Human Resources (May 03-04)

This semi-annual program provides a roundtable opportunity for human resource leadership to address contemporary, strategic issues for human resource management. Regardless of company size or structure, energy industry human resource professionals face complex challenges related to recruitment and retention, employee assessment and training, succession planning and maintaining safe and compliant business practices. The program considers strategic inclusions such as collective bargaining agreements, benefits, employee diversity, performance management, compensation policies and change management.

General Details

Program Chair
Hal Snyder, Southern California Gas

Program Location
Southern California Gas
555 W 5th Street
CR2C, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Who Should Attend
As an invitation-only occasion, attendees must provide organizational leadership at the executive- or director-level. Designed to provide peer-based perspectives, the forum maintains a size conducive to an engaged roundtable discussion.

Registration Options
Member: $469

Registration for this program is invitation only. Registration fee includes all meeting materials and all food events.

For more information contact Kara Wolfe at 503.688.2794.


Tuesday, May 3

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Arrive to Southern California Gas Company early and network with other Human Resources executives.
Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome to Southern California Gas
Hear about our host company’s latest achievements and initiatives.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Introductions and Current Issues Roundtable
Facilitator: Hal Snyder, VP, HR, Diversity and Inclusion, Southern California Gas Company
Can you articulate your current projects and future expectations in two minutes or less? Give it a try
at our rapid-fire round-robin introduction.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Open Floor Session
Have any headscratchers? Any stumpers? Have you heard about a new development in the industry but want
to learn more? Bring your latest inquiries as we dedicate the afternoon to a facilitated roundtable.
Topics can cover anything, including the following:
• Mentorship
• Diversity
• Operational Models
• Change Management

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Floor Session
Have any headscratchers? Any stumpers? Have you heard about a new development in the industry but want
to learn more? Bring your latest inquiries as we dedicate the afternoon to a facilitated roundtable.
Topics can cover anything, including the following:
• Mentorship
• Diversity
• Operational Models
• Change Management

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Group Networking Dinner
Pez Cantina (located within walking distance)
401 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Wednesday, May 4

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
Continental breakfast provided.

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
HR Killed the Stupid Rules

Speaker: Andrea Cadogan, Director, Employee Services, FortisBC
In order for HR to be more innovative and efficient, there were things that we just had to stop doing.

This was FortisBC’s immediate perspective when the two FortisBC companies joined a few years ago. The teams knew there were efficiencies to realize but where did they start? Accustomed to doing things the same way for years, employees did not always feel as though they had the information or authority to make changes. A lot of this feeling turned out to be mired in historical rules that had long ago shed relevant context. By listening to their employees and making the right changes – both small and large – FortisBC created their culture of today. This is a culture where employees feel that their suggestions are heard and that leadership is listening. The journey toward efficiency will never be over, but this HR body has made great strides at killing many stupid rules.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
“Life After Ratings” – the Struggles with Performance Reviews
Speaker: Janette Piankoff, Director, Human Resources, Southern California Gas Company
After years of wrestling with a “clunky” performance review form and process, Sempra Energy embarked on a mission to streamline the process and find a tool that managers looked forward to using and that employees found helpful. The journey wasn’t without its hurdles and skeptics. However, through task forces, “pulse surveys” and several iterations, a new process and tool emerged that both managers and employees have embraced.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Final Roundtable
We will devote more time to popular discussion topics from Day 1.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Wrap-Up and Fall 2016 Planning
Join for lunch to evaluate the session and discuss future opportunities for the forum.

Hotel + Travel

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Book your room online or contact the hotel directly at 800.245.8673. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $169 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to April 11, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Directions to hotel from Los Angeles International Airport:
Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
• Get on I-105 E from World Way, Center Way and S Sepulveda Blvd
• Continue on I-105 E. Take I-110 N to W 4th St. Take the 6th St/9th St exit from CA-110
• Take S Hope St to S Grand Ave

Meet The Speakers

Andrea Cadogan


Director, Employee Services

Andrea Cadogan


Director, Employee Services
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Andrea Cadogan is the Director, Employee Services for FortisBC. Ms. Cadogan’s career in Human Resources spans across a variety of industries including entertainment, advertising and fashion retail. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Simon Fraser University, a Post Bachelor Human Resources diploma from British Columbia Institute of Technology and is a member of the Human Resources Management Association. She joined FortisBC in 2009 and continues in her role as Director, Employees Services which includes payroll, pension, benefits, compensation, talent acquisition, HR information systems, leadership & employee development, talent management and employee communications.

Janette Piankoff

Southern California Gas Company

Director of Human Resources
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Dr. Janette Piankoff, Director of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion at Sempra Energy, has over 25 years of HR and Organizational Development experience.

She has worked for large public companies, internet start-ups, small family-owned businesses and her own leadership consulting organization. While well-versed in the HR Generalist function, her expertise and passion lies in Leadership Assessment and Development.

Dr. Piankoff has worked for Sempra Energy for seven years, first in a division with locations in various states and countries, then more recently, for the parent company, Sempra Energy. In her current role, she is responsible for HR, Organization Development, Diversity & Inclusion efforts, as well as numerous special projects supporting Corporate-wide initiatives.

Dr. Piankoff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in I/O Psychology from San Francisco State University and Masters of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in I/O Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.

She is a member of SHRM and is on the Employer Advisory Board of the UCSD Rady School of Management.

A native Californian, Janette lives in San Diego with her husband and their two dogs.

Janette Piankoff

Southern California Gas Company

Director, Human Resources