Talent Management (Jun 07-08)

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)
  • Rachel Dicken, Training & Apprenticeship Analyst, Tacoma Power

    • Program Location
    • Tacoma Power
    • 3628 S. 35th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98409
    • Who Should Attend
    • Key energy company contributors who lead aspects and objectives of their company’s talent recruitment, retention, development and training. 

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $499 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, June 7, 2023

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Welcome, Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Rachel Dicken, Training & Apprenticeship Analyst, Tacoma Power

Successes, Current Challenges, Opportunities Roundtable

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sharing Highlights from Utility DEI Journeys
Moderator(s): Stephanie Perez, Administrative Assistant , Transmission & Distribution, Tacoma Power
Panelist(s): Courtney Moore, Director, DE&I, Southwest Gas Corporation, Dr. Markisha Webster, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Lisa Woods, Chief Equity Officer, City of Tacoma, Tracy Turman, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy

Just getting started? Well on your way? Ready to revamp?  This is your opportunity to hear highlights of various DEI journeys from senior DEI leaders at WEI member companies. 

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Thursday, June 8, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

Breakfast at Tacoma Power

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

DEI Holidays: PTO Adoption and Recognition
Facilitator(s): Sarah Geiger, Sr. DEI Analyst, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

SMUD is leading the way with their research into what the industry is doing to add or adjust employee holidays with DEI as the driving force.  You will hear about what they’ve found and what they hope to implement within their company.  Come prepared to share what your company has done or is doing to be more inclusive for Holiday PTO.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Successful Recruitment Efforts in Our Industry
Speaker(s): Silvia Morales, Talent Acquisition & Workforce Readiness Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

SDGE will share some of their most effective strategies for recruitment to the industry with emphasis on outreach to minorities. Discover new tools and share what your company is doing well.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Developing from Within - Helping Each Other Reach Our Highest Potential
Speaker(s): Alice Massara, Strategic People Programs Manager, Tacoma Power, Sarah Nystrom, Internal Communications Specialist, Tacoma Power

Join our guest speakers, Alice Massara and Sarah Nystrom for a presentation on a journey into utility-wide mentorship programs and a Job Rotation Program. Discuss wins and losses in the development of employees through a round table discussion. Share best practices, programs and learn how we can encourage employees to commit to learning and helping each other reach their highest potential.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch: Wrap up + Future Planning

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (253) 591-9100 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until May 22, 2023 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Alice Massara

Tacoma Power

Strategic People Programs Manager

Sarah Geiger

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sr. DEI Analyst

Rachel Dicken

Tacoma Power

Training & Apprenticeship Analyst

Silvia Morales

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Talent Acquisition & Workforce Readiness Manager

Courtney Moore

Southwest Gas Corporation

Director, DE&I

Sarah Nystrom

Tacoma Power

Internal Communications Specialist

Sarah Nystrom

Tacoma Power

Internal Communications Specialist

Dr. Markisha Webster

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Lisa Woods

City of Tacoma

Chief Equity Officer

Tracy Turman

Puget Sound Energy

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager

Stephanie Perez

Tacoma Power

Administrative Assistant , Transmission & Distribution