Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity (Jun 24-26)

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
    • Seattle City Light
    • 901 5th Ave 19th Floor - HR Training Room Seattle, WA 98164
    • 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 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 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 Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at (971) 255-4967.


Monday, June 24, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Optional Capstone Project Work Time

Seattle City Light will provide a space for capstone project work.

901 5th Ave
19th floor – HR Training Room

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration and Check-In

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Session Three
Speaker(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Welcome to Seattle City Light
Speaker(s): Jim Baggs, Facilities & Oversight Services, Officer, Seattle City Light

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Industry Tour - Denny Substation

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at Seattle City Light

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Customer Technology Implementations: The good the bad and the ugly
Speaker(s): Kelly Enright, Director, Transformation & Customer Experience, Seattle City Light

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Customer-Centric Approach to Transportation Electrification
Speaker(s): Brendan O'Donnell, Manager - Strategy, Planning & Analytics, Seattle City Light

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Engaging Customers through Outreach Efforts
Speaker(s): Jenny Levesque, Community Outreach Manager, Seattle City Light

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Business Acumen Homework Discussion
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Public Speaking Workshop
Facilitator(s): Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips, Associate, The Humphrey Group

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts and Special Guests

The Arctic Club Seattle
700 3rd Ave
Seattle, Washington 97204

Reception will be held in the Dome Room – South

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast at Seattle City Light

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Environmental Mitigation: What Customers Value
Speaker(s): Lynn Best, Chief Environmental Officer, Seattle City Light, Bill Devereaux, Director, Environmental Management and Real Estate Division, Seattle City Light, Chris Townsend, Director, Natural Resources & Hydro Relicensing, Seattle City Light

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Alumni Mentor Panel
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Peer Roundtable Discussions

The group will beak 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.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Capstone Group Work Time

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (206) 340-0340 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘WEI’ to receive a special rate of $259 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until June 10, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jim Baggs

Seattle City Light

Facilities & Oversight Services, Officer

Kelly Enright

Seattle City Light

Director, Transformation & Customer Experience

Brendan O’Donnell

Seattle City Light

Manager - Strategy, Planning & Analytics

Jenny Levesque

Seattle City Light

Community Outreach Manager

Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips

The Humphrey Group


Lynn Best

Seattle City Light

Chief Environmental Officer

Bill Devereaux

Seattle City Light

Director, Environmental Management and Real Estate Division

Chris Townsend

Seattle City Light

Director, Natural Resources & Hydro Relicensing

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.