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POWERGEN International® partners with different organizations to host industry workshops during the event. Check out the workshops below happening at POWERGEN 2024. 

Accelerating the Energy Workforce Development Workshop - Facilitated by U.S. WIN

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

This workshop, facilitated by the U.S. Women in Nuclear (WIN), will help attendees identify ways to develop a diverse pipeline, ensure gender equity and plan for growth.

The event includes a presentation to give attendees an understanding of gaps and needs in the current energy workforce. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring utility, trade union, academia and national laboratory representation.

Attendees will then break out into groups and workshop ideas, with the end product being an action plan that identifies ways to ensure a diverse and equal workforce that meets the needs of energy industries.

This solutions-focused workshop is open to the full spectrum of utilities, developers and regulators interested in building up their pipeline of diverse expertise.

Who should attend:

Anyone who is concerned about workforce development in energy industries, including operators, human resources representatives, managers, directors, etc.

Cost: $100









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Kára M. Temple
Board of Directors at Allied Power, MBA, Former Miss USA

Kara recently received her MBA from Louisiana State University. Prior to enrolling in her MBA program, for approximately 7 years Kara served as a Reactor Engineer for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She focused on emergency preparedness for decommissioning and licensing radioisotope production facilities, ISFISIS, and small modular reactors initial design approval. She is formally trained in Westinghouse Power Reactors. During her time with the NRC, Kara took a one-year sabbatical to serve as Miss USA. Kara leverages these experiences in other roles including a Board Member of Allied Power and the Founder of the K-6 nonprofit, Science Exploration for Kids.

Kim Cook Nelson

Kimberly Cook-Nelson
Executive Vice President of Nuclear Operations and Chief Nuclear Officer of Entergy,

Kimberly Cook-Nelson is executive vice president of nuclear operations and chief nuclear officer of Entergy, where she is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable operations of Entergy's four nuclear power plants and five reactors located in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior to her current role, she served as chief operating officer, nuclear operations and as Entergy’s vice president, system planning and operations. In Kimberly’s 27 years with Entergy, she has held roles in the headquarters office as well as various leadership positions of increasing responsibility in her 18 years at Waterford 3 nuclear station.

She has an MBA, a master's degree in engineering management and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Orleans. She also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Early in her career she licensed as a professional engineer and received her senior reactor operator license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for Waterford 3.

Juliann Edwards

Juliann Edwards
Vice President of Energy Origination & Development at TC Energy

Juliann Edwards is the Vice-President of Energy Origination & Development at TC Energy, chair of Women in Nuclear (WIN) and a board member for Bruce Power. Prior to her current role, she worked at EnergySolutions, an Energy Capital Partners portfolio company, where she was the Vice-President of Nuclear Decommissioning. Edwards has 15 years of nuclear and fossil industry experience in the acquisition of commercial nuclear facilities, engineering, procurement, and construction of energy related projects. She has also held roles as the Director of Business Development for the CB&I Sales team and as Manager of Marketing and Communications for Generation mPower in Charlotte, NC. She began her career at Edgen Murray Corporation where she assisted in the launching of Edgen Murray’s first nuclear power ASME program and managed the sales team for the nuclear segment.

Coal Users' Group Safety and Technical Forum

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 10:00AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This is the annual meeting of the Coal Users' Group, which brings members together to share best practices promoting safe, efficient and responsible use of coal.

This forum is rich with technical content and real-world examples to help members improve. 

Established for 20+ years as the PRB Coal Users’ Group, the group is led by a team of experts from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Who should attend:

Those who use coal or provide technical support to those who do.

Cost: $850 (includes exhibition pass for POWERGEN)


Coal Users' Group

Strengthening Five Behaviors Great Leaders Practice with Steve Dwyer & special guest Mike Arechabala

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

Our Workshop will help Energy Leaders unlock the essential qualities that distinguish exceptional leaders and learn how to apply these Leadership qualities in this extremely competitive race for great leaders in the energy industry.

In this workshop, we'll uncover key leadership behaviors to accelerate your business:

  1. Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Learn how to adopt a growth mindset that encourages continuous learning and adaptability.
  2. Self-Awareness: Understand the critical role self-awareness plays in effective leadership and how to develop it.
  3. Feedback Mastery: Explore the art of giving and receiving feedback gracefully, which fosters a culture of growth and improvement.
  4. Coaching Plan: Create a plan with clear objectives and accountability to drive results.
  5. Coaching Skills: Discover your innate coaching abilities, allowing you to inspire and mentor future energy leaders effectively.

Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your leadership and learn how to foster a culture of growth and excellence. Our goal is for you to make a lasting impact within your organization.

Join us at the TEAMALYTICS Workshop, and let's embark on transforming the energy industry together.

Who should attend:

Leaders of people. Ideally C-level and VP level attendees. 

Cost: $100


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