The Leadership Conference for Women in Energy
June 5-6, 2017
Denver, CO

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Overview

The goal of this event is to help professionals advance their careers in a traditionally male industry by providing insight into key energy trends and skills for personal and professional development.  Join the nation’s most successful women leaders in energy as they share their industry knowledge, strategies and experiences on how to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth. 

The program format includes keynote addresses, panel sessions, interactive group discussions and a plentitude of networking opportunities.  You’ll participate in knowledge sharing and collaboration while building relationships and enhancing your professional network.  You’ll leave this event with practical strategies, insights and guidance on how to propel your energy career forward.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the top women in energy.

Learning Outcomes   

  • Identify winning strategies that drive career success for women in the energy industry
  • Strategize how women can play to their leadership strengths to improve organizational performance
  • Analyze key trends in the global energy market
  • Define the knowledge, skills and experience you need to reach your goals
  • Assess how to embrace organizational politics and develop influence
  • Evaluate what it will take to meet the nation’s changing energy needs
  • Discuss how to navigate through a predominately male industry to reach higher levels
  • Analyze current issues and trends in the US renewable energy market
  • Compare male and female executives’ perspectives of women leaders in the industry
  • Design action plans to accelerate positive organizational change and personal growth

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this conference and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, panel sessions and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Monday, June 5, 2017

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Conference Welcome


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address: Leading the Transition for Our Energy Future

Imagine a day when customers have more control over their energy and can design a specific plan that best suits their individual needs. Xcel Energy has set the stage for that day and, in doing so, placed the utility at the leading edge of energy policy with a plan introduced in 2016 called Our Energy Future. The partnerships established through this effort have forged new ground by uncovering transformative solutions, building long-term relationships and creating a supportive network of problem solvers. In this session, learn about the company’s approach, advocacy efforts, and new business models focused on powering technology, powering the economy and empowering customer choice. 

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Xcel Energy 

Alice Jackson, Vice President, Strategic Revenue Initiatives, Xcel Energy


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Advancing your Energy Career:  Strategies and Advice from Key Leaders

Great leaders don’t just happen randomly or by sheer luck.  Studies have shown that effective leaders share very similar practices.  In this session, we will discuss how you can leverage winning career strategies to meet industry challenges head on and advance your career.  You will hear three senior level executives share their inspiring personal stories of how they beat the odds to reach the highest levels of their organizations.   Questions to be covered include:

  • What were the essentials to your career progression at the beginning, mid-level, and advanced stages of your career?
  • How did you utilize mentors and sponsors to move your career forward?
  • How important is political saavy and influence and how did you develop these skills?
  • What was the most important thing you did, or did not do, in your climb to the top?
  • What is your one most important “leadership mantra”?

Moderator:

Billi McCullough, Partner, Holland and Hart

Panelists:

Traci L. Bender, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

Brenda Brickhouse, ‎ Vice President for Environment and Energy Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority

Christine Mason Soneral, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ITC Holdings Corp

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Successfully Navigating in a Male Dominated Industry

Lisa Cagnolatti, Vice President, Customer Service Operations Division, Southern California Edison (SCE)

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. :: Mindful Movement


4:10 – 5:00 p.m. :: Interactive Session:  Lean Out – Getting What You Really Want

Session Leader:  Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Sponsored by MYR Group


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Q3 Contracting, Inc.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Address:  Learn it. Love it.  Lead it!

Wendy M. Moser, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utility Commission 


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Overcoming Gender Roadblocks

As women, we think, act, and lead differently than our male counterparts.   These differences can create some unique challenges in a male dominated work culture.  In this session, we will identify some of those barriers and discuss how you can remove them and use your unique strengths to enhance organizational performance and reach your full potential.  A few of the points to be discussed include:

  • Overcoming unconscious bias in the workplace
  • Understanding and using effective communication styles
  • Building a useful network, both internally and externally
  • Creating work/life Integration and balance

Moderator:

Anastacia Santos, Project Manager II, Power Engineers

Panelists:

Diana L. Day, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric

Dionne McGee, Senior Manager, Bids and Proposals, Sensus, a Xylem brand

Nina Mullins, Senior Director of Land and Papago Park Center, Salt River Project (SRP)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Seizing Opportunities in the Evolving Energy Industry

There are many drivers shaping the energy industry today.  In this session, we’ll take a look at some of the most critical current issues that are influencing power providers around the globe.  We’ll examine where the energy industry is going and the roles that women can take to move the industry forward.  Discussion will focus on:

  • Emerging Issues and Trends in the US Renewable Energy Market
    Eliza Hotchkiss, Project Manager/Section Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Transforming the Energy Infrastructure
    Tracey A. LeBeau, Senior Vice President & Transmission Infrastructure Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Department of Energy
  • External Forces Changing Utility Models and Strategy
    Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader, KPMG

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Keynote Address:  Being Your Authentic Self as a Female Leader

Kelly Tomblin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Public Service Co.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Sponsored by Sensus, a Xylem brand

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Photo


1:15 – 2:30 p.m. :: The Men’s Perspective

So far, it’s been a one sided conversation – women talking with women about women.  But how do men perceive women in the industry?  What common behaviors have they noticed in their female colleagues, subordinates, and bosses?  Are women’s perceptions of themselves in the workplace the same as men’s?  This panel of senior male executives will share their observations and viewpoints on gender specific workplace issues and address questions such as:

  • How do women communicate and interact differently than men in a male dominate work culture?
  • How can women constructively address barriers to success such as unconscious bias?
  • What common qualities and skills have you noticed in the successful women leaders you’ve known?
  • How can men and women work together to effect change and advance an inclusive and equal workforce agenda?

Moderator:

AnneMarie Graves, Director of Technical Account Management, Vestas – American Wind Technology Inc.

Panelists:

Walter S. Alvarado, Vice President, Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Daniel Kline, Director, Transmission and Engineering Services, Black Hills Corporation

John Soltau, Director of Talent Development, CPS Energy

Joe Svachula, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid, ComEd

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Millennials:  The New Leaders

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have surpassed Generation X to become the largest cohort in the United States workforce and it’s expected that they will comprise 50% of the U.S. workforce by the year 2020.  This dramatic shift requires organizations to move beyond stereotypes and understand the characteristics that distinguish this generation from those before. Understanding millennials will be fundamental to creating dynamic and positive workplaces that attract talent and promote creativity and leadership.  In this session, we will hear millennial energy professionals discuss their motivations, priorities and career expectations and answer questions such as:

  • What stereotype most affects you as a millennial?
  • As a young woman, do you feel that there is still a gender gap in potential leadership?
  • How important has mentoring been in your professional development?
  • What does job satisfaction mean to you?
  • How can organizations promote intergenerational collaboration?

Moderator:

Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing, Landis+Gyr

Panelists:

Katherine Gil, Department Leader, Strategic Planning, Arizona Public Service Company

Kimberly Gutierrez, Analyst Employee Development/Technical Training, CPS Energy

Katie Hardman, Principal Engineer, Energy Resource Planning, Colorado Springs Utilities

Cayla Kemper, Engineer III – Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. :: Mindful Movement


4:10 – 4:55 p.m. :: Creating a Women’s Resource Group Within Your Organization

Women’s Resource Groups (WRGs) are designed to serve as support for members by fostering an inclusive workplace that is aligned with organizational values, goals, and business objectives. 

In this session, you’ll learn the necessary steps to start successful WRG within your own organization.  We’ll answer key questions such as:

  • What is a Women’s Resource Group (WRG) and what value can it bring to individuals as well as the organization as a whole?
  • How do you sell the idea of a WRG and achieve buy-in?
  • What are the key steps necessary to start your WRG?
  • How do you maintain your WRG over the long term?

Moderator: 

Darla Figoli, Senior Vice President Human Resources & Employee Services, Xcel Energy

Panelists:

Tara Fowler, Manager of Renewable Energy Power Purchasing, Xcel Energy

Keely Hughes, Business Process Partner, MISO

Micha Schwappach, Product Communication and Product Training, Siemens

4:55 – 5:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap up

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop
Post Conference Workshop

Learning to Ask: Women and the Power of Negotiation

Monday, June 5, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration  & Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

By neglecting to negotiate her starting salary for her first job, a woman may sacrifice over half a million dollars in earnings by the end of her career.  Research reveals that men are four times more likely to ask for higher pay than are women with the same qualifications.  Convinced that negotiation requires bluffing, steamrolling, and playing hardball, many women avoid negotiating whenever they can.  Whether they want higher salaries, better career opportunities, or more help at home, women are hesitant to ask for what they want. They pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer.

By mastering a few basic principles, planning carefully, and practicing, anyone can become an effective negotiator. Using a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, videos, and group discussion, we will explore the internal and external barriers that can prevent you from asking for what you need and deserve—and show you how to overcome your socially imposed reluctance to negotiate.  In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Evaluate the economic value of your work
  • Set the right targets for your negotiations
  • Employ best practice negotiating strategies that have been shown to work especially well for women
  • Explore ways to maximize your bargaining power
  • Rehearse and practice your negotiations beforehand
  • Acquire techniques to manage the anxiety often felt when negotiating
  • Recognize many more opportunities to negotiate

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out and be in attendance for the entirety of the workshop to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint, video, group discussion, and interactive exercises will be used in this workshop.

Workshop Instructor

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever is an author, editor, and cultural critic who has spent her career investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers.  She is the co-author of two groundbreaking books about women and negotiation, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change and Ask for It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want.  Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications.  Sara is frequently cited in the media as an expert on the persistence of the wage gap, women and conflict resolution, work-life balance issues, and the multiple factors influencing women’s long-term career success. She lectures and teaches workshops about women and negotiation for corporate audiences, universities, law firms, government agencies, and women’s leadership conferences. She is a founding faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and the Academic Coordinator for the WIN Summit, a global women’s conference focused on women and negotiation.


Building Consensus for Your Big Idea: Basic Sales Techniques for Technical and Management Professionals 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

Decisions are made by consensus in today’s environment. How do you get your ideas approved when one person can kill it? Everyone, or at least a majority of influential individuals involved, must agree to approve your idea.   Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is a salesperson– even engineers, IT professionals, and managers of technical personnel. In this session, you will learn simple principals and techniques to sell your ideas inside your organization.  We will use current sales content, interactive exercises, and real life examples of non-sellers successfully gaining consensus on their ideas.  We will cover how to create your brand, establish personal credibility, build purposeful relationships with “influencers” and decision makers, and customize your message for different roles in your organization so you can successfully have “the meetings before THE MEETING”. You will leave this workshop with an actionable plan to start building consensus before your next big idea! “

Common misconception: If I share my idea with others in my organization, someone will steal it and call it their own!  Do you want to get credit for your ideas? Forget it. It doesn’t matter. What matters to your boss is not that you had the idea, but that you were able to build consensus amongst your team for an idea that everyone felt a part of.  You were able to get everyone’s “buy in”, improve the idea with their input and build a plan to execute.  Coming up with the idea is the easy part, getting it approved and executed is hard!

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and understand the difference between Features and Benefits.
  • Practice articulating benefits verbally in role play
  • Create a Stakeholder Map and action plan to build personal influence to advance your Big Idea
  • Engage in Active Listening practice to build personal influence
  • Design an Executive Presentation draft for your Big Idea
  • Practice customizing your message for one individual stakeholder

Agenda

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Does Consensus Building Matter?
  3. Important Skill: “Active Listening” activity. We are often so focused on delivering our message we forget to listen, ask questions and really understand the other person’s point of view.  In order to build consensus, this skill is critical. We can all use practice! 
  4. What’s Your Big Idea?
  5. Each participant will be asked to prepare a pre-workshop questionnaire to gather facts about their idea
  6. What is the difference between a feature and benefit? How do you pull the benefits out of your idea?
  7. Practice articulating the benefits of your idea to peers in the workshop. Gain criticism and use “Active Listening” techniques to make sure you understand the objections

III.       Develop Your Personal Influence

  1. Learn how decisions are made in organizations
  2. Using a template provided, build a stakeholder map of influencers, benefit owners, decision makers and approvers involved in decisions at your organization
  3. Ensure your Big Idea advances your personal brand.
  4. What is your personal brand? How do you want to be perceived in this organization?
  5. Leave with an action plan to build rapport with key people in your stakeholder map when you get back to the office.
  6. Prepare for the Big Meeting
  7. Using a template provided, build an executive level message for the Big Meeting.
  8. Learn to customize your message for different audiences – for instance: Finance, Procurement, Operations, Your Manager, Your manager’s manager.
  9. Practice delivering your message to one of these stakeholders in the workshop. Accept criticism from your peers, learn to listen to objections and clarify them.  Your objective is to learn how each of the stakeholders thinks about your idea so you are ready to respond to objectives in the big meeting
  10. Wrap Up
  11. What did we learn?

Instructors:

Linda Brown, Vice President Enterprise Sales | High Performance Team Leader | Strategic Business Relationships

Linda Brown is a strategic executive and leader of high performance sales teams. She has a passion for advancing women to higher levels in the business world. Linda served as a Director on the Board of Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of Colorado Women’s Leadership Foundation advancing women on corporate boards.  Linda has spent 25 years selling to engineers and IT technical professionals across multiple industries, including electric utilities.  Linda successfully navigated  consensus based decisions in very large organizations, resulting in millions of dollars of revenue.   Linda spent 25 years at IBM, and the last two years at ABB, leading and coaching sales teams in complex corporate environments. Seven of those years she specifically focused on selling to electric utilities. She received professional sales training through IBM’s executive programs at Harvard, attended the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course and continually studies the ever changing sales profession.   Linda delivers content through entertaining stories, thought-provoking questions, and interactive activities. She ensures everyone leaves her workshops with a personal action plan.  Linda  has navigated a progressively more challenging career with the demands of being a working mother, avid volunteer and supportive spouse. 

 

Wanda Reder, Chief Strategy Officer, S&C Electric Company

Wanda Reder, is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company.   Prior to S&C, Wanda was the Vice President of T&D Asset Management at Exelon where she had responsibility for asset investment strategy, standards, engineering, planning, reliability and work management in Chicago and Philadelphia. Wanda has also been the Vice President of Energy at Davies Consulting and held numerous positions at Northern States Power (now Xcel).  

Wanda received an Engineering Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the College of St. Thomas.  Wanda has served on the IEEE Power Engineering Society Governing Board since 2002, was the first female president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.   She is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, is on the IEEE Board as Division VII Director and on the IEEE Foundation Board.   

Wanda is the Founder of IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, a Signature program that has provided 733 scholarships to 466 students since 2011.   She launched the IEEE Smart Grid, now enjoying over 27,000 LinkedIn and 11,000 Twitter followers.     Wanda was named a Distinguished Engineer at South Dakota State University in 2007, became an IEEE Fellow in 2012 and received the IEEE Power & Energy Society Leadership and Meritorious Service Awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively.  In recognition for exemplary service, she received the IEEE TAB Hall of Honor Award in 2013 and the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award in 2014.

Tours

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tour Fee is $50 and includes transportation and boxed lunch.  Available for conference attendees only.

When registering, please choose only one tour per person


Vestas Nacelles Factory Tour in Brighton, CO

Limit:  30 participants
Required:  Closed toe shoes, long pants, and government issued ID

Vestas Wind Systems manufactures, sells, installs, and services wind turbines.  This tour will take a look inside one of Vestas’ nacelle factories.  A nacelle is a cover housing that houses all of the generating components in a wind turbine, including the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly.  This two hour tour will include a factory presentation, safety video, factory floor walk through, and Q&A.

Vestas competitors are not permitted to attend this tour


Xcel Cherokee Power Plant at 58th & Franklin in Denver, CO

Limit:  25 people
Required:  Closed toe shoes, long pants, and government issued ID

On this tour, you will learn about the functioning of this Xcel power plant and have the opportunity to see the main structures, including the cooling tower, boiler, and baghouse.  We will go onto the turbine deck in the old plant and look at a turbine.  Next, we’ll take a look inside of the control room.  We’ll then walk over to the new plant and walk around the outside, viewing the gas turbines, the waste heat boilers, and the steam turbine building. 


Xcel System Operations Center : Lookout Center in Golden, CO

Limit:  20 participants
Required:  Closed toe shoes, long pants, and government issued ID

The System Operations Center is like the Air Traffic Control center for an airport.  A tour of the facility will give you an inside look at how the power grid is operated and controlled.  You will also see the system operator training center and operator training simulator.

Speakers

Walter S. Alvarado, Vice President, System and Transmission Operation, Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Traci L. Bender, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Nebraska Public Power District

Brenda Brickhouse, ‎Vice President for Environment and Energy Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Lisa Cagnolatti, Vice President, Business Customer Division and Safety, Southern California Edison’s (SCE)

Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations, Xcel Energy

Diana L. Day, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management, SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric

Darla Figoli, Senior Vice President Human Resources & Employee Services, Xcel Energy

Tara Fowler, Manager of Renewable Energy Power Purchasing, Xcel Energy

AnneMarie Graves, Director of Technical Account Management, Vestas – American Wind Technology Inc.

Kimberly Gutierrez, Analyst Employee Development, Technical Training, CPS Energy

Katie Hardman, Principal Engineer, Energy Resource Planning, Colorado Springs Utilities

Eliza Hotchkiss, Project Manager/Section Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Keely Hughes, Business Process Partner, MISO

Alice Jackson, Vice President, Strategic Revenue Initiatives, Xcel Energy

Cayla Kemper, Engineer III – Generation Project Construction, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

Daniel Kline, Director,Transmission and Engineering Services, Black Hills Corporation

Tracey A. LeBeau, Senior Vice President & Transmission Infrastructure Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration, Department of Energy

Christine Mason Soneral, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ITC Holdings Corp

Regina Mayor, Principal, Global Sector Head and U.S. National Sector Leader, KPMG

Billi McCullough, Partner, Holland and Hart

Dionne McGee, Senior Manager, Bids and Proposals, Sensus, a Xylem brand

Wendy M. Moser, Commissioner, Colorado Public Utility Commission

Nina Mullins, Senior Director of Land and Papago Park Center, Salt River Project (SRP)

Anastacia Santos, Project Manager II, Power Engineers

John Soltau, Director of Talent Development, CPS Energy

Joe Svachula, Vice President of Engineering and Smart Grid, ComEd

Kelly Tomblin, President and CEO, Jamaica Public Service Company

Vicki Trees, Director of Marketing, Landis+Gyr

Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Location

Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

To reserve your room, please call 1-303-297-1300 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $259.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 4 – 6, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to May 22, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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