Talent Management (Sep 10-11)

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)
  • Jason Gardner, Administrator, Organizational Development, Southwest Gas

    • Program Location
    • Southwest Gas Corporation
    • 5241 Spring Mountain Road, Building C
      Las Vegas, NV 89150
    • Who Should Attend
    • Leaders responsible for organizational development plans, corporate training initiatives and learning programs.

  • Registration Options
  • Member: $449 USD

    Registration price includes all Talent Management agenda items and meeting materials. Registration includes a networking dinner on Tuesday evening, as well as catered breakfast and lunch 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. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program 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 Amy Nye, Program Manager at (503) 688-2794.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration + Networking

Arrive early to network with peers. Light refreshments will be provided.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Welcome to Southwest Gas

The host utility will welcome us to Las Vegas.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Facilitator(s): Jason Gardner, Manager, Organizational Development, Southwest Gas Corporation

Come prepared to share a success story or challenge from your latest initaives as part of our round robin attendee introductions.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Change Management

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Diversity + Inclusion

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Dinner

Join us for a WEI hosted networking dinner.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast will be served onsite.

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Performance Management + Competency Models

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Hot Topics Roundtable

This session provides time for attendees to address new topics and elaborate upon previous discussions at the forum. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with one “top of mind” issue for discussion.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Lunch will be served onsite.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Future Ready Workforce

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Wrap Up + Future Planning

Interested in improving our experience? Join us at the wrap-up session to share your thoughts on the forum and help generate ideas for future agendas. This session is also a great starting point for those who wish to volunteer as a planning team member for 2020.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (702) 942-7777 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Talent Management Forum to receive a special rate of $80 USD/night. Please note that there is also a reduced $29 + tax resort fee in addition which covers internet and Cardio Center access among other resort amenities. This rate is guaranteed until August 12, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Jason Gardner

Southwest Gas Corporation

Manager, Organizational Development