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GMRC is a subsidiary of the SGA founded in 1952 to provide its member companies and industry with the benefits of an applied research and technology program directed toward improving reliability and cost effectiveness of the design, construction, and operation of mechanical and fluid systems.

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Now Available – Natural Gas Champions Online Training


SGA is revising the art of verbal persuasion and energizing an industry through the Natural Gas Champions training program. This unique course is a result of a collection of industry leaders' vision to harness the power of knowledge sharing and evaluate the sentiment of conversation about the future of energy in this country.

For more information, please contact Nicolle Billmyre.

Whether you’re already a member or considering SGA membership, you can purchase the learning module at any time here.

 

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COVID-19 Crisis Communication and Building Stakeholder Trust - Webinar

COVID 19 CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND BUILDING STAKEHOLDER TRUST SM 3

About this Webinar

When faced with a crisis, it’s essential to deliver clear, authentic messages to your target audiences and position yourself as a leader. Effective crisis leadership requires well-honed communication skills to keep stakeholders informed and focused.  The current COVID-19 crisis has created lots of uncertainty, but on April 9  at 11 am MST / 12 pm CST, three industry communication authorities will share their crisis communication expertise to help the natural gas industry serve their stakeholders, safeguard communities, and build trust. 

This one-hour live online panel, “COVID-19 Crisis Communication and Building Stakeholder Trust,” will feature a discussion with: Tisha Schuller, Principal of Adamantine Energy, Debbie Schramm, President of Saxum Communication and Suzanne Ogle, APR, IRC, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Gas Association.

Moderated by Nicolle Billmyre, Senior Director of Learning and Professional Development, the Southern Gas Association, this webinar will examine:

You will learn:

  • Communication tools to respond to the changing, uncertain effects of COVID-19
  • Establishing your place as a trusted information source both internally and externally
  • How to determine what information to share with stakeholders
  • The importance of keeping your message consistent across platforms and developing a reliable communication cadence

 

Attendees will receive1 Professional Development Hour

 

When & Where 

April 9, 2020 | 11:00 am MST / 12:00 pm /CST | VIRTUAL (log-in information will be sent prior to event date ) 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $25

Non-Member: $50

 

Registration is now closed

 

Panelists:

 Tisha Schuller, Principal of Adamantine Energy 

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Tisha Schuller founded Adamantine Energy to provide thought leadership to future-proof energy businesses against rising social risk. Tisha consults private clients from Fortune 500 energy companies to non-profit environmental organizations in energy policy, business strategy, politics, and community engagement. She also serves as the Strategic Advisor for Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative.

In 2017, Tisha chaired Stanford’s symposium to reduce energy poverty in the developing world using natural gas. Previously, Tisha served as President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and as Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. She has a B.S. from Stanford University. Tisha serves on many academic and non-profit boards including The Breakthrough Institute, The Energy for Growth Hub, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Institute for Science & Policy Strategic Council, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and the Colorado Wyoming Red Cross. She is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of Energy under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Tisha’s book, Accidentally Adamant was published in 2018. Tisha authors a weekly series entitled Both of These Things Are True. 

 

 

 

 

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Suzanne Ogle, APR, CEO Southern Gas Association

Suzanne Ogle serves as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Gas Association (SGA) and President of the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC). With more than twenty-five years of experience in the oil and gas business and more than a decade of membership and volunteer leadership with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, Suzanne is passionate about the industry. Over her professional career, Suzanne has designed and implemented sales, marketing, communication and leadership development strategies across the oil and natural gas value chain for companies including Approach Resources, Wilbanks Energy Logistics, Regency Energy Partners, Valerus and Exterran.

Suzanne is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She earned the Accreditation in Public Relations credential from PRSA in 2009 and the Investor Relations Charter credential from NIRI in 2018.

She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, both a Finance Management and a Business Analytics certificate from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.

 

 

 

DEBBIE SCHRAMM

Debbie Schramm, President Saxum Communication

With more than 30 years of communications experience, Debbie leads Saxum operations. Saxum’s clients rely on her counsel and experience to craft their communication plans and strategies. Debbie has a unique ability to identify the right combination of experience and talent to build high performing teams. Debbie has compiled an almost unmatched breadth and depth of strategic communication experience.

Debbie spent 10 years leading communications for a $16 billion global energy and chemical corporation. Prior to this, she served as chief of staff to the Oklahoma City mayor after the tragedy of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building bombing. Debbie also served as VP of Communications for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years.

 Saxum is an issues-based marketing communications agency. We are experts at uncovering insights, developing engagement strategies and executing campaigns that motivate audiences to action. www.saxum.com

 

 

 

  

REFUND POLICY

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

 

One Eye SGA

 

ONE EYE on the present, one eye on the future - Webinar

A special edition for SGA 

 

 

About this Webinar

In this special “One Eye on The Present, One Eye on the Future” webinar for SGA, Tisha Schuller, Principal at Adamantine Energy, will explore strategies for natural gas operators who are in the midst of COVID-19.  There are risks and opportunities in this fluid environment.  Tisha will lay out how to minimize risks of a pandemic and maximize opportunities. Finally, she will frame a discussion for seizing this moment for individual and company leadership.

 

Attendees will receive1 Professional Development Hour

 

 

 

 

When & Where 

April 3, 2020 | 11:00 am MST / 12:00 pm /CST | VIRTUAL (log-in information will be sent prior to event date ) 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $25

Non-member: $50

 

Registration is now closed

 

 

 

Experienced Instructor:

 Tisha Schuller, Principal of Adamantine Energy 

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Tisha Schuller founded Adamantine Energy to provide thought leadership to future-proof energy businesses against rising social risk. Tisha consults private clients from Fortune 500 energy companies to non-profit environmental organizations in energy policy, business strategy, politics, and community engagement. She also serves as the Strategic Advisor for Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative.

In 2017, Tisha chaired Stanford’s symposium to reduce energy poverty in the developing world using natural gas. Previously, Tisha served as President & CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and as Principal and Vice President with Tetra Tech, a national environmental consulting and engineering firm. She has a B.S. from Stanford University. Tisha serves on many academic and non-profit boards including The Breakthrough Institute, The Energy for Growth Hub, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Institute for Science & Policy Strategic Council, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and the Colorado Wyoming Red Cross. She is a member of the National Petroleum Council, an advisory board to the Secretary of Energy under both the Obama and Trump administrations. Tisha’s book, Accidentally Adamant was published in 2018. Tisha authors a weekly series entitled Both of These Things Are True. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFUND POLICY

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.

  

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

 

PHMSA Mega Rule Phase 1 2

 

PHMSA Gas Mega Rule Phase 1

 

About this Webinar

PHSMA published Phase I of the Gas Mega Rule on October 1, 2019 which includes new requirements for MAOP reconfirmation, the expansion of assessment requirements beyond HCAs and other items related to safety, risk and records. Since these rules are mandated safety requirements, the session will discuss how pipeline operators are implementing new practices and expanding integrity management principals beyond HCAs. The session will include the new requirements for MAOP, TVC and MCAs as well as a process to define objectives and create a plan.

PHMSA Compliance Deadlines:

July 1, 2021: An operator must develop and document procedures for completing the MAOP Reconfirmation requirements

July 3, 2028: Complete all required actions on at least 50% of pipeline mileage

July 2, 2035: complete all required actions on 100% of pipeline mileage, or no longer than 4 years after the operating condition of a pipeline segment changes subjecting the segment to the requirement to reconfirm MAOP, whichever is later.

 

Learning Objectives: 

Examine requirements, define objectives and create a plan

Attendees will receive 1.5 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Can Attend:

Operating company professionals at all levels of the organization will benefit from the presentation & interactive discussions. If you are not an employee of any operating company, you are not eligible to attend this webinar.

 

When & Where: 

April 28, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:30 CT/11:00 am - 12:30 ET | VIRTUAL (log-in information will be sent prior to event date ) 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $75

Non-Member: $99

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

 

 Experienced Instructors

 

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JEFFREY D. WIESE (Former Director at PHMSA), Senior Vice President for pipeline integrity Services, TRC Companies

Jeff Wiese serves as TRC Companies’ SVP for Pipeline Integrity Services. Mr. Wiese’s teams are located across the country but are centered in Kansas City, Mo, and Houston, Tx. His teams daily provide critical field, data management, GIS, and integrity program support to energy pipelines across America.

Until June 2016 when he left government service, Jeff led the U.S. Department of Transportations’ Office of Pipeline Safety for 10 years as its Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. OPS is located within the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In this capacity, Jeff led PHMSA’s overall efforts to improve the Nation’s energy pipeline network performance through regulatory and inspection/enforcement programs in OPS, as well as through its engineering, research, public engagement, and emergency response programs. Previously, Mr. Wiese served as PHMSA’s Director of Program Development for pipeline safety, and before PHMSA he served as Chief of Offshore Operations Staff for the U.S. Minerals Management Service – now the Bureau of  Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

 

 

Mel Huey,  Director, Natural Gas Asset Risk Management, Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas

Mel Huey is currently responsible for Transmission Integrity Management, Distribution Integrity Management, Damage Prevention, Corrosion Control, and Pipeline Risk Management.  His experience in the natural gas industry spans from the wellhead to the burner tip.   Mel is a Professional Engineer, has served on various industry committees, and is actively involved in leadership development in his community. 

 

 

DeWitt Burdeaux, Director, Pipeline Regulatory Services, TRC Solutions

DeWitt Burdeaux’s 40-plus year career in the energy industry includes compliance oversight, training and research for state and federal agencies as well as industry advocacy activities, engineering, operations and compliance for the private sector. He has been with TRC Companies since April 2017 providing regulatory compliance consulting, participating on AGA and API committees, and providing training related to pipeline safety.

 

 

Refund Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C"  when cancellation is needed.

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

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Women & Leadership Virtual Workshop 

About this Virtual Workshop

Leaders face a variety of unique challenges that require practical strategies to navigate the professional landscape. The Women and Leadership workshop provides an opportunity to learn different approaches for effectively handling common obstacles, demonstrating professional presence to bolster credibility, strengthening emotional intelligence, and developing competencies necessary to stand out as a leader among both men and women in the natural gas industry.

The April 7th Women & Leadership Workshop features renown industry experts who will develop your competency in:

  • Developing Your Executive Presence and Leadership Brand
  • Emotional intelligence: Self-Awareness and Self-Management
  • Influencing Others

 

Attendees will receive 3.5 Professional Development Hours 

 

Who Should Attend

A business person at various points in their career seeking career-enhancing and advancing skills, as well as those considering a new career path.

Designed for industry leaders and aspiring leaders, including:

  • Senior leaders
  • Mid-level leaders
  • Emerging leaders

 

When & Where 

April 7, 2020 | 8:00 am-noon, Central Time| VIRTUAL (log-in information will be sent prior to event date ) 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $200

Non-Member: $250

 

Registration is now closed

 

 

 Experienced Instructors

 

Cari Haught Coats, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Accendo Leadership Advisory Group

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Cari H. Coats is a business advisor, leadership strategist, executive coach and speaker, leveraging her extensive executive and C-suite experience. Coats is co-founder & managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group. Accendo is a leadership strategy firm offering advisory services for the full spectrum of leadership development, including executive and transitional leadership coaching, high performance executive team development, professional development for high potential women leaders, and next generation succession coaching for family business leaders. Coats is a certified executive coach in the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered methodology and works primarily with executive-level leaders and teams, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Coats is also president of C2 Advisors, providing advisory services that leverage her wide-ranging professional network and expertise in strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, family enterprise, social innovation and the capital markets. Coats is a key advisor to CEOs and executives of numerous innovative and high-growth companies.

Most recently, Coats was executive-in-residence at the nationally ranked Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, focused on leadership and innovation, and is currently an adjunct member of the leadership faculty. Coats has worked broadly with financial securities and consumer products companies, sports organizations, entrepreneurial and social ventures, family-held enterprises, as well as alternative investment, venture capital, private equity and venture philanthropy funds. She is a former director on the boards of venVelo and StarterStudio, two early stage venture investment funds focused on Florida and the southeastern U.S. Her community, civic and social innovation leadership are longstanding and far-reaching.

Coats is a graduate of the Global Executive MBA program at Duke University. She formerly served on the Board of Visitors and chaired the alumni council for the top-ranked Fuqua School of Business at Duke. Her undergraduate alma mater is the University of Central Florida where she received her B.A. in Communications Radio/TV. Coats was instrumental in the development and start-up of the nationally-ranked Devos Sport Business Management graduate program at her undergraduate alma mater, served on its adjunct faculty for a four-year term and continues to serve as a guest lecturer and advisory board member. She was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at UCF and served on the UCF Foundation board for more than a decade.

 

 

 

 

Dr. William L. Sparks, Chair of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. William L. Sparks

Will Sparks is the Dennis Thompson Chair & Professor of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte, where he also serves as the Director of the Office of Leadership Initiatives. He is a Visiting Professor of International Management with Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2008, he founded the McColl School’s M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) Program and served as Director until 2013.  He received the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award for excellence in teaching at Queens in 2003 and 2005 and was awarded the inaugural McColl School Leadership in Teaching Award in 2009.

Will serves as the Managing Director for William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm founded in 1997 focused on leader and team development, personal transformation and change management. He also serves as a Partner with Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a consulting firm providing board governance and executive coaching services to a variety of boards and senior executives. 

His TEDx Talk “The Power of Self Awareness” was released in 2018. He is the author of “Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential” (2019, SHRM Publishing), which debuted as an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is based on the “Actualized Leader Profile,” a leadership assessment that he designed and validated and that has been translated into nine languages. He is the co-author (with Peter Browning) of the book “The Director’s Manual: A Framework for Board Governance” (2016, Wiley).

He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development under the direction of Dr. Jerry B. Harvey from The George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management, where his research focused on group dynamics, organizational culture, and leadership. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Erin and Alaskan Malamute Thor and Cavapoo Shelby.

“Will’s approach and framework will provide you with immediate insight and the self-awareness necessary to become a more effective and resilient leader.”
— Steve Clifford, Head Coach, Orlando Magic

 

Thank you to our Sponsor

 

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Michels is a diverse infrastructure and energy contractor self-performing construction throughout North America and abroad, with disciplines to handle transmission and distribution pipeline construction, horizontal directional drilling, fabrication, hydrostatic testing and pipeline rehabilitation, maintenance and repair, plant and facilities construction. By combining our collective strengths, we are able to assemble the ideas, people, and resources necessary to complete projects of all sizes and in all locations. We believe that self-performing the work results in safer construction and a higher quality, more consistent, end product. We maintain a wide array of state of the art, company-owned equipment, specialized pieces of equipment designed and fabricated internally, which guarantees that the right equipment will always be available for any project. We have an extensive support system available for our management teams and field crews that provides assistance with safety, environmental and quality control issues. We take pride in our 8,000 qualified team members at over 40 locations across North America, our fleet of more than 14,000 pieces of heavy equipment to get the job done right.

 

Refund Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "B"  when cancellation is needed.

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.