Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative’s Key Accounts Manager, Leigh Allen, has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. The program is one of the most exclusive in the nation for electric cooperatives.
The Robert I. Kabat management Internship Program (MIP) is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. The program guides participants through all facets of the electric utility industry including the many changes occurring around the nation.
MIP participants go through three, 10-day sessions designed to challenge and educate in new, innovative management techniques. Participants leave with a better understanding of what consumers want and how to ensure they get it. By also covering the unique principles that govern the operations of electric cooperatives, the program helps the co-op analyze other business ventures it may want to enter as well as enhancing the core organization.
Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top-level management participate in the program. This allows greater emphasis of study on management and leadership challenges and the aspects of consumer-ownership that cooperatives enjoy. Participants focus on member value as part of day-to-day decision making.
Allen is one of only a few electric utility management staff that will graduate from MIP this year.