Energy Training & Electric Power Classroom Seminars

Maximizing Executive Leadership & Management Performance
How to Take Your Team to the Next Level
A Two-Day Classroom Seminar (CPE Approved)
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Charlotte, NC - May 16 & 17, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte SouthPark

This program, which is offered in partnership with LeadAdvantage, is designed for mid to senior level managers and high-performing individuals who desire to galvanize their teams and take their leadership abilities to the next level.

Participants will learn specific techniques on how to maximize their leadership and management strength in their company’s operating environment, leading to more productive work teams, enhanced organizational value and improved bottom line results.

LeadAdvantage uses validated assessments, business simulations and case studies to initiate self-development efforts by participants. Join us in this engaging, high-energy, business-relevant program and watch your team’s performance soar! Click here to register.

What You Will Learn
  1. Promote a healthy competitive environment while minimizing team conflict and misunderstood objectives
  2. Delegate and coach to utilize the strengths of the team for a higher level of achievement
  3. Balance energy between tasks and people appropriately to increase plan execution, commitment and results
  4. Overcome issues such as resistance to change, leading difficult conversations and self-imposed barriers
  5. Execute appropriate decision-making to reach optimal outcomes
  6. Create more efficient and effective planning and implementation strategies
  7. Gain insight into leadership behavior and tips on how to contribute daily to team success
Seminar Agenda
  • DAY 1:
  • Understanding how collaboration improves the quality of decisions, encourages diverse thinking and leads to optimal results
  • Encouraging participants, through a challenging activity, to take appropriate risk for potential rewards
  • Establishing the foundation for building trust and honoring commitments
  • Leveraging your team – your greatest resource – to improve results by recognizing their strengths and implementing their skills relative to the task
  • Participants will be provided an in-depth study and profile of the seven management and leadership patterns of behavior. Participants will understand how to:
  • Identify each pattern, including strengths and weaknesses, motivations and traits
  • Develop a more productive and effective working relationship with others
  • Strengthen communication
  • Resolve conflict and achieve win-win resolutions.
  • Match individual styles with compatible roles and responsibilities to improve performance
  • Balancing individual, team and company priorities can be challenging and difficult participants work as a team to confront a task that requires the completion of both an individual and team goal.
  • Participants will address:
  • The benefits of trade-offs associated with individual achievement versus company success
  • Working under project deadlines and other work-related pressures
  • DAY 2:
  • Identifying factors that influence a task or management focus versus a people or leadership concentration
  • Exhibiting leadership patterns to facilitate more effective, productive and successful relationships
  • THE TEAM THAT WASN’T (case study in leadership & management)
  • Participants will recognize how different management patterns of behavior can benefit or disrupt an organization. Teams follow a structured format to identify and address managerial issues. During the discussion and facilitation, participants reflect on how to recognize and respond to these types of issues and challenges, and also how their style of management may impact and affect others.
  • Participants will engage in a highly participative and challenging task that requires both competition and cooperation. They will experience how sometimes in our effort to individually compete and succeed, we can lose sight of our real competition. Honoring commitments and building trust with one another promotes a competitively healthy and successful environment.
  • Participants will gain insight into how:
  • To maintain a healthy competitive spirit, while realizing cooperation remains basic to accomplishment
  • Misinterpretation of an action can result in the same outcome as a deliberate action
  • To minimize misunderstandings in our dealings with others
  • Providing insight from perceptions of participant specific patterns of thinking and behavior - from surveys completed anonymously prior to the retreat weekend
  • Identifying each participant’s primary behavior style and the strength of the back-up styles used during times of frustration with initiatives or responses from others
  • Establishing a winning formula for self-development based on the LPA results
  • Implementing realistic action plans and goals that impact achievement
  • Scheduling individual consultations based on specific objectives and individual LPA outcomes – telephone call following session
  • Avoiding mediocrity through accountability toward goals
Your Instructor - Charlotte

Sherri K. Baldwin and Rick M. Vipperman

Sherri K. Baldwin is committed to the facilitation of leadership development programs in the US and has invested many years working closely with leading organizations across a broad range of industry sectors. Prior to starting LeadAdvantage, Inc., a leadership and team development company, Sherri worked as VP of Programs, Coaching & Consulting for another leadership firm. Sherri also spent 15 years in Sales and Marketing, primarily in the Hospitality/Tourism Industry, including 5 years as Director of Sales and Marketing for an International hotel chain. Sherri is certified as an Distinguished Toastmaster, which is an International public speaking organization, a graduate of Texas A&M University, a certified private pilot, and a member of the International Coaching Federation.


Rick M. Vipperman has over 30 years of leadership development experience including Founder and President of LeadFirst & Associates, a Charlotte, North Carolina based International firm that focused on executive level leadership. Rick attended the Citadel and worked for both of the major banks in Charlotte before starting his own company. After selling his business in 2005 to pursue personal interests, Rick Vipperman has now reunited with LeadAdvantage to continue his career-long pursuit of working with organizations to create and strengthen a more healthy and productive operating culture through the effective use of management and the influence of leadership.

Who Should Attend this Seminar

This program is designed to benefit executives and high-performing individuals in a wide variety of functional areas in the electric power, energy and manufacturing industries. Among those who will benefit from this seminar include energy and electric power executives; mid-level managers; attorneys; marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants & auditors; plant operators; engineers; and corporate planners. Types of companies that typically attend this program include energy producers and marketers; utilities; banks & financial houses; industrial companies; manufacturing; accounting, consulting & law firms; municipal utilities; government and electric generators.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level group live seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Program Level

Basic level. This fundamental course begins with basic material and then proceeds to the intermediate level.

Delivery Method


Why choose PGS?

PGS seminars are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register for a PGS class today, and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already attended one of PGS's proven programs. View Past Seminar Attendees

Hotel and Seminar Information
This two-day seminar will be held at the hotel below. The seminar will start promptly at 8:00 AM and will finish at 5:30 PM on the first day. On the second day, the seminar will resume at 8:00 AM and will finish at 3:00 PM. The program includes continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on the first day. On the second day a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks are included. Attendees also receive a professionally produced seminar manual that can serve as a valuable office reference. Dress is casual for all seminars.
May 16 & 17
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte SouthPark
4808 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
Telephone: 704-362-5080
A courtesy block of discounted rooms have been set-up for a king size room for $189 plus taxes. Please call 704-362-5080 and ask for the PGS Energy Training (PGS) discount. Cut off day is April 15th, 2018. Rooms sell out so make your reservations early.
Registration Fee and Discounts

Register Today!. The price for this comprehensive two-day seminar is $1,495 (USD).

Early Bird Special: Register on or before May 4, 2018 and save an additional $100 per order!
Register soon to get Early Bird pricing. A limited number of Early Bird seats are available.
  • Additional attendees and government employees receive a 10% discount.
  • Members of TOGA, AIPRO, INGAA or IOGA-NY receive a 15% discount. Please call (440) 853-1038.
  • Sign up for 4 or more classroom seats during the same month and all attendees will receive a 20% total discount.
    (If you plan to register 4 or more classroom seats for the same seminar, but want attendees to pay by separate credit cards, register one party now and mention this fact in the "Comments" section of the registration form. We will manually subtract the 20% discount from the first registrant's seminar fee and will call you to obtain the credit cards and registration information for your other attendees in order to give them their 20% discount. If applicable the Early Bird discount of either $200 or $100 will be divided evenly between all participants.) Please call (440) 853-1038 for more information.
    Special pricing is available for groups of 5 or more. Please call Janice Ohmura at (440) 853-1038.
Payment and Cancellations

Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, or corporate check. Seminar fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Please make checks payable to "PGS Energy Training" 26 Teal Lane · Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Cancellations can be made up to five (5) business days prior to the start of the seminar for a full refund. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a one year full seminar credit will be given toward future workshops upon receipt of $175 which will used to help offset the non-refundable food, beverage, manual and other expenses incurred by PGS. This one year seminar credit is good for any PGS Energy Training program except for seminars offered by PGS affiliate organizations. Colleague substitutions may be made at any time. If PGS needs to cancel a seminar due to instructor unavailability, lack of attendance or other unforeseen reason, you will be offered the choice of rescheduling for another seminar, a seminar credit, or a refund. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

CPE Credits in Specialized Knowledge & Applications

This live group seminar is eligible for 14.5 CPE credits. Be aware that state boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. As of January 1, 2002, sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit. One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity. You may want to verify that the state board from which your participants will be receiving credit accept one-half credits.

PGS Energy Training is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: CPAs interested in attending any seminars should contact our offices for details on CPE credits granted and any prerequisite requirements. PGS telephone seminars are eligible for CPE credits only if seminar participants use the printed seminar slides - not the Internet posted slides.

PGS Energy Training is registered with GARP as an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. PGS Energy Training has determined that attending Maximizing Executive Leadership & Management Performance qualifies for 14.5 GARP CPD credit hours. If you are a Certified FRM or ERP, please record this activity in your Credit Tracker at

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