Human Resources (Oct 17-18)

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)
  • Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

    • Program Location
    • California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
    • 250 Outcropping Way, Folsom, California 95630
    • 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: $549 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.


Tuesday, October 17, 2023

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration + Networking

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Welcome, Introductions + Opening Roundable
Facilitator(s): Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California ISO

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

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where HR and Technology Meet
Speaker(s): Kendall Helm, Vice President of People and Culture, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Digitalization is transforming our businesses and workplaces. In this session, we will explore ideas for increasing digital fluency in the workforce— and particularly amongst leadership, as well as emerging opportunities to leverage AI technologies to advance company culture.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Networking Break

Break + depart for Tour

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Industry Tour

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

Onsite at CAISO

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Roundtable: What is Being Actively Done to Manage + Improve DEI in our Companies
Facilitator(s): Nichole Reitzenstein, Director of Employee Resources, Clark Public Utilities, Sarah Griffin, VP, Human Resources, Idaho Power Company

The DEI world continues to evolve, as we experience progress, and in some cases backlash. This session will be an opportunity for participants to share their successes and challenges and gain insights from each other’s experiences in providing information and insight to our workforces while fostering an inclusive culture.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Roundtable: Remote Work Leadership + Structure
Facilitator(s): Rosario Nystrom, Managing Director of HR, Chelan County PUD
Speaker(s): Laurie Rodriguez, Director, People Services & Strategies, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sharon Huntsman, Manager, Culture & Change, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Matthew Powell, Senior Organizational Effectiveness Specialist, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

SMUD will share insights on their Remote/Hybrid Leadership Training program. Followed by a roundtable for attendees to share their own progress in this area.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch + Fall Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Lake Natoma Inn
  • 702 Gold Lake Drive
  • Folsom, California 95630
  • Phone: (916) 351-1500

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (916) 351-1500 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI)and use the discount code ‘WEI Rooms’ to receive a special rate of $131.75 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 3, 2023 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jodi Ziemathis

California ISO

Vice President, Human Resources

Kendall Helm

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Vice President of People and Culture

Laurie Rodriguez

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, People Services & Strategies

Sharon Huntsman

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Culture & Change

Rosario Nystrom

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director of HR

Matthew Powell

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Senior Organizational Effectiveness Specialist

Nichole Reitzenstein

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Employee Resources

Sarah Griffin

Idaho Power Company

VP, Human Resources