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.
Leaders responsible for organizational development plans, corporate training initiatives and learning programs.
Member: $399 USD
Registration includes a networking dinner Monday night as well as catered breakfast, lunch, light snacks and beverages at the meeting. Guest tickets are available for $90 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration and Networking
Arrive early to network with peers. Light refreshments will be provided.
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Welcome to Idaho Power Company
Facilitator(s): Caroline McNeely, HR Manager, Idaho Power Company
Speaker(s): Sarah Griffin, Human Resources Director, Idaho Power Company
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Facilitator(s): Caroline McNeely, HR Manager, Idaho Power Company
Come prepared to share a success story or challenge from your latest initiatives as part of our round robin introductions.
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Getting Started with Succession Planning
Speaker(s): Jackie Hallstrom, Sr. Training and Development Coordinator, Seattle City Light, Caroline McNeely, HR Manager, Idaho Power Company, Tina Drews, Director, Talent Management, Salt River Project
Is your company effectively identifying and leveraging your employee succession? In this session you’ll hear from three organizations who have started this process. They’ll share what they’ve learned so far and then we’ll have a group discussion, brainstorming ideas for the questions and roadblocks you’re encountering or anticipating. Approaches include new frameworks for assessing employee performance vs. potential, and building a succession planning program with a dedicated specialist. We will also explore how talent management departments can support a culture of open and honest communication for productive critical conversations related to succession planning.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Career Pathing and Micro-Careers
Facilitator(s): Daisy Santos, Human Resources Consultant, NW Natural
To what degree should employees organically identify their own career paths vs. systematic approaches of identifying next steps based on strengths and skill gaps? This session will compare and contrast different approaches to career pathing to provide concrete tools and direction and empower strategic career choices. Attendees will come away with key decision points to consider and ideas for quick wins that can be implemented in their organizations.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner at the BrickYard Steakhouse:
601 W. Main Street
Boise, ID 83702
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Employee Motivation: Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic
Facilitator(s): Jason Gardner, Administrator, Organizational Development, Southwest Gas Corporation
Employee motivation is a foundational element of talent management. This session will explore best practices around capturing intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and how and when to leverage each approach. Through interactive brainstorming, this session will help attendees identify specific strategies based on their respective organizational priorities. Attendees can also take back new ideas and tools to assist their leaders in helping people do the right thing in the right place at the right time.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Achieving Long-Term Impact as a Small Department under Constant Pressure
Facilitator(s): Jeremy Jordan, Organizational & Employee Development Manager, Chelan County PUD
It can be challenging to evolve from being a “do-er” who takes orders to a strategic leader who shapes company direction and culture through powerful and calculated talent management practices. Such a shift not only requires a change in how an individual or department operates, but also a shift in how the rest of the organization sees and utilizes talent management. Identify new ways to maximize your impact on your team and your company.
11:45 AM - 12:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Working Session: Women in the Trades
Facilitator(s): Tina Drews, Director, Talent Management, Salt River Project, Diane Evans, Snr. Learning Partner, BC Hydro
For decades, utilities have tried to bolster women in the trades, with little success. How can companies more effectively encourage women to consider career opportunities in the trades? And once women join the trades, what practices will help keep them in the profession? Together, thought leaders from multiple utilities may be able to collaborate to move the needle on this issue. In the breakout session we will share what has worked, explore innovative ideas and how we can form partnerships across WEI to progress.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wrap Up + Spring 2019 Planning
Share your thoughts on the forum as we turn our sights toward the Spring program.
Make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel directly at (208) 227-0500 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 20, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.
Caroline McNeely joined the Human Resources department at Idaho Power Company in 2007 and currently manages the Development and Performance Improvement and Skills Training functions. Caroline has over 20 years of experience in program management, strategic planning, leadership and team development, and performance management. Prior to joining Idaho Power, Caroline was a management consultant with Catalyst Consulting team in Santa Cruz, CA for 12 years. She joined McGraw-Hill Publishing in Monterey, CA in 2003 as a Program Manager and managed the Kentucky state achievement testing program before moving to Boise in 2006.
Caroline and her teams apply a range of disciplines – organizational analysis, process improvement, change management, training, and leadership development – to address obstacles that impact business results. Through this work, employees at Idaho Power develop the skills and abilities needed to improve their performance and enable the organization to achieve its business strategy.
Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, cycling, and exploring the vast wilderness areas in Idaho.
Jason Gardner, CPLP, is the Administrator of Organizational Development for Southwest Gas. In this role, he oversees the talent development, succession planning, and training programs for over 2200 employees in three states.
Jason is also one of the first Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance (CPLP) in Southern Nevada. He is past-President of the local Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and is active in the local learning community.