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Nov 06, 2013 11:30am -
Nov 08, 2013 12:30pm

Event Description

As the industry faces unprecedented change, the ability to predict both short and long term talent needs have become more challenging, and the need for collaboration, partnerships and replicating proven strategies has never been greater.  Energy companies and their partners around the country are implementing strategies to hone strategic workforce planning skills, increase diversity in student and candidate pools, and create a pipeline of potential workers with the right skills at the right time.  The focus of this year’s Summit is on solutions to the industry’s most pressing challenges in talent development.  Industry partners including education and workforce investment boards will also benefit from attending where there will be leading thinkers on today’s “game changers” and the solutions that work.


Meeting Information:


Wednesday, November 6 – Friday, November 8



Crystal City Marriott

1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 413-5500


There is no early registration fee for this event.


Tuesday, November 5

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshop for Members: Strategically Preparing and Crafting a Competitive DOL TAACCCT Proposal – Potomac Ballroom Salon D

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) Program is expected to release its final round of funding for up to $500 million in grants targeted to community college consortium and individual institutions in late winter/early spring 2014. This last grant opportunity for the TAACCCT program provides an incredible opportunity for community colleges and their utility company partners to jointly build the capacity of colleges to train and educate a highly skilled and qualified energy workforce. Given the complexity and requirements of the DOL grant application, it is never too early to begin to craft a vision and plan for a winning grant proposal. Workshop participants will learn key insider tips for building and writing a competitive TAACCCT grant proposal, hear from colleges who have successfully gone through the process, use tools/resources to begin to lay out a vision and strategic framework for the DOL proposal, and leave with an action plan to build your dream competitive proposal with key partners.

Facilitator: Mindy Feldbaum, Chief Executive Officer, The Collaboratory

2:00pm – 5:00pm

CEWD Workforce Planning Council Meeting – Potomac Ballroom Salon E

(Workforce Planning Council Members Only)

Wednesday, November 6

8:00am – 5:00pm

Summit Registration

8:00am – 12:30pm

National Forum – Potomac Ballroom Salon D

11:30am – 1:30pm

Energy Industry Fundamentals Providers/Teachers Network Meeting -

Martin Luther King Room

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Joyce Foundation Great Lakes States Regional Meeting -

Potomac Ballroom Salon E

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshop for Members – Potomac Ballroom Salon D

How to Get the Most Out of Your Membership - Using CEWD Tools

Facilitator: Valerie Taylor, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

2:30pm – 5:00pm

Executive Council Meeting – Martin Luther King Room

(Executive Council Members Only)

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception – Chesapeake Ballrooms Salons A-C

Gold Level Sponsor : American Electric Power

Thursday, November 7

7:00am – 5:00pm

Summit Registration

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast – Chesapeake Ballroom Salons A-C

Gold Level Sponsor: Pepco Holdings, Inc.

8:00am – 5:00pm

8:00am – 8:30am

General Session – Potomac Ballroom Salons D-F

Welcome to the CEWD Summit

·Mary Miller, President, Center for Energy Workforce Development and Chief Administrative Officer, Edison Electric Institute

·Thomas H. Graham, Vice President, People Strategy & Human Resources, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

8:30am – 9:00am

Setting the Stage and CEWD Update

Find out about what’s in store for this year’s Summit, as well as what CEWD has been up to this year.

·Ann Randazzo, Executive Director, Center for Energy Workforce Development

9:00am – 9:30am

Keynote Speaker

·Beth Reese, Senior Vice President, AGL Resources and President, Nicor Gas

9:30am – 10:15am

Workforce Survey Results

The 2011 Gaps in the Energy Workforce survey took a longer look at potential replacements and forecast out in five-year increments to the year 2020. The results from the 2013 survey have provided information to answer questions, such as: Have the workforce development issues improved? Are the gaps greater in any specific key job than the others? Are there any regions that have a greater workforce issue? Are the differences in the workforce based on the type or size of the utilities? Are there increased recruitment efforts for diverse candidates and veterans? This session will present the results and address how the data can be used to allow the state energy consortia to better plan what initiatives will be needed and when. 

·Ann Randazzo, Executive Director, Center for Energy Workforce Development

10:15am – 10:30am


10:30am – 10:50am

Business Case Brief: It’s a Smart Decision

·Elissa Richards, Curriculum Director,  National Energy Foundation

10:50am – 12:00pm

The Role of Executive Sponsor in Strengthening Energy Workforce Consortia

The role of “Executive Sponsor” is emerging within some of the more mature State Energy Workforce Consortia.  Executive Sponsors fill a leadership void between members of the Consortium and C-suite Energy Executives by championing the Consortium’s work to his/her peers and lending a voice of influence in support of the Consortium’s initiatives.  Views on the importance of this role are shared by CEWD’s first two Executive Sponsors.

Moderator:  Rosa Schmidt, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

·Selwyn Dias, Vice President of Distribution Operations, American Electric Power

·William S. Doty, Executive Vice President of Utility Operations,  Vectren Corporation

12:00pm – 1:15pm

Networking Luncheon - Chesapeake Ballroom Salons A-C

Gold Level Sponsor: Pacific Gas & Electric Company

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Strategic Planning in the Great Lakes States

The Joyce Foundation awarded CEWD a grant to help improve the outcomes and sustainability of the Energy Workforce Consortia in the Great Lakes States. A key to building sustainability in the Consortia is development and execution of a workforce strategic plan that helps the state understand and plan for its workforce needs three to five years out.  Hear from State Energy Workforce Consortia representatives from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio about the lessons they've learned through the workforce planning process.  

Moderator:  Beth Britt, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

·Joe Cisnersos, Director of Workforce Diversity, American Electric Power

·Stephanie Marum, Exelon Corporation, Talent Acquisition Programs Manager, Exelon Corporation

·Bruce Peterson, Academic Dean, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

·Chris Hage, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Duke Energy

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Business Case Brief: It’s About Security

·Vic Slade, Manager of Corporate Security, Dominion Resource Services

·Marc Gaudette, Director of IT Risk Management, Dominion Resource Services

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:30pm

Troops to Energy Jobs Panel Discussion

The Troops to Energy Jobs Initiative was piloted by six companies. Through this effort, CEWD has created a national template for all companies to build a Veteran talent pipeline and support employment success. This session will discuss the components of the national template, the resources and tools that support it, and will have pilot companies share about the successes and lessons learned from the Initiative.

Moderator:  Mindy Feldbaum, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

·Joe Cisneros, Director of Workforce Diversity, American Electric Power

·James Morante, Senior Manager of Workforce Development, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

·Linda Sykes, Military Recruiting Strategist, Southern Company

·Matt Kellam, Supervisor of Strategic Staffing, Dominion Resource Services

·Anthony Herrera, Human Resources Executive and Leadership Recruiter, Arizona Public Service Company

·Steven Spaeth, Veterans & Disabled Outreach Specialist, National Grid

4:30pm – 4:45pm

 Business Case Brief: It’s About Pride

·Karl Henke-Christopher, Troops for Energy Jobs Virtual Coach, Center for Energy Workforce Development

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Networking Reception:  Chesapeake Ballrooms Salons A-C

Gold Level Sponsor: Public Service Enterprise Group

Friday, November 8

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast - Chesapeake Ballrooms Salons A-C

Gold Level Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

8:00am – 12:30pm

General Session - Potomac Ballroom Salons D-F

8:00am – 8:10am

Review of Day One

8:10am – 8:50am

Keynote Speaker: Diversity

·Carl B. Mack, Executive Director, National Society of Black Engineers

8:50am – 10:00am

Building a Diverse Workforce Pipeline Panel Discussion

As current employees retire, the energy industry has an incredible opportunity to build a new workforce – one that represents the communities they serve. Diversity is on the top of everyone’s agenda. Find out some of the best practices from companies that are using unique ways to bring in a diverse workforce.

Moderator:  Valerie Taylor, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

·Stephanie Briggs, Employee Development Specialist, Washington Gas

Light Company

·Deon Clark, Energy Institute Program Director, Estrella Mountain Community College

·LaTonya King, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Duke Energy

·Sally Nadler, College Relations Manager, Public Service Enterprise Group

10:00am – 10:10am

Business Case Brief: It’s About Opportunity

·Dan Toland, Director of IEEE Scholarship Plus Program, IEEE Power & Energy Society

10:10am – 10:25am

Networking Break

10:25am - 10:55am

The Importance of Electric Cooperatives in State Consortia

Electric cooperatives serve an estimated 42 million people in 47 states with residential lines that cover more than 75 percent of the nation’s land mass. Though their number of employees may be smaller than investor-owned or municipal utilities, they struggle with the same workforce issues. Find out why it’s important to have cooperatives represented within state consortia and the value they bring to the table.

·Leilani Todd, Vice President of Human Resources,  Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

10:55am – 11:15am

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

Apprenticeship and Training Update

·Jim Hunter, Utility Department Director,  International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

11:15am – 12:20pm

Education Solutions Panel Discussion

Improving the skills, knowledge, and credential attainment of American workers is an urgent priority. Career pathway systems offer a more efficient and customer-centered approach to workforce development because they are designed to meet the needs of both adult learners and employers. As appropriate for the individual, Career pathway programs provide occupational skills training, give credit for prior learning, and adopt other strategies that accelerate the educational and career advancement of the participant.

Moderator:  Rosa Schmidt, Consultant, Center for Energy Workforce Development

·Kris Emaus, Manager of Training & Development, Northern Indiana Public Service Company

·Bruce Peterson, Academic Dean, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

·Clay Goodman, Vice President of Occupational Education, Estrella Mountain Community College

·Brent Weil, Senior Vice President for Education & Workforce, The Manufacturing Institute

12:20pm – 12:30pm

Wrap Up and Closing Session

Event Type:Conference
Category:Annual Membership Meeting
Early registration ends on Dec 31, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Jan 01, 2013 and ends on Nov 05, 2013.
Late registration starts on Nov 06, 2013.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 2013 Nov CEWD Summit Registration
Member Fee: $395.00$395.00$395.00
Non-Member Fee: $895.00$895.00$895.00

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