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Special Message about Natural Gas Connect

Special Message about Natural Gas Connect from Conference Chair

Greetings colleagues,

I’m looking forward to connecting with each of you at Natural Gas Connect (NGC) July 15-17, 2019. As some of you may know, this new conference merges SGA’s Environmental, Safety & Health, and Training Conference (ESHT), Marketing, Customer Experience & Communications Conference (MCEC) and Operating Conference. With this new format, we are bringing 30+ SGA roundtables and potentially over 1,300+ attendees together this year.

Recently this spring, my fellow colleagues from the Inclusion and Diversity Roundtable had the opportunity to join the leadership groups of the various roundtables to plan our agendas. What I saw in the few days we had together was a spirit of collaboration and connection that I’m sure will transfer to the experience for all of the conference attendees. It made our small roundtable proud to see people living the values of inclusion by supporting each other, looking for opportunities to collaborate and advocating for other points of view and perspective.

While there will be some changes to the conference, you will still find familiar elements starting with a fantastic location at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa. If you haven’t booked your room yet you should do that as soon as possible. The conference will also continue SGA’s tradition of recognizing and providing awards to our exceptional colleagues in their various areas of expertise within our industry. Roundtable sessions with opportunities for you to learn and engage with your peers in 30 subject matter areas including:

  • Asset Management & Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Commercial/Industrial Sales & Marketing
  • Communications
  • Compressor Station Automation & Controls
  • Contact Center
  • Dispatch & Field Resource Planning
  • Distribution Engineering
  • Distribution Integrity Management
  • Distribution Operations and Maintenance
  • End-Use Codes & Standards
  • Engineering and Construction Management
  • Environmental
  • Field Service Operations
  • Gas Control
  • Gas Forecasters Forum
  • Gas Measurement
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Legal
  • Meter to Cash
  • Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Pipeline Operations & Maintenance
  • Public Awareness and Damage Prevention
  • Regional Directors/Managers
  • Residential Sales & Marketing
  • Right of Way
  • Safety & Health
  • Standard Operating Procedures & Materials
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supplier Diversity (New in 2019!)
  • Training Professionals
  • Underground Storage

The agendas for the roundtables are now posted on SGA’s Natural Gas Connect website!

This conference provides a tremendous opportunity for all of us to connect cross-functionally in ways that weren’t possible for many of us in the previous conference format. I challenge each follow my “3×3 Rule” for attending a conference:

  1. Meet 3 new people
  2. Introduce 3 people to each other that didn’t know each other before
  3. Take back 3 things to your organization that can improve how we do business and serve our customers

Do this and I’m confident you’ll walk away with new connections, ideas and solutions that will benefit you for years to come.

Looking forward to seeing you all in July at NGC.


Damien Heath

Chair, SGA’s Inclusion and Diversity Roundtable

Conference Chair, SGA’s Natural Gas Connect

Manager, Talent Development and Inclusion at WGL

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