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WorkforceNEXT Energy Summit 2018

2018 Agenda

7:30 am - 8:30 am

WorkforceNEXT Energy Breakfast / Networking & Solutions Showcase


7:30 am - 8:15 am

Accenture- Energy Innovation Leaders Breakfast


8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome Address


8:45 am - 9:30 am

Opening Session: State of Disruption in Energy & How to Leverage

Bill Fournet, CEO, The Persimmon Group

9:30 am - 10:10 am

Plenary: Innovation is all about Culture

Brian Richards, Managing Director, Accenture Innovation Center
Stephanie Rogers, Managing Director, Talent & Organization, Resources, Accenture Strategy

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break & Solutions Showcase


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Mega Panel: Energy Digital Workforce Supply & Demand in Equilibrium

While every industry experiences trends it is hard to think of an industry where these trends have had the kind of human impact as in Oil & Gas. Times are good and companies can’t grow fast enough. Times are bad and companies can’t shed cost fast enough.  The impacts of these shifts on the workforce and the organizations that depend on that workforce are tremendous.  Moreover, the reactionary way of dealing with these trends is no longer sustainable. Companies cannot keep chasing this curve.

In this panel discussion, you will hear from leading organizations about how they are getting out in front of these challenges.  

Specifically, they will discuss strategies around:

  • Identification of Critical Skills & Roles
  • Strategies for modeling the workforce of the future
  • An objective evaluation of Talent Supply against Current and Future Talent Demand
  • Importance of tailored Learning and Development plans that cascade down to the individual
  • How HR can partner with Operations to avoid becoming the “Island of Misfit Data”

When companies employ these strategies the results can be tremendous. From bottom line cost savings to better return on investment on development programs, to competitive advantages due to employee skill levels.

When the workforce supply and demand equation is in balance everyone wins…

Jai Shah, Director, Kahuna Workforce Solutions
Catherine Kovar, Talent Manager, Global Learning, Development & Competency, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Yeisan Matthew, Director, GE Oil & Gas
Edwin Sellas, Talent Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning - Human Resources, Enbridge

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Plenary: Changing World of Work in Energy - Key Trends for Tech & HR Leaders in 2018

John Legg, Partner and Co-Leader Workforce Strategy & Analytics, Mercer Energy

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch & Networking


11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Mercer VIP Lunch


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Fire Pitch Session Round #1 (5 Innovative Solutions)

Learn about the hottest solutions for energy workforces of the future! Digital Innovation at the cutting edge for the enterprise in 5 minute Fire Pitch format. Forget the Shark Tank or Dragons Den…these Fire Pitches help you understand how real-world technology & services can support your efforts to merge digitalization and workforce.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Peer-to-Peer Collaboration Cafe: Deep Dives into the Hot Digital Innovation for Energy Workforce Topics in Small Groups


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fire Pitch Session Round #2 (5 Innovative Solutions)

Learn about the hottest solutions for energy workforces of the future! Digital Innovation at the cutting edge for the enterprise in 5 minute Fire Pitch format.  Forget the Shark Tank or Dragons Den…these Fire Pitches help you understand how real-world technology & services can support your efforts to merge digitalization and workforce


2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Keynote: View from the C-Suite on Energy Digital Innovation & the Workforce

  • CIO/CTO/CDO/CHRO perspectives
    • New digital technology and how to scale with your workforce for new roles
    • Finding & growing talent for key digital technology positions
    • Helping current workforce adapt to new digital technology
      • Cybersecurity
      • Training
      • Changing workforce for rapid adoption
    • Developing a Culture of Innovation
    • How to partner with IT/Innovation, Engineering and HR
    • Change Management – What is everyone’s role

Dinu Parel, CIO, Dover Corporation
Brian E. Dunn, Head of IT, Cobalt International Energy

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment / Networking Break & Solutions Showcase


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Branding, Attracting the Digital Energy Workforce of the Future: What You NEED to Know Now

Capabilities & Skills for new Digital Roles needed in Energy

  • Recruiting & retaining new types of talent
  • Building a culture to support this new talent
    • Branding & Attraction for new digital talent
    • Totally new skill sets being recruited
  • Case study from outside of Energy (Financial or Manufacturing)
  • CIO on immediate needs, Talent & Innovation
  • How are companies focusing and structuring for these new digital workers and talent needs?


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Impacts of Digital Transformation on Leadership, Workforce & Talent Management

Upgrading Your Leadership & Organization for Digital Innovation through…

  • Connecting your Centers of R&D and Innovation to Scale
  • Culture
  • OD – How to adopt & leverage technology for an agile workforce
  • How to have a culture of transparency to recruit and grow young executives & new digital talent
  • Succession Planning & Performance Planning throughout disruption

Edwin Suarez, Director of Talent, Technology & Innovation and Leadership Development, Marathon Oil

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Workforce Planning & Strategies with Digital Disruption

  • What Role does technology/automation play in workforce planning?
  • How are companies applying Robotics and RMA for everyday procedures?
  • Contractors versus Full Time, new ways to utilize the Gig Economy in Energy
  • Trends/Best Practices for Digital Technology workforce


5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Summit Wrap-up: Key Takeaways for Immediate Action

Bill Fournet, CEO, The Persimmon Group

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour Reception & Networking