Insights on the Pandemic’s Impact on Talent Development in the Energy Industry

During the global pandemic, every business segment has experienced major disruptions and changes. Organizations quickly rushed into a survival, triage mode – including talent development. Many actions might be considered quick fixes or haphazard, but some changes will prove to be long-lasting.

MEA Energy Association (MEA) is hosting a webinar for talent management professionals in the energy industry to begin sharing lessons learned for staff training and development on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Jerry Kaminski, manager of learning development for instructional design and vendor management at Consumers Energy, a public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan’s residents, will present his experience in converting face-to-face training into remote learning during the webinar entitled “Insights to a Global Pandemic: How Does It impact Talent Development?”

“Talent management is a crucial part of our industry, and we have seen a number of changes in this area over the past few years,” said Bobbie Nuthals, manager of HR strategy and services at WEC Energy Group out of Wis. “This has been especially true since March when the pandemic turned everything on its head. We have been in this ‘new normal’ for several months now and are starting to figure out what actually works and what we need to do for the future. This webinar will be an excellent resource for anyone working in talent development.”

Attendees will walk away with an expanded network and industry tested solutions. The webinar will define solutions and best practices covering:

  • “Aha” moments during the disruption from the pandemic and pivot to remote training and talent development
  • Viable concepts that have the potential to evolve into a business case for new or revised standard practices

“The MEA Talent Management Committee identified a need to bring industry peers together to reflect on their shared, but different, experiences adapting to the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mark Bechtel, leadership programs manager, of MEA. “As John Maxwell says, ‘experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is the best teacher.’ The best place to get more information about this webinar and helping to define a new path for talent development in the energy industry is”

Jerry Kaminski, the presenter for this webinar, has more than 35 years of talent and organizational development experience in a multitude of industries, including information technology, retail, government, consulting, automotive and, currently, energy utilities.

For questions contact Mark Bechtel, markb (at) MEAenergy (dot) org, or (651) 289-9600 x109.

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. We were founded as a trade association over 110 years ago by distribution utilities whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, we fulfill the same purpose through education, leadership development, and industry connections. Energy delivery companies, contractors, and suppliers around the country benefit from our 55 summits, roundtables, and webinars, 400+ online technical courses, safety assessments, evaluator training, operator qualification compliance tools, and leadership courses for field personnel.

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