Human Resources (Nov 07-08)

This semi-annual program provides a roundtable opportunity for human resource leadership to address contemporary, strategic issues in 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(s)
  • Randy Clark, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

    • Program Location
    • Sempra Energy
    • 488 8th Ave
      San Diego, CA 92101
    • Who Should Attend
    • Participation is restricted to senior leaders responsible for management of human resources functions at WEI energy member companies. The small size of this program encourages open discourse, problem-solving and long-term relationship building.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $449 USD

    Registration includes a networking dinner Tuesday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with other attendees. Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Speaker(s): Randy Clark, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Our chair will welcome us to San Diego followed by introductions. Attendees will each take two minutes to share two "top of mind" topics. 

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

Enjoy a 15 minute break.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

HR Structures: Set yourself for success
Speaker(s): Cathy Bradley, Sr Director, Human Resources, UNS Energy Corp., Rob Nichols, Senior Director of Human Resources, Salt River Project, Hal Snyder, Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer, Southern California Gas Company

Airplanes fly and boats float. Why? Because they're designed to. So is your human resources arm designed to carry you toward success? When discussing tangible objects, the answer seems so simple, but when you apply this paradigm to the intangible, things get complicated. Join this session as three utilities reveal whether their current human resources structure allows for premium performance by design, and come prepared to discuss the pros and cons of various set-ups.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a broad visual concept of their own human resources structure.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

Enjoy a 15 minute break.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Women in the Trades
Facilitator(s): Anne Mersereau, VP, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

Immerse yourself in this think tank session as we consider how to move the dial on the number of women choosing a career in the trades. Join to learn what organizations are doing to encourage and support women in choosing and sustaining this career path, and come prepared to discuss what real and perceived barriers exist in the industry and how utilities can work together to break them down.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Join for a hosted dinner at Donovan's Steak and Chop House.

570 K St
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast onsite.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Facilitator(s): Randy Clark, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

This time is reserved for attendees to return to "top of mind" topics introduced the previous day. Attendees will meet in smaller groups to discuss challenges and identify forward-leading paths before reconvening as one to share key takeaways. 

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking Break

Enjoy a 15 minute break.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Cultivating Creativity through Constraint
Moderator(s): Laurie Rodriguez, Director, Human Resource Services, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Panelist(s): Laura Georgantos, Director, Organizational Effectiveness, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Lonnie Krawl, Senior Vice President, Administrative Services and CHRO, Idaho Power Company, Jai Elliott, Human Resources Director, Seattle City Light

Join this panel discussion as we explore utilities’ approaches to workforce planning when confronted with resource constraints and the increasing need for balance between agility and strategy.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

Enjoy a 15 minute break.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Engagement Cycle: Thoughtful planning yields interesting what?
Facilitator(s): Janette Piankoff, Director of Human Resources, Sempra Energy

There are three essential areas to effective engagement surveys:
• Critical components to include in an engagement survey to yield the intended results.
• Delivering the results to the organization.
• Action Planning and Accountability for action.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch + Spring Planning

Join as we discuss plans for spring 2018 over a catered lunch.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 445-8667 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $199/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 16, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Randall Clark

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer

Anne Mersereau

Portland General Electric

VP, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
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Anne Mersereau has more than 25 years of experience as a Human Resources professional in the utility, insurance and hospitality industry. She joined Oregon-based Portland General Electric (PGE) in 2009 and became vice president in 2016. During her eight years with PGE, Anne has been a leader in helping to enhance the company’s engagement, diversity and inclusion, employee services, labor relations, and recruitment and development efforts. Before joining PGE, Anne held leadership positions with such organizations as Hilton Hotels Corporation and Marsh USA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and human resources from Washington State University.

An active member of the community, Anne Mersereau is vice chair for Impact NW, a non-profit that works to combat poverty, the YWCA of greater Portland and Dress for Success.

Laurie Rodriguez

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Human Resource Services

Janette Piankoff

Sempra Energy

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.

Laura Georgantos

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Organizational Effectiveness

Cathy Bradley

UNS Energy Corp.

Sr Director, Human Resources

Lonnie Krawl

Idaho Power Company

Senior Vice President, Administrative Services and CHRO

Rob Nichols

Salt River Project

Senior Director of Human Resources

Hal Snyder

Southern California Gas Company

Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer

Jai Elliott

Seattle City Light

Human Resources Director

Randy Clark

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Administrative Officer