Oct

21-23

Women in Energy Symposium (Oct 21-23)

Women are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry, with an extreme disparity continuing into both leadership and trade positions. This program addresses some of the opportunities and challenges that women face working in the energy industry and advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork. Open to both women and men, WEI members will join together for leadership training, education, networking and mentorship. Sessions include executive panels with both males and females, and roundtable discussions on internal support programs for diversity. With a growing emphasis on cross-functional teams and diverse skill sets, this program will support utility directives to build a cohesive workforce.

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General Details

Program Chair
Janet Coleman, Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board

Program Location
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Who Should Attend

Women and men in all facets of the utility are encouraged to join us for this dynamic conversation. If you have an interest in this capacity for yourself or your employees, we invite you to join us.

  • Women – Gain knowledge and perspective on how to develop and get ahead in a traditionally male dominated industry.
  • Men – Gain understanding of the issues women face in the industry to improve team development and synergy.
  • Executives – Learn where utilities are seeing successes in attracting and retaining their female workforce, while effectively leveraging the benefits of greater organizational diversity.

Presenting Sponsor:

Burns + McDonnell-01

Registration Options
Member: $599
Regular: $999
Women in Leadership Participants: $449 (This registration is restricted to registered participants of 2015 Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development)

Prices increase $100 after October 2.

Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, welcome reception, all sessions, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast and all sessions on Friday. Guest passes include the welcome reception and Thursday dinner for $150.Want to stay up to date on the latest Women in Energy Symposium happenings? Click here to subscribe to the mail list.

For more information contact Anna Sanger Reed at 503.688.2795

Agenda

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Optional Networking

9:30 – 3:30 PM
Gas Transmission, Operations & Pipeline Safety Tour and Demonstrations

1:00 – 3:30 PM
Advanced Technology Labs: Building the Grid of the Future

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Followed by dinner on your own
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Breakfast + Registration

7:45 am – 8:00 am
Welcome and Conference Overview
Speaker: Janet Coleman, Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Our chair will say a few words to welcome attendees and share important logistical info for the day.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Journey to Leadership: Lessons Learned from the Industry Perspective
Facilitator: Janet Coleman, Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Speaker: Marcie L. Edwards, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Stories can be a powerful tool to build understanding and collaboration across difference towards progress. Hear how Marcie L. Edwards drove her career from her first position as a clerk typist in 1976 to the top level of leadership at Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Marcie will share what actions and resources were critical to her personal career success, what unexpected challenges she faced and how she overcame them, and how that experience influences her leadership of the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation.

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Break

9:10 AM – 10:30 AM
Breaking the Mold, Men and Women in Operations
Facilitator: Darcy Byrne-Kelly, Operation Manager – Butte Division, Northwestern Energy
Panelists:
Darrell Johnson, Manager of Environmental Services, Southern California Gas Company
Andy Abranches, Sr. Director, Org Effectiveness, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Debbie Powell, Director, Emergency Management PMO, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Diane Dell, Supervisor Gas/Electric Distribution, Northwestern Energy
Most utilities have a notable disparity between the number of men and women working in operations, despite the desire to incorporate more women as engineers, managers, and leaders. How can we attract and retain more women in these roles to support company efforts to achieve operational excellence? Two women and two men who work in operations will share their experiences, career paths, and perspectives. This moderated dialogue will touch on the following issues:

  • Skills and traits required for success in operations
  • Current status and anticipated trends of workforce demographics
  • Strategies for addressing challenges or barriers for success when taking a job opportunity in operations

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break
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11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Breakout Sessions

Show Up Strong: Building Your Executive Presence
Facilitators: Alexandria Baker, South Bay Manager, Workforce Development, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Speaker: Mary King, Vice President, Human Resources, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Communication is always on any list of top skills for leaders and is a crucial area that can make or break your career. Please join Mary King for a skill-building workshop on communication skills and building your executive presence. This workshop will help you learn to prepare and execute key techniques to help achieve your career goals. She’ll provide insights on how to show up strong in meetings, networking, and emails – with time for practical application.

Natural Gas: Remaining Relevant In the Low Carbon Future
Facilitator: Darrell Johnson, Manager of Environmental Services, Southern California Gas Company
Speaker: Deanna Haines, Director, Gas Engineering, Southern California Gas Company & San Diego Gas & Electric
Nationwide, and especially in California, more and more attention is being focused on methane emissions as a potent greenhouse gas. Although there are greater sources of methane emissions, such as the Agriculture and Waste (landfill, dairy, etc.), policy makers, environmental organizations and regulators are focused on the natural gas supply chain as a major opportunity to help reduce methane emissions that contribute to climate change.  This presentation will discuss strategies and emerging technologies for reducing methane emissions from operations along with new opportunities for natural gas to remain a relevant energy source in the low carbon future.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Networking Lunch
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1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Journey to Leadership: Male Perspective on Gender Workforce Changes
Facilitator: Jessica Matlock, Director of Government Relations, Snohomish County PUD
Speaker: John Di Stasio, President, Large Public Power Council
The efforts and advancement of women in the energy industry can only go so far without the alliance and support of male colleagues and leaders. John Di Stasio, previously the General Manager and CEO of Sacramento Municipal Utility District, will share his perspective on steps utilities have taken to be most successful in retaining and promoting women.

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Break

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Breakout Sessions

Women’s Supervisory Styles in a Male Dominated Industry – Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Lisa Adukia, Enterprise Change Lead, Organizational Effectiveness, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Speakers: Jill Tracy, Director-Environmental Services, Southern California Gas Company
Cathy Mendez, Supervisor, Materials Management, Questar Corporation
Janet Coleman, Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Darcy Byrne-Kelly, Operation Manager – Butte Division, Northwestern Energy
This panel of leaders will share their experiences, tips and techniques with leveraging their personal leadership styles to get the best results from their teams. How comfortable are you with expressing your assertive leadership style when necessary?  Do you feel confident owning your role as an authority figure? Do you know the company policies and procedures and leverage HR for support when your employees do not comply?  How do you flex your leadership style to meet the needs of individuals in your team regardless of gender expectations and industry norms?

Data: A Hunger Game
Facilitator: Jessica Matlock, Director of Government Relations, Snohomish County PUD
Speaker: Laura Lemire, Privacy and Security Attorney, Microsoft Regulatory Affairs
From governments, NGOs, corporations, artists and individuals—everyone is hungry for data. Big Data has the power to transform our lives and reinvent the world around us. This session will look at the promise and potential of Big Data, examine the worries surrounding this movement, and explore what can be done to ensure Big Data thrives.

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Dinner

Friday, October 23, 2015

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Why Women Leadership is Important to our Future Utility Workforce

Facilitator: Jill Tracy, Director-Environmental Services, Southern California Gas Company
Speaker: Denita Willoughby, Vice President of Supply Management and Logistics, Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric
Having more women in leadership can help transform perspectives and processes that allow for balance, inclusiveness, and sustainability. It will drive change, break down barriers, and releases the constraint of choices available to women and other diverse members of the utility workforce.

When leadership positions become available, do you try to ensure there are qualified women that are being seriously considered? When your company does succession planning, are you suggesting other women be considered for leadership roles? Are you speaking up?  Are you doing your part? Are you grooming other women? Are you talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion? If you don’t, who will?

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Break

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Breakout Sessions

How Working with your Community Helps your Company’s Bottom Line
Facilitator: Lea Petersen, Public Affairs Manager, Southern California Gas Company
Speaker: Woodie Rucker-Hughes, President, NAACP Riverside
With an ever-increasing emphasis on connecting with customers, community outreach and involvement can be a critical component of a utility’s long term success. Hear from a community leader how utilities can most effectively collaborate with local agencies and organizations to give back, and how this effort can create positive outcomes for all.

Nontraditional Career Paths: Constructing Pipeline Programs for Women
Facilitator: Alexandria Baker, South Bay Manager, PowerPathway, Pacific Gas & Electric
Speakers: Valerie Taylor, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development
Cristi Sawtell, Work Planning, Bonneville Power Administration
Lisa Bean, Pump & Reservoir Technician Trainee, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Leanne Swanson, Distribution Engineering Manager, Southern California Edison
Women in nontraditional career occupations make up only about 2% of the workforce. These nontraditional careers – which can encompass both the trades and STEM fields – hold tremendous opportunity for women, not the least of which is that there is better pay equity. Yet gender stereotypes and women’s lack of awareness of these job opportunities and entry paths are significant obstacles in increasing their representation in the field. Our panelists will provide an overview of the nontraditional work landscape and highlight some best practices and resources for companies to build programs to attract more women and retain them.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn the Choreography of Effective Influence & Negotiation

Facilitator: Pam Giles, Manager, Customer Relations, Questar Gas
Speaker: Janis Keeley, Alliance Partner, JLK Consulting, Inc.
Choreography is the art or practice of designing choreographic sequences. This is a great metaphor to the planning that is necessary to effectively influence or negotiate with others. Join this interactive and dynamic session to think more broadly about how you currently influence and negotiate with others. Identify the most effective influence strategy in any given situation to build credibility that impacts results. Know how to be assertive enough to be taken seriously as a leader. Know how to be responsive enough that people want to follow you. Come prepared to gain confidence and skills to convey your ideas, your vision, direction and accountability. Plan a strategy that you can transfer back into work situations in a way that is personally authentic and fits the culture.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Symposium Wrap Up

Speaker: Janet Coleman, Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Join this wrap up session to provide your feedback on the symposium format, content and to make your topical suggestions for next year. Opportunities will be available to volunteer for leadership positions on the Program Development Team.

12:00 PM
Symposium Adjourns

Networking

Gas Transmission, Operations & Pipeline Safety Tour and Demonstrations
Wenesday, Oct. 21, 2015
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (approximately)

Cost: $75 USD. (Non-refundable after September 25)
Includes: Round trip transportation from hotel, refereshments & lunch

Join WEI on a private tour hosted by Southern California Gas taking you behind the scenes of San Diego Gas & Electric’s Moreno Valley natural gas transmission compressor station. This is one of the few locations above ground to learn about their extensive pipeline infrastructure. Moreno Valley compressor station serves over 15 million customers in Southern California Gas’s territory of Riverside County, Orange County, portions of LA County and provides 95% of San Diego Gas & Electric’s San Diego County supply. They will share how Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric combined serve over 25 million customers throughout Southern California moving natural gas through over 100,000 miles of underground pipeline. Next stop on this Inland Empire tour, you will see at the Southern California Gas Riverside Operations Base how field crews respond to emergencies in the streets with demonstrations of their specialized leak detection & safety response repair equipment. Lunch will be provided at the Riverside Operations Base.

Advanced Technology Labs: Building the Grid of the Future – FULL. Waitlist option available upon registration. 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1:00PM – 3:30 PM

Cost: $40 USD. (Non-refundable after September 25)
Includes: Round trip transportation from hotel, Snack

Learn about how Southern California Edison is implementing smart grid technologies to create a smarter, safer and more reliable energy future. This grid of the future will provide customers with advanced tools and resources that enable informed and responsible energy consumption, and better serve customers by achieving an appropriate balance between energy policy and safety as well as reliability and affordability. You will have a chance to learn about the innovative work being done in the following labs:

  • Communications and Computing Lab
  • Distribution Automation Lab
  • Distributed Energy Resources Lab
  • Garage of the Future Lab
  • Grid Edge Solutions Lab
  • Power Systems Lab
  • Situational Awareness Lab
  • Substation Automation Lab

WEI Reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited.

Hotel + Travel

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949.729.1234

Reservation instructions
Please contact the hotel directly at 888.421.1442 to make your hotel reservations. Mention you are with the Western Energy Institute when booking the reservation to receive special rates beginning at $189.00 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to September 25, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full.

The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach is the perfect place to work, play, relax, meet, dine, and simply be yourself. Superb services and amenities, including a self-serve Mac Station, gift shop, same day laundry services and public Wi-Fi add up to an unforgettable stay. Travelers on the go appreciate “grab & go” food options in Lobby Lounge, Mobile Check-in and the E-Concierge. Our convenient hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport, Fashion Island and Balboa Island, and we have a Hertz Rental Car right at the hotel to simplify your travels.

Driving Directions
From Orange County/John Wayne Airport (5 miles):
Exit airport to MacArthur Blvd., turn right. Continue 1 mile. Turn right on Jamboree Rd. Travel 3 miles south. Hotel is on right.

From Los Angeles Int’l Airport (50 miles):
Take 405 South (or 5 South to 55 South) to 73 South. Exit Jamboree Rd. and turn right. Travel 3 miles south. Hotel is on right.

From San Diego Area:
Take 5 North to 405 North. Exit Jamboree Rd. Turn left. Travel 5 miles south. Hotel is on right.

Meet The Speakers

Andy Wappler

Northwestern Energy

President

Tony Flynn

Tony Flynn

Chief Safety Officer

Darrell Johnson

Southern California Gas Company

Manager of Environmental Services
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Darrell Johnson is Environmental Programs Manager for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). He is responsible for overseeing environmental compliance for SoCalGas Operations. Johnson has specialized in the environmental arena for the past 27 years of which 14 years have been with the Sempra Utilities. Prior to joining SoCalGas, Johnson was an Air Quality Engineer for South Coast Air Quality Management District. Darrell has been closely involved with climate legislative and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) efforts for the Gas Company since 2002, and managed the GHG Inventory Reporting Program from its inception, which includes inventory reporting to the Climate Registry (TCR), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GHG and Natural Gas Star Programs. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Saint Martins University in Olympia Washington.

Andy Abranches

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Sr. Director, Org Effectiveness

Debbie Powell

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Director, Emergency Management PMO

Diane Dell

NorthWestern Energy

Supervisor Gas/Electric Distribution

Marcie L. Edwards

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

General Manager

Alexandria Baker

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

South Bay Manager, Workforce Development

Lisa Moniz-Adukia

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Enterprise Change Lead, Organizational Effectiveness

Mary King

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, Human Resources

Jill Tracy

Southern California Gas Company

Director-Environmental Services
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As the Director of Environmental Services for SoCalGas, the nation’s largest natural gas distribution company, Jill is responsible for environmental sustainability, compliance and regulatory approvals for major capital infrastructure projects and natural gas transmission, storage and distribution operations throughout Southern California. Jill has over 20 years of experience in environmental compliance and enforcement in the energy industry.
Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 2007, Jill was an environmental attorney in private practice representing Fortune 500 companies. She also worked for Chevron as senior environmental counsel and led the nationwide environmental litigation and enforcement program at Unocal.
Jill has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Independent Studies from Vassar College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics in Orange County and spending time with her three sons.

Cathy Mendez

Questar Corporation

Supervisor, Materials Management

Darcy Byrne-Kelly

Northwestern Energy

Operation Manager - Butte Division

Jessica Matlock

Snohomish County PUD

Director of Government Relations
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Jessica joined Snohomish County PUD in August 2006 as the Director of Government and External Affairs. Jessica is also responsible for developing and implementing the PUD’s solar, electric vehicle and demand response programs. Jessica previously worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho). Prior to that, she held a number of government relations positions with the Bonneville Power Administration, including that of power marketing specialist (in Washington, DC), constituent account executive for the State of Idaho, and fish and wildlife project manager. She also previously served as a city planner for the City of Portland, Oregon. Jessica was an Advisory Board Member of the Bipartisan Policy Council’s Cyber Security Initiative, represents the Large Public Power Council on the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Team, and is a member of America Public Power Association’s Cybersecurity and Physical Preparedness Committee. Jessica led and organized the three Annual Washington State Cybersecurity Summit’s and the effort to produce the Cybersecurity Guide for the State of Washington Critical Infrastructure.
Jessica holds an MPA from Portland State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.

Janet Coleman

Eugene Water & Electric Board

Electric Meter & Communications Supervisor

Marcie L. Edwards

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

General Manager

Darcy Byrne-Kelly

NorthWestern Energy

Operation Manager – Butte Division

Darrell Johnson

Southern California Gas Company

Manager, Environmental Services

Andy Abranches

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Director, Org Effectiveness

Debbie Powell

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Director, Emergency Management PMO

Diane Dell

NorthWestern Energy

Supervisor Gas/Electric Distribution

Alexandria Baker

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

South Bay Manager, PowerPathway

Lisa Adukia

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Enterprise Change Lead, Organizational Effectiveness

Mary King

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Vice President, Human Resources

Jill Tracy

Southern California Gas Company

Director-Environmental Services

Deanna Haines

Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric

Director, Gas Engineering

John DiStasio

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

General Manager & Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Mendez

Questar Corporation

Supervisor, Materials Management

Jessica Matlock

Snohomish County PUD

Director of Government Relations

Laura Lemire

Microsoft Regulatory Affairs

Privacy and Security Attorney

Denita Willoughby

Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric

Vice President of Supply Management and Logistics

Lea Petersen

Southern California Gas Company

Public Affairs Manager

Woodie Rucker-Hughes

NAACP Riverside

President

Janis Keeley

JLK Consulting, Inc.

Alliance Partner

Lea Petersen

Southern California Gas Company

Public Affairs Manager
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Lea Petersen has been a Public Affairs Manager representing Southern California Gas Company for over 10 years. Her primary responsibility is advancing the company’s interests before local, State and Federal government officials. SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States operating for more than 140 years serving over 21 million customers in 500 communities thru over 5 million gas meters from Central California to the Mexican border.

Lea is involved with numerous business & community organizations: Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jefferies’ appointee to Riverside County’s Workforce Investment Board; serves as Director of the Greater Corona Chamber, Riverside Chamber, Black Chamber of Moreno Valley; Congressman Calvert’s Science Technology Education Partnership; Chino Valley Chamber; Moreno Valley Chamber, Inland Empire Asian Business Association & Riverside Hispanic Chamber.

Lea has been recognized for her community leadership by the Riverside County NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), was awarded as a “Woman of the Year” by the Riverside County Commission on Women & Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

The Greater Corona Chamber, Black Voice Newspaper (serving San Bernardino & Riverside Counties), the Inland Empire Asian Business Association and the Riverside County YWCA have all recognized her leadership supporting business, education and local charitable community organizations.

Lea Petersen has been educated in 3 countries the U.S., Mexico and Canada; speaks/writes Spanish & French. After completing her education in Journalism, Lea began her professional career as a television news reporter covering politics.

Pam Giles

Questar Gas

Manager, Customer Relations
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Pam has worked in the natural gas business for over 31 years. Her experience includes various roles in customer relations, business IT, and management. She was recently promoted to Operations Center Manager for Questar Gas Company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pam enjoys running, yoga, skiing, water sports, and spending time with family. She was born in Sandy, Utah and has lived within a 10-mile radius ever since. Pam and her husband have three children, and three furry babies.

Valerie Taylor

Center for Energy Workforce Development

Education Consultant

Leanne Swanson

Southern California Edison

Distribution Engineering Manager

John Di Stasio

Large Public Power Council

President

Denita Willoughby

Southern California Gas Company

Vice President of Supply Management and Logistics

Leanne Swanson

Southern California Edison

Distribution Engineering Manager