• Looking to build your leadership skills for future professional advancement?

  • Interested in moving into a position previously held by a retired baby boomer but concerned you might be lacking the leadership skills necessary for the job?

Plan on joining us August 26, 2021 at the Salem Convention Center. We have a great lineup of speakers that you will not want to miss!


James Robilotta is the author of, Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings.  The concepts of authentic leadership and leading imperfectly are the driving forces behind conversations about communication, rapport building, engagement, increased productivity, retention, promoting memorability, life balance, feedback, and more. James is a funny, engaging speaker who leaves his audiences feeling happier and ready to take on their responsibilities and the world.






Chris Esparza serves as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Development at the University of Oregon School of Law. Chris is helping lead the law school’s collaborative effort to develop, implement, and support programs and services that promote inclusive leadership, community and belonging, and discussions of equity and justice within and outside the classroom. Chris will be talking about Radical Candor and the framework for giving and receiving feedback.


Creating an environment of respect is an important piece of building a great workplace. Respectful treatment of all employees at all levels is one of the top factors for job satisfaction. But respectful workplaces aren’t accidental. Karen Kelley, Water Operations Manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board will lead us through an exercise on how to build and maintain workplace respect. You won’t want to miss this interactive session that will leave you with ideas to implement when you return to your utility or place of employment.





It is not about where we have come from, it is about where we want to go… Corianne Burnett of Carrollo Engineers Inc. and Jason Canady, Public Works Director for the City of Grants Pass will share their unique perspectives on their journey into leadership and how your past does not have to be an anchor, but rather the wind that moves you forward. Jason and Corianne both came from diverse and eclectic backgrounds which have shaped their vision of the water industry and aided them as they have risen through their respective industries.








Mary Lou Keeran is an experienced human resource professional with over 20 years in corporate recruiting. President and owner of Keeran Consulting Services, Mary Lou loves working together with clients through a consultative approach, guiding them to uncover what they want and how to go about making that happen. She will be bringing us a session entitled, “Are your strengths being used to the best? How do you plan for what’s next? How will you know when reinvention is needed?”







Registration opens mid-May.


General Inquiry or Registration Questions

Email PNWS or call 503-760-6460