Human Resources (Oct 18-19)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Kendall Helm, Vice President of People and Culture, San Diego Gas and Electric

    • Program Location
    • San Diego Gas & Electric
    • 8326 Century Park Court, San Diego, California 92123
    • 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: $499 USD

    Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda.

    Attendees of this Human Resources event qualify for a $100 discount on their registration to the 2022 Women in Energy Symposium in October. To receive the discount, first register for the Human Resources event and use the code included in your confirmation email to register for the Women in Energy Symposium.

  • 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 Jessica Grant, Program Manager at (971) 930-2032.


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Successes, Current Challenges, Opportunities Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Kendall Helm, Vice President of People and Culture, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Post-Pandemic Workplace: What Does Resiliency Look Like?
Speaker(s): Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California ISO

The psyche of our employees may be permanently altered after the pandemic. How does stress, burnout and overall low resiliency show up in our organizations? How can we turn empathy into action and influence greater adaptability, agility and resilience?

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Employee Experience: Rebuilding Connection in a Hybrid World
Facilitator(s): Sarah Griffin, Vice President, Human Resources, Idaho Power Company

Learn from your peers and come prepared to share what you are doing to build your culture following the pandemic and in the new hybrid work environment.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

New Trends in HR
Facilitator(s): Laura Vickers, Director of Culture, Diversity and People Services, Avista Corp.

This will be an open roundtable discussion on new industry trends coupled with top-of-mind issues. Topics will be guided based on the current challenges shared during introductions.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch + Spring Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $155 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 30, 2022 or until the WEI room block is full.

Onsite Safety + Health Info

Effective August 18, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative COVID-19 test will not be required for admittance into most WEI-hosted programs.

WEI continues to monitor all federal level CDC, Canadian government and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs. We encourage all attendees to review the current guidelines related to isolation and precautions prior to traveling to a WEI event, as well as guidance for traveling to and from Canada, which may differ from guidance for traveling to or from the United States.

Some WEI-hosted programs may require proof of vaccination status, if essential for participation, in which case WEI will communicate this requirement in advance of the program start date.

Please refer to WEI’s Safety + Health Code of Conduct for other important considerations.

Meet The Speakers

Kendall Helm

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President of People and Culture

Jodi Ziemathis

California ISO

Vice President, Human Resources

Sarah Griffin

Idaho Power Company

Vice President, Human Resources

Laura Vickers

Avista Corp.

Director of Culture, Diversity and People Services