Event Profile

Labor and Employee Relations Group Conference

June 6 — 8, 2022
The Grove Hotel


The pre-registration is currently closed. If you would like to attend this event, please come to the NWPPA registration desk at the hotel, and our onsite coordinator will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Members of the NWPPA Labor and Employee Relations Group, which includes general managers, labor relations managers, operations managers, and human resources professionals. Non-members may attend if they are part of an NWPPA member utility.

Conference Overview:

Come to the first in-person Labor and Employee Relations Group Conference since 2019! This annual event brings together labor relations leaders to share their experiences, recommendations, and lessons learned about key labor relations and human resource issues. This year’s conference will consist of two half days and one full day: afternoon sessions on June 6, a full day of sessions on June 7, and morning sessions on June 8. At the conference you can catch up with your colleagues and have fun at the evening networking reception.

We’re excited to announce that the conference will feature Dr. Jermaine Davis, founder and CEO of Jermaine M. Davis Seminars & Workshops, Inc., a personal and professional development company. Dr. Jermaine has authored and co-authored 10 books on topics of academic success, diversity and inclusion, leadership, motivation, inspiration, and women’s leadership. He is also a proud filmmaker, currently working on the release of his debut documentary and companion book, Breaking the Cycle. You will not want to miss his keynote presentation!

Conference Agenda:

Monday, June 6

Noon-1 p.m. Registration

1-1:30 p.m. Welcome

    Suzie Wrbelis, Director of Human Resources, Public Utility District No. 1 of Pend Oreille County

1:30-2:15 p.m. Employment Law Review


2:15-2:30 p.m. Break 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging

    Jo Smith, President, Jo Smith Associates

3:30-4:30 p.m. Roundtable

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5-6 p.m. Reception

Tuesday, June 7

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet

8:30-noon Developing My Team’s Bench Strength

    Kayla Barrett Curry, CEO, Organization Impact, LLC

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2 p.m. Leadership

    Jo Smith, President, Jo Smith Associates

2-2:30 p.m. New Rollout - Onboarding

    Marisa Heard, Manager of Employee Services, Cowlitz PUD; and Sasha Hinners, Benefits Specialist/Leave Administrator, Cowlitz PUD

2:30-3 p.m.  New Rollout


3:15-4:30 p.m. Roundtable

Thursday, June 8

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet

8:30-10:30 a.m. TBD

    Dr. Jermaine Davis, Founder & CEO, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars & Workshops, Inc.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Roundtable

11:30 a.m.-noon Closing remarks and door prizes

Conference Location and Hotel Information:

The Grove
245 South Capitol Boulevard
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 333-8000

Room rate: $169

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than June 6, 2022.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (EXTENDED TO 6/6/2022): $870
Associate Member Early Bird (EXTENDED TO 6/6/2022): $1,305
Non-Member Early Bird (EXTENDED TO 6/6/2022): $2,610

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted with a full refund as follows:

For webinars and virtual classes, if the request is made at least five days prior to the course, then 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.

For in-person events and blended learning series, the following fee structure applies: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling because NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This conference qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.