Customer + Corporate Symposium (Mar 07-09)

Join over 250 energy professionals to discuss the latest industry trends and best practices in corporate and customer services. The diverse mix of presentations, Q&A panels, roundtable discussions and networking allow attendees to share their experiences and develop contacts throughout the industry. Expect to gain applicable insights on a variety of topics including customer experience; human resources; emerging technology, products and services; community engagement, data and business systems. This program is an excellent professional development and organizational team-building opportunity. Vendors encouraged to display.

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General Details

Program Chairs
Diane Perry, Senior Manager, Operations Systems, Puget Sound Energy
Michelle Carman, Director, Customer Service, FortisBC

Program Location
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122

Who Should Attend
• Corporate and customer service senior management
• Customer experience and channel managers
• Service center managers
• Customer program managers
• Community outreach and public relations professionals
• Human resources professionals IT and technology professionals
• Data analysts and management professionals
• Service company providers

Registration Options
Member: $799 USD
Regular: $1,749 USD

Registration prices increase $150 after February 18, 2022. Registration includes full conference access and digital program materials through the app. This registration also includes complimentary access to the virtual event on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Guest tickets are available for $99 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes full conference access. It does not include virtual event access.

Attendees are encouraged to take a moment to review the local guidance related to COVID-19 which can be found here.

Please see the Vendor tab for information about registering as a vendor for the event.

General Cancellation Policy
Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last-minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.

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 Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


The event app for the 2022 Customer + Corporate Symposium is sponsored by:

Monday, March 7, 2022

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Desk
The registration desk and event lanyards are sponsored by:

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Vendor Displays Open

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
New Attendee + Program Development Team Meetup
We want you to get the most out of your experience at the Symposium. If this is your first time attending, join the Program Development Team and other new attendees to make connections through networking and icebreaker activities.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Welcome to the 2022 Customer + Corporate Symposium
Speakers: Diane Perry, Senior Manager Operations Systems, Puget Sound Energy
Michelle Carman, Director, Customer Service, FortisBC
The Symposium Co-Chairs will welcome us to San Diego, California.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Opening Keynote
Speaker: Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Community Partnerships, Sempra Energy

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Join us to catch up with colleagues from across the West and meet fellow Symposium attendees.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Morning Welcome + Keynote
Speaker: Brian Solis, Futurist, Digital Anthropologist, and Author, Self Employed
Brian Solis is a world-renowned digital anthropologist and futurist. He is also an award-winning author and global keynote speaker. Brian’s research, advisory and presentations humanize the relationship between disruptive innovation and its impact on institutions, markets and societies. He not only helps audiences understand what’s happening and why, he visualizes future trends and inspires people to take leading roles in defining the future they want to see. Brian serves as Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. His work focuses on thought leadership and research that explores digital transformation, innovation and disruption, CX, commerce, and the cognitive enterprise.

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break with Vendors

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Customer Contact Transformation – The Future of Telecommuting – Here to Stay or Gone Away?
Data-Driven Insights – Sail Smoothly Across the Data Lake and Not Wash Overboard on the Rough Analytical Sea
Embracing + Leading Customer-Driven Change – Managing Customer Debt and Affordability
Emerging Threats + Risk Management – Workforce Management
Innovation + Business Agility – Utilities Can Innovate Too: Accelerating Digital Transformation Using the Lean + Agile Framework
Optimizing the Customer Experience – How Intelligent Automation Can Boost Customer Experience
Our People – Rethinking and Reinventing Recruitment and Retention
Our Customers + Community – Communicating Industry Change

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch + Vendor Showcase

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Breakout Sessions
Embracing + Leading Customer-Driven Change – Building Organizational Capacity to Embrace Customer Disruptions
Emerging Threats + Risk Management – Risks of Ransomware in the Cyber Security Domain
Optimizing the Customer Experience – Developing a Strong Channel Strategy
Our People – Bring on the Conflict

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Networking Break with Vendors

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Customer Contact Transformation – Exploring the Human Side of Productivity
Data-Driven Insights – Leveraging Story Weaving of Data and the Ensuing Neural Ballet to Improve Stakeholder Engagement
Innovation + Business Agility – A Clean Future: Energy Diversification + Innovation
Our Customers + Community – Beyond Covid (What Covid Practice Should Be Integrated Into Real World)

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception with Vendors
The reception is sponsored by:

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast + Program Development Team Recognition
Join us for breakfast as we honor the 100+ energy professionals from WEI member utilities and service companies who made this event possible.

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
Embracing + Leading Customer-Driven Change – Customer Habits have Changed, Have Yours?
Emerging Threats + Risk Management – How Current Trends Are Shaping ERM Programs
Optimizing the Customer Experience – Accelerate Rate of Change by Leveraging Operational and Voice-of-Customer Data
Our People – Navigating the Evolution of the Hybrid Workplace

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Networking Break + Hotel Check Out

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
Customer Contact Transformation – Create a Brighter Future Today…For the Workforce of Tomorrow!
Data-Driven Insights – Taking Utilities into the 21st Century
Innovation + Business Agility – How Does Strategic Change Management Manage Disruption + Innovation?
Our Customers + Community – Affordable Service/Social Responsibility

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Wrap Up Meeting
You’re invited to participate in the wrap-up as we set the stage for the next Symposium on March 1-3, 2023 in Portland, Oregon! This session is open to all Customer + Corporate Symposium participants who are interested in joining the planning teams or want to provide feedback on their experience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hotel + Travel

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, California 92122
Phone: 800-233-1234

Reservation Instructions
Please make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel directly at (858) 552-1234. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Customer + Corporate Symposium to receive a special rate of $229 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until February 18, 2022, or until the WEI room block is full.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Safety + Health Code of Conduct

For the safety of our members, WEI strongly recommends that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending an in-person program. Attendees who have not been fully vaccinated may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements based on government and/or health agency recommendations as well as regional, local, or venue rules.

The safety of program attendees and WEI employees is our top priority. Therefore, attendees must agree and adhere to the following requirements prior to registering for an in-person program. If an attendee refuses to abide by these guidelines in meeting rooms or in public areas, they may be asked to leave. WEI also reserves the right to ask related questions onsite at each program. If WEI is required to limit capacity leading up to an event due to local rules or recommendations, we will consider registrations in the order in which they were received until the number is met.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. In absence of more restrictive rules set by the local government or venue, WEI requires that attendees adhere to the following:

    • Attendees must STAY HOME and not attend any WEI event if they feel ill, actively experience COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or presumed to be positive with COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the event dates. Likewise, any attendee that has tested positive or was presumed to be positive within 14 days prior to the event date, must not attend. A full refund will be provided to any attendee who cancels for these reasons.
    • If an attendee becomes ill, begins to experience COVID-19 symptoms, or learns they may have been exposed to someone who has tested or is presumed to be positive with COVID-19, at any time during a WEI event, we ask that they promptly dismiss themselves and notify the onsite WEI staff member via phone immediately so that proper sanitation and additional follow-up measures can be taken, as appropriate.
    • Masks may be required at any given time, but fully vaccinated attendees may forego masks if they wish to do so, unless health recommendations state otherwise. WEI does not intend to require proof of vaccination status but reserves the right to do so if required by applicable local health guidance or it deems it necessary.
    • All attendees are expected to follow CDC guidelines as it relates to washing their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure their own safety and that of others, but WEI will have spare masks, hand sanitizer, and signage with guidance reminders onsite. Steps may also include health and symptom screenings.
    • Attendees should follow any social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event based upon current guidance including the local public health guidance at the event location which WEI will provide links to in advance of registration. In doing so, everyone is asked to be respectful of the different comfort levels of other attendees regarding personal space, contact (including handshaking), or other physical interactions.
    • Attendees should read and closely monitor communications from WEI as changes could occur any time including before and during the program.

While COVID-19 is top of mind, there are several other safety measures that WEI takes to keep our attendees safe. Each program will have announcements related to emergency and safety response plans appropriate to the venue. If you have any questions or concerns related to safety, please alert WEI staff immediately.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display + Conference Attendee: $1,198 USD
Regular Vendor Display + Conference Attendee: $2,248 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD

Registration prices for the Vendor Display + Conference Attendee increase $150 after February 18, 2022. This registration option includes full conference access, digital program materials through the app, and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the display area. Arrangements for power, audiovisual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. This registration also includes complimentary access to the virtual event on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

Vendor Display Assistant price increases $100 after February 18, 2022. This registration is for companies who have already purchased a full vendor registration and would like to add an additional vendor representative for their display table. This registration ONLY includes vendor display access and does not include full conference or virtual event access.

Vendor Display Schedule
Monday, March 7, 2022

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Vendor Check-in and Setup
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Vendor Displays Open

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

7:30 AM – 6:00 PM: Vendor Displays Open
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Networking Break with Vendors
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch + Vendor Showcase
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM: Networking Break with Vendors
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Networking Reception with Vendors
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Teardown

Vendor Display Map



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Track Details


Data-Driven Insights

Description: Utilities find themselves inundated with a diversity of data across all lines of business. This track will explore how companies are using data as an asset to improve systems and operations, enhance the customer experience, educate newcomers to the data landscape, and ultimately improve the bottom line.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Data Analysis; Predictive Analytics; Data Strategy; Data Governance; Data Visualization; Systems Integration; Leveraging Data, or Data Asset Management.

Emerging Threats + Risk Management

Description: Utilities have always managed risks to maintain a successful business model. However, with the pace of change increasing, emerging risks pose a variety of both internal and external threats. This track will focus on how utilities measure the likelihood, impact, and velocity of emerging risks across business units.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Business Continuity; Risk Management; Risk Mitigation; Information Technology; Cybersecurity; Compliance; Finance; Contract Management; Data Security + Privacy; or Internal Auditing.

Innovation + Business Agility

Description: How can utilities be more proactive in embracing change and chasing innovation? This track will focus on advancements in technology and digitalization, process improvement, business agility and resilience, change management, and how to implement practices that foster innovation and collaboration across all levels of the organization.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Process Improvement; Project Management; Information Technology; Robotic Process Automation; Artificial Intelligence; Digitalization; Innovation; Change Management; Enterprise Resource Planning; or Business Development.

Our People

Description: Like most industries, utilities face core challenges to recruit, retain, develop, and train their employees. This track will bring together employee development and training experts, HR leaders, and other professionals to share best practices, present case studies on current issues affecting workplace culture, and preparing the utility workforce for future challenges and opportunities.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Talent Acquisition + Management; Human Resources; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Onboarding; Training + Apprenticeships; Organizational + Workforce Development; Total Rewards + Compensation; or Succession Planning.


Customer Contact Transformation

Description: With a focus on contact center management and customer-facing frontline employees, this track will explore how utilities are supporting and preparing their current and future customer workforce to handle emerging and evolving challenges.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Customer Contact Centers; Customer Care; Billing + Payment Centers; Customer Quality Assurance; Customer Workforce Training + Development; Field Customer Services; or Customer Operations.

Embracing + Leading Customer-Driven Change

Description: While the industry continues to face disruptors and competitors on many fronts, customers are different today than they were yesterday. Customer expectations are changing, and utilities must be a trusted advisor to lead customers through significant change by offering new technologies, service options, and energy choices.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Strategic Planning + Initiatives; New Products + Services; Research + Development; External Partnerships; Business Development; Sustainability Goals; Consulting; or Program + Project Management.

Optimizing the Customer Experience

Description: Customer analytics allow utilities to better understand their customers’ preferences, improve the customer experience, and optimize systems and operations within customer business units. This track will focus on how utilities are using data to proactively engage with their customers, anticipate needs, and identify new opportunities.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Customer Analytics; Customer Data; Market Research + Analysis; Service + Product Development; Customer Solutions; or Customer Care.

Our Customers + Community

Description: A utility’s brand and communication must meet the ongoing needs and desires of their customers and community. How do utilities strategically brand and market themselves in this changing landscape? This track will explore how companies are delivering consistent communications across a variety of outlets, utilizing technology and social media to maximize their message, informing their customers through community outreach and education, and taking a customer-first approach to building strategic partnerships.
Target Audience: Professionals responsible for Social Media; Public Relations; Public Affairs; Brand Consulting + Development; External Communications; Advertising; Digital Content + Marketing; Customer + Stakeholder Relations; or Community Outreach + Education.

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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Meet The Speakers

Brian Solis

Self Employed

Futurist, Digital Anthropologist, and Author
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Brian Solis has been called “one of the greatest digital analysts of our time” by CMOs and CEOs of top brands. Brian is also a world-renowned keynote speaker and digital anthropologist, who studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. In his work, he humanizes trends to help people understand how the world is changing, why and what to do about it.  

Brian is an award-winning author of several best-selling books including X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, What’s the Future of Business (WTF) and The End of Business as Usual and his latest book, Lifescale.

With a loyal online audience of over 600,000 people online, his work makes him a sought-after thought-leader to leading brands, celebrities and startups.

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell

Sempra Energy

Senior Vice President, Diversity and Community Partnerships
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Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is senior vice president of diversity and community partnerships for Sempra. In this role, Mitchell advances the company’s high-performance culture by leading a collective effort to enhance diversity and inclusion within Sempra, its operating companies and in the communities it serves.

Previously, Mitchell served as vice president of state governmental affairs and external affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company, Sempra’s regulated California utilities. Prior to his work with Sempra’s California utilities, Mitchell served in a variety of roles in governmental affairs and community relations for City of San Diego, labor and business entities.

Mitchell serves on the boards of San Diego Housing Commissioner, Lucky Duck Foundation, Sharp Hospital Board of Trustees, Voice of San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Foundation, and San Diego Opera Board of Directors.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Redlands.

Diane Perry

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Manager Operations Systems
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Diane Perry has over 25 years applications management, technology strategy and leadership, project delivery, and project management experiences in the utility, financial, and insurance sectors. She joined Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in 2021 as a Senior Manager for Operations Systems within Information Technology Services. Prior to PSE, Diane was Senior Manager of Applications at Snohomish County (Washington) PUD (SNOPUD) where she was responsible for the utility’s enterprise applications and technology strategy. In addition to new cloud implementations, many of the applications she supported at SNOPUD migrated to the cloud during her tenure. Over the last several years, she also has participated in various Western Energy Institute’s programs including Business Acumen for Emerging Leaders and Customer + Corporate Symposium; she is the co-chair for 2022’s Symposium. She has a BS from Central Washington University

Michelle Carman


Director, Customer Service