Talent Management (Jun 12-13)

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)
  • Sarah Geiger, Sr. DEI Analyst, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

    • Program Location
    • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    • 6201 S. Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
    • 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 12, 2024

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome, Introductions + Opening Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Sarah Geiger, Sr. DEIB Analyst, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Come prepared to share your company's Successes, Challenges + Opportunities in this roundtable facilitated by this event's chair, Sarah Geiger.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Optimizing Onboarding: Enhancing the New Employee Experience for Success
Speaker(s): Rosa Martinoni, Training Coordinator, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

This presentation will be showcasing our journey in enhancing the new employee orientation process. From cost-saving measures to fostering meaningful in-person connections, we'll outline our strategies for creating an enriching onboarding experience.  We will also be delving into findings from the WEI survey sent out on October 16, 2023 regarding New Employee Orientation.

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Lighting the Path: Exploring Mentoring Program Design
Speaker(s): Jennie Fennelle, Career Development Program Manager, Portland General Electric

During this session, we'll explore how mentoring programs contribute to employee engagement and career development. We’ll take a look at the design and implementation of the PGE mentoring pilot program, including successes and lessons learned. We'll also facilitate a discussion about mentoring programs at other utilities in our network.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted Networking Dinner

Thursday, June 13, 2024

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Hosted Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Preparing for the Future, Aspiring Managers Programs
Speaker(s): Jennifer Dryden, Program Specialist, Bonneville Power Administration

Join leaders from Bonneville Power Association (BPA) to learn about their successful Aspiring Managers program, implementation strategies, and lessons learned. This session will give an overview on topics such as identifying management challenges and strategizing solutions, preparing for a management role, emotional intelligence for hybrid work, and influence without authority. BPA will share the challenges they faced while building the program and their solutions to overcome them.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Retain Talent
Speaker(s): Laurie Rodriguez, Director, People Services & Strategies, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Laurie Rodriguez, Director of SMUD’s People Services & Strategies will share programs and key practices to plan for and retain talent for today and our future changing industry. Laurie will step through three areas central to talent planning and implementation.
• Using data to holistically inform Attract & Retention Strategies
• Successful Strategic Workforce Planning and Succession Planning programs
• Incorporating transferable skills, tools and strategies for assessing the talent landscape

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted Networking Lunch: Final Topics + Next Talent Management Event Planning

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Optional - SMUD Highlights Tour

Our chair, Sarah Geiger, is excited to share some of SMUD’s areas of interest.  This tour requires additional security information.  Tour attendance must be confirmed 3 weeks prior to the event for Canadian attendees and 1 week out for US attendees.  Please plan to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Hotel + Travel

Our host, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, has recommended the following 3 hotels. Please make your reservations based on your preference.

Within walking distance:
Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento at CSUS
1875 65th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95817

10 minutes away:
Hyatt House Midtown
2719 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Fort Sutter Hotel (Hilton)
1308 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Meet The Speakers

Rosa Martinoni

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Training Coordinator

Jennie Fennelle

Portland General Electric

Career Development Program Manager

Jennie Fennelle

Portland General Electric

Career Development Program Manager

Jennifer Dryden

Bonneville Power Administration

Program Specialist

Laurie Rodriguez

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Director, People Services & Strategies

Sarah Geiger

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Sr. DEIB Analyst