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.
Key energy company contributors who lead aspects and objectives of their company’s talent recruitment, retention, development and training.
Member: $499 USD
Registration includes digital materials and access to all event sessions and meals listed on the agenda.
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
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
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
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
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
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.