Talent Management (Apr 27-28)

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.

General Details

Program Chair
Tina Drews
Salt River Project

Program Location
Salt River Project (SRP)
1511 N Project Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

Who Should Attend
Leaders responsible for building organizational development plans and corporate training, and those responsible for learning and development programs.

Member: $399

This program is only available to energy company members. Registration includes all event materials, breakfast, lunch, and a networking dinner. Wrap-up page with program presentations will be provided after the meeting.

For more information contact Kara Wolfe at 503.688.2794.


Tuesday, April 26

If you are arriving early and would like to join other Talent Management attendees at a no-host dinner, please contact Kara Wolfe for details.

Wednesday, April 27

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Arrive to Salt River Project early and network with other leaders in Talent Management. Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome to Salt River Project
Speaker: Aidan McSheffrey, Chief Financial Executive, Salt River Project
Aidan will share his perspective on industry happenings.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Current Challenges and Successes
Facilitator: Tina Drews, Director, Talent Management, Salt River Project
Our chair will introduce our theme of Using Data-based Decision-making to build your Business Case. Come prepared to share a specific anecdote related to this theme as part of our round-robin introductions.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Metrics to Measure: Facilitated Discussion on LMS
Facilitator: Heather Burns, Director, Human Resources, NorthWestern Energy
In this roundtable, group members will be asked to share their practices related to total training program metrics, with special focus on key high-level metrics that could be applied universally or structured broadly into learning management system (LMS) administration. Come ready to share with peers your “wins & losses,” current practices, ideas and challenges around adopting high-level metrics.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Performance Management in the Utility Industry: Current Practices and Future Trends
Speaker: Larry Norton, Principal, GeNovo Consulting
Based on a recent survey of WEI member companies, this session will cover current practices and future trends in performance management within the utility industry. Specific topics discussed will include linking pay to performance, eliminating the performance review (pros, cons and dilemmas), training leaders to coach subordinate performance, calibrating performance across a large organization and future trends. Where relevant, discussion will be grounded in third-party empirically-based research.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hosted Networking Dinner
Join for dinner at Culinary Dropout located in The Yard at Farmer Arts District, 149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Thursday, April 28

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Networking Breakfast
Continental breakfast provided.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Building Analytical Muscle
Speaker: Krishna Khalsa, Manager, Corporate Learning & Development, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Data surrounds our every move. More and more, this has become a truth in talent management and beyond. It’s true, too, that organizations are increasingly able to capture this data. But does the organization and our employees know what to do with the data? Do they know how to analyze it and synthesize the most beneficial information and findings to use for decision making? How can we build analytical bench strength using informal learning? Hear from one organization on how they have utilized a Community of Practice and the expertise of Subject Matter Experts (SME) to build analytical skills at all levels and how this has led to greater knowledge sharing and collaboration.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Workforce Planning: Giving Voice to Data
Speaker: Maureen Fallt, Talent Management Consultant, Portland General Electric
A workforce plan stands as the backbone of any organization. In a perfect world, integrated workforce plans are anchored to quantitative and predictive analysis to support business needs. Yet how many of us have the tools and the know-how to begin with data to build our workforce plans? How can we show that the effectiveness of the workforce initiatives, outreach and improvement plans we so carefully hone are getting our organizations where they need to go? Listen in as our speaker shares the journey of her organization to apply the tools provided by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to shift from simply “doing” to “measuring.” From identifying critical positions and developing and evaluating proactive outreach strategies to promoting career development and good knowledge transfer practices, we will discuss best practices in listening to the voice of data.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break
We will break for 15 minutes.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Open Floor
Facilitator: Tina Drews, Director, Talent Management, Salt River Project
We will reprise discussion points from Current Challenges and Successes and open the floor to any and all talent development and training matters. Come prepared with items that would benefit from peer review.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Wrap-Up and Fall 2016 Planning
Join for lunch to evaluate the session and discuss future opportunities for the forum.

Hotel + Travel

Tempe Mission Palms
60 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Please book online or contact the hotel directly at 800.547.8705. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $175 plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to April 5, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

In addition to the $175 room rate, a hospitality fee of $10.95 per room applies. This provides guests with airport transportation, self-parking or valet and WiFi, among other items.

Hotel airport transportation is available to and from Sky Harbor International Airport every 30 minutes from 5:30 AM-10:30 PM daily. Taxis are also readily available.

Meet The Speakers

Aidan McSheffrey

Salt River Project

Chief Financial Executive

Tina Drews

Salt River Project

Director, Talent Management

Larry Norton

GeNovo Consulting


Krishna Khalsa

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Manager, Corporate Learning and Development

Maureen Fallt

Portland General Electric

Talent Management Consultant