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WorkForceNEXT Energy Summit 2017


08:00 - 08:50

Registration / Networking Kickoff & Solutions Showcase

08:50 - 09:00

Welcome Address

09:00 - 09:45

Opening Session: Economic Outlook from the Oilfield: What does the Rest of this Recovery Look Like? What is the New Normal? Planning for the Future?

We are helping you cut through the noise with an exciting, thought provoking and fast-paced launch into the day at WorkforceNEXT Energy with a leading Energy Analyst discussing the upcoming major trends in the upstream marketplace and how they will soon impact energy markets, the workforce and you.

Get the real numbers, trends and forecasts from someone who is visiting the major oilfields, talking with the operators, service companies and drillers.  Joseph is hitting the streets to get the deeply researched and original hard intel you need to be ready for 2017 and beyond.

Hear the latest intel on:

  • How the OPEC cuts are supporting non-OPEC growth.

  • An analysis of the competitive dynamics to see which companies are growing and hiring the fastest.

  • A special update on the Permian Basin, which is the epicenter of the recovery.

  • Automation, Robotics and Technology trends creating efficiencies and demanding a new higher skilled workforce.

  • A recovery watchlist of potential red flags and key risk factors. What happens next? You’ll find out!

All of which will impact major energy and workforce decisions moving forward!

Joseph Triepke, Founder & Principal Research Analyst, Infill Thinking

09:45 - 10:30

Keynote: Ready, Set, GO! View of the Future of Energy & HR from the C-Suite

The view from the C-suite is critical as this determines the actions and objectives of HR / Talent Management teams. We can better prepare ourselves to be more strategic by gaining a balanced view from operations and business development executives.


The only constant is change. For Energy companies, never has this saying been more true.  As companies grapple with change on every level, the implications for people are profound. Join our Panel of C-Level Executives who will be sharing their view of the future of both energy and hr including;

  • HR Competency Needs in 2025
  • How does Oil & Gas and HR look 10 years into the future?
  • From their C-Level view how is the past vs present vs future and how does Energy HR prepare?
  • What are the real business drivers of today?
  • Automation / technology role in driving the business

You will also participate in a lively moderated Q&A which will offer the opportunity for you to participate and ask questions relevant to your organization.

  • Leading the way in delivering bottom-line results
  • Managing talent through our industry cycles and determining how to make talent investments from the perspective of both the Business AND HR Leadership
  • Learn how your HR team can become an essential business function

Chris Beckett, CEO, Pacific Drilling
Amy Roddy, SVP Corporate Services, Pacific Drilling
Bill Way, CEO, Southwestern Energy
John Gargani, Vice President - HR, Southwestern Energy
Debbie Logan, Talent Management Consultant

10:30 - 11:05

Refreshment / Networking Break & Solutions Showcase

11:05 - 12:30

Peer to Peer: HR Collaboration Cafe, Where Fresh Solutions are Served!

A WorkforceNEXT exclusive FAVE, the hottest and trending Energy HR topics in small peer groups with an expert moderator. In this fast paced session you will have the opportunity to work on 3 different challenges in an intimate small group roundtable.

12:30 - 1:15

Lunch, Networking & Solutions Showcase

1:15 - 2:15

Boom, Bust, Build: Rethinking the 21st Century Energy Workforce

Following the largest downturn in decades, the energy industry faces a talent turning point. While US land operations are mounting a comeback, recent research shows that over two-thirds of re-employed oilfield workers left the industry. Meanwhile, digital automation and ‘big data’ have moved into the sector, changing forever the talent and competency needs.
In this session we bring together a group of energy talent leaders to discuss the dynamics of re-building the workforce after the downturn. Exploring how digital technologies and demographics are impacting talent strategies–from attraction to development–this dialogue will tackle the most pressing workforce issues facing the industry.

Bob Newhouse, President, Newhouse Consultants
Melissa Calhoun, Director of Talent Management, Halliburton
Bonnie Houston, Senior Vice President - HR, NOV
Gail Combs Oglesby, Talent Acquisition Leader, Jacobs

2:15 - 3:15

Attracting, Managing and Developing the Future Energy Workforce: Outside/In, The Voice of Future Workers

The Future of How we Work Hear Leading Edge Research that gives you a strategic overview of what the future energy workforce looks like, their needs, how to attract, market, motivate and engage them.


What tactics, traits and workforce engagement are the leading Energy Companies and their HR Leaders using to insure they have the workforce the market and business organization demands?


You will also hear direct from the members of the past, current and future Energy workforce.


Meet the Future Energy Workforce

  • Engineering Students/MBAs/Technical Skill Students
    • What are they thinking?
    • Perspectives, hopes and fears?
  • Professors/Instructors/Administrators
    • How are they preparing the future workforce?
    • Skilled Workforce
  • Millennials who are new (1-3 years) to the Energy Workforce
    • What is their career path?
    • What is the best way to retain these future leaders?
  • Displaced workers who will need to be attracted back to Oil & Gas
    • What will it take?
    • Will they return?

Madison Gray, Process Engineer, Fluor - (Millennial Energy Workforce)
Jo-Ann Paul, Program Manager – IT Integration, McKesson Specialty Health - (Former O&G Workforce)
Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor - Workforce Education, Lone Star College - (Energy Workforce Education/Training)
Accenture, "Workforce of the Future", - Overview
Merve Gol, Graduate Student MS Global Energy Management, C.T. Bauer College of Business

3:15 - 3:30

Refreshment / Networking Break & Solutions Showcase

3:30 - 4:30

Rapidly Changing Compensation and Benefit Strategies & Solutions in the New Normal...Attraction, Retention, Engagement and Succession

Learn what the leading experts and compensation studies are showing is the best path forward in this critical area for future workforce compensation & benefits.

Are you prepared and ready to address the rapidly shifting landscape to insure you are attracting and most importantly retaining the talent, skills and competencies needed to be competitive?

  • For Companies that suspended merit and retirement programs, how and when will those restart?
  • How are HiPos getting fairly compensated today?
  • Compensation & Benefits in the New Normal
    • Sales compensation
    • Wage scale
    • COLA
    • What the new world of expats and rotators looks like
  • Massive Shifts in Compensation Strategies
    • Variable & Incentive Pay
    • Culture shifts
    • How leaders engage in accountability process

Aaron Sobel, VP Human Resources & CHRO, Diamond Offshore Drilling
Karen Griebe, Director of Compensation & Benefits, Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc.
DJ Rao, Head of Total Rewards, Weatherford
Mercer, "Compensation & Benefits in the New Normal", - Overview


Closing Remarks followed by a Closing Reception