HR Program Manager, Talent Management, Arizona Public Service Company
Panelist(s): Sarah Kist, Director, Transmission Operations and Maintenance, Arizona Public Service Company, Kelley Coats, Director, Customer Operations, Arizona Public Service Company, Tony Tewelis, Director, ED Statewide Delivery, Arizona Public Service Company

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Homework Assignment Review

Students will share information from their conversations with Supervisors and Board Members.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Team Building Exercise
Facilitator(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Capstone Project Group Time

Groups will brainstorm topics and set up group work plan.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Close and Introduction to the Elevator Speech
Facilitator(s): Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End, Puget Sound Energy

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.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (602) 225-9000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $259 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 28, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.


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Meet The Speakers

Daniel Froestcher

Arizona Public Service Company

Senior Vice President, Transmission, Distribution & Customers

Barb Arms

Arizona Public Service Company

Manager Talent Management

Leila Zaghloul-Daly

Arizona Public Service Company

Talent Management Consultant

Patrick Dinkel

Arizona Public Service Company

Vice President, Environmental and Chief Sustainability Officer

Sarah Kist

Arizona Public Service Company

Director, Transmission Operations and Maintenance

Kelley Coats

Arizona Public Service Company

Director, Customer Operations

Tony Tewelis

Arizona Public Service Company

Director, ED Statewide Delivery

Andrew Federico

Arizona Public Service Company

Salvador Lopez

Arizona Public Service Company

Gilbert Archuleta

Puget Sound Energy

Manager, Customer & System Projects, South End

Cynthia Grosso

Arizona Public Service Company

HR Program Manager, Talent Management