2021 Safety & Workforce Summit


8:30-9:45 Welcome/Keynote
To help us kick off the Summit in that spirit, our keynote address will come from Dr. Michelle Rozen, a dynamic and forward-thinking psychologist who is the top-booked speaker on the subject of leading change. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to be inspired by Dr. Michelle to define for yourself what the "new normal" will look like.
9:45-10:00 Break
  • Workforce: Cryptocurrency/Blockchain
    Presenter: Prof. Steven Lupien
    Wyoming is poised to be a hub for cryptocurrency due to groundbreaking legislation. How can industry and entrepreneurs in Wyoming take advantage of this trend.
  • Workforce: The Secure Home Office
    Presenter: Jenny McCalla
    This session will provide practical suggestions for securing home work environments, as well as procedures to enhance cybersecurity in any environment.
  • Safety: It Pays to be Safe: Success Stories from Around the State
    Presenters: Nichole Brommer & Lauren White
    Employers around Wyoming have used the DWS Safety Improvement Fund to both increase safety and reduce operating costs. Learn more about the Safety Improvement Fund and how it might benefit your business in this informative session
  • Safety: Enhancing Safety & Workplace Culture Through Technology
    Presenter: Laura Atchley
    Technology and web-based programs are here to stay, which means we all need to adapt and utilize these time- and cost-saving applications. However, how do employers and leadership within a company implement these tools to enhance safety and workplace culture, and then require this workforce to utilize, embrace and navigate change seamlessly? This presentation's goal is to provide clarity and information on the foundations of what makes a successful safety and workplace culture and how the technology that most people already have available can be fantastic tools to aid in collaboration, consistent communication, transparency and accountability.
11:00-11:30 Sponsor Spotlight/Open House - Black Hills Energy
Presenter: Laurie Farkas
11:30-12:00 2021 Safety & Workforce Awards
12:00-12:30 Break
12:30-1:00 Sponsor Spotlight/Open House - Samson Energy
Presenter: Cherice Wheeler
  • Workforce: Net Zero and Energy's Future
    Presenter: Dr. Holly Krutka
    The mission of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) is energy-driven economic development. SER carries out its mission through interdisciplinary research and academic programs that cover topics including carbon capture, use and storage; rare earth elements and critical minerals; hydrogen; novel approaches to oil and gas production; hydrogen; wind and solar. SER Executive Director, Dr. Holly Krutka, will discuss the range of energy technologies being developed at SER and how energy can continue to be the foundation of the state's economy, even as the US and global energy mix changes.
  • Workforce: The Vanishing Workforce
    Presenter: David Robb
    Talk to any business owner right now and you're likely to hear the question: where did all the workers go? Join this discussion for a deep dive into the many factors that are causing the current talent crisis -- and find out what we can do to find (and keep) the workforce we need.
  • Safety: Making Sense of the COVID-19 Regulations
    Presenter: Karen Godman
    This session will provide an update of where Wyoming OSHA stands on COVID regulations and discuss time frames on when businesses would need to comply with regulations.
  • Safety: How Risk Management Can Help Your Business
    Presenter: Steve Jones
    This session will provide a tutorial on Qualitative Analysis Assessment Methods for employers. Topics will include Risk Mapping, Risk Register, the Delphi Method, Critical Task Assessment and Root Cause Analysis.
2:00-2:30 Sponsor Spotlight/Open House - Rocky Mountain Power
Presenter: Sharon Fain
  • Workforce: Small Business Survival Kit/ARPA Resources
    Presenter: Renny MacKay
    This will be a presentation on the Governor's plan to determine what the state needs to do to survive, and what can be done to better drive to a future where all of Wyoming can thrive.
  • Workforce: Combating Burnout in a Post-Pandemic World
    Presenter: Dr. Matt Mishkind
    This session will offer practical tips on how to navigate increased stressors in the workplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Safety: Set up a Healthy Home Office: Ergonomics 101
    Presenter: Melissa Cunningham
    Cover the safety aspects of working from home -- what employees need to consider before working remotely, including ergonomics of workstations, safety equipment to have on hand, trip hazards, and possibly the Workers' Compensation implications of remote work.
  • Safety: Staying Safe at Work: De-Escalation Techniques Anyone Can Learn
    Presenter: Jeff Schulz
    During times of stress, it's important to know how to keep yourself and others safe at work. This session will teach simple deesclation techniques that anyone can learn, and demonstrate how to defuse potentially dangerous situations before they arise.
3:30-4:00 Closing Remarks
Join us as we talk about some of the innovative ideas discussed during the day and delve into what the future of Wyoming's workforce will look like.