Talent Management – Virtual (Aug 25)

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.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Sheryl Brown, Training & Apprenticeship Manager, Tacoma Power + Kacee Woods, Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator, Tacoma Power

    • 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
    • Leaders responsible for organizational development plans, corporate training initiatives and learning programs.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $199 USD

    Registration includes an interactive virtual event, via webinar.

  • 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 programs through December 2020. 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, August 25, 2020

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Coffe Hour: Registration + Helpdesk Open

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

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

Roundtable Discussion

Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share recent Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, successes and challenges.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Lunch Break

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:

  • Learning, Development and Collaboration
  • Navigating Change
  • Skills + Compliance Trainings
  • Apprenticeships + Internships
  • New trainings for field staff
  • Transitioning trainings to digital/virtual while keeping engagement high

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.

Meet The Speakers

Kacee Woods

Tacoma Power

Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Sheryl Brown

Tacoma Power

Training & Apprenticeship Manager

Jason Gardner CPLP

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Organizational Development

Tina Drews Ed.D.

Salt River Project

Director, Talent Management, Human Resources