Operational Leadership + Workforce Development

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Meet the Operational Leadership + Workforce Development PDT.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Generational Change – Perspectives on Leading the Workforce
Speakers: Dan Magnan, Manager, Grande Prairie Region, ATCO Gas
Dirk McConnell, Senior Manager, Santa Ana District T&D, Southern California Edison
Leadership today is very difficult, stressful and time consuming, in this session we will explore perspectives from two generational leaders, keying on conflict resolution, situational leadership and performance management. This will be an open discussion combining different leadership styles to help you identify best practices that you may be able to leverage to improve your tool box and skill set.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Creating a Path to Leadership
Speakers: Nancy Arroyoavila, Manager, Curriculum Development, Gas Operations Training, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Regan Brilz, District Operations Manager, Montana Dakota Utilities
Utility organizations recognize their workforce as their number one asset. They increasingly have a critical need to identify and invest in the next generation of supervisors and leaders. With unprecedented waves of change hitting utilities it is requiring a shift in the way organizations approach the development and training of new supervisors and leaders. PG&E will be sharing a program which focuses on developing new managers and supervisors so they are set up to succeed and Montana Dakota Utilities will share how they are developing and mentoring a pool of potential leaders from all areas that expose them to different paths of success.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Leading an Internal and External Workforce – Addressing Challenges and Maintaining Relationships
Speakers: Jerry Cox, Manager of Communications Services, Portland General Electric
Jenny Macy, Manager of the Network, Integration & Automation, Burns & McDonnell
Ron Sorich, Area Manager – Tucson, NPL Construction Co.
Shasta Culp, Consultant, Culp Consulting LLC
This discussion will present perspectives from professional and trade leaders in the utility, contract, and consultant space. Topics include change management, conflict resolution, differing perspectives, and employment opportunities.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Leading Operations Workforce and Challenges
Speakers: Dale Goodman, Manager Substation Operations, Portland General Electric
Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, Puget Sound Energy
Jeremy Gall, Manager, Training and Development, Avista Utilities
With tight labor markets, limited qualified applicants and growing demand learn how some utilities are recruiting, training and developing hard to fill jobs in the professional and skilled trades.