This semi-annual program provides a roundtable opportunity for human resource leadership to address contemporary, strategic issues for 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.
Lena Kostopulos, Human Resources Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board
Clark Public Utility District
PUD Operations Center
Purchasing East/West Room
8600 NE 117th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98662
Who should Attend
As an invitation-only occasion, attendees must provide organizational leadership at the executive- or director-level. Designed to provide peer-based perspectives, the forum maintains a size conducive to an engaged roundtable discussion.
This program is only available to energy company members and includes comprehensive meeting materials and all food events.
For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at 503.688.2794.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Arrive early to network with the program development team.
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Tour of Clark PUD’s Community Solar Project
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome to Clark PUD
Rick Dyer, Chief Financial Officer, Clark Public Utility District will provide his perspective on current industry happenings.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Introductions and Roundtable
Come prepared to share a success from your most recent project.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Structures and Operations Models
Speaker: Jill Carter, Director, Human Resources, Questar Corporation
Now that HR has its long sought-after seat at the corporate table, expectations for big-impact results run high. How should HR be organized to deliver on those expectations? Our presenter will review various organizational structures utilized today. In addition, she will trace Questar’s HR structural redesign from its conception to its intended influence. Peers will then kick-off group discussion by sharing their models, lessons-learned and how to adjust plans to achieve desired outcomes. Come prepared to join in on what promises to be an informative exchange, and, if you are looking at venturing out into redesign, bring your questions.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Dinner at Heathman Lodge
7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
Networking Breakfast at Clark PUD
8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Operational Metrics and Dashboards
Speaker: Danielle Ferralez, Workforce Insight, Engagement and HR Strategy, Southern California Edison
Learn, step-by-step, how one utility’s HR Division moved from the standard “same old” metrics to a set of valid measures that directly connects to the company’s overarching business strategies and goals, and really tells HR’s performance story. Our presenter will share Southern California Edison’s framework for selecting key HR initiatives that offer the greatest organizational impacts. Further, she will describe how the utility arrived at meaningful metrics to measure success and support future improvements.
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Sarah Griffin, Human Resources Director, Idaho Power Company
Long-tenured employees’ departures and an aging work demographic present a pressing issue for the nation and for utilities in particular. Hear how one utility addresses this challenge and come prepared to share your company’s best practices and biggest obstacles. This session aims to engage participants in lively discussion that provides everyone with fresh ideas to take back to their organizations.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Spring 2016 Planning (optional)
Join to help kick-start the next program. Lunch is provided – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
7801 NE Greenwood Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
Please contact the hotel directly at 888.475.3100. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149 plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed until November 2, 2015 or until the room block is full.
King-size Tempur-Pedic beds with a sitting area include a sofa and coffee table, or two Queen-size Tempur-Pedic beds provide an oversized plush lounge chair. Guestroom rates are valid three days prior and three days post-event based on availability.
Shuttle service from the Portland International Airport to the Heathman Lodge is available from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm at the cost of $15 per person per trip. 10-day minimum advanced reservations are required (same-day shuttle requests cannot be guaranteed but will be accommodated on an availability basis). For reservations please contact email@example.com.
WEI is pleased to offer free shuttle service from the Heathman Lodge to the Portland International Airport. Please contact Kara Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to schedule free transportation.
Rick Dyer joined Clark Public Utilities in 1983. As the Director of Finance and Treasurer, his leadership ranges across broad functions including: financial reporting, treasury, budgeting, rate-making, employee benefits, field services, human resources, and office services.
In his thirty years at the customer-owned utility, Rick has served on numerous industry boards and advisory committees related to statewide tax issues and national governmental accounting standards. His demonstrated ability to build consensus across diverse groups of stakeholders has led to leadership opportunities in both legislative and industry policy-making efforts.
Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Portland. He is also a certified public accountant and, prior to joining Clark Public Utilities, worked for the regional accounting firm, Moss Adams.
Outside of the office, Rick has been involved in scouting activities and has coached Little League baseball. Now with a handful of grandkids in tow, he occasionally enjoys fly-fishing and golf in his free time.
Sarah Griffin ended up in Human Resources against her will in 1995 and hasn’t looked back since! She is passionate about effective communication and helping employees and leaders focus on their strengths to achieve personal and organizational success. She has worked at a variety of companies, including at NPS Pharmaceuticals, Thoratec, Boise Cascade and Delta Dental. She has been with Idaho Power since 2007 and is currently managing the employment, recruiting and health & disability functions. She provides coaching to leaders on a variety of issues, ranging from employment matters to performance management to effective leadership.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah. She achieved her Professional in Human Resources certification in 1997 and in 2009 attained the Senior PHR level. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two daughters.
Jill is the Dir. of HR for Questar Corp. Her areas of expertise include organizational dynamics, employee development, engagement, collaborative problem solving and compensation/incentives. She has an MPA from the University of Utah.