Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders: Opportunity – Session Two (Apr 15-17)

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
    • Southern California Edison
    • 8631 Rush Street
      Rosemead, California 91770
    • 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 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, April 15, 2019

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Optional Capstone Project Work Time

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Registration and Check-In

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Welcome to Southern California Edison
Speaker(s): Ronald O Nichols, President, Southern California Edison

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Gas and Electric 101 Roundtable Discussions

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Homework Discussion

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast at Southern California Edison

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

How Utilities Make Money
Speaker(s): Tres Petmecky, SVP & CFO, Southern California Edison

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Emerging Issues and Priorities for Southern California Edison
Speaker(s): Phil Herrington, SVP Transmission & Distribution, Southern California Edison

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Power Procurement
Speaker(s): Colin Cushnie, VP Power Supply, Southern California Edison

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Capstone Project Update
Facilitator(s): Maneet Jain, Manager, T&D Operations, Seattle City Light

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gas Executive Speaker from Southern California Gas Company
Speaker(s): Gillian Wright, Chief HR & Administrative Officer, Southern California Gas Company

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Gas Executive Speaker from Southern California Gas Company
Speaker(s): Jimmie Cho, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

WEI BAEL Program Reception for Students, Hosts, and Alumni

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at Southern California Edison

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tour of Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Labs

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Southern California Edison’s Digitization Strategy
Speaker(s): Todd Inlander, Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Southern California Edison

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap Up and Debrief

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Capstone Group Time

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (323) 722-8800 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $164 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 17, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Ronald O Nichols

Southern California Edison


Maneet Jain

Seattle City Light

Manager, T&D Operations

Phil Herrington

Southern California Edison

SVP Transmission & Distribution

Tres Petmecky

Southern California Edison


Colin Cushnie

Southern California Edison

VP Power Supply

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

Chief HR & Administrative Officer

Jimmie Cho

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Operating Officer

Todd Inlander

Southern California Edison

Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer