Course

Strategic Leadership for Public Power

Part of the Fall Education Institute. Gain an in-depth perspective on public power leadership by focusing on the development of the individual leader and the leader’s role in guiding and developing their organization and its workforce.
October 4 - 7, 2022
San Antonio, Texas

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Timing

Tuesday, October 4 – Friday, October 7
Tuesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon 

Certificate Program Requirement

This course is required for participants in the Public Power Manager Certificate Program, though it can also be taken individually. 

Format/Attendance Cap
This course is highly interactive and requires participation through exercises, team problem solving, discussion and activities. Participants will be working with a learning partner on some activities and with small groups on the action-learning case studies. Attendance is capped at 35 people for this in-person class. 

Course Overview

This unique and interactive course provides an in-depth perspective on public power leadership by focusing on the development of the individual leader and the leader’s role in guiding and developing their organization and its workforce. Participants will use the DiSC Work of Leaders© profile (to increase awareness of their predominant leadership style and its impact on others) and discover other tools and techniques to enhance your leadership knowledge and skills. Each of the following dimensions of leadership will be presented in separate course modules: awareness, character, community, empowerment, service, and sustainability.

Module One 
Awareness: Understanding and influencing the organization and the many people it touches.

To influence the organization and people in it, a leader must first share a sense of the organization’s purpose. An aware leader can then engage others in building an understanding of organizational realities and culture and shape those for the future. This module also covers basic principles of systems thinking and their application to the dynamics of the utility organization in its operating environment.

Topics

  • Understanding your style and impact
  • Setting purpose
  • Seeing and influencing organizational realities
  • Recognizing and managing larger system influences

Module Two 
Character:
Modeling those abiding values that define a leader, shape the organization’s beliefs, and guide ethical action.

Most courses on leadership fail to deal with this fundamental aspect of leadership—character. It is through characteristics like courage, honesty, caring, perseverance, and patience that leaders build sustainable, trust- based organizations. This module focuses on the support and expression of character and core values throughout the organization and the importance of the leader’s ongoing development.

Topics 

  • Driving values
  • Meeting expectations for ethical behavior
  • Developing yourself
  • Developing a positive, respectful, and inclusive work environment

Module Three 
Community:
Fostering connections and a sense of community among the people served by the organization and those who serve them.

Public power utilities serve at the will of their communities—and the workplace itself is a community. For this reason, understanding how to connect with those inside the organization, as well as with customers and the community at large is a critical part of the leader’s role. This module focuses on ways that an effective leader aligns and sustains the work community and the community it serves by building connections between people and purpose.

Topics

  • Building relationships
  • Moving beyond differences
  • Communicating effectively

Module Four 
Empowerment:
Enabling employees to continuously develop and fully engage with the organization and each other.

Empowerment is about the ways leaders develop employees to share in the use the “power levers” of structure, systems, processes and rewards. This module focuses on power sharing to grow leaders and strengthen and further engage the workforce through delegation of authority, building effective teams, and creating a learning environment. It also focuses on the participant’s role in developing the leadership and workforce of the future.

Topics

  • Sharing power
  • Empowering people and teams
  • Developing people for the future

Module Five
Service:
Instilling a service culture and acting in the best interests of the customers, stakeholders and communities.

When leaders create a compelling culture of customer and community service, the many interests and actions of the organization become aligned and increasingly effective. This module focuses on understanding customer and stakeholder needs and expectations, as well as methods for ensuring those needs are met through performance measurement and a commitment to accountability and on-going improvement.

Topics

  • Serving customers
  • Understanding stakeholders
  • Driving performance and accountability

Module Six
Sustainability:
Ensuring that the organization is viable and vital for the future.

This section focuses on helping leaders see their work in a future context. Leaders who devote their time and attention to the future help ensure organizational viability and vitality in the face of uncertainty. These leaders balance the drive for short-term results with the need for long-term success. This module focuses on setting and engaging others in a vision of the future, fostering creativity and innovation, and leading the organization through change.

Topics

  • Setting a vision for the future
  • Fostering innovation
  • Leading change 

Sample Agenda/Learning Outcomes

Download a sample agenda and learning outcomes

Course Level

Basic/Intermediate: No prerequisites, some advance preparation. Participants will need to allocate 2 hours to complete the following advanced preparation for the in-person Strategic Leadership class:

  • Complete the DiSC Work of Leaders© profile to increase awareness of predominant leadership style and its impact on others.
  • Complete 3 leadership focused questionnaires and a brief learning plan. 

Details will be provided to attendees via email in late August.

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the session (click here to review requirements). Certificates will be emailed by Oct. 25.

Recommended CEUs 2.15/PDHs 21.5/CPEs 25.8 
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Recommended for

Mid-level public power managers and supervisors interested in improving their management, communication, and leadership knowledge and skills. New senior managers, and those with experience, who wish to refresh or enhance their knowledge and skills by participating in a highly interactive program that has been developed specifically for public power, will also benefit from this course and the entire Public Power Manager Certificate Program (PPMCP). This course is required for those enrolled in the PPMCP.

Instructors

BABetsy Aylin, Ph.D., is an executive and consultant with Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited in Austin, Texas. Betsy has broad expertise in leadership development, organization effectiveness and workforce planning. She has worked in an array of industries, including nearly 20 years with public utilities. Betsy has served as adjunct faculty for graduate level programs in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas-Austin and in the Masters in Leadership and Ethics program at St. Edwards University in Austin.
 

minerR. John Miner, P.E., is an accomplished executive manager, educator and consultant with more than 45 years of experience in the electric utility industry. He is president of Collaborative Learning/Collaboration Unlimited of Austin, Texas. John has been an APPA instructor for more than 30 years and an instructor for the University of Wisconsin for 20 years. Before forming his own company, he worked as the Chief Operating Officer for the Austin, Texas, Electric Utility Department (now Austin Energy), as General Manager for Rochester Public Utilities in Minnesota, and as an assistant professor at the University of Houston. He is also the author of the first three editions of APPA’s Electric Utility Basics manual.
 

black M. Thomas Black, P.E. is an accomplished executive manager, consultant and course instructor with more than 30 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industries. In addition to working with Collaborative Learning, Tom’s experience includes employment with both municipal and investor owned utilities across multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. He teaches a variety of courses on technical topics and also he also has extensive executive level experience in managing electric and gas utility systems, including serving as chief energy officer and energy delivery general manager. Tom has also served on the boards of RMEL and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Public Power Manager 
Certificate Program Pricing*

 

Before Sept. 12

After Sept. 12

Members        

$2,800

$2,950

Others

$5,600

$5,750

*Includes everything you need to participate in and graduate from the certificate program (registration for the 3 classes, program enrollment fee, materials, post-course project grading, and graduation plaque).

Questions? 

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

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Registration Fees

 

Registration received on/before Sept. 12

Registration received after Sept. 12

  Members Others Members Others

Accounting

 

     
Accounting Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,475 $5,250    
  • Public Utility Accounting, Oct. 3-4
$1,050 $2,100 $1,100  $2,150
  • Work Order & Asset Management Accounting, Oct. 5
$675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting, Oct. 6-7
$1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150

Cost of Service & Rate Design

 

     
COS/Rates Bundle: 3 courses (save $300) $2,100 $4,500    
  • Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts, Oct. 3
$675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
  • Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts, Oct. 4
$675 $1,350 $725 $1,400
  • Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications, Oct. 5-6
$1,050 $2,100 $1,100 $2,150

Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program

 

     
Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program*, Oct. 5-7 $2,000 $4,000 $2,050 $4,050

Public Power Manager Certificate Program

       
Public Power Manager Certificate Program* $2,800 $5,600 $2,950 $5,750
  • Strategic Challenges and Trends, Sept. 27 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Cost of Service Studies: What Managers Need to Know, Sept. 29 (virtual)
$350 $700 $400 $750
  • Strategic Leadership for Public Power, Oct. 4-7 (In-person) 
$2,200 $4,400 $2,250 $4,450
  • Certificate Program Enrollment Fee**
$350 $350 $350 $350

Overhead Distribution 

       
Overhead Distribution Bundle (save $200) $2,700 $5,600    
  • Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications, Aug. 23-31 (virtual)
$1,250 $2,500 $1,300 $2,550
  • Best Practices in Overhead Line Design, Oct. 3-5
$1,650 $3,300 $1,700 $3,350
The New 2023 NESC        
2023 NESC Workshop, Oct. 6-7 (1.5 days) $875 $1,750 $925 $1,800

*Includes all required coursework and the program enrollment fee—everything you need to participate in and graduate from the certificate program.

**The program enrollment fee covers the cost of study material, review of the post-course project, and graduation plaque. This fee is included in the program package price .

Group Registration Discounts

Save money on each registration when your organization registers five or more people for the same class. The larger your group, the more you save! Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders. 

If you need assistance, contact [email protected].

Number of registrants Class discount (per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15-24 $150
25+ $200

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 26, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 26 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 26 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellation requests must be made through your my.publicpower portal or addressed to [email protected]. If APPA cancels a course, you will receive a full refund. 

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Meals

A light breakfast, afternoon snack, and beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All other meals are on your own.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby) and will not be available in APPA meeting rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for Wi-Fi.

Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the APPA registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

More information

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

 

Hotel Information

The 2022 Fall Education Institute will take place at the:

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Reservations

Logistics

  • Check-in: 4 p.m.; Check-out: 11 a.m.
  • Valet Parking: Valet Parking $52/overnight; Self-Parking $40/overnight

Please note: It is possible that the block of rooms could sell out prior to Sept. 12, so make your hotel reservations early.

Reservations & Cancellations

Please contact the hotel directly to reserve and manage your reservation. If you need assistance making reservations, contact [email protected]

Internet Access

Wi-Fi may only be available in hotel common areas (sleeping rooms and hotel lobby) and will not be available in meeting rooms. Please make arrangements to use cellular data on your device or bring a MiFi or Internet hotspot for personal use. APPA will not provide a password for Wi-Fi.

Location

All courses will be held in the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. The hotel is located about 10 miles from the San Antonio International Airport (SAT). Please contact the hotel for transportation options.

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

​Earn While You Learn!

Participate in APPA programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). 

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live virtual and in-person sessions—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion: In-person 

  • Attendees must sign in each day, attend (and participate) in the entire course and complete an evaluation form at the end of class
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member and the instructor
  • Completion certificates will be added within 2 weeks to member profiles on the APPA website (for those who meet the requirements)

Requirements for Successful Completion: Virtual  

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live virtual session and complete an online evaluation at the end.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be added within 2 weeks to member profiles on the APPA website (for those who meet the requirements)
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2921. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected]

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

What to Bring

If you are enrolled in one of the following courses, please note the items to bring with you. If your course is not listed, you do not have to bring anything.

  • Advanced Public Utility Accounting: Bring a copy of your annual financial statement. Instructors will answer your questions on presentation and application of accounting policies and practices.
  • Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Excel and PowerPoint, to work through in-class exercises.
  • Overhead Line Design Application Workshop: Participants are required to bring a laptop and a basic engineering calculator or app.  
  • 2023 NESC: Participants are required to bring a copy of the 2023 National Electrical Safety Code® (ANSI C2-2023) to the course. Copies can be purchased from IEEE (www.ieee.org; 800/701-4333).

Class Start/End Times

 

Monday 
Oct. 3

Tuesday 
Oct. 4

Wednesday 
Oct. 5
Thursday 
Oct. 6
Friday 
Oct. 7

Accounting

 

       

Public Utility Accounting

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.      
Work Order & Asset Management Accounting     8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    
Advanced Public Utility Accounting       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost of Service & 
Rate Design

 

       
Basic Cost of Service & Key Financial Concepts 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        
Strategic Rate Design: Trends and Distributed Generation Impacts   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.      
Cost of Service Workshop: Implementation and Applications     8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Advanced Key Accounts

         

Advanced Key Accounts Certificate Program

    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Public Power Manager Certificate Program

         
Strategic Challenges & Trends for Public Power (virtual: Sept. 27)          
Financial Planning, Management and Cost of Service Studies (virtual: Sept. 29)           

Strategic Leadership for Public Power

  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. – Noon

Technical Training

         
Overhead Distribution Principles & Applications (virtual: Aug. 23-31)          

Best Practices in Overhead Line Design

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.    

2023 NESC Workshop

      8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – Noon

Registration/Name Badges

Name badges can be picked up at the APPA registration desk at the hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.

Meals

A light breakfast, afternoon snack, and beverage breaks are included in the registration fee. All other meals are on your own.

Hotel & Location

Click here for hotel and location information.

Dress code

The attire for the Institute ranges from business casual to casual—whatever you're comfortable in. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitutions

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 26, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 26 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by September 26 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Cancellation requests must be made through your my.publicpower portal or addressed to [email protected]. If APPA cancels a course, you will receive a full refund. 

Travel Arrangements/Hotel Parking

Travel arrangements and costs associated with hotel parking are the responsibility of the participants. APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 Fall Institute is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

All participants in the 2022 Fall Institute must agree to adhere to APPA’s safety protocols for the meeting, and all applicable state and local guidelines. 

Safety protocols will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event.

Where and when are the next Education Institutes?

Spring Institute
May 8-12, 2023
Denver, Colorado

Questions?

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]