2007 CEWD Summit

October 22-24, 2007
Westin Crown Center - Kansas City , MO

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Tentative Schedule

(updated 09/12/07 -- printable version)

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Great Lakes Nuclear Consortium Meeting

1:00-5:00 p.m. Registration

4:00-5:00 p.m. Pre-Summit Workshop -
Jumpstart the Workforce Development Process

Is your company new to CEWD? Did you miss the 2006 Summit Jumpstart the Workforce Development Process? This is your chance to glean the great ideas from last year's conference as well as prepare for this year's Summit . As part of the session, you'll receive the handouts from last year's program.

5:00-7:00 p.m. Sponsored Reception

7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Opening General SessionWelcome to Kansas City
Mike Chesser, Great Plains Energy

Opening Keynote Address
Ruth Shaw, Duke EnergyCEWD Accomplishments
Mary Miller, CEWD

In the Headlights: Member Best Practices*

  • Kathy Hartman, Wisconsin Public Service: Technology Summer Camp
  • James Rzepkowski, Constellation Energy: Workforce Development Team
  • Kelly Schatz-Jennings, Great River Energy: Internships

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45-10:30 a.m.

General Session

Fill er Up: Funding Sources for Energy Companies and Their Partners
Many CEWD members have formed partnerships with their local school districts, community colleges and workforce development boards and have come up with innovative ideas to address the impending workforce shortage. Yet, they are finding that having the idea is one thing, but finding the money to make it happen is another. During this session, you'll hear from several energy companies on how they have funded their great ideas through WIRED grants and other funding sources.

Pam Arons, National Grid
Jo Winger de Rondon, Energy Providers Coalition for Education
Paul Moore, Xcel Energy
Debra Howell, Southern Company
Roberta Morris, Dekalb Workforce Development

10:30-10:45 a.m. Interactive Self-Assessment Activity

10:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

General Session

Marketing Owner's Manual: Branding Energy Careers
The Center's branding campaign is based on research of middle and high school students and young energy employees, under the age of 26. This research provides a great deal of insight into the types of careers that younger generations are looking for. Find out about the key messages gleaned from the research as well as the latest branding templates created for CEWD members.

Speakers: Bernard Hodes Group Tuned Up and Ready to Go: How to Attract and Hire Military Personnel
In addition to 200,000 service members who transition from active duty every year, there are hundreds of thousands of Veterans, Reservists, Retirees, Guardsmen and working spouses who are looking for new civilian jobs and other career opportunities. Many of these individuals offer the skills, training and experience needed for energy industry jobs. This session will provide insight into how your company can attract and hire this highly desirable population.

Speaker: TBD

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:15-2:30 p.m. Short Cut Workshops: Using CEWD's Member Toolkits
  • Grant Writing
  • Post-secondary Program Evaluation
  • Branding
  • Starting a State-Level Energy Consortium
  • FIRST Robotics
  • SkillsUSA

2:30-2:45 p.m. Rest Stop Break
2:45-4 p.m. Short Cut Workshops: Using CEWD's Member Toolkits
(repeat session)

6:00-8:00 p.m. Out on the Town: Restaurant Dine-around

7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:45 a.m.

General Session
Re-engineering: Partnerships for Industry, Education & Workforce
For change to happen, it's going to take industry, education, and workforce working together. With energy being a high-growth industry, it truly is re-engineering how things have been done in the past when job openings were few and far between. Today, companies such as Gulf Power, Vectren, and Idaho National Laboratory have initiated innovative programs that bring all three players to the table. Hear about their successes and how these types of initiatives can be duplicated throughout the country.

Jennifer Grove and Andra Cornelius, Florida Energy Workforce Consortium
Darlene Moog and Sandy Nelson, Indiana Energy Consortium
Richard Holman, CPT, Idaho National Laboratory

In the Headlights : Member Best Practices
Jim Hunter, IBEW: Regional Training Centers

9:45-10:00 a.m. Rest Stop Break
10:00-11:15 a.m. Right of Way Roundtables
These roundtables provide those with similar interests to get together to discuss their successes and help address one another's challenges. Each sector will also launch their own online communities of practice, enabling them to work together throughout the year.

Group by sector: Middle/High School, College/Technical Skills and Military/Second Career Communities

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Closing General Session

We Need to Carpool
Over the past few years, as an industry, we have learned that we can accomplish a lot more by working together instead of working independently. We will close this year's Summit with a motivational, keynote speaker with a special message about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
Speaker: Paul Gudonas, FIRSTClosing Video: Ralph Izzo, PSEG

12:15-12:30 p.m. The Final Destination: Summit Wrap-up

12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch/Optional Regional Meetings

* Each In the Headlights program is ten minutes and features one or two member companies who will share one of its best practices.

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