Human Resources (May 08-09)

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)
  • Laura Vickers, Director of Culture, Diversity and People Services, Avista Corp. + Rosario Nystrom, Managing Director of HR, Chelan County PUD

    • Program Location
    • Avista Corp.
    • 1411 E. Mission Ave., Spokane, WA 99252
    • 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.


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Welcome, Introductions + Opening Roundable
Facilitator(s): Laura Vickers, Director - Culture, Diversity and People Services, Avista Corp., Rosario Nystrom, Chief Human Resource Officer, Chelan County PUD

Come prepared to share your company's Successes, Challenges + Opportunities in this roundtable facilitated by  this event's co-chairs, Laura and Rosario.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Employee Engagement Survey Experience Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Jodi Ziemathis, Vice President, Human Resources, California ISO

This roundtable discussion will explore the following:
• Engagement survey models
• Engagement survey questions
• Strategies to address themes
• Common themes – similarities and differences among organizations
• And more!

Hear the experience of other industry professionals and take away ideas you can implement within your organization.

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Walking Tour

Join your HR colleagues on this tour through Riverfront Park ending at our dinner destination. Highlights may include Huntington Park + Monroe Street Dam. Approximately 30 total minutes of walking. Walking tour will depart from the Davenport Grand hotel.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Thursday, May 9, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Workforce + Succession Planning Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Meghan Stuart, Director, HR, ATCO Natural Gas

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Re-aligning Total Rewards in a Post-Pandemic World
Facilitator(s): Nichole Reitzenstein, Director of Employee Resources, Clark Public Utilities
Speaker(s): Allison Brodine, Total Rewards Manager, Human Resources, Chelan County PUD

Chelan PUD will share their experience with realigning rewards strategies to support building resiliency and enhancing capabilities of the workforce.

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch: Final Topics + Fall Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (509) 458-3330 to reserve your room, or complete your reservation online. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $169 USD/night + $10 per night Destination fee. This rate is guaranteed until April 9, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Allison Brodine

Chelan County PUD

Total Rewards Manager, Human Resources

Rosario Nystrom

Chelan County PUD

Chief Human Resource Officer

Laura Vickers

Avista Corp.

Director - Culture, Diversity and People Services

Jodi Ziemathis

California ISO

Vice President, Human Resources

Nichole Reitzenstein

Clark Public Utilities

Director of Employee Resources

Meghan Stuart

ATCO Natural Gas

Director, HR