Talent Management (Oct 19-20)

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)
  • Jennifer Healy, Workforce Development Manager, Seattle City Light

    • Program Location
    • Seattle City Light
    • 900 4th Ave, Room 1930
      Seattle, WA 98164
    • Who Should Attend
    • Leaders responsible for building organizational development plans and corporate training, and those responsible for learning and development programs.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399
    Registration includes networking dinner Wednesday night, catered breakfast, lunch and light snacks at the meeting, and all meeting materials.

  • 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.
  • For more information contact Kara Wolfe, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Optional: Pre-event No-host Meet & Greet

Flying into Seattle early? Grab coffee with your peers and tour Pike Place Market at this informal no-host get together.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with other attendees. Light refreshments provided.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome + Introductions

Facilitator: Jennifer Healy, Seattle City Light
Speaker: DaVonna Johnson, Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light will provide a welcome followed by attendee introductions. Come prepared to share a recent win or current challenge for immediate peer feedback. Attendees are encouraged to bring their talent management org chart.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Talent Management Suite and Philosophy

Facilitator: Daisy Santos, NW Natural
A talent management philosophy can serve as a “blueprint” for making effective decisions when bundling all HR systems and processes into a comprehensive Talent Management suite. This session is designed to provide examples of the types of philosophies used to drive decision making and integrate not just a LMS but all HR systems. The discussion will seek to identify the types of reports an integrated HR system can generate, how to best use this data to address challenges faced by talent management professionals, and how to create synergy among all stakeholders.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Effective Change Management: Models and Methods

Facilitator: Jennifer Healy, Seattle City Light
Ensuring that organizational change furthers your business goals instead of creating chaos can be a difficult task. Determining how to effectively align the company's culture, values, people and behavior during a time of transformation may mean the difference between engaging your employees and sinking morale. What role do leaders play and how can they be engaged as potential change agents? The group will use this session to discuss best practices and critical steps for change management at every level. 

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner

Join for a hosted dinner at Purple Café & Wine Bar, located just a few steps from the Hotel Monaco Seattle. Guests of the Hotel Monaco can head to the lobby from 5:00PM-6:00PM to enjoy a hosted wine reception by the fireplace before walking to dinner.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Continental breakfast will be provided at Seattle City Light.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM


We will wrap-up discussions from Day 1 before generating topics to discuss during our closing roundtable.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Succession Planning

Facilitator: Jeremy Jordan, Chelan County PUD
The American utility industry is heading into a period of likely protracted and unprecedented change, as one of the world’s most experienced workforces ever more rapidly retires. Understanding your workforce’s composition, skillsets and ability to grow its talent pipeline will determine how well an organization can thrive in this challenging era. We’ll spend some time sharing tools and approaches for analyzing skillsets, creating career paths and defining talent pipelines to help strengthen your succession strategy at any stage.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

We will break for 15 minutes.

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Knowledge Transfer + Tools

Facilitator: Namura Nkeze, Seattle City Light
Speaker: Brenda Elitzin, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Strategies surrounding knowledge transfer remain at the forefront of talent management professionals’ suite of responsibilities.  Even organizations with a clear strategy surrounding knowledge transfer find that questions remain. Who owns – or should own – the process? How much information really needs to be recorded? What tools should be utilized company-wide, and what should be customized to each group? Come prepared to dive in to this topic by sharing your organization’s current status in the fight to ensure valuable knowledge stays within the team, as well as your perspective on how to best balance the inheritance of existing knowledge and the often prevalent desire for change.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Roundtable + Wrap-up

Facilitator: Jennifer Healy, Seattle City Light
Attendees will share thoughts toward improving future forums and discuss plans to incorporate key takeaways within their organization.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch + Spring Planning

Enjoy a catered lunch as we discuss plans for the spring forum.

12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Meeting Adjourns

Hotel + Travel

  • Hotel Monaco Seattle
  • 1101 4th Ave
  • Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Reserve online or call 206.516.5093 to book your stay. Mention WEI Talent Management to receive a special rate of $279 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to September 7, 2016 or until the room block is full.