Event Profile

Women in Public Power Conference

November 6 — 7, 2019
The Benson
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 
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This class is currently full. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact Gail Patterson at 360-816-1450 or gail@nwppa.org.

Who Should Attend:

Women in the power industry.

Conference Overview:

Women in Public Power is a learning conference that provides developmental opportunities for women in five critical areas of success: knowing yourself, creating connections, managing communications, building confidence, and strengthening resilience.

Conference Agenda:

    Wednesday, November 6

    6:30-8 a.m. Registration

    6:45-7:45 a.m. Hot breakfast buffet

    8-8:10 a.m. Welcome to the 5th Annual Women in Public Power Conference

      Scott Corwin, Executive Director, NWPPA

    8:10-9:15 a.m. Keynote: “When the path reveals itself, follow it”

      Cheryl Strayed, Author "Wild", "Tiny Beautiful Things", "Brave Enough", and "Torch"

    9:15-9:45 a.m. Conference objectives, schedule, participant goals, and speed dating

      Elaine Dixon, Director of Education and Workforce Development, NWPPA

    9:45-10 a.m. Break

    10 a.m.-noon Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI) Debrief

      Dr. Ginny Whitelaw, CEO of the Institute for Zen Leadership and President of Focus Leadership

      The FEBI is a personality assessment and coaching tool that measures four fundamental energy patterns linking mind, body and behavior. Ginny will debrief the assessment and lead us through exercises that build our resilience.

    Noon-1 p.m. Networking lunch

    1-2:30 p.m. Developing Your Personal Brand: A Deep Dive!

      Jillian Douglas, CLO and Founder, Idea Learning

      Previewed in 2018, Jillian is back to take us through a more in-depth process to improve connection, be clear about what we want others to know, and build our personal brand.

    2:30-2:45 p.m. Break

    2:45-3:10 p.m. Brave Enough to Share: A Story of Development

      Tina Ward, Material & Supply Specialist, Mason County PUD No. 3

      Everyone has a story. We weave our way through our life and career by leaping at an opportunity, taking a risk, a push or pull from a mentor, or even by accident. Tina will talk about her experience. Listen carefully because it could sound familiar.

    3:10-4:30 p.m. The Big Bold Dream: From Seventh Grade Dreams to NASA Astronaut

      Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Consulting Geologist, Geosyntec Consultants

      As an earth science teacher at Hudson Bay High School in Vancouver Wash., Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger saw her chance. She flew on Shuttle Mission STS-131 in April 2010 where she logged 362 hours in space; served as the flight engineer (MS2), an Intra-Vehicular Activity crewmember for three spacewalks, and shuttle robotic arm operator; and set a record with four women in space. Now she’s going to hang out with us and tell her bold story about fulfilling an audacious dream. Ready?

    5-7 p.m. Networking reception

      Meet, connect, practice, discuss, laugh, share, and network with speakers and participants.

    Thursday, November 7

    7:15-8:15 a.m. Hot breakfast buffet

    8:30-9 a.m. What Yesterday Looks Like: Art in Action

      Lori Rock, Founder and Chief Strategist, Big Idea Zoo

    9-10:30 a.m. Own the Awkward: Confidence Versus Discomfort

      Hilary Blair, CEO, ARTiculate Real & Clear

      Challenge your thinking about confidence and communication. Hilary will encourage us to "own the awkward" of discomfort and work through it to get results.

    10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

    10:45-noon Panel: Bulding Talent and Teams - Best Practices

      Facilitators: Irene Scruggs, General Counsel, Public Power Council; and Scott Corwin, Executive Director, NWPPA

      Panelists: Frank Lawson, General Manager, Eugene Water & Electric Board; Susan Ackerman, CEO, Eugene Water & Electric Board; Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration; Michelle Manary, Executive Vice President and CFO, Bonneville Power Administration; Lena Wittler, CEO & General Manager, Clark Public Utilities; and Erica Erland, Director of Communications, Clark Public Utilities

      Learn from an experienced panel of leaders on how to position yourselves and teams to best succeed in today’s utility workplace. Hear about experiences and techniques in developing talent and empowering teams.

    Noon-1 p.m. Networking lunch

    1-2 p.m. Back to The Future: The Path Ahead

      An exercise in revealing what’s next.

    2-3 p.m. Closing Keynote: Stories and Lessons on the Path to Seattle

      Debra Smith, General Manager and CEO, Seattle City Light

    3-3:30 p.m. Wrap up, reflections and evaluations

Conference Schedule:

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on the first day; the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first day, and will be followed by a networking reception beginning at 5 p.m. The second day will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided both days.

Conference Location & Hotel Information:

The Benson
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-2000

Room rate: $185 for a single/double (breakfast is included with your stay)

Parking: $37/night

Call (888) 523-6766 or send an email to reservations@bensonhotel.com to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with the Women in Public Power group. Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than October 9, 2019, to secure the conference rate.

The hotel's cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival. Reservations cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival will be assessed one night's room and tax.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/06/2019): $695
Utility Member Standard: $770

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/06/2019): $995
Associate Member Standard: $1,070

Non-member Early Bird (ends 10/06/2019): $2,085
Non-member Standard: $2,160

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This conference qualifies for 11 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the conference.

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