Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session Three (Jun 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)
  • Gilbert Archuleta, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Intermountain Gas Company
    • 555 S. Cole Road
      Boise, Idaho 83707
    • 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.

  • Upcoming Dates + Locations
  • 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.


Monday, June 25, 2018

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Optional Group Work Time

Space will be available for group work.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Transportation to Intermountain Gas Company

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Welcome to Session Three

We will review the overall plans for Session Three.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Welcome to Intermountain Gas Company

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


Dinner on your own.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Commute to LNG Plant/Truck Fill Station

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tour of LNG Plang/Truck Fill Station

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Transportation back to downtown Boise

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Informal Networking in downtown Boise

Dinner on your own.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Breakfast at the Residence Inn

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Transportation provided to Intermountain Gas Company

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Customer Service Executive Presentation

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Customer Service Similarities + Differences between Large and Small Operators

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Changes at Intermountain, Cascade, MDU

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Business Acumen Homework Discssion

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch at Intermountain Gas

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Public Speaking Workshop

The Humphrey Group will facilitate a workshop to discuss Delivering with a Powerful Leadership Presence and Improv in Everyday Communications.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Transportation provided to reception location

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

BAEL Program Reception

Reception for Students, Hosts, and Special Guests from Intermountain Gas Company and Idaho Power.

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Transportation provided back to downtown Boise.

Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

Breakfast at Residence Inn

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Transportation provided to Intermountain Gas

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Panel: Commission Communications

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Mentor Panel: Leading Diverse Personalities and Work Styles

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Peer Roundtable Discussions

The group will break in to four tables for peer to peer roundtable discussions. Students should bring issues/best practices/questions to address with their fellow students in these areas. The point is to get feedback and perspective on how other companies approach your issue so you can have more tools to be successful. Students who do not fit in to these four specific areas will join a table that closely relates to a group that they work with or support at their company or an area that they want to know more about.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Elevator Speeches

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief

WEI will facilitate a discussion on key take-aways from Session Two speakers and tours. We will also do more elevator speeches.

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (208) 424-9999 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $159 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until June 11, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.