Chief Information Officer (Mar 08-09)

CIOs navigate everyday challenges related to smart grid implementation, cybersecurity and data integrity. In addition to the natural leadership pressures of any executive position, CIOs also lead the charge for building visionary plans to embrace emerging technology, oversee policy development and direct the implementation of systems and processes for the control and exchange of information. As such, CIOs increasingly seek novel approaches to enhance efficiency, responsiveness, innovation and adaptability. This forum provides a unique opportunity for utility CIOs to come together in an exclusive peer environment to address these challenges.

General Details

Program Chair
Dirk Mahling, Seattle City Light

Program Location
Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Who Should Attend
The best candidate for the Chief Information Officer executive forum is the most senior individual responsible for their organization’s technology and information systems. In most instances, the appropriate attendee serves as the Chief Information Officer or holds an equal position within their utility.

Registration Options
Member: $399

Registration for this program is available by invitation only. Registration fee includes program materials and meals. Guest passes are available for $75.

There is a $200 discount taken from a Spring Energy Symposium registration if a delegate signs up for both Chief Information Officer and the Spring Energy Symposium.

For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at 503.688.2794.


Tuesday, March 8

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Dinner
Join us for a hosted dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Seattle.
Sponsored in part by:

Wednesday, March 9

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
Arrive early to network with peers at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome + Intros
A welcome to Seattle from our host followed by attendee introductions.

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Cybersecurity: Today’s Landscape
As an ever-prevalent concern, we will kick-off this and future forums with an update from attendees on where their organization stands in the evolution of cyber safety.

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
IT Organizational Structures
Listen in as our panel discusses their organization’s IT operating models. Come prepared to compare and contrast their insights and best practices with your own organizational set-up.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
We’ll break for 15 minutes.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Energy Imbalance Market
Intending to enhance grid reliability, many utilities in the Northwest are banding together with the California ISO. Come prepared to share your organization’s stance on the movement toward a regional ISO and discuss the known and probable impacts to system performance.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Attracting Millennials
“Millennial” continues to be a buzz word in and outside of the utility industry and Human Resources professionals work tirelessly to attract the highest talent from a limited pool. Hear from Seattle City Light on how they integrated Millennial attraction into workforce planning to compete with industry outsiders.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
Enjoy a catered lunch on-site.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Data-Driven Decision-Making
Hear a guest speaker describe the most advanced analytics available from a combination of social network and geospatial data-mining. Learn how utilities can react in real-time to power outages and other customer-facing events.

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Networking Break
We’ll break for 15 minutes.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Preparing for the Disruption of the Status Quo
For years, the utility industry has been humming at the prospect of non-utility competition in the field, particularly in the realm advanced information services. Has this looming threat proved to be a false alarm or has your utility already felt the impact? Come prepared to share your IT/OT perspective on the topic and what steps your team is taking to ensure agility and premier customer service in an industry moving toward a “new norm.”

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Wrap Up + Fall Planning
Join us to kick-off planning for our fall forum. We’ll identify dates, location and topics.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Spring Energy Symposium Reception
You are invited to attend SES’s reception as we welcome over 250 energy professionals to the Grand Hyatt Seattle discuss the latest industry trends and best practices in corporate and customer services.

Hotel + Travel

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206.774.1234

Reservation Instructions
Click here to make your room reservations or to update an existing reservation. Alternatively, you can call the hotel directly at 206.774.1234. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $209 single/double plus state and local taxes this rate is guaranteed to February 09, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Cosmopolitan flair and Pacific tranquility come together at the luxurious Grand Hyatt Seattle, located in the heart of the city’s thriving retail and theater district. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the lavish opulence of the big city at this truly unique hotel in downtown Seattle.

Valet parking: $33 per night plus tax (in/out privileges included)
Self parking: $28 per night plus tax (does not include in/out privileges)

The garage is not owned or operated by the Grand Hyatt Seattle. Valet parking may be added to guest room folios, but self parking must be cleared directly with the parking garage each time a vehicle exits.

Travel Information
From SEA-TAC Airport
Shuttle Express: Follow signs to “Ground Transportation”
Cost: One-way to/from airport -$21.00 ++
Phone: 425.981.7000
Gray Line Airporter: Ticket counter in baggage claim by door 00
Cost: One-way – $11.00 each
Round trip – $18.00 each
Taxi: Follow signs to “Ground Transportation”
Approx. $30 – $35
Private Car: Follow signs to “Ground Transportation”
Approx. $67.50 plus tax & grat

From Boeing Field
Taxi: Approx. $20 – $30

From AMTRAK Train Station
Taxi: Approx. $5.00 – $7.00