A panel discussion on aging workforce issues and solutions for water utilities. You could attend the discussion in person in Chapel Hill (lunch provided) or watch the broadcast online remotely. This panel discussion is hosted by the NC AWWA-WEA Utility Management Committee.
- Rod Dones (Organizational Development & Learning Specialist, Charlotte Water)
- Tamara Byers (Human Resources Manager, Charlotte Water)
- Ed Kerwin, PE (Executive Director, Orange Water & Sewer Authority)
- Matt Bernhardt (Director of Public Works and Utilities, City of Gastonia)
- 5th Panelist TBD
(moderator) JD Solomon, PE, CRE, CMRP (Vice President, CH2M)
Purpose: Utility executives in all areas of their organization are facing significant challenges as their workforces’ age and draw nearer to retirement. To some extent, the great recession slowed the “brain drain” that was beginning to occur but the next decade will see significant segments of utility staff leave the workforce. How are utility organizations planning for succession? How are they capturing and retaining the systems and operational knowledge that these long-time employees hold? How are they successfully recruiting and retaining the next generation of utility staff?
Come and interact with some of the North Carolina’s prominent utility operations and human resource managers who are on the front lines of these issues, as they discuss the difficulties they are facing and the best practices they are employing to overcome them.
Where: UNC School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (Knapp-Sanders Building)
400 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC
(Visitor information: https://www.sog.unc.edu/about/visitor-information)
Attendance: Attend either in-person at the School of Government or from anywhere over a live webcast. Both in-person and webcast attendees will be able to pose questions to panelists during the event.
HURRY! In-person registration is limited to 40 individuals. Webcast attendance is not limited.
Cost: $40 per person in-person attendance, includes boxed lunch
plus $8 per vehicle parking pass at the Knapp-Sanders Parking Deck (carpooling
$35 per person live webcast attendance
Credit: PDHs, CEUs, and CPEs (equivalent to 1 hour) will be available for in-person attendees
Continuing Education: There are no prerequisites for this basic level content to meet the requirements for CPA CPE.
WATER TREATMENT FACILITY OPERATORS, DISTRIBUTION OPERATORS, CROSS CONNECTION/BACKFLOW OPERATORS: This seminar is approved for 1.0 contact hours for continuing education by the NCWTFOCB. Course ID: 165412
WASTEWATER OPERATORS: This seminar is approved by the WPCSOCC for 1.0 contact hours for continuing education. WPCSOCC Course ID: CE09281602
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS: This seminar is approved for 1.0 PDH’s.
MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGIST: This seminar is approved for 1.0 contact hours for continuing education