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WorkforceNEXT Energy Summit

2018 Agenda – WFN 2019

7:30 am - 8:30 am

WorkforceNEXT Energy Breakfast / Networking & Solutions Showcase


8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome Address


8:45 am - 9:30 am

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

The speed of change and uncertainty is not slowing down – in fact, it continues to increase. Leaders across the energy industry are seeing how this amplified complexity and rapid movement creates substantial disruptions in their workforce and technologies.  As CEO of The Persimmon Group, Bill works closely with HR and IT professionals in energy and numerous other industries to address these challenges.  

In this talk, Bill will explore not only current “disruptors” for the industry but what is on the horizon.  Come hear insights into what organizations can be doing now to prepare and turn these talent- and technology-affecting disruptions, into opportunities for the organizations that are ready.

  • Explore the technology and workforce disruptors on the horizon that could affect the energy industry
  • Gain insights on how to leverage these disruptions into opportunities for your company
  • Learn what you can do now to strengthen your organization in preparation for the future

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 Whaley, 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…

MODERATOR: Jai Shah, CEO, Kahuna Workforce Solutions
Catherine Kovar, Talent Manager, Global Learning, Development & Competency, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Yeisan Matthew, Director, Capability & Analytics, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Edwin Sellas, Talent Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning - Human Resources, Enbridge

11:15 am - 11:45 am

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

The “Digital Transformation” is occurring across all industries, including Energy, and affecting all business functions, including HR. John Legg, Mercer Energy Leader for North America, and Steven Rogers, Managing Partner Mercer Digital, will share their experience in working with clients in- and outside the Energy industry and share an overview of Mercer’s “best practices” and potential paths to be considered as many of us take the first step(s) in our digital journey.

John Legg, Partner and Co-Leader, Workforce Strategy & Analytics, Mercer Energy
Steven Rogers, Managing Partner, Mercer Digital

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch & Networking


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 - 2:15 pm

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


2:15 pm - 2:45 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


2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

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

  • Strategic Executive 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

Moderator & Introduction: Bob Newhouse, CEO, Newhouse Consultants
Fritz Golding, Director of Learning & Development, Noble Drilling
Jim Alcombright, VP Product Management, Digital Technology, Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Mohab Kassem, Sr. Manager, Learning & Development, Halliburton

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Refreshment / Networking Break & Solutions Showcase


3:45 pm - 4:15 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 workforce
    • Branding & Attraction for new digital talent
    • Totally new skill sets being recruited
  • Immediate needs, Talent & Innovation
  • How are companies focusing and structuring for these new digital workers and talent needs?

Brett Kummer, Global Resources COE - Talent Acquisition, Mobility, Immigration, Fluor

4:15 pm - 5:00 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

Moderator: James Tastard, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Geokinetics Inc
Brett Richard, Manager, HR & Organizational Effectiveness, Sasol
Andrea Pinnarelli, Vice President, HR - Organization & Talent Development , Baker Hughes, a GE Company

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