Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity (Feb 25-27)

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)
  • Maneet Jain, Manager, Transmission and Distribution Operations, Seattle City Light

    • Program Location
    • Tucson Electric Power Headquarters
    • 88 E. Broadway Blvd Tucson, Arizona 85701
    • 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 25-27, Tucson Electric Power, Tucson, AZ
    Session 2: April 15-17, Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA
    Session 3: June 24-26, Seattle City Light, Seattle, WA
    Session 4: August 7-9, FortisBC, Vancouver, BC
    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.
  • For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Monday, February 25, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Student Check In + Security Registration

  • Students meet at TEP
  • Please bring a government issued photo ID, which is required for security.
  • Meet in Room 255

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Industry Tour – H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station

To meet safety requirements please wear closed toed shoes and long sleeve shirts (any fiber).
Hard hat, high visibility vest, and safety glasses will be provided
Transportation will be provided.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Walk back to hotel

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Networking Dinners

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at TEP

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome to Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders
Speaker(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

The 2019 Facilitator will provide an introduction to the program and describe the goals throughout the program.

Location: Auditorium A+B

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Student Introductions

Students will introduce themselsves 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 Tucson Electric Power
Speaker(s): David Hutchens, President and Chief Executive Officer, UNS Energy Corp.

TEP provides the energy behind Tucson's economy. We deliver safe, reliable power to more than 417,000 customers in the Tucson metropolitan area. We’re also a local leader in community service, volunteerism and economic development efforts.

At the end we will take a group picture.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Leading High Performing Teams and Skill Building Exercise
Speaker(s): Dr. Dustin A. Jackson, Ph.D, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consultant

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Strengths Based Leadership Book Discussion
Facilitator(s): Dr. Dustin A. Jackson, Ph.D, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consultant
Speaker(s): Kevin Skinner, Corporate Training Program Manager, Tucson Electric Power

Based on the best-selling book, Strengths-Based Leadership, students will be led through a discussion to identify the strengths in themselves and others and how an understanding of these strengths contribute to high-performing teams.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Networking Tips Refresher & Close
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

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

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

Location: Foyer

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at TEP

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Review of Day 1 and Welcome to Day 2
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

Location: Room 255

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Leading a Diverse Workforce – Thinking Inclusively
Speaker(s): Gabrielle Camacho, Manager of Executive Compensation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits, Tucson Electric Power

Location: Auditorium A

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Leading Through Change Workshop
Speaker(s): Marcia Isbell, Enterprise Change Process Leader, Tucson Electric Power

Location: Auditorium A

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Current Issues Assignment

Revisit Strengths Finders results within capstone teams WEI will introduce the Capstone Project. 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.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Team Building Exercise
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Capstone Project Group Time

WEI will provide a handout for groups to fill out to brainstorm topics and set up group work plan.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Close and Introduction to the Elevator Speech
Speaker(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

Throughout the program, you and your classmates will have 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.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (520) 385-7111 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with the WEI Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders group to receive a special rate of $229 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 5, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Maneet Jain

Seattle City Light

Manager, T&D Operations
Learn More

Maneet was born and raised in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle. He is a graduate of the University of Washington in Business Management and a proud Seattle City Light employee. Maneet joined Seattle City Light in 2005 with the credit department, and worked his way up to the Customer Care Management team and is now with Transmission and Distribution Operations, where he enjoys working with electrical and civil crews to deliver reliable energy to Seattle City Light customers. In T&D Operations, Maneet manages the Planning and Scheduling Team.

At home, Maneet and his wife Kelly have been married 12 happy years and have two beautiful daughters, Meena and Nyla. Maneet is a die-hard UW Husky fan, and is trying hard to instill the same UW love in his own daughters. In his spare time, he loves coaching Meena’s and Nyla’s basketball teams, enjoying what the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer and spending time with his family.

David Hutchens

UNS Energy Corp.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dustin Jackson

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consultant


Kevin Skinner

Tucson Electric Power

Corporate Training Program Manager

Gabrielle Camacho

Tucson Electric Power

Manager of Executive Compensation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits

Marcia Isbell

Tucson Electric Power

Enterprise Change Process Leader