Our People

Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Reflecting Diversity + Inclusion in Our Workforce
Speakers: Harluxsh Gill, Manager, Management Consulting, People & Change, KPMG LLP
Evelyn Cortez Davis, Managing Water Utility Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Susan Wheeler, Workforce & Education Outreach Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Ellecia Purvis, ERG Program Manager, Southern California Edison
Reagan Brown, Senior Manager for Strategic Workforce Insights, Southern California Edison
Where is your organization on the D + I maturity curve? Join us for informative presentations and subsequent discussion from KPMG and three utilities, as they share on best practices and strategies for recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. What has worked? What hasn’t? How do you measure success? Come to listen, learn, and contribute to the forum.

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Ready or Not: Developing your Employees for What’s Ahead
Speakers: Heather Burns, Director, Human Resources, NorthWestern Energy
Janos Kakuk, Principal People Strategy Manager, Southern California Edison
Madison Prince, Senior HR Analyst, Salt River Project
We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution where digital technologies and broader societal changes are reshaping the future of the work, the workforce, and the workplace across industries. But how do these global trends impact the electric power industry and how do the strategies of electric utilities reflect these changes? How are the workforce competencies required in the future changing? What can utilities do to help their workforce to acquire these new competencies? This session will showcase how companies have aligned their strategic initiatives with the global headcount trends, how innovative technology solutions can help in workforce development and provide insights as to how to leverage different competency tools to develop internal employees.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Imagine More: Optimizing your Employee Value Proposition
Speakers: Crystal Thompson, Manager, Management Consulting, People & Change, KPMG LLP
Chantel Johnson, President, Young Professionals Employee Resources Groups, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Anthony Ogbeide, Treasurer, Young Professionals Employee Resource Groups, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Darline Truong, Civil Engineering Associate, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Lizeth Ruvalcaba, HR Sr. Project Manager, Southern California Edison
With the future of the workforce expected to see rapid change, it is critical that utilities recruit, capture and retain the right talent. By ensuring your company has a compelling Employee Value Proposition that clearly communicates, “Why work for you” over the competition, you can better position yourself to attract a highly qualified, contributing, and content workforce. Listen to experts and industry colleagues as they share innovative best practices informed by direct experience and define the importance of an employee value proposition. You will also hear from young professionals and industry colleagues as they share their perspective on the employee experience, recruiting and marketing positions to the new generation of employees joining the workforce.

Friday, March 15, 2019

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Utilities’ Next Top Talent: Technology Changing the Workspace
Speakers: Lisa Fix, Director of Customer Service, Clark Public Utilities
Philip McLemore, Director, People and Organization, PwC
Patrick Bellor, Principal IT Operations Manager, Southern California Edison
As utilities modernize to keep pace with changing technologies and customer expectations, they will have to compete for talents with new and emerging non-traditional utility skills. How can the industry adapt and do things differently? This session will look at how telecommuting could help bridge this challenge. We will look at some of the issues around this new type of employee and what can be done to overcome those issues.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Future Ready: Preparing for the Customer and Work of Tomorrow
Speaker: Matt Campbell, Managing Director, Management Consulting, People & Change, KPMG LLP
Rapidly shifting market forces, accelerating technology trends, and changing conceptions of work are beginning to dramatically disrupt the energy industry. Join us for a provocative presentation on how changing customer expectations and technology revolutions are reshaping industry business models and the required workforce, just as the idea of work is radically evolving. Will you be future ready?