Human Resources – Virtual (May 05-06)

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, VP, Human Resources, Idaho Power

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • 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: $199 USD

    Registration includes provides access to forum sessions, meeting materials and roster.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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) 255-4970.


All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: Successes, Current Challenges + Opportunities

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Powerful, Productive + Inclusive Meetings
Speaker(s): Shannon Rush-Call, MPA, Owner, Strelo Group

Meetings are the foundational organizing unit of our work lives, and they are at the heart of how we accomplish change initiatives that involve our stakeholders. Yet, do you ever sit in meetings and wonder…Why am I here? Why are we talking about this (again)? What are we doing? When will I have the opportunity to speak? Why are only a few people monopolizing the discussion? Are we really getting our team’s best ideas on the table? Do you ever leave meetings regretful of the time spent, uncertain of the work that was accomplished, or unclear about your next steps?

Our pressured lives can leave us feeling we have too much to do and too little time (to waste). Imagine a world in which meetings are powerful problem-solving engines that have stakeholders feeling energized, productive and even glad to have attended. Imagine a world in which the voices in the room, including yours, are heard equally. Imagine a world in which meetings generate the changes we seek in our teams and courageously move our work forward. You’ll leave this session with strategies and tools you can apply immediately to make your meetings more powerful, productive, and inclusive.

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM


4:45 PM - 5:45 PM


Grab your favorite beverage and join us for some fun and unstructured time with each other.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion: Re-entry to the Workplace

Top of mind topics regarding returning to the workplace will be addressed. There will be ample time for discussion.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Self-care for Leaders + Employees

Hear how others have been taking care of themselves this past year, so that they may continue to be a resource to others at their company.

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Meet The Speakers

Shannon Rush-Call

Strelo Group

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Shannon brings 20 years of experience designing and delivering client services and people programs in complex global environments of Fortune 500 companies. She understands the power of cultivating commitment within teams and organizations to produce lasting outcomes. Central to Shannon’s purpose is building inclusive cultures and empowering professionals to be courageous leaders. She resides in Boise, ID.