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Defining and Refining Company Culture: An Executive Forum for Utilities and Energy Companies

December 3, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - December 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Electric utilities and energy companies are moving out of an age of operating as entrenched engineering organizations. Both customers and employees want and expect more. Therefore, these companies are examining internal organizational culture and structure to be attractive and viable options for the next generation. Some forward thinking companies are leading the charge and most, if not all, are examining organizational culture and issues associated with shifting business models as well as evolving employee and customer attributes, wants and needs.
At this event, you’ll hear from culture influencers in the energy space, and outside of it, to learn how companies are becoming more intentional as they engage with their employees and their customers to communicate the mission and values of their organizations.

This forum is designed for senior level executives and we recommend that companies send cross functional teams* to make the best use of working sessions and develop a culture strategy for your organization.  

*Discounts are available for groups of 3 or more, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Program Agenda

Monday, December 3, 2018
12:30 pm Registration

1:00 pm Welcome by Andrea Lyles, Co-Founder, Power and Utilities Program Director, Kinetic Energy Training

1:15 pm Keynote Conversation with Laura Leffler, Chief of Staff and Head of Communications and Culture, Lower 48 | BP America Production Co.
Laura is charged with overseeing culture and communications for one of the energy sector’s leading companies. In this session, Laura will discuss BP’s proactive public communication as well how the company culture enables BP to focus on capitalizing on emerging business models and markets in oil, gas and renewable energy. We’ll learn how BP frames and communicates company culture and how that interfaces with enterprise projects and initiatives.

2:00 pm Defining Culture -Working Session led by Louisa Finn, Principal, Point B
As the saying goes – culture eats strategy for breakfast. Culture lies at the heart of how companies operate. While culture can be challenging to change, there are ways you can shift it.
In this working session you will learn what culture is and how you can identify and harness the key drivers of culture to enable shifts that benefit employees and customers. You will work with others in a group to apply insights about your own company’s culture in order to inform practical changes you can make to reinforce or shift your culture. This is where culture begins to move from aspiration to reality.

4:00 pm Panel Discussion: Leading the Culture Charge
Translating a company’s vision and values into a positive company culture is no small feat. The work is never done as company culture is dynamic and must be cared for and tended to. In this panel, culture heroes will discuss the ins and outs of organizational transformation and change management while focusing on safety and reliability.
Tamara Bray, Chief Human Resources Officer, DCP Midstream                                                           Jennifer Rodgers, Chief Strategy Officer, Western Area Power Administration/WAPA
Louisa Finn, Principal, Point B
Moderated by Sabah Cambrelen, Portfolio Leader, Point B

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:00am Continental Breakfast

8:30am Keynote Conversation with Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts, Chief Strategy Officer, Platte River Power Authority
Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) provides wholesale electric generation and transmission to several municipal utilities in Northern Colorado. PRPA’s vision is “As a respected leader and responsible energy partner, improve the quality of life for the citizens served by our owner communities”. In the session, Alyssa will discuss how PRPA is evolving to meet and exceed customer expectations – especially in regards to renewable energy – and how that impacts strategy and culture.

9:15am Workspace Design Trends presented by Christopher Roe, Point B
A well designed workspace supports employee communication and sets the cultural tone. Thinking far beyond open workspaces, stand-up desks, coffee bars, meditation rooms and employee touch-down offices, this presentation will share innovations in “Workspace Design” that holistically take in to account the physical, digital, relational, team environments, automation, work-product and additional key aspects that drive and enable high-performance, innovative and nimble work cultures.

10:00am Morning Break

10:30am Ongoing Employee Engagement with Emma Bindbeutel, People Operations Manager, Choozle
Choozle is a growing Denver based digital advertising agency and Emma oversees people operations at the fast paced company. In this session, we’ll learn how Choozle intentionally engages with employees beginning with the onboarding process. Emma will share how culture lives and changes in her organization and who owns it. Emma will provide an enlightening perspective from a young, fresh company outside of the energy space.

12:00pm Group Luncheon

1:00pm Keynote Conversation with Cheryl Campbell, Independent Director, Hoffman Southwest Corp and former Senior Vice President of Gas, Xcel Energy
In over 13 years at Xcel Energy, Cheryl led efforts in strategy and risk management, often during times of significant change. In this session, Cheryl will share experiences earned as a culture champion in a large utility organization with thousands of employees in several locations.

1:45pm Working Session: What’s Next led by Julia Schmidt, Point B and Andrea Lyles, Kinetic Energy Training Often times, what we learn at an event gets shelved when we get back to our offices and are faced with the tasks at hand. In this closing session, attendees will take what they learned and turn it into actionable strategies for when they return to the office. Once again, the group will break into teams, put pen to paper and make a plan to jump start culture building efforts.

3:00pm Forum Adjourns

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December 3, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
December 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
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Andrea Lyles


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1850 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202 United States
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