Human Resources (Oct 16-17)

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)
  • Cathy Bradley, Senior Director, Human Resources, UNS Energy Corp.

    • Program Location
    • Tucson Electric Power Headquarters
    • 88 E. Broadway Blvd
      Tucson, Arizona 85701
    • 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 provides access to all Human Resources agenda items and meeting materials. 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 allows a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program 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.
  • For more information contact Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with peers. Light refreshments will be served.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Tucson Electric Power
Speaker(s): Catherine Ries, Vice President, Customer and Human Resources, Tucson Electric Power

Our host utility will welcome us to Tucson, Arizona. 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Facilitator(s): Cathy Bradley, Sr. Director HR, Compensation and Benefits, UNS Energy Corp.

Come prepared to share a recent success story or challenge, along with a "top of mind" topic for further discussion at Wednesday's roundtable.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Talent Pipeline: TEP’s Military Career Skills Program
Facilitator(s): Cathy Bradley, Sr. Director HR, Compensation and Benefits, UNS Energy Corp.
Speaker(s): JoLee Bracamonte, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Tucson Electric Power, Marji Morris, Workforce Development and Talent Acquisition Program Manager, Tucson Electric Power

Tucson Electric Power has partnered with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to support the transition of our military service members into the civilian workforce through the Military Career Skills Program. Military members are integrated into the civilian workforce from day one and they gain valuable experience. The program allows for a successful transition and propels veterans into their next career step. Hear about TEP’s partnership with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to create the Career Skills Program and learn how TEP expanded its military outreach by providing skills training, job placement, and opportunities for networking.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Diversity + Inclusion
Speaker(s): Laurie Rodriguez, Director, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Jai-Anana Elliott, Talent and Workforce Development Director, Seattle City Light, Gabrielle Camacho, Manager of Executive Compensation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits, Tucson Electric Power, Anne Mersereau, VP, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

As organizations strive to create a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusiveness, many utilities are making progress in this area with strategic planning, employee education and training, recruitment and retention efforts, and by building collaborative relationships that lead to a more respectful and positive workplace. In this session, we will hear from Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Portland General Electric, Seattle City Light, and Tucson Electric Power on their current D&I initiatives. 

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner at MiAn Sushi:
88 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85701

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast will be served onsite.

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

LEED Gold Certified Building Tour

Join us on a walking tour of TEP’s Corporate Headquarters, featuring more than 230,000 square feet of office space designed to accommodate more than 500 employees. The LEED Gold Certified building incorporates a long list of environmentally responsible features including water harvesting and conservation, solar power, green building materials, and energy efficient heating and cooling.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Open Roundtable Discussion
Facilitator(s): Jai-Anana Elliott, Talent and Workforce Development Director, Seattle City Light

This time is reserved for attendees to discuss "top of mind" topics and a chance to ask questions or gain feedback from your peers. 

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Leadership Training + Development
Facilitator(s): Sarah Griffin, Human Resources Director, Idaho Power Company

An evolving utility landscape and ongoing employee feedback indicate a clear need to sharpen the skills of our current and future leaders. In this session, we will explore what utilities are doing to provide leadership training and development within their organizations. Sarah Griffin will kick off the discussion by sharing the development of Idaho Power's comprehensive leadership program that incorporates both business and essential leadership skills. Come prepared to share what your own organization is doing and learn from other’s experience and expertise in the room. 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch + Spring 2019 Planning

Join the discussion over lunch as we wrap up and begin planning for the Spring forum on May 21 and 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Meeting Adjourns

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 to receive a special rate of $209 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 1, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

David Hutchens

UNS Energy Corp.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Bradley

UNS Energy Corp.

Sr. Director HR, Compensation and Benefits

JoLee Bracamonte

Tucson Electric Power

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Marji Morris

Tucson Electric Power

Workforce Development and Talent Acquisition Program Manager

Laurie Rodriguez

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion
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Laurie brings 20 years of experience in the areas of human resources, leadership and organizational effectiveness.

She has led and supported small, medium, and large operations in a number of industries throughout her extensive career and currently oversees recruitment, hiring, compensation and classification, employee benefits, fair employment, policy, payroll, employee relations, labor relations, integrated disability management, culture, learning and development at SMUD – the nation’s sixth largest community-owned electric utility. Laurie is also responsible for embedding diversity and inclusion into enterprise-wide strategies, services, and solutions.

Sarah Griffin

Idaho Power Company

Human Resources Director
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Sarah E. Griffin was named Vice President, Human Resources in October 2019. Previously, she was Human Resources Director and Human Resources Manager for Idaho Power. She oversees all aspects of Human Resources, including compensation, benefits, employee relations, diversity, talent and organizational development, employee engagement and succession planning.

Griffin has been in Human Resources since 1995 and with Idaho Power since 2007. Prior to Idaho Power, Griffin worked in various human resources roles at Boise Cascade, Delta Dental of Idaho, Thoratec Corporation and NPS Pharmaceuticals.

Griffin has her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah and her Master of Business Administration degree from Boise State University.

In February 2017, Gov. Butch Otter appointed Griffin to the Idaho Personnel Commission. She also serves on various councils promoting workforce development and a diverse talent pipeline in Idaho.

Catherine Ries

Tucson Electric Power

Vice President, Customer and Human Resources

Gabrielle Camacho

Tucson Electric Power

Manager of Executive Compensation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits

Jai-Anana Elliott

Seattle City Light

Talent and Workforce Development Director

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.