Utility University

  1. Doug Baldessari

    Doug Baldessari



  2. Jodi L. Dobson

    Jodi Dobson



  3. Shane Lloyd

    Shane Lloyd

    Chief Diversity Officer

  4. Scott A. Miller

    Scott A. Miller



  5. Bethany Ryers

    Bethany Ryers

    CPA, MAS


  6. Susan Borries Reed

    Susan Borries Reed


    Managing Director

Utility University 2023 agenda

Throughout October, Baker Tilly explored trends and issues affecting the utilities industry. Attendees had the opportunity to sharpen their skills, share solutions and learn from industry and technical specialists, while receiving vital information to help maximize operations and performance.

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Thursday, October 12: Explore financial reporting’s future: New and proposed GASB standards
Time Session Presenter CPE credit

2 – 3 p.m.

GASB 96: SBITA accounting implementation

Jodi Dobson | Partner, Baker Tilly


3 – 4 p.m.

Accounting updates – What does GASB have planned for your future

Bethany Ryers | Partner, Baker Tilly

Thursday, October 19: Blaze the trail: Embracing strategic initiatives
Time Session Presenter CPE credit

1 – 2 p.m.

Strategic planning for results: planning, implementation and performance measurement strategies

Khala Stanfield | Director, Baker Tilly

Chris Strom | Senior Consultant, Baker Tilly


2 – 3 p.m.

Getting started with diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

Shane Lloyd | Chief Diversity Officer, Baker Tilly

Dr. Markisha Webster, Ed.D. | Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging - SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District)

Tuesday, October 24: Navigate every opportunity: Federal grant funding
Time Session Presenter CPE credit

12 – 1 p.m.

Maximizing federal funding opportunities for utilities

Doug Baldessari | Partner, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors

Dan La Haye | Senior Manager, Baker Tilly


1 – 2 p.m.

Federal grant compliance and post-award management

Miranda Wojciechowski, Ph.D. | Grant Writer, Baker Tilly


"I think this was an excellent overview and a good opportunity to hear of other utilities challenges."

Utility University attendee

Who should attend?

  • Financial and management professionals
  • Chief financial officers, finance directors, comptrollers and accountants
  • Chief executive officers, general managers and assistant general managers
  • Chief human resource officers, directors and managers
  • Clerks and treasurers
  • City administrators, managers and assistants
  • Vice presidents and directors of operations
  • Management analysts and assistants
  • Members of governing bodies including board members and other elected officials
  • Public works and utilities superintendents, administrators, directors and managers

What are the benefits of participating in this series?

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest topics and trends affecting municipal utilities, public utility districts and tribal utility authorities
  • Gain practical knowledge from informative, engaging sessions
  • Return to your community inspired with ideas and practices you can start implementing immediately

"I thought it was one of the best sessions I have attended (in length, content and production).”

Utility University attendee