Nov

07-09

Women in Energy Symposium (Nov 07-09)

Women are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry, with an extreme disparity continuing into both leadership and trade positions. This program addresses some of the evolving opportunities and challenges that women face working in the energy industry and advocates for workplace inclusion and teamwork across gender, racial, and generational demographics. Open to both women and men, WEI members will join together for leadership training, education, networking and mentorship. With a growing emphasis on cross-functional teams and diverse skill sets, this program will support utility directives to build a cohesive workforce.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Carol Butler, Seattle City Light

    • Program Location
    • Miramonte Resort and Spa
    • 45000 Indian Wells Lane
      Indian Wells, California 92210
    • Who Should Attend
    • Women and men in all facets of the utility are encouraged to join us for this dynamic conversation. If you have an interest in this capacity for yourself or your employees, we invite you to join us.

      • Women – Gain knowledge and perspective on how to develop and get ahead in a traditionally male dominated industry.
      • Men – Gain understanding of the issues women face in the industry to improve team development and synergy.
      • Executives – Learn where utilities are seeing successes in attracting and retaining their female workforce, while effectively leveraging the benefits of greater organizational diversity.
  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $599 USD
    Women in Leadership Participants: $449 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after October 16, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $150 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.

    The Women in Leadership participant ticket is available to enrollees of the 2018 Women in Leadership – Mentoring + Development programs. This $150 discount on the normal attendee rate is applied at registration. Includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, and all food events.

  • 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 Kristen Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Indian Wells Golf Resort Golf Outing

Join us for a day of networking with business associates, as well as golf enthusiasts for a round of golf in tropical Palm Springs, CA. Maybe you have never golfed before, no experience is needed. This is a day of fun on an 18-hole course with breathtaking views of the mountains and a time to get to know others in your industry with fun activities along the way.

Meet at the golf clubhouse at 7:30 AM. Tee time 8:00 AM (PT). Concludes around 2:30 PM. No refunds after September 7, 2018. Rental clubs are available for $ 75.00 and include six Callaway golf balls. Please call the Indian Wells Golf Resort at 760-346-4653 to arrange for rental clubs or bring your own.

Hospitality provided by our sponsors: GROEBNER, Michels Corporation, and SENSIT Technologies.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Palm Springs Aerial Tram and Wind Farm Tour

First stop on this tour is the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. Climb Mt. San Jacinto from the comfort of this historical civil engineering landmark. Hike or wander the summit while enjoying the stunning and sweeping views of the desert below. Following the tram experience is a guided tour through the San Gorgonio Pass's wind generation facility. The tour will cover the international history of wind energy, current utilization of wind power in this area, and the opportunity to ask operational questions. The guides work exclusively for the facility, some are Engineers.  In addition to the wind turbines they will see the onsite solar farm and a gas plant. The temperature at the Aerial Tram Mountain Station can be up to 30 degrees cooler than in the valley; therefore, we encourage attendees to please dress accordingly and wear comfortable walking shoes and layer clothing. Boxed lunches and water will be provided. * Standard cancellation policy applies. 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Registration and Badge Pick Up

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Dinner on your own.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome & Conference Overview

Speaker: Carol Butler, Corporate Performance Director, Seattle City Light. Our chair will welcome attendees and share important announcements.

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Empowering Women to Succeed in the Energy Industry
Speaker(s): Colleen Scholl, Senior Vice President, HDR Engineering, Inc.

According to the International Energy Agency, the energy industry remains one of the least gender diverse market sectors in the world’s economy. The 2017 US Energy and Employment Report agrees, with women composing only 22 to 34 percent of the US workforce in the various energy related industries. The speaker will share her own story of working more than 25 years in the power industry and share insights and practical tools for women working in these fields. The session will also highlight opportunities within the energy industry for empowering women to develop and achieve their own definition of success within the industry.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Simply Security: Sharing Sound and Sensible Solutions for Cyber Safety
Speaker(s): Clay Storey, Senior Manager of Security, Avista Corp.

Did you know that more than 90% of cyber attacks begin with Social Engineering and if successful, they allow an attacker to access to your network and exploit vulnerable systems? Come learn about choices you can make at work and home that will significantly reduce you and your organization risk to a cyber attack. You have more control over your cyber risk than you think!

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

How Utilities are Using Change Management to Evolve
Speaker(s): Jessica Barrett, Deployment Lead, Salt River Project, Stacy Lucchesi, Information Technology Planning Manager, Southern Company, Rochelle Howell, Workforce Development & Training Manager, Georgia Power Company

What is “change management” and do I need it? This session will provide an introduction to change management and how utilities are using it to successfully adopt new processes and technology. We will hear how different utilities are implementing change management techniques and practices including executive coaching and project support.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Intentional Networking Workshop
Speaker(s): Laticia Holbert, Employee Development and Diversity Manager, INTREN, LLC

Networking, whether you like it or not, is a must in today’s corporate arena! During our session, you will understand the importance of mastering your audience, sticking to your personal agenda, and crafting your pitch. Most importantly, you will learn to let your brand take center stage while you mingle with strategic purpose.

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Pre-reception Break

5:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Networking Reception and Dinner

Networking Reception and Dinner on the lawn.

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Transforming Canadian and US Utilities: Tactics and Strategies
Speaker(s): Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One Inc.

What are some of the common operational issues faced by US and Canadian utilities today? Do the strategies used to address these issues differ between the two countries? In this session, we will hear about innovative tactics used to transform the everyday operations of US and Canadian utilities, including how to move the dial on performance metrics, and how best to stretch your capital dollars.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

A Respectful Workplace
Facilitator(s): Britt Bachtel-Browning, Senior Counsel, Avista Corp.
Panelist(s): DaVonna Johnson, Chief Administrative Services Officer, Seattle City Light, Annette Gardiner, VP, Gas Strategic Development, Itron, Inc., Gillian Murphy, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Everything you ever wanted to know about unconscious bias, #metoo and sexual harassment, discrimination, and other topics that harm morale and impact a utility’s culture.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Driving Culture Change Through Inclusive Leadership
Speaker(s): Tuni DeJesus, Director, Catalyst

Leveraging diversity and building an inclusive work environment is no easy feat. It requires a long-range and strategic approach to cultural change, involving the successful integration of key change accelerators. In addition to implementing programs and policies, companies must tightly link organizational objectives (business goals, values, brand identity) to specific, action-focused diversity and inclusion strategies for results with impact. Join us for a discussion and networking where we will explore the challenges and rewards of cultural change through inclusive leadership.

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closing Comments and Meeting Adjourns
Speaker(s): Carol Butler, Corporate Performance Director, Seattle City Light

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Wrap Up and Planning Meeting

For PDT members and those interested in planning the 2019 conference. Join the Program Development Team to share feedback from this conference and brainstorm ideas for next year’s symposium.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 237-2926 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $179 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until October 16, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

All networking events take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Indian Wells Golf Resort Golf Outing
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration fee: $129 USD
Join us for a day of networking with business associates, as well as golf enthusiasts for a round of golf in tropical Palm Springs, CA. Maybe you have never golfed before, no experience is needed. This is a day of fun on an 18-hole course with breathtaking views of the mountains and a time to get to know others in your industry with fun activities along the way.

Meet at the golf clubhouse at 7:30 AM. Tee time 8:00 AM (PT). Concludes around 2:30 PM. No refunds after September 7, 2018. Rental clubs are available for $ 75.00 and include six Callaway golf balls. Please call the Indian Wells Golf Resort at 760-346-4653 to arrange for rental clubs or bring your own.

Hospitality provided by our sponsors: GROEBNER, Michels Corporation, and SENSIT Technologies.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram and Wind Farm Tour
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration fee: $146 USD
First stop on this tour is the Palm Springs Aerial Tram. Climb Mt. San Jacinto from the comfort of this historical civil engineering landmark. Hike or wander the summit while enjoying the stunning and sweeping views of the desert below. Following the tram experience is a guided tour through the San Gorgonio Pass’s wind generation facility. The tour will cover the international history of wind energy, current utilization of wind power in this area, and the opportunity to ask operational questions. The guides work exclusively for the facility, some are Engineers. In addition to the wind turbines they will see the onsite solar farm and a gas plant.

The temperature at the Aerial Tram Mountain Station can be up to 30 degrees cooler than in the valley; therefore, we encourage attendees to please dress accordingly and wear comfortable walking shoes and layer clothing. Boxed lunches and water will be provided. *Standard cancellation policy applies.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Colleen Scholl

HDR Engineering, Inc.

Senior Vice President

Jessica Barrett

Salt River Project

Deployment Lead

Stacy Lucchesi

Southern Company

Information Technology Planning Manager

Rochelle Howell

Georgia Power Company

Workforce Development & Training Manager

Laticia Holbert

INTREN, LLC

Employee Development and Diversity Manager
Learn More

Laticia Holbert is a proud Chicagoan that is passionate about innovation, social justice and change management. Laticia currently works for INTREN, LLC. as Employee Development and Diversity Manager/Business Development Manager. Her role reports both in human resources and business development utilizing her skills as a people and strategic developer. INTREN is an innovative utility solutions partner, building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry. Laticia blends her technical and educational passions as a developer and connector of people and things. She is always looking at the big picture, pulling talents and gifts while championing people to live their authentic self. In her role she does corporate training, career and professional development planning, champion’s diversity and inclusion efforts, leads employee resource groups and business development.

Previously, Laticia was Director of Education and Training Innovation for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and is an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado Technical University and Ashford University. She serves on the, Executive Club of Chicago Membership Committee, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Ambassadors Council, Women in Energy Network (WEN) Chicago New Member Onboarding Chair, Million Women Mentors Steering Committee Member and board of directors for Foundation College Prep (2016-2018). She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Greg Kiraly

Hydro One Inc.

Chief Operating Officer

Greg Kiraly

Hydro One Inc.

Chief Operating Officer

Tuni DeJesus

Catalyst

Director

Carol Butler

Seattle City Light

Corporate Performance Director

DaVonna Johnson

Seattle City Light

Chief Administrative Services Officer

Annette Gardiner

Itron, Inc.

VP, Gas Strategic Development

Britt Bachtel-Browning

Avista Corp.

Senior Counsel

Gillian Murphy

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Partner
Learn More

Gillian Murphy focuses her practice on employment advice and counsel. She helps employers of all sizes successfully navigate every aspect of the employment relationship, including compliance with leave and disability law, discrimination investigations, updating personnel policies, and drafting executive compensation agreements. As a member of Davis Wright Tremaine’s Pay Equity Task Force, Gillian guides employers through compensation analyses and performs job classification audits to ensure compliance with state and federal law. Gillian frequently assists the mergers and acquisitions team with due diligence and other employment issues that may arise in connection with asset and stock purchases. She regularly conducts management training programs on a range of employment topics.

Clay Storey

Avista Corp.

Senior Manager of Security