Human Resources – Virtual (Nov 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)
  • Anne Mersereau, VP, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided 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 program and all virtual programs through July 2021. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • 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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Registration Desk Open

The Virtual Registration Desk is available to help with technical issues or answer questions about the agenda.

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Anne Mersereau, VP, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Roundtable Discussion: COVID-19 Impacts, Challenges + Responses
Facilitator(s): Lorna Klemanski, Managing Director - Human Resources, Chelan County PUD

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Organizational Resilience: Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Employees
Speaker(s): Sarah E Griffin, Vice President, Human Resources, Idaho Power Company

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Reception + Networking Activities
Facilitator(s): Anne Mersereau, VP, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Portland General Electric

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Let's Talk About Race
Speaker(s): Noah Prince, Senior Consultant, White Men as Full Diversity Partners

Much of the divide on race is due to white people having the often invisible (to them) privilege of never having to deal with the impact of thousands of microaggressions related to skin color. The recent events in the US, with the murder of George Floyd as well as the string of other atrocities, are bringing this long-standing reality for communities of color into a clearer focus for many whites. It is not about shame/blame or people being evil, it is about awareness, responsibility and relationship.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

The Next Normal: Onboarding + Engaging Remote Employees
Speaker(s): Stephanie Winn, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Salt River Project

How do we create an experience for new employees that allows us to be true to our high-touch, personable culture and foster a sense of belonging for our newest ambassadors in this new remote reality? And how can we expand that to the rest of our workforce as remote work becomes the next normal? Join SRP in this discussion of what’s working for now.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Wrap Up + Planning for Spring 2021

Meet The Speakers

Noah Prince

White Men as Full Diversity Partners

Senior Consultant
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Noah Prince is a top-tier, recognized talent in helping business and organizational leaders consider culture, relationships and personal growth with a focus on employee equity. His approach of being down-to-earth, people centered and engaging continues to have a huge impact on every audience he works with. Noah has 15+ years of experience as a leader in equity, inclusion and leadership development work.

Noah works with Fortune 50 companies, tech start-ups, education groups, non-profits and individual clients. He meets clients where they are on their diversity journeys and helps them grow with integrity and intelligence. Noah is unique and sought after in his approach of engaging majority members in client systems to see themselves as part of the leadership and dialogue on inclusion and diversity.

As a white man serving in public education roles, Noah personally witnessed the direct impact of both equitable leadership and systemic inequity while working for nearly a decade in the Philadelphia Public Schools. After his time in Philly, Noah moved back to the Northwest to be closer to family. Noah was recruited as the Coordinator of Race and Equity for Seattle Public Schools before continuing his journey as a private diversity and leadership consultant and facilitator for corporations, organizations and non-profits. He holds a BA in Black Feminist Thought from Evergreen State College, Tacoma and a M.Ed. from Temple University. Noah embraces cognitive dissonance (both/and thinking) in helping people understand their perspective and the perspectives of others. His work is inspired by the Yogi Berra quote “When you come to the fork in the road, take it!”

Lorna Klemanski

Chelan County PUD

Managing Director - Human Resources
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Over 20 years of broad-based human resources experience spanning both the public and private sectors and including government, health care and utility industries.

Stephanie Winn

Salt River Project

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources
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Stephanie Winn is Manager of Talent Acquisition at Salt River Project (SRP). She has been with SRP for 22 years. Currently, she leads a team of 10 HR professionals in external recruiting and internal redeployment opportunities.

Before joining the Human Resources team, she worked for 16 years in SRP’s Government Affairs and Regulatory Policy & Public Involvement groups, coordinating public involvement processes for transmission line siting projects and other critical electrical infrastructure work.

Stephanie has an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies from Occidental College and an MBA from Western International University. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Sarah E Griffin

Idaho Power Company

Vice President, Human Resources
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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.

Anne Mersereau

Portland General Electric

VP, Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & 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.