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Women in Public Power Conference

November 8 — 9, 2017
Embassy Suites Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97220 
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NWPPA Women in Public Power Conference

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. This year, the assessment tool is the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI).

Conference Agenda:

Day 1: Wednesday, November 8

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome

    Anita Decker, Executive Director, NWPPA

8:45-9:45 a.m. Keynote: Lessons Learned–Some the Hard Way

    Sue Kelly, American Public Power Association's CEO and the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment's 2017 Woman of the Year, will share her lessons learned over the years working in the energy field.

9:45-10:30 a.m. Breakouts – Lessons Learned

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

10:45-11:15 a.m. Conference Objectives, Schedule, Participant Goals, and "Speed Dating"

    Elaine Dixon, Director of Education and Workforce Development, NWPPA

11:15 a.m.-Noon Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument

    The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) is a tool for helping people understand how different conflict-handling styles affect interpersonal and group dynamics–and for empowering them to choose the appropriate style for any situation.

Noon-1 p.m. Networking lunch

1-1:45 p.m. Key Success Factors: Confidence and Resilience–Stories from the field

    Beth Looney, CEO, Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (PNGC Power)

1:45-2 p.m. Speed Dating with Purpose

2-2:45 p.m. Key Success Factor: Connection - Are You a Cabinet Builder?

    Anita Decker, Executive Director, NWPPA

2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-4:30 p.m. Women’s Panel – Lessons from across Experiences

    Meera Kohler, CEO, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative; Amber Orr, Director of Engineering, Pend Oreille County PUD; Britni Davidson-Cruickshank, Member Services Manager, Salem Electric; Jackie Flowers, General Manager, Idaho Falls Power; and Janet Herrin, COO, Bonneville Power Administration

4:45-6:30 p.m. Networking reception

Day 2: Thursday, November 9

8-8:15 a.m. What Came up over Night?

8:15-9:30 a.m. Keynote: Pearls of Wisdom from Powerful Women

    Fawn Germer, international best-selling author and journalist, brings together the wisdom of prime ministers, presidents, CEOs, Nobel Peace Prize winners, adventurers, Academy Award winners, scientists, journalists, Olympic athletes, newsmakers, senior executives, and other women who have captured our hearts while making history.

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

9:45-12:15 p.m. Key Success Factors: Communication – Working with Conflict

    Maggie Kolkena, President of Third Thought Consulting, will debrief the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) and teach us how to better respond to, and even utilize, conflict.

12:15-1 p.m. Lunch

1-2 p.m. Key Success Factors: Know Yourself – Finding and Using Your Noble Purpose

    Elaine Dixon, Director, Education and Workforce Development, NWPPA

2-3 p.m. Keynote: A Hopeful Future

    Lisa Grow, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Idaho Power

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

Conference Location & Hotel Information:

Embassy Suites Portland - Airport
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland,  Oregon, 97220

Room rate: $159 Single/Double

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than October 10, 2017,to secure this rate. Mention that you are with Northwest Public Power Association (Group Code NWA) when booking your reservation. Or book online with the following link: WiPP

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 10/8/2017): $700
Utility Member Standard: $775

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 10/8/2017): $1,050
Associate Member Standard: $1,125

Non-member Early Bird ends 10/8/2017): $2,100
Non-member Standard: $2,175
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