Feb

07-09

Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session One (Feb 07-09)

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
  • San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Century Park East
  • 8680 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California 92123
  • 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.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations and the critical role of group compositions for the success of the program, cancellations received after January 6, 2023, will not be eligible for a refund, and the organization will be responsible for the full 2022 registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the program are always welcome prior to the first day of fundamentals training, which is January 24, 2023.
  • 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 Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.

Agenda

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Check In

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Industry Tour
Speaker(s): Brian D'Agostino, Vice President – Wildfire Mitigation and Climate Adaptation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Thomas Porter, Title Director, Emergency Management, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Miguel Romero, Vice President, Energy Innovation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Fernando Valero, Director, Advanced Clean Technology, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Travel to hotel

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Dinner in small groups on your own.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Travel to SDG&E

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome to Business Acumen

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Student Introductions

Be prepared to give a brief self-introduction.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome to SDG&E: Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Caroline Winn, CEO, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Leading Through Change: Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Kevin Geraghty, COO & Chief Safety Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Leadership Exercise
Speaker(s): Ben Gordon, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer, Sempra Energy

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Strengths Based Leadership Book Discussion

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Networking Tips Refresher + Close

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

Thursday, February 9, 2023

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Travel to SDG&E

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome to Day 3

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Executive Speaker
Speaker(s): Kendall Helm, Vice President of People and Culture, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Team Building Activity

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Current Issues Homework Discussion

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Introduce Capstone Project

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Capstone Project Group Time

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session Close + Introduction to the Elevator Speech

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (858) 873-0700 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $179 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 23, 2023 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Caroline Winn

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

CEO

Brian D’Agostino

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President – Wildfire Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

Thomas Porter

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Title Director, Emergency Management

Miguel Romero

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, Energy Innovation

Fernando Valero

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Advanced Clean Technology

Kevin Geraghty

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

COO & Chief Safety Officer

Ben Gordon

Sempra Energy

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Kendall Helm

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President of People and Culture