General Counsel (Nov 09-10)

This forum provides a unique, collaborative space for engaged dialogue between energy company General Counsels. Content includes challenges common to all executives including managing legal teams, budget pressures, succession planning and risk management. In addition to sharing best practices for the traditional executive role, the program regularly invites guest speakers to discuss specific contemporary legal issues relevant to the energy industry and the effective use of outside counsel. Specific topics are chosen directly by program participants in advance of each meeting.

General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Sharon Tomkins, Vice President and General Counsel, Southern California Gas Company

    • Program Location
    • Southern California Gas Company
    • 555 W 5th St, 21st Fl Boardroom
      Los Angeles, CA 90013
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of legal functions at WEI energy member companies. The small size of this program provides a unique environment for collaborative thinking, open discourse and long-term relationship building.

      CLE and CPD credits are supported by this forum, depending on your state or province. Legal assistants should confirm with the WEI program manager for specific requirements.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $449 USD

    Registration price includes access to all General Counsel agenda items and meeting materials. Registration includes a networking dinner Thursday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $120 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.

  • 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 Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Enjoy a hosted dinner and discussion at NOE Restaurant with fellow senior legal leadership. NOE is located just a couple blocks from the Millennium Biltmore Hotel:

251 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Friday, November 10, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

We will enjoy a hosted breakfast at Southern California Gas Company.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Sharon Tomkins, Vice President & General Counsel, Southern California Gas Company

Join this roundtable session to discuss the most recent successes and set-backs experienced by attendees and their divisions.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Break

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

AM Roundtable

We reserve significant time on the agenda for open discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions and at Thursday's dinner.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Preparedness: the key to controlling crises
Speaker(s): Gillian Wright, Vice President, Customer Services, Southern California Gas Company

Join this session as our guest presenter shares their organization’s crisis management best practices – from prevention to response to recovery – and explains how taking the proper precautions and reacting calmly can mean the difference between failure and success.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Enjoy a catered lunch onsite.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

PM Roundtable

We reserve significant time on the agenda for open discussion. Topics will be guided based on pre-polling and refined by the current issues shared during introductions and at Thursday's dinner.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Final Thoughts + Looking Ahead

We end the day with continued sharing of best practices.

Hotel + Travel

  • This 1923 beaux arts-inspired grande dame is a 10-minute walk from both the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and 2 blocks from the Pershing Square rail station. Refined rooms with plantation shutters offer WiFi (fee), satellite TV and marble baths.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (213) 612-1575 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $249/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 13, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Gillian Wright

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President, Customer Services
Learn More

Gillian Wright is chief human resources and administrative officer of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for the SoCalGas human resources, safety, fleet, facilities, environmental services, supply management and logistics organizations.

Previously, as vice president, customer services for SoCalGas, Wright oversaw the company’s interaction with customers, including the call centers, field activities, billing and payments, and was responsible for completing a $1 billion project to deploy nearly six million advanced meters.

She joined SoCalGas as a regulatory analyst in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles in regulatory affairs and customer service for Sempra since then.

Wright is a member of the board of the California State University Foundation, LA Family Housing, Western Energy Institute and Los Angeles Business Council. She is also past chair and a former member of the board for the Energy Solutions Center and a graduate of Leadership California. Wright holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Reed College.

Sharon Tomkins

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President & General Counsel