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Board Leadership Certification (BLC)

 Export to Your Calendar 1/17/2018 to 1/19/2018
When: January 17 - 19, 2018
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites -Arbor Lakes
11801 Fountains Way
Maple Grove, Minnesota  55369
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Board Leadership Certification (BLC) Summit

Jan. 17-18-19, 2018 (W-Th-F 8:00am-3:30pm)
Held at Holiday Inn Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove

Who Should Attend

Electric co-op directors.

 **Due to the dynamic nature of the electric industry NRECA is continuously revising its Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) courses.

Schedule for All Classes

8:00 a.m.    session begins

12:00 p.m.  group lunch

12:45 p.m.  session resumes

3:30 p.m.    adjourn


Price for Each Class
Education Program Members $519

Non-Education Program Members  $619


 

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Wednesday, January 17, (8am-3:30pm)
BLC Summit Class - 943.1   Conversation Skills Outside the Boardroom 
Instructor: Molly McPherson (see bio below)

Many co-ops are getting member requests for information as the energy industry evolves toward a consumer-centric model. Co-ops are well positioned as their members' trusted energy advisor to provide education and information on the changing energy landscape. While directors are not the co-op's official spokespersons they are sometimes asked questions by members when they are out in the community. This course provides directors with skills and guidance on how to handle such situations by either responding or referring questions to their co-op's CEO or designated spokesperson. Participants will observe and practice how (or how not) to communicate their co-op's policies, plans, and positions on such timely matters as rates, distributed energy resources, or the benefits of belonging to a consumer-centric cooperative utility.

 

KEY TOPICS

  • Distinguishing the CEO's role as primary co-op spokesperson for the co-op from the director's role in co-op communications efforts.
  • Awareness of what is being communicated through body language.
  • Effective techniques for referring questions to the CEO or the designated spokesperson.
  • Recognizing that anything directors say can be recorded by a smartphone and wind up on the Internet.
  • Responding to media inquiries and interviews if and when necessary.

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Thursday, January 18, (8am-3:30pm)
BLC Summit Class - 957.1   How to Evaluate and Improve Board Performance
Instructor: Kevin Sump (see bio below)

All effective organizations, corporations and institutions do at least one thing: they implement a formal process to evaluate their performance to find areas where they can improve. Increasingly, corporate boards are following suit. The board of directors is the globally recognized system for directing the affairs of a company or corporation and for ensuring its long-term health.

This course is designed for cooperatives and public power district boards. It will show them how to follow a proven process to evaluate their own processes, including how they communicate with and appraise the chief executive, how they educate new directors, how they conduct strategic planning, how they govern themselves through the policy-making process and how they ensure that they meet the long-term needs of the membership.

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Friday, January 19, (8am-3:30pm)

BLC Summit Class - 929.1   Current Governance Issues in Policy Development
Instructor: John Penry (see bio below)

Policies set the standard for board behavior. Attendees learn to view policies as proactive tools to establish a standard of board behavior required for governance in today's electric cooperative boardroom. This course revisits the fundamentals of governance and the roles policies play in contributing to effective governance.

 

Participants take part in discussions about current issues facing rural electric cooperatives and how the governance function contributes to the cooperative and adds value. As these issues are discussed and debated, a sample set of policies are used to show examples of policies relevant to addressing today's governance issues.

 

KEY TOPICS

  • Discussion of current issues facing rural electric cooperative boards, and how policies are coming into play
  • A suggested standardized policy structure and format
  • A successful approach for reviewing and updating your cooperative's governing policies

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Director Gold - BLC Course Retakes

Electric cooperative direc­tors may apply credit from BLC courses (900-level) they are retaking toward their initial Director Gold and/or as Director Gold continuing education credits.  For more information about Director Gold, visit https://goo.gl/QZSvxc.


Hotel

Holiday Inn Arbor Lakes
11801 Fountains Way N, Maple Grove
763-425-3800 or click this link to reserve online.
For MREA’s room block and preferred rate of $143/night (includes breakfast vouchers for the hotel restaurant), be sure to ask for the MREA block rate.

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Speaker Bios

Molly McPherson, Social Media and Crisis Management Expert, brings over 25 years of communications experience to Social Shift Media where she helps clients find the right strategy for 21st-century communications, combining the best practices of today with the traditional methods of the past. She is a frequent featured speaker and trainer for several national agencies and associations including FEMA, Homeland Security, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Prior to Digital Shift Media, Molly was the Director of Communications for the Cruise Line International Association (formerly known as the International Council of Cruise Lines) in Arlington, V.A., Molly represented the $10 billion cruise industry in communicating regulatory and policy issues as well guiding the association through numerous crisis communication issues including cruise ship fires, post-9/11 security issues, and the Norwalk virus outbreaks.

Molly is also a recipient of a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard for saving the life of a crew member on a passenger vessel in Cape Cod by administering CPR in 2010.

More recently, she worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of External Affairs, helping them successfully launch their first social media program. The program, which is still in use today, started from a video she filmed and co-produced during the spring tornado outbreak of 2008 featuring FEMA’s ground efforts that helped Tennessee residents displaced by the storms. Through her role at FEMA, Molly was also deployed to work with the agency’s newly formed broadcast strike team in 2008 covering both Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike – the third costliest Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States.

She has been a featured speaker in the field of public relations, crisis communications and social media at numerous venues including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2012. She currently teaches social media courses at Endicott and New England College. She earned her master’s degree from the College of Communication at Boston University.


Kevin D. Sump, President of Creative Management Solutions, LLC.  Kevin’s career in the rural electric cooperative program spanned forty years, thirty three of those years as a General Manger and CEO.  From 1989 until his retirement in 2013 he served as the CEO at South Central Indiana REMC, an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Martinsville, Indiana.  Prior to joining South Central Indiana REMC, he served as the General Manager at two different distribution cooperatives in Iowa.

 

Kevin was an original member of the Touchstone Energy Brand Steering Committee that began developing the Touchstone Energy brand initiative in 1996.  He was actively involved in the development of Touchstone Energy and served two terms on the Touchstone Energy Board of Directors.  He also chaired the Touchstone Energy Standards and Best Practices Advisory Committee for several years.

 

Since his retirement in 2013 Kevin has stayed active in the rural electric program.  He serves as an instructor for NRECA’s Director Education Program teaching courses in the areas of director duties and liabilities, strategic planning, risk management, evaluating board performance, succession planning, board culture, emerging technologies, and power supply.  In addition to his work with NRECA, he serves as President of Creative Management Solutions, LLC, a consulting company that provides strategic planning facilitation services, board self-assessments, and other miscellaneous management services for electric distribution cooperatives.


 

John Penry, Penry Consulting, LLC, has 15 years of public utility experience including 9 years at Salt River Project (SRP), a large water and public power company in Phoenix, AZ. While at SRP, he had assignments in Strategic Planning, Resource Planning, Customer Billing & Competitive Provider Services, and Supply & Trading. His projects included business process improvement, analytics, and program management. At the same time, he taught microeconomics, at the college level for five years. At CFC, he created and managed the Cooperative Financial Professional Certificate (CFPC), conducted macroeconomic analysis, and ad hoc financial and economic analysis. The CFPC is a joint program with NRECA that includes two weeks of intensive in-class instruction, a series of webinars, and a capstone project requirement. John managed and instructed the CFPC for seven years with over 220 cooperative CEOs, CFOs and other senior accounting & finance professionals in attendance.  Along with Krishna Murthy of CFC and the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, he created a model to estimate the impact of distributed solar generation on a cooperative’s operating statement. John has conducted many workshops, both in person and as webinars, on several cooperative financial topics including: Equity Management, Financial Planning & Budgeting, Financial Decision Making*, Rates Strategies for 21st Century Challenges*, and Capital Credits Issues & Decisions*. He is also highly proficient in Excel and has given workshops on how to use and program with Excel.

 

He holds a BS degree from Auburn University and a dual Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona (MBA) and Thunderbird, the American Graduate School for International Management (MIM). Prior to attending graduate school, he worked in the consumer electronics industry for 4 years. He and his wife spend their weekends corralling their 4 kids.

John Penry, Penry Consulting, LLC

615 East Concorda Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282

480-689-6111

penryconsulting@gmail.com   john.penry@gmail.com


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