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.
Jason Gardner, Senior OD Trainer, Southwest Gas Corporation
Southwest Gas Corporation
5241 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89150
Who Should Attend
Leaders responsible for building organizational development plans and corporate training, and those responsible for learning and development programs.
Regular (by invitation): $399
Registration fee includes all event materials, breakfast, lunch, and networking. Wrap-up page with program presentations will be provided after the meeting.
For more information contact Kara Wolfe at 503.688.2794.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Arrive early to network with the program development team and peers.
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome to Southwest Gas
Bill Moody, Executive Vice President, Southwest Gas
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Introductions and Roundtable
Facilitator: Jason Gardner, Senior OD Trainer, Southwest Gas
Come prepared to share a success from your most recent project.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fulfilling the Talent Obligation
Speakers: Denise DiTripani, Manager, Call Center, Southwest Gas
Dan Bryant, Director, Customer Relations, Southwest Gas
Russ Vallejo, Manager, Centralized Operations, Southwest Gas
Sharon Braddy-McKoy, Vice President, Human Resources, Southwest Gas
How do you bridge the people component and operations component of learning for senior business leaders? How do you communicate the talent obligation? You will have the opportunity to engage expert panelists on the tools and program structures that have been instrumental in their learning programs to-date and will further discuss future expectations of your learning department as a whole.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Workforce Retention Planning
Speakers: Jennifer Kitchen, Workforce Development Manager, Seattle City Light
Namura Nkeze, Senior Workforce and Employee Development Specialist, Seattle City Light
With utility organizations increasingly experiencing workforce retirements, what is being done to support and retain the employees who remain? What are best practices for identifying and transferring imperative knowledge before it walks out the door? Participants will look at the full cycle of employee retention from meaningful onboarding, to engagement and mentorship programs, to post-retirement contracting. You are encouraged to bring case studies where regulators and public boards have supported efforts to include related costs in rates.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Dinner at Nove Italiano
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Southwest Gas
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Engaging and Equipping Emerging Leaders
Speaker: Tina Drews, Director of Talent Management, Salt River Project
Learn best practices in devising Emerging Leaders Programs and hear how programs can be structured to not only identify leaders, but also provide key development experiences and performance-based feedback for these emerging leaders. Ultimately, this session aims to provide an understanding of how strategic positioning of emerging leaders can lead to a more invested team.
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Skilled Right: Measuring the Correct Metrics to Shape Success
Speaker: Barb Richardson, Manager, Talent Management, FortisBC
FortisBC identified the need for a program designed to ensure they spend training dollars on the right person at the right time for the right reason. Learn how FortisBC recognized this need, how they identified necessary stakeholder buy-in and how they defined their picture of success.
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Beyond Competency Mapping
Speaker: Janna Sondenaa, Manager, Talent Development, Portland General Electric
Learn about Portland General Electric’s Skill Track Program, which identifies necessary skills by position to create competency profiles that turn into actionable and measurable curriculums.
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Wrap-up & Spring 2016 Planning
Join to help kick-start the next program. Lunch is provided and sponsored by Southwest Gas.
Palms Place Hotel and Spa
4381 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
WEI recommends Talent Management participants reserve their rooms at the Palms Place Hotel. Please check current pricing online as WEI does not have a reserved room block. Palms Place Studio Rooms were recently available for $89 per night before taxes and fees.
Transportation to the networking dinner and from the networking dinner to the hotel will be provided by WEI, as will transportation in the morning on October 29.
If the hotel is full or rates have increased, additional rooms are available at the Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103. Information is available at palms.com.
Moody joined Southwest Gas Corporation in 1979 as an Accountant. In 1981, Mr. Moody was promoted to the Rates and Regulatory Affairs Department and served as a cost analyst and rate engineer. From 1985 to 1991, Moody worked in various financial positions ranging from Budget Administrator to Director/Corporate Planning and Financial Services. Moody held several diverse positions from 1991 to 2012 including, Manager/Division Administration, Director/Facilities and Resource Development, Director/Corporate Development, Director/Customer Relations/Southern Nevada Division, Director/Gas Operations Support Staff, Director/Gas Supply, Vice President/Gas Resources, and Senior Vice President/Staff Operations and Technology. In November 2013, Moody assumed the role of Executive Vice President. Included in this area are the Company’s Operations, Engineering, Information Services, and Energy Efficiency and Technology Development functions.
He received his BS degree in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1978. Moody is a member of the American Gas Association, as well as the Western Energy Institute, and also participates on numerous technical and operating committees. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for HELP of Southern Nevada.
As Seattle City Light’s Workforce Development Manager, Jennifer Kitchen oversees professional development and technical training, leadership development, internship programs and employee engagement efforts for all 1,900 employees. She has worked in the areas of education and training for 15 years both in her hometown of Chicago and her chosen home of Seattle.
Tina Skjerping Drews is the Director of Talent Management at Salt River Project. During her 10 years at SRP, Tina has worked in a variety of areas; including Human Resources, Community Outreach, Environmental and Sustainability. Tina has extensive experience in education, sustainability, and evaluation. Prior to her work at SRP, Tina taught middle school science and held positions at Arizona State University as Faculty Associate.
Tina earned a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2007. She is the proud mom of two little boys, Caleb and Gabriel, and enjoys time with her family hiking, biking, and playing sports.
Jason Gardner, CPLP, is the Senior Organizational Development Trainer for Southwest Gas. In this role, he designs, develops, and oversees programs that helps drive leadership development for over 2200 employees in three states. These programs are delivered to a broad range of employees from front line staff to executive level leaders, using various methods and platforms from webinars and e-learning courses to classroom facilitation and instructor led training.
His previous position was with MGM Resorts International as Director of Learning and Development at their University. There he helped run learning initiatives that impacted 62,000 global employees. Jason is also one of the first Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance in Southern Nevada. He is past-President of the local Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) and is currently VP of Membership.
Namura Nkeze serves as the Senior Workforce and Employee Development Specialist at Seattle City Light, where she is charged with making sure all professional development, leadership training and new employee orientation programs run smoothly. Namura enjoys improving processes and has recently earned her ScrumMaster certificate.