Western Energy Institute – Announcements

Important information for our members

The Future of Programs: In-Person and Virtual

Like everyone, when COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Western Energy Institute had to adjust and find new, innovative ways to get work done. For WEI that meant having all our employees work from home and moving all our programs to a virtual format.

Because of this, we have seen just how much value the virtual format brings to many of our programs. Members have been able to stay connected with each other and have been continuing to share information and best practices during these challenging months. While we appreciate what we have been able to accomplish in a virtual format, it’s also been a reminder of just how important in-person connection can be. We are excited to start moving back to being in person for some of our events and want to share how we are approaching it.

The safety of our members and staff will always come first for WEI. We know that comfort levels with in-person events still varies widely so we will remain in close contact with our members and work diligently to ensure the new experience feels inclusive and safe for everyone. We’ll do this by:

• Regularly monitoring all federal level CDC and public health agency recommendations, as well as local ordinances, as a policy baseline for in-person programs.
• Continuing to work closely with our event partners to implement those policies and ensure the latest national and local guidelines are being followed.
• Leveraging the success of virtual programming and continuing to work with our members on a program-by-program basis to ensure we offer a variety of program formats, including both virtual and in-person opportunities, to provide the most value and access for all of our members.

Everyone at WEI is looking forward to being together again soon. If you have any questions about our transition back to in-person events, please do not hesitate to reach out to Anna Sanger Reed, Executive Director of Programs.

Please visit the individual program page for additional details about the program you are interested in attending. We will keep each instance updated with more information on the format and expectations.