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2018 November Annual Summit

Nov 07, 2018 01:00pm -
Nov 09, 2018 05:00pm

Event Description

2018 Annual Summit and National Forum 
The Changing Energy Workforce:  What matters most for today and the future?
Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA

Today's energy workforce finds itself immersed in a rapidly changing industry. Our customers' expectations are growing.  Our sources for energy are evolving. Enabling technologies help us do our work quicker and smarter. Meanwhile, the industry itself continues to morph through growth and diversification in an increasingly digital world.  These and other Game Changers significantly impact our workforce requirements. So how does today's workforce - the one we need to build for the future - not only cope but thrive in this sea of change? And which of these impacts really need our attention today? Those are the topics that will be explored during the 2018 CEWD Annual Summit. Our agenda features notable keynote speakers from within and outside the industry plus ample opportunity to learn from our members and discuss the issues in smaller forums. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

7:00am –5:00pm        



Workforce Planning Council Meeting (Council Members Only)


Executive Council Meeting (Council Members Only)


National Forum for State Energy Workforce Consortia


Networking Reception

Thursday, November 8, 2018 

7:00am –5:00pm        





Welcome to the CEWD Summit



Board Panel: CEWD 2018 Energy Industry Game Changers

Earlier this year, the CEWD Board of Directors and Executive Council mapped out the most significant industry changes that will impact the energy workforce.  These game changers provide the foundation for a national strategic workforce plan to create and maintain a talent pipeline of qualified and diverse workers. Our panel of directors will talk about how the industry is changing and their take on the future workforce.  After you hear from the Board members, you’ll have the opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about the Game Changers.


CEWD Update






General Session – Changing Workforce

The energy workforce is transforming to a younger, more diverse and technically savvy future.  Diversity and inclusion expert, Dr. Tony Byers, will share his thoughts on challenging the status quo of diversity and inclusion practices and transforming D & I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time.  CEWD member companies will then report on how they are achieving results through the Strategic Linkages approach to diversity introduced at last year’s Summit. Finally, hear about the next evolution of diversity and inclusion, Human Equity, from Lori Sutton, Vectren who has been on the ground utilizing this approach.


Networking Lunch


Breakout Sessions

In July 2018, CEWD surveyed the membership to determine the most pressing issues today and in five years. The breakout sessions at this year’s Summit will focus on those issues identified as the most critical and how what we do today can help us better prepare for the future.

  • Diversity

  • Building Partnerships

  • Measuring Progress / Workforce Planning

  • Employability Skills

  • Knowledge Transfer







General Session – Changing Relationships

The nature of relationships between utilities, contractors, educators and other stakeholders has matured and grown in importance since CEWD was first formed. Vivek Arora, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Mears Group, Inc., a Quanta Services Company, will address the importance of developing sustainable partnerships that can withstand ongoing change in our industry. In our company spotlight, John Lee, President and CEO, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative will provide an excellent example of partnership in practice with the Power Line Workforce Program partnership with Southside community College. Additionally, a panel of CEWD members will describe their partnerships that are producing impressive results.

Friday, November 9, 2018 






General Session – Changing Skills

A skilled workforce—we all want and need it, but today’s changing environment means we have to find innovative ways to teach both aspiring employees and the incumbent workforce.  A strong foundation of academic, employability and technical skills form the core of the workforce for today and tomorrow.  The more solid the employability skills of the workforce pipeline in areas such as problem solving, critical thinking, and persistence, the more likely they will adjust to the ever-changing technologies. Find out how educators and employers are addressing the challenge of a skilled workforce and producing students and workers who have the skills the industry needs to succeed today and in the future.






General Session – Preparing for the Future

During our review of the 2018 game changers, significant advances in technology was seen as a sizable internal and external workforce impact. From drones to artificial intelligence to chatbots and RPA, technology advances are challenging our existing workforce capability as well as our workforce pipeline efforts. Brad Denny, Principal and Power & Utilities Human Capital Leader of Deloitte Consulting, will a fascinating look at changing technologies and the impact they will have on the talent pipeline.  And find out what the future workforce looks like and expects as we close with a panel of new energy employees. 

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Wrap Up/Adjourn

There is no early or late registration for this meeting.

If you have questions about your registration, please contact staff@cewd.org. 


Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Jan 01, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Jan 02, 2018 and ends on Nov 09, 2018.
Late registration starts on Nov 10, 2018.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)



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