Patrick Ledger, CEO of Arizona G&T, welcomes national utilities to his home state of Arizona. As an Arizona cooperatives leader, Patrick will provide a perspective on the purchasing power of cooperatives, municipalities and government utilities and provide a perspective for future supply management opportunities with these organizations.
A review of the mutual-assistance effort coordinated by electric trade associations, where multiple utilities aided in Puerto Rico’s restoration following Hurricane Maria. A panel of industry subject matter experts will discuss the supply chain impact around (1) logistics of fleet mobilization, (2) the work management process necessary to coordinate the restoration effort and (3) material needs and challenges.
Diversity and inclusion are important values in many organizations. But diversity alone won’t work without a strong culture of inclusion. And one of the biggest impediments to a culture of inclusion is something about which we are largely unaware: our own implicit bias. Implicit bias — the preference for or aversion to a person or group of people — is a necessary neurological tool. Left unchecked, however, it can have significant negative consequences and subvert even the strongest commitment to inclusion. Becker will share the science behind these ideas and provide practical tips for recognizing and managing bias, so organizational effectiveness can be maximized.
The utility industry is ripe for disruption. Small companies can be a huge asset to utility companies because of their flexibility and rapid development and innovation. Being small can have a lot of advantages, including the ability to partner with other small companies to take on larger projects and better serve the client. The client can get expertise and attention to detail for each portion of the project — something a larger more complex organization may not be able to maintain.
Time-of-use billing, enterprise-wide spend analysis, should-cost modeling, distribution automation, net metering … the list goes on. These utility-specific business practices generate more data every day. IDC Research predicts digital data will grow globally at a compound annual rate of 42 percent through 2020. But what does this data get us? In this session, you will hear from three professionals using data analytics and — like all of us — trying to gain insights that lead to better outcomes.
This session covers the application and relevance of supplier scorecards in the utility industry. How can you tailor a scorecard that truly supports your processes, provides valuable information about suppliers and proactively advances your supply chain? Attendees will also learn how to avoid making scorecards so cumbersome that they become a burden instead of a tool.
Utilities have long struggled with classifying, tracking and reporting savings. This discussion will present best practices from three leading utilities. The discussion-panel format will provide audience members with a “lessons learned” experience.
Procurement organizations are constantly asking for a seat at the table alongside business-unit leaders. This session will discuss how to earn that seat by delivering high value for stakeholders. It will also cover how to address internal organizational constraints to enable a shift from tactical to strategic. Utility procurement leaders will share their success stories.
Are you seeking to heighten your supply chain’s value proposition? This session will demonstrate how one company did just that through its transformation from provider to partner.
Attendees will participate in an event that has little to do with the work they perform in a professional sense, yet has everything to do with success in leading and inspiring those they connect with through their work. Drawing from life experiences and learnings, the presenter will cover:
The session will include an excerpt from the presenter’s film “Masterpiece.”
Robotic process automation (RPA) and augmented/virtual reality are the next breakthroughs impacting how utilities do business and make their supply chains more efficient. Join us to hear insights from an industry leader on how utilities and non-utilities are adopting these new technologies.
Join this group of young professionals and hear what is truly attracting millennials and Generation Z to the workforce. This session will take a deep dive into the state of the talent pipeline, as well as the expectations of young professionals.
Utilities are an important piece of U.S. business activity. On the third business day of each month, Institute for Supply Management (ISM) releases the closest thing to real-time information on the state of the non-manufacturing sector. Utilities — which account for more than US$280 billion of gross domestic product and $387 billion in economic output annually — are a component of that report. This session will introduce the Report On Business and discuss how you can use the data to better understand how the utilities industry is performing relative to the overall economy.
Fueled by questions from ASU supply chain management students, this panel of executives from utilities throughout the nation will discuss how to build a successful procurement career. The focus will be on avoiding pitfalls; making the most of opportunities; and ensuring strategic alignment with peers, company leadership and clients.
The UPMG Supply Chain Benchmarking Study is the only comprehensive study conducted by and for the utility industry. More than 70 utilities have participated in the study, with an average of 27 companies each year.
During this session, attendees will learn how the study is conducted, the type of information generated and trends identified from the data. Every utility at this conference can benefit from participating in the UPMG Supply Chain Benchmarking Study.
Digitalization, decarbonization, decentralization and electrification are transforming power generation, transmission and distribution. David Jacoby will explain which business models will succeed and which will fail in the future. He will clarify the role that private equity, mergers and other corporate transactions, as well as venture capital-based technology equipment and solution providers, will play in redefining business models and reshaping the competitive landscape. He will paint a vision for the transformative role that supply management can and should play in redefining the industry.
Learn about the SAFER program, then tour one of America’s National SAFER Response Centers (NSRCs). These centers house emergency backup equipment for all commercial nuclear plants in the U.S. The SAFER program and the NSRCs were created following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan in 2011. The largest earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s history severely flooded the plant and surrounding area, leading to an inability to cool the core in several reactors.
Afterward, commercial nuclear plants in the U.S. worked together to prepare additional emergency response plans to increase safety, including ensuring the ability to move emergency equipment to U.S. nuclear plants within 24 hours by truck, plane and helicopter.
We’ve heard about how modern technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain are going to revolutionize entire industries, including utilities. Blockchain is considered a technology that can bring significant benefits and value to the utilities industry. We will discuss opportunities to implement blockchain to drive operating model efficiencies, unit cost reductions and real-time compliance.
Noise is anything that prevents an accurate transmission of a message between a sender and a receiver. It can be categorized as internal, external, emotional or cultural. However, unconscious bias is the loudest form of noise because it not only interferes with our ability to build powerful relationships across cultural divides, it leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. The purpose of this session is to describe unconscious bias, identify how it can diminish your effectiveness and discuss how you can reduce your bias.
Join us for the UPMG Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Wildfire Golf Club. Network with attendees and solution providers by designing your own team or being grouped with other participants.
Proceeds of the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.