Operational Leadership

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April 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Effective Leadership: Leadership lessons for first-timers or seasoned veterans
Are you transitioning into leadership? Have you been a leader but are looking to improve? Our expert panel will discuss strategies used by leaders from all backgrounds whether they are seasoned veterans or new emerging leaders. Topics will include getting each employee to live up to their potential, how to deal with difficult situations, leadership styles….???

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Swimming Lessons for Leadership: “Staying afloat, whether you’ve jumped off the deep end or stuck on the shore of leadership”
Speaker: Mark Wesolowski, System Supervisor – Electric System Operations, Puget Sound Energy
An interactive discussion of the often overlooked yet crucial aspects of a leader’s role in today’s utility environment. Listen to industry leaders share their views and experiences on a wide range of topics such as managing various personality types, establishing mentee/mentorship relationships, micromanagement vs strategic thinking, transitioning from SME to leader, new leader training and the impact of body language. Participate in the Q&A sessions to share your perspective. The goal is to have a conversation where both current and aspiring leaders are able to benefit from meaningful takeaways that will be useful in their daily roles.

April 16, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Building your Leadership Bench Strength, with insight from the Coach’s Corner
Panelist: Melinda Rogers, Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer, NW Natural
Speaker: Ed Howker, Regional Manager Operations Lower Mainland, BC Hydro
Providing you an example of a succession program with a competent depth chart and input from a critical team member, while breaking down the defense (e.g., combatting challenges – experience/pay/peer pressure/retention/stability).

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Getting Rid of Them: Using Change Management to Work Across Silos and Get Buy-In
We all know how easy it can be to get into an “Us vs. Them” mindset when things get tough, or when we don’t feel heard, but how do we get over that hurdle?  This session will cover how change management can be used to reach across department boundaries, improve buy-in, and deliver what’s best for the company as a whole.