Human Resources (May 04-05)

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)
  • Sarah Griffin, Vice President, Human Resources, Idaho Power

    • Program Location
    • Idaho Power Company
    • 1221 W. Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83702
    • 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.

  • 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 Karen Himes, Program Manager + Member Engagement Specialist at (971) 303-1585.


Thursday, May 4, 2023

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration + Networking

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Sarah Griffin, Vice President, Human Resources, Idaho Power Company

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Successes, Current Challenges, Opportunities Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Sarah Griffin, Vice President, Human Resources, Idaho Power Company

Attendees should be prepared to share Successes, Current Challenges + Opportunities

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Building Unified Teams
Speaker(s): Adam Scheerer, Talent and Employment Director, Idaho Power Company, Lindsey Fow, Senior Human Resources Professional, Idaho Power Company

Sharing personal stories can be a powerful tool in building the foundation of an inclusive culture, while making teams feel more connected. Idaho Power will lead a “Building Unified Teams” session, which will be both informative and help build stronger relationships within the CHRO group.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Friday, May 5, 2023

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Leadership Development Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California ISO

Alignment: leaders and recognition, big picture, out of the weeds, succession planning. Attendees should be prepared to share.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Data Analytics: Strategic Opportunities
Facilitator(s): Janette Piankoff, Director, Organizational Effectiveness, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

In this session, we will share insights on current HR data analytic capabilities, mitigating challenges, and opportunities to leverage data to enhance HR strategy.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch + Fall Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (208) 991-5275 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until April 7, 2023 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Sarah Griffin

Idaho Power Company

Vice President, Human Resources

Jodi Ziemathis

California ISO

Vice President, Human Resources

Adam Scheerer

Idaho Power Company

Talent and Employment Director

Lindsey Fow

Idaho Power Company

Senior Human Resources Professional

Janette Piankoff

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Director, Organizational Effectiveness