Energy companies face core challenges to recruit, retain, develop and train their workforce. With changing demographics and a need to identify and develop talent from within, successful organizations are careful to invest in proven development programs for individual contributors and managers. This forum brings together employee development and training experts to share case studies and proven best practices.
Leaders responsible for organizational development plans, corporate training initiatives and learning programs.
Member: $199 USD
Registration includes an interactive virtual event, via webinar.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual Coffee Hour: Registration + Tech Check
WEI will host a virtual registration and help desk before the conference begins. Stop in for a visit if you have questions about the agenda or need assistance with the GoToMeeting technology, or just want to say "hello".
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Welcome + Introductions
Facilitator(s): Kacee Woods, Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator, Tacoma Power, Sheryl Brown, Training & Apprenticeship Manager, Tacoma Power
Come prepared to share a success story or challenge from your latest initiatives as part of our round robin attendee introductions.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Utilizing the Value Proposition Canvas Process to Inform D&I Programs
Speaker(s): Mike Krall, Sr. Learning & Development Specialist, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Jon Wedding, Sr Learning & Development Specialist, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sarah Geiger, HR Analyst, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Join speakers from SMUD as they share their objective: "To better understand what our D&I Program solves for, to create focus, move away from stand-alone initiatives, and bring everything together"; and their solution: "We utilized human-centered design principles to meet the needs of our employees, our organization, and our community by creating a process to identify action from data – to operationalize our engagement survey and translate the voice of the employee into a value proposition for our D&I program."
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Facilitator(s): Fabia Fernandes, HR Consultant, Idaho Power Company
Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share recent Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, successes and challenges.
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Training & Onboarding Virtually: Engaging Remote Employees
Speaker(s): Jason Gardner CPLP, Manager, Organizational Development, Southwest Gas Corporation, Tina Drews Ed.D., Director, Talent Management, Human Resources, Salt River Project
Keeping employees engaged and up-to-date on trainings can be even more challenging in a remote environment. Join us to learn effective (and virtual) approaches regarding:
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Wrap Up + Future Planning
Interested in improving our experience? Join us at the wrap-up session to share your thoughts on the forum and help generate ideas for future agendas. This session is also a great starting point for those who wish to volunteer as a planning team member for 2021.
Kacee Woods provides a lead role in coordinating and assisting in the development and implementation of Tacoma Power’s Training & Apprenticeship programs to enhance employee skills, abilities, knowledge and career opportunities.
Outside of her regular work duties, she is involved in many of Tacoma Power’s people programs including mentorship, and internship programs, diversity, outreach and recruitment initiatives, and Tacoma Power’s efforts in workforce development.
She gets to positively impact the people she works with, while also reaching those in the communities Tacoma Power serves. She is energized by experiencing the joy that comes from connecting people to opportunities, and helping others realize their potential!
Sheryl joined Tacoma Public Utilities Human Resources group in July 2007. Sheryl soon moved into Tacoma Power in the Transmission & Distribution/Construction & Maintenance section as an Administrative Assistant for two years, providing her with a great foundation working with the line and substation crews, and understanding the apprenticeship programs, collective bargaining agreements, and budget processes. In August 2010, Sheryl became the Training & Apprenticeship Manager for Tacoma Power. She now supervises the training team and has a key supervisory role for apprentices as the Chair of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. Sheryl is responsible for the development, planning, coordination, and execution of multiple programs. She oversees the certifications and training for all Tacoma Power employees, as well as coordinating and facilitating cross-departmental teams, stakeholder management, and communication.
Prior to Tacoma Public Utilities, Sheryl worked in healthcare in Human Resources and as a Clinic Supervisor overseeing the front office staff. Sheryl holds a Communications & Business Administration degree from Western Washington University. Born and raised in Washington State, Sheryl lives there with her husband and three daughters, 8-year-old identical twins and a 4-year-old.
Jason Gardner, CPLP, is the Administrator of Organizational Development for Southwest Gas. In this role, he oversees the talent development, succession planning, and training programs for over 2200 employees in three states.
Jason is also one of the first Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance (CPLP) in Southern Nevada. He is past-President of the local Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and is active in the local learning community.
Tina Skjerping Drews is the Director of Talent Management at Salt River Project. During her 10 years at SRP, Tina has worked in a variety of areas; including Human Resources, Community Outreach, Environmental and Sustainability. Tina has extensive experience in education, sustainability, and evaluation. Prior to her work at SRP, Tina taught middle school science and held positions at Arizona State University as Faculty Associate.
Tina earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2007. She is the proud mom of two little boys, Caleb and Gabriel, and enjoys time with her family hiking, biking, and playing sports.
Mike has been at SMUD for over 15 years, much of that time in learning & development with an emphasis in leadership. Mike is dedicated to helping team members succeed while building high-trust partnerships and collaborative solutions. Mike has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
Jon has been at SMUD for almost 2 years now. Prior to joining SMUD, Jon did extensive researching and facilitation of Diversity & Inclusion, Implicit Bias, and disproportionate outcomes. Jon has a Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Sarah has been at SMUD for 8 years, always doing Diversity & Inclusion work in some fashion. Sarah feels that she is called to do this work – to make a difference in the lives of SMUD’s employees. Sarah has a Master’s & Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and certificates in the following: Project Management; Process Mapping; Six Sigma Green Belt; and Training & Facilitation.
With Idaho Power for the past 12 years. Worked as a project manager, operations leader, and currently an HR Consultant. Prior to this was at Micron Technology for twelve years responsible for management level training, SAP transition and project management. Graduated from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in management information systems and graduate degree in organizational behavior.