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2017 Agenda

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7:15 am – 4:30 pm:
Registration
7:30 am – 8:30 am:
Optional EPG Breakfast
(must qualify as an EPG; by invitation only; invitation to follow) The Midwest ENERGY Association’s (MEA) Emerging Professional Group’s mission is to prepare emerging energy industry talent for career advancement and engagement through mentorship, leadership and personal development. MEA defines an Emerging Professional as anyone who has worked in the utility field for five years or less, or recently transitioned to a leadership role in the last five years
7:45 am – 2:00 pm:
Golf
Join us for a 9 hole scramble at Sydney Marovitz golf course nestled between Lake Shore Drive and the shores of Lake Michigan. All golf levels welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own clubs. Lunch and beverages are included. Transportation will be provided.
8:15 am – 2:45 pm:
Optional Tour
Nicor Gas Storage Field
Learn how Nicor Gas stores natural gas underground for use in the winter months. It’s a geological wonder! Participants will learn about natural gas, its properties, how it's discovered, how it travels across states to get to us in Illinois, how it's used every day by families and businesses and how and why we store vast supplies underground. Casual attire, jeans, cotton shirt, work shoes or closed toe shoes are necessary. Nicor Gas will provide safety vests, hard hats, safety glasses and hearing protection. Lunch will be provided by Nicor Gas. Transportation will be provided.
8:30 am – 12:45 pm:
Optional Tour
Nicor Gas Operations
Tour Nicor Gas’ Meter Shop where meters are tested and painted as well as see the company’s 70,000 sf Centralized Distribution Center where thousands of material items used in their system are stored. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
9:15 am – 2:45 pm:
Optional Tour & Exhibit
Museum of Science and Industry & “Future Energy Chicago” Exhibit Experience
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago—one of the largest science museums in the world—is home to more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. MEA guests will enjoy a guided tour of the museum as well as participate in the “Future Energy Chicago” exhibit experience. Future Energy Chicago is a new exhibit that includes an interactive simulation element for groups up to 30. Teams engage in five computer simulation experiences including: Future House, Future Neighborhood, Future Power, Future Car, and Future Transportation. Lunch will be on your own at the food court onsite at the museum. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
8:45 am – 2:45 pm:
Optional Tour
Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
Tour a sample of the labs and facilities at GTI, a leading R&D and training organization addressing important energy and environmental challenges. The tour will include opportunities to speak with subject matter experts and socialize with your peers in the industry. Stations include: hydraulic fracturing; IH2® renewable energy conversion; pilot-scale gasification where 'green' gasoline is made; alternative vehicle fueling; infrastructure testing; and building energy efficiency. GTI will provide a boxed lunch. Casual attire and comfortable clothing are recommended. Closed toed shoes are required. GTI will provide safety glasses for the lab areas. Transportation will be provided.
8:45 am – 12:15 pm:
AM Session: Optional Volunteering
Dress for Success of Chicago
The mission of Dress for Success Chicago is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Volunteer activities may consist of accepting, sorting, and inventorying clothing donations. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will not be provided – this is a 3 block walk one way from the hotel and we will walk as a group. If you are unable to walk, please contact Stacey at staceyb@midwestenergy.org.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm:
AM Session: Optional Tour
ComEd Chicago Training Center
The ComEd Chicago Training Center, opened in 2016, provides significant economic and community benefits while meeting the need to train current and future workers on managing a modern electric delivery system. The new facility is the second training center that ComEd has built from the ground up in its 100-plus-year history. The center features 50,000 sf of classroom and indoor training space, a 240,000 sf outside training yard and a 200-seat auditorium. The facility also includes substation and meter training areas, an indoor pole yard, splicing bays for underground cable and manhole training areas. Additionally, the facility serves as an auxiliary storm center to help expand ComEd’s resource coordination during significant storms. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
9:15 am – 12:00 pm:
AM Session: Optional Tour
Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (SMART) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
One of the nation’s most robust microgrids has been rolled out on the IIT campus. The Galvin Center’s premier project is the development of the nation’s first Perfect Power microgrid at IIT. The $14 M project has equipped IIT’s microgrid with high-reliability distribution systems for enhancing reliability, new sustainability energy sources (roof-top solar panels, wind generation units, flow batteries and charging stations for electric vehicles), and smart building automation technology (building controllers, ZigBee sensor, controllable loads) for energy efficiency and demand response – what it has accomplished and future plans to enhance the project. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
9:15 am – 12:15 pm:
AM Session: Optional Tour
Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
The mission of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications is to manage incidents, coordinate events, operate communications systems, and provide technology, among other forms of support, to City services to strengthen their respective missions and to protect lives and property in the City of Chicago. The OEMC is committed to closely partnering with local, regional, state, and federal partners to achieve seamless integration and complementary missions. The OEMC recognizes that in addition to its traditional responsibilities at the local level, its support of relevant Cook County and State of Illinois efforts will result in more safety and security for both City residents and City property. This recognition is driven by the OEMC’s commitment to innovation and flexibility in achieving its mission of supporting City services. The end state is OEMC’s vision of “Integrated Operations, Safe and Secure Citizens.” The department will be guided toward this vision by its values of professionalism, accountability, integrity, communication, preparedness, and collaboration. These values will serve as guideposts for staff conduct as the OEMC works toward its vision by supporting City services and protecting both citizens and property in the City of Chicago. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
9:30 am – 12:15 pm:
AM Session: Optional Tour
Silver Spring Networks (SSN) Operations Center & Willis Tower Skydeck
This tour offers an overview of Silver Spring Network’s technology that supports smart grid / critical infrastructure, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). This tour showcases the Silver Spring Network’s Operations Center. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit the Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm:
PM Session: Optional Volunteering
Dress for Success of Chicago
The mission of Dress for Success Chicago is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Volunteer activities may consist of accepting, sorting, and inventorying clothing donations. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will not be provided – this is a 3 block walk one way from the hotel and we will walk as a group. If you are unable to walk, please contact Stacey at staceyb@midwestenergy.org.
12:30 pm – 3:45 pm:
PM Session: Optional Tour
ComEd Chicago Training Center
The ComEd Chicago Training Center, opened in 2016, provides significant economic and community benefits while meeting the need to train current and future workers on managing a modern electric delivery system. The new facility is the second training center that ComEd has built from the ground up in its 100-plus-year history. The center features 50,000 sf of classroom and indoor training space, a 240,000 sf outside training yard and a 200-seat auditorium. The facility also includes substation and meter training areas, an indoor pole yard, splicing bays for underground cable and manhole training areas. Additionally, the facility serves as an auxiliary storm center to help expand ComEd’s resource coordination during significant storms. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
PM Session: Optional Tour
Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC)
The mission of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications is to manage incidents, coordinate events, operate communications systems, and provide technology, among other forms of support, to City services to strengthen their respective missions and to protect lives and property in the City of Chicago. The OEMC is committed to closely partnering with local, regional, state, and federal partners to achieve seamless integration and complementary missions. The OEMC recognizes that in addition to its traditional responsibilities at the local level, its support of relevant Cook County and State of Illinois efforts will result in more safety and security for both City residents and City property. This recognition is driven by the OEMC’s commitment to innovation and flexibility in achieving its mission of supporting City services. The end state is OEMC’s vision of “Integrated Operations, Safe and Secure Citizens.” The department will be guided toward this vision by its values of professionalism, accountability, integrity, communication, preparedness, and collaboration. These values will serve as guideposts for staff conduct as the OEMC works toward its vision by supporting City services and protecting both citizens and property in the City of Chicago. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
12:45 pm – 3:30 pm:
PM Session: Optional Tour
Silver Spring Networks (SSN) Operations Center & Willis Tower Skydeck
This tour offers an overview of Silver Spring Network’s technology that supports smart grid / critical infrastructure, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). This tour showcases the Silver Spring Network’s Operations Center. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit the Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Lunch will not be provided, so please plan accordingly. Casual attire, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Transportation will be provided.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:
PM Session: Optional Training
Visionary Sponsor Exclusive Training Session
Optimism can be learned and adopted as a trait by following graded exercises until new behaviors and beliefs become self-rewarding and sustainable. Self-efficacy is a term coined by a professor of psychology at Stanford that means an interior belief, confidence that one can achieve a goal or get to an outcome. People with a strong sense of self-efficacy are more likely to be motivated from within and naturally take on challenging jobs and set higher goals. They work hard to meet commitments, see failure as something that they can control and change. Rather than blaming external factors they recover fast from setbacks because they take responsibility for changing what they can and go about doing that. People with low self-efficacy are no less intelligence or talented, but lack the internal belief that they can be successful and so are less likely to make the effort. Challenging tasks are threats to be avoided. Low aspirations result in disappointing performances and become part of a self-fulfilling feedback cycle. Includes a custom booklet handout.
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm:
Networking Reception
10 Year Anniversary Celebration, Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
The Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier is reminiscent of an era of elegance and splendor. Built in 1916, the ballroom boasts 80-foot domed ceilings and panoramic views of the lake and city skyline. Don’t miss the legendary fireworks display over Lake Michigan (estimated time of fireworks is 9:30 pm).


Thursday, June 15, 2017

5:30 am – 6:30 am
Sweatworking
Network While You Sweat!
Pilates with Kat Szot

Pilates uses controlled movements to build core strength and flexibility. It emphasizes alignment, breathing, coordination and balance. The class will be customized for beginner to moderate level. Sock feet are encouraged! Please bring your own yoga mat. Maximum of 20 participants per day.

Circuit with Robbin Moore

The rotation will consist of 45 seconds “on”; 15 seconds to recover and switch (3 rotations total; plus warm up and cool down). Maximum of 45 participants per day. Muscle group exercises include:

  • Legs (squats, lunches, calf raises, wall sits, leg blaster, sneak attack)
  • Arms (push ups, tricep dips, shoulder push ups)
  • Abs (crunches, leg lifts, v ups, Russian twist, flutter kicks, bicylces)
  • Obliques (standing obliques, side ankle crunch)
  • Core (plank, side plank, plank taps, elbow walks, superman, superwoman)
  • Cardio (burpees, high knees, jumping jacks, lateral jump, jump rope, shuffle touch, block jump to bump, fast feet, soccer taps, hopscotch)
  • Yoga / Balance Moves (airplane, chair pose, downward dog into cobra)
7:00 am – 8:30 am:
Registration
7:00 am – 8:00 am:
Breakfast Buffet
7:45 am – 8:30 am:
Welcome
8:30 am – 9:45 am:
Keynote Speaker
Connie Podesta
Life Would Be Easy, If it Weren't for Other People 

Difficult people? Move over! Crazy demands? Under control! Critical conversations? No problem! Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!). Research shows that the #1 key to success is the ability to get along with other people. How you choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people will directly impact your ability to attract and sustain healthy relationships so you can lead, manage, produce, collaborate, work as a team, enjoy life, stay healthy, be happy and...experience success. Connie will take you right inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day - bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family - so you can ACT, rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Get ready for less stress and more success!

9:45 am – 10:15 am:
Networking Break
10:15 am – 11:30 am:
Keynote Speaker
Cy Wakeman
Reality-Based Leadership™: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace and Turn Excuses into Results 

These are challenging times in our businesses today. In leadership, we must become willing to admit that the ways in which we have taught leaders to lead over the years is simply not working. These times are calling for a new type of leader, one who can bring peace, sanity, and results back to the workplace! In this session, Cy rocks audiences as she teaches the key principles of her new wave of Reality-Based Leadership™.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:
Networking Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm:
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Janet Lapp
Lead the Way: Bold Leadership Through Transformation

Join us for a future-focused high-energy presentation for all level leaders! Are you prepared to lead others into the future? Do you know the new, must-have skills for the future of work? Despite uncertainty, can you guide with confidence and courage? Do you like to laugh, be inspired and encouraged? Learn about the leadership mindset and behaviors to push edges in leadership, to act with courage and boldness. Find out how to reinvent oneself and get others to do the same. Learn how to create a vision that works, and give people compasses to get there.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm:
Networking Break
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm:
Leadership in Action – Technical Series
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm:
Keynote Speaker
Justin Patton
Presence Matters: Body Language and Your Credibility as a Leader

Your body language often says more about you than your actual words! The energy you show up with every day as a leader impacts your credibility and your ability to cultivate both trust and influence. Join body language expert and executive coach, Justin Patton, for a highly interactive leadership program where you will learn how to see what most people miss, use the four power zones on the body to communicate with authentic confidence, and flex your style to show up as collaborative.

4:30 pm:
Free Evening!

Friday, June 16, 2017

5:30 am – 6:30 am
Sweatworking
Network While You Sweat!
Pilates with Kat Szot

Pilates uses controlled movements to build core strength and flexibility. It emphasizes alignment, breathing, coordination and balance. The class will be customized for beginner to moderate level. Sock feet are encouraged! Please bring your own yoga mat. Maximum of 20 participants per day.

Circuit with Robbin Moore

The rotation will consist of 45 seconds “on”; 15 seconds to recover and switch (3 rotations total; plus warm up and cool down). Maximum of 45 participants per day. Muscle group exercises include:

  • Legs (squats, lunches, calf raises, wall sits, leg blaster, sneak attack)
  • Arms (push ups, tricep dips, shoulder push ups)
  • Abs (crunches, leg lifts, v ups, Russian twist, flutter kicks, bicylces)
  • Obliques (standing obliques, side ankle crunch)
  • Core (plank, side plank, plank taps, elbow walks, superman, superwoman)
  • Cardio (burpees, high knees, jumping jacks, lateral jump, jump rope, shuffle touch, block jump to bump, fast feet, soccer taps, hopscotch)
  • Yoga / Balance Moves (airplane, chair pose, downward dog into cobra)
7:00 am – 8:00 am:
Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am – 8:15 am: 
Welcome
8:15 am – 8:45 am:
Presentation
Excellence in Women’s Development Award
8:45 am – 9:15 am:
Presentation
9th Annual Maverick Award
9:15 am – 10:15 am:
Meet the Mavericks
10:15 am – 10:45 am
Networking Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm:
Keynote Speaker
Renee Rongen
Attitude…It’s an Inside Job!

You have the ability to pick your attitude like you pick your clothes; now is the time to embrace your inner power suit and wear it like you mean it! You will laugh out loud listening to the stories of those who chose their outfit for a day spent underground… and you will be inspired by others who made a selection ready for the red carpet. It’s time to clean out your closet and choose the attitude ready for your life’s greatest experiences!

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm:
Closing Remarks and Prizes!