By - Jon Brown

Talent Acquisition in the Power Industry
September 11-12, 2019 | Denver, CO

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At the 2nd annual Talent Acquisition in the Power Industry conference, speakers will showcase the best practices in how to update branding and recruiting strategies to win the battle for new talent. Interactive sessions and extensive networking breaks will allow industry peers to collaborate openly on shared challenges and engage new ideas in-depth. Join top decision makers and insightful leaders from across the energy field as we discuss how to inspire the next generation of professionals to choose energy! 

The utility business is an exciting and important place to work, but according to recent statistics from PwC[1] and Navigant[2], it has been experiencing unprecedented levels of retirement. As new professionals are needed to replace those positions, utilities must learn how to modernize in order to remain competitive for new talent. This includes updating old job descriptions, recruiting online, optimizing social media, college outreach, and utilizing new training technologies. With a proactive strategy, utilities can reflect a workforce which brings diverse thoughts, work and life experiences, perspectives and cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss leading trends in next-gen recruiting, hiring, and training
  • Evaluate successful strategies enhancing company culture to support growth
  • Develop scalable models for better utility inclusivity and workforce racial and gender diversity
  • Human resource development and employee value (benefits packages, flex scheduling)
  • Explain successful tactics in career progression which motivates high ambition and energy
  • Explore the best practices in new training tech like AR and VR
  • Working with social media channels to influence Millennial candidates
  • Transform utility image into an effective business and recruiting tool
  • Marketing to a next generation consumer and accelerating trends in market strategy
  • Identify best practices in utility recruiting outreach (college programs, internships…etc)
  • Successful models for reward & recognition programs



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for the conference and 0.3 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used




Wednesday, September 11, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Conference Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Opening Remarks

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: KEYNOTE: NYPA and the Road to a 21st Century Utility

The New York Power Authority has long been an organization focused on its people. As we’ve progressed into an era of technology, IoT, and the need for a more sustainable and resilient grid, we also see the need for an educated and hard-working workforce which believes in what they do. With these values in mind, NYPA has revitalized it’s recruiting process and rebranded the way we are selling ourselves to the oncoming workforce. In this keynote, we will discuss that strategy and the successful ways in which the energy industry can be an exciting and attractive place for these highly sought-after talents to choose.

Ricardo DaSilva, VP, Strategic Operations, NYPA

2:00– 2:45 p.m. :: Xcel Energy-An Investment into the Future

At Xcel, we are always critically exploring new ways to engage and include a next generation workforce. From millennials to urban city workers, and hourly employees to vice presidents we invite all new employees to our headquarters on their first day to learn about the company and our culture. We will also show how we reduced the costs of this program more than 40% over the first 5 years. We will also discuss how we experimented with agile teams to tackle projects like “paperless new hire forms” without implementing or investing in new HR technology. We’ll explore these programs and more of our initiatives in this session. 

MJ Horner, Sr. Director, Talent Strategy and Transformation, Xcel Energy

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 5:00 p.m. :: PANEL: What New Talent Needs

This panel is an exploration into the true wants, needs, and motivations of a next generation workforce. Hear from a multi-dimensional panel on how to support, manage, and develop young talent.


Alli Onni, President, The Onni Project

Jeanne Jensen, Project Supervisor, City of Gilbert

Kayla Coburn, Recruiter, Xcel Energy

Valerie Rollo, Manager, Campus to Careers, National Grid

Thursday, September 12, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. :: Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Reforming the Workplace to Recruit and Retain Young Professionals

As the generations within the utility industry continue to transition from Baby Boomers, to Gen X, and now millennials, job flexibility continues to be a challenge we must overcome. Young professionals today are very open about what they desire. They are looking for a company where they see future growth, have flexibility in their schedules, and the freedom to travel and enjoy more time with family and friends. This becomes more of a challenge when you are a company that requires travel and are driven by customer schedules. There are some ways we will have to figure out how to provide this flexibility while make sure the demands of the job are met as well. Some options that should be considered are flexible work schedules, increased PTO, and possibly providing more benefits which enable employees to enjoy their travel instead of seeing it as a burden. All of these options have legal and compliance ramifications and must be navigated carefully.

Ashley Moss, VP of HR, Osmose

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Planning for Critical Talent Needs: Attracting and Building the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

One of the biggest challenges utility executives face is how to maintain operations and performance when almost 50% of their workforce is eligible to retire within the next three to five years. How can utilities attract qualified candidates when the younger generations do not seem interested in working for a utility?

Daily operations and critical business initiatives require utilities to recruit and retain top talent, including filling positions for which qualified personnel may be in short supply and high demand. Utility executives must effectively manage operations while dealing with the loss of institutional knowledge due to retirements, attracting candidates in a tight labor market, and developing new hires’ capabilities.

In this presentation, the speakers will highlight the “Buy – Build – Borrow – Cultivate” aspects of workforce planning and talent development and actions utilities can undertake to face their talent management challenge.

The speakers will provide examples to answer questions such as: What steps can a utility take to attract top talent for very competitive and technical positions? Does your organizational culture help your utility attract top talent? How can succession planning and career development plans help retain qualified employees and develop their skills? How to build a “candidate pipeline” while strengthening relationships with the community?

Yvonne Morales, Director of HR Policy & Programs, People & Culture, CPS Energy

Patricia Cruz, VP of Consulting & Training, Hometown Connections

9:45 — 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Modern Utility Case Study in Experiential Training with AR

Mike Hoff of MidAmerican Energy, (770,000 electric and 751,000 gas customers) will be discussing how Augmented Reality and eBooks are being used to modernize the MidAmerican Gas Tech Apprentice training program, reducing the time needed to train a qualified and customer centric GasTech. The Gas Tech Apprentice program has multiple AR experiences and provides content in a format millennial have grown up with. Using AR experiences and eBooks MidAmerican is replacing traditional textbooks, notebooks and VHS tapes removing the learning friction experience by millennials when faced with traditional materials. The overall result is the learning process is both dynamic and experiential, resulting in improved outcomes.

Mike Hoff, Director of Business Optimization and Innovation, MidAmerican Energy

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Workforce Diversity Panel

As utilities continue to modernize their workforce, it is important for them to be more inclusive towards people not regularly found in the energy business. This includes programs to attract women, people of color, urban citizens, and others with different backgrounds thoughts, and ideas.


Alli Onni, VP of Professional Services and Business Transformation, The Onni Project

Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager, Fort Collins Utilities

MJ Horner, Sr. Director of Talent Strategy and Transformation, Xcel Energy

Alejandro Serrudo, Supplier Diversity Consultant, PG&E

Shaun Hoyte, Manager, ConEd

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. :: Building a Better Pipeline – Knowledge Transfer & Employee Mentorship

With the growing number of utility industry employees being retirement eligible in the short-term future, the time to start succession planning and the transfer of knowledge is now. This presentation will showcase how to build a pipeline of talent ready to take on future vacancies. Learn how National Grid is tackling this challenge through strategic & targeted college outreach, improvements to the young talent pipeline through internships & recent graduate development programs, and how to track the return on investment of it all!

Valerie Rollo, Manager, Campus to Careers, National Grid

Kelsey Kennedy, Resourcing Specialist, National Grid

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Succession Planning and Workforce Readiness

Succession planning is a proven tool for the successful implementation of HR strategies. The tool supports effective deployment of potential talent in critical jobs, guides the necessary knowledge transfer, whilst ensuring business continuity. The most important step in the process is defining the jobs that are most critical to the Company’s success – especially during an organizational transformation. In addition, companies are required to have a clear understanding of the skills set and competencies required, followed by the identification of potential candidates for short, medium and long-term.

This session will provide a strategic approach to succession planning aimed at minimizing time to fill for critical positions and ensure workforce readiness. It will give the necessary platform to jump start your team’s succession planning process.

Lisa Green, Manager of Human Resources, Belize Electric Limited

2:45 — 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Modernizing and Educating for a Successful Career in Energy

As we undergo one of the largest utility workforce transitions in decades, many new job openings have become available which have not been available since the 20th century. Since then, there has been significant change in the recruiting process with a workforce that no longer looks for the same things. This required our utility to change everything from our training process to job descriptions and company culture. Fort Collins has been very proactive about engaging people of different backgrounds to join the industry with tools like a training academy. This presentation will share some of these tools which have been successful and assisted in brining Fort Collins a more versatile, modern, and diverse workplace.

Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager, Fort Collins Utilities

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. :: Tabletop Exercises & Take-Home Discussion

Interactive hour for working on shared issues, collaboration, and exploring prepared examples of talent engagement and workplace transformation.


Ashley Moss, VP of HR, Osmose


Creating A Talent Focused Recruiting Strategy and Approach for Your Company

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Workshop Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Workshop Timing


This workshop will clarify the fundamentals of setting up an effective strategy for creating exposure and traction with new talent. From optimizing analytic tools and software to updating sourcing strategies, utilities will learn how to better engage millennials, Gen Z, and new demographics of talent for a diversified and modern workforce. Moreover, they will understand some of the nuances and workflow differences between generations and successful methods of communication and management. Some of the workshop objectives include:

Learning Outcomes/Agenda

  • Identify unique incentives for both the attraction and retention of talent using generational profiles and professional capability mapping
  • Evaluate the level of effectiveness you are getting from your company’s application tracking system (ATS) implementation
  • Explore new approaches for talent sourcing for both technical and non-technical positions
  • Explore new career path designs for a young and highly mobile part of your company’s employee base


Alli Onni, President, The Onni Project

Alli Onni has spent more than 20 years in management consulting helping organizations gain clarity on strategies for transforming their performance and gaining market share. This includes working in roles centered on change management, organizational development, information technology and business operations.

Known by family and friends as her “magnificent obsession”, Alli has spent years dedicated to transforming the corporate work environment to be inclusive, inspiring and to magnify human performance.

She is the former SVP of Professional Services at Lee Hecht Harrison, Senior Executive at Infosys Consulting and Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and master of science in Communication from Rensselaer.


2019 Speakers Include

Valerie Rollo, Manager, Campus to Careers, National Grid

Shaun Hoyte, Manager, ConEd

MJ Horner, Sr. Director, Talent Strategy and Transformation, Xcel Energy

Alejandro Serrudo, Supplier Diversity Consultant, PG&E

Ricardo DaSilva, VP, Strategic Operations, NYPA

Kelsey Kennedy, Resourcing Specialist, National Grid

Lisa Green, Manager of Human Resources, Belize Electric Limited

Mike Hoff, Director of Business Optimization and Innovation, MidAmerican Energy

Kayla Coburn, Recruiter, Xcel Energy

Jeanne Jensen, Project Supervisor, City of Gilbert

Tim McCollough, Light and Power Operations Manager, Fort Collins Utilities

Yvonne Morales, Director of HR Policy & Programs People & Culture, CPS Energy

Patricia Cruz, VP of Consulting & Training, Hometown Connections

Alli Onni, President, The Onni Project



Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

7800 East Tufts Ave

Denver, CO 80237

Reserve your room:

please call 1-303-714-4673

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of September 10 – 11, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$159.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to August 21, 2019.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, August 23, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Talent Acquisition in the Power IndustryUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

Creating A Talent Focused Recruiting Strategy and Approach for Your Company US $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay US $ 1,595.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before August 09, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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