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Course Topics

Knowledge is your organization's most valuable and strategic resource, and a knowledge advantage, skillfully applied, is a competitive advantage.

Course topics encompass the following learning areas: fundamentals, leadership, trends and future.

Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

Skip Collier - Professional Training Systems, Inc.


  • Basics of generation, transmission, and distribution, including electrical terminology, equipment, construction, and operating theory

Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Delivery

Richard Moore


  • Basics of natural gas production, transmission and distribution including essential equipment and its operation

Next Generation Nuclear

  • Latest research and development on creating nuclear reactors that are safer and more economical

Utility Accounting and Financial Reporting — How Utilities Make Money

Julie Desimone - Moss-Adams


  • Basic accounting concepts
  • What the financial statements communicate and how they are used
  • Cost management and how to know when you are making money

Financial Management and Capital Markets

Brandon Lohse - One Gas


  • Value creation and the cost of capital/money
  • Financial policy development and accessing capital
  • Financial quality and credit ratings
  • Perspective of a utility sector investment manager

Regulation and Rate Making

Ric Gale


  • Rate making process including revenue requirements, cost allocation, and rate design
  • How rate mechanisms are used in general rate cases

Utility Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy — Understanding the Big Picture


  • Role industry advocacy plays in informing and shaping public policy
  • Responsibility of legislators, state regulators, and FERC
  • Customer preferences and the tension between stable prices and reliable services
  • State's rights vs. federal rights

Safety Culture

  • Creating a culture of safety that goes beyond protocols, training, and equipment
  • Committing to safety excellence that improves safety performance, operational effectiveness, and business performance

Strategic Change Leadership

Pat Newmann - Partner in Change, Roger Woodworth - Mindset Matters

  • How leadership behavior influences organizational culture
  • Gain personal insights about how "who you are" affects "how you are" as a leader
  • Systems thinking in developing a pro-active strategic response
  • Develop personal commitments and plans to be a high impact leader

Strategic Leadership in the Natural Gas Industry

  • Utility industry perspective on improving safety, managing risk, and driving continuous improvement
  • How current events affect natural gas operations, business strategy, and practices

Current Issues facing CFOs

Jennifer Davidson - Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Greg Hazelton - Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.
Crystal Lail - NorthWestern Energy
Mark Thies - Avista Corp.

  • Disruptive technologies are creating shorter planning and investment cycles
  • Customer expectations and changing policies are impacting investment decisions
  • How rating agencies and Wall Street are viewing utilities and the impact on raising capital

Energy Diversity and the Evolving Consumer Ecosystem

Gregory Guthridge - EY Power and Utilities Advisory Practice

  • Advances in technology are powering new ways to engage in the increasingly diverse energy ecosystem
  • Managing information for competitive advantage
  • Building innovative products and services
  • Nontraditional players are challenging the utility business model

Strategic Human Resources

Bryan Cox – Avista

  • Energy industry challenges and the impact on the workforce
  • Digital workforce
  • Culture, engagement, and employee experience
  • Talent crisis
  • Workforce of the future

Regulatory Strategy

Noel Black - Southern Company

  • How the regulatory model supports, or does not support, the changing industry
  • How regulatory strategy supports corporate strategy
  • Current issues, including rooftop solar, extreme weather, EV infrastructure, decarbonization

CEO Panel: Pathways to the Future

  • Identifying and prioritizing key success factors
  • Scenario planning for the future impacts of today's management decisions
  • Aligning corporate strategy across diverse stakeholder interests

Retail Company of the Future

Roger Curtis - Consumers Energy

  • Bridging capabilities across silos to create more collaboration
  • Gaining customer trust and building strategic partnerships
  • Becoming a solutions provider 

Corporate Strategy

George Pohndorf - Black and Veatch Management Consulting

  • How an industry creates a context for corporate strategy
  • Role and responsibility of the main decision makers in the forming and implementation of corporate strategy while balancing competing interests
  • Consensus-driven strategy development

Strategic Partnerships

  • Leveraging strategic partnerships to deliver value to customers
  • Responding to digital innovations
  • Core competencies for collaboration

Experience Innovation: Design Thinking Simulation

Lyall Samaroden - ExperiencePoint

  • Human centered design and balancing analysis with intuition
  • Terms, techniques, and thought patterns of successful innovators

What's Beyond the Horizon for Utilities

Grant Dougans - Bain and Company

  • Investing to benefit customers and contribute to growth, including grid modernization and hardening, power-generation fleet transitions, and new energy technologies
  • Customers want more services, including more green and reliable energy

State of the Energy Industry

David Owens - Edison Electric Institute (retired)

  • Increased decarbonization
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Transmission reforms
  • Federal-State regulatory issues
  • New competitors and emerging technologies
  • Cyber and physical security
  • Changing customer preferences and behaviors

Executive Education

Mailing Address:
College of Business and Economics
875 Perimeter Drive MS3161
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3161

Phone: 208-885-6265