Corporate Communications (Sep 09-11)

Internal and external communication professionals in the utility industry face a variety of challenges in supporting their organizations’ strategic plans, particularly as the utility workforce undergoes significant transformation, communication channels multiply, and utilities face increasing competition. This semiannual forum provides a unique, collaborative space for leaders in corporate communications to discuss these challenges and communications best practices. Recent topics of discussion include executive communications strategy, communicating with employees in the field, stakeholder engagement, crisis communication and communicating strategic plans.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Dave Santen, Senior Writer, Corporate Communications, NW Natural

    • Program Location
    • NW Natural Gas World Headquarters
    • 250 SW Taylor Portland, Oregon, 97204
    • Who Should Attend
    • Energy company corporate communications senior leadership, including directors and managers.

  • Registration Options
  • Attendee: $449 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after August 10, 2020. Registrations allows you access to all Corporate Communications agenda items and includes lunch and networking dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and all meeting materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Kristen Paul, Program Manager at 971-334-4250.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour

Join us for a no-host happy hour to catch up with your colleagues from across the West and meet new attendees.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration + Networking

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Welcome to NW Natural + Introductions

NW Natural will welcome us to their utility and kick-off the forum. Afterwards, attendees will introduce themselves. Attendees are encouraged to share their name, company overview, general role within the organization and a recent win or current challenge.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Industry Topic

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch

Catered lunch will be provided onsite at NW Natural.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Industry Topic

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Topic

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Networking Break

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Join us for a hosted offsite networking dinner.

Friday, September 11, 2020

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

Catered breakfast will be provided onsite at NW Natural.

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Industry Topic

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Industry Topic

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Open Roundtable Discussion

Ask any remaining questions that were not yet discussed and benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience of the group.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Catered lunch will be provided onsite at NW Natural as we discuss the agenda for the next Corporate Communications Forum.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (503) 223-2100 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $188 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 19, 2020 or until the WEI room block is full.