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Electric Utility Business Fundamentals

Ms. Ryan teaches a foundational class on the electric utility business through Northwest Public Power Association.  The next regional class will be held June 26-27, 2023 in Tacoma WA as part of a new utility bootcamp program titled Flip the SwitchEUBF will also be offered in Cheyenne, WY August 3-4 as a stand-alone class


Workforce Strategies for Managers


Julie Ryan (Aether Advisors) and Jo Smith (Jo Smith Associates) will co-teach an on-line program through NWPPA every other Wednesday from May 31- August 9, 2023. Topics will include: strategic workforce planning, increasing employee engagement, recruiting, upgrading training and development, managing differences in the workplace and institutional knowledge retention. Click on this link for more information about dates and registration.


Utility Management Certificate Program 

This certificated leadership development offering is a certificated program, hosted through Willamette University's business school, the Atkinson School of Management. Aether's managing partner Julie Ryan is the program director and may be contacted for more information.  To access information from the University's website see UMC Program.


Women in Public Power Conference 

The February 8-9, 2023 conference was a big success. Contact us if you'd like a copy of Ms. Ryan's presentation "Make Your Career Path Electric."  The next conference will be held July 24-25, 2024 in Tacoma WA.  For more about the agenda and conference speakers, contact NWPPA.












APPA Annual Conference in Seattle WA

The American Public Power Association's annual conference will be held in Seattle WA from June 16-21.  Ms. Ryan will lead a pre-conference workshop on Sunday June 18 titled Strategic Workforce Planning.  She will also lead a breakout session during the main conference on Monday June 19, titled How Not To Lose Knowledge Retention.


How to Use Enterprise Risk Management At Your Utility

The class will focus on the benefits of ERM practices and delve into how to: complete a risk inventory, conduct a risk ranking process, address risks with mitigation plans, implement ERM at your utility, and use risk information for decision-making and planning. This class is valuable for people new to enterprise risk management as well as ERM practitioners who want to network  to share best practices and/or explore some new approaches. It is geared toward risk managers, risk owners, and risk analysts. Septemer 26-27, 2023 in Spokane WA. For more information: How to Use Enterprise Risk Management at Your Utility



Developing Your Department’s Strategic Plan

Organizations find that corporate level strategic plans are far more successful when supported by, and executed through, department strategic planning. Ms. Ryan teaches department strategic planning in regional training classes or as in-house classes for organizations. Attendees apply strategic planning principles to department strategic plans with peers from other companies. Contact us for more information. Click here for Aether's recent article "Add Department Strategic Planning to Your Utility's Strategy".











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