We are excited to offer new sessions in the Courageous Conversations - Let’s Talk series.  Each session in this series will be facilitated by a member of the T&PS Management Council or our very own Inclusion Action Team (IAT).  These small-group videoconference sessions will once again include up to 18-20 people to allow everyone to feel comfortable and have time to share their perspectives. If a session is full, you can sign up for a waiting list to be notified if a spot becomes available.

Once you register, participants will receive a calendar invite along with an option to submit anonymous questions. Please note, we will hold these discussions with our cameras on for better interaction. You also have the option to add any questions, ideas, or suggestions you would like the Management Council to focus on via this anonymous Microsoft Forms survey

We hope you will join the Management Council and the T&PS IAT in this opportunity to hear from different people throughout the organization and engage in genuine conversation.

Courageous Conversations | Let's Talk

*All times are CDT.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Unconscious bias

Does bias really shape what we see, think, and do? Join Bill Boyd and other T&PS leaders in a discussion about Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt's book, Biased.

Bill Boyd - Director, Projects-Hydro
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Span of control

What is span of control, and why are people talking about it?  Register for this session to learn what span of control means to managers and employees in T&PS.

Bruce Long - Interim Director, Projects-East
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Performance management

What happens behind the scenes in the performance improvement process? Join this session and find out the how and the why of performance management!

Wendell Smith - Vice President of Engineering
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Caregiving and work

Today, over 25% of Americans are caregivers, and only half of them say their work supervisor is aware of their caregiving responsibilities. How can we foster an environment where employees understand each other’s personal commitments and support one another at work?

Jennifer McNelly - Director, Environmental Solutions
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
How to build relationships in a hybrid work environment

Building relationships can be challenging in normal times.  Ow can we do it in a hybrid work environment? Let's have a discussion on how building relationships might look like going forward.

Joe Miller - Vice President of Technical Services
Thursday, July 8, 2021
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Southern Company's new Supplier Diversity Initiative – What does it mean?

We are committed to the success of our communities while fully embracing, respecting, and valuing our differences and diversity. How is a Supplier Diversity Initiative helping us achieve this?

Robin Hurst - Vice President of Shared Services
Friday, July 9, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Is that offensive?

Our outlook and opinions are shaped by our upbringing, experiences, and surroundings.  It's all about perspectives! What’s yours?

Brad Fabian - Interim Director, Energy Systems Development
Monday, July 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Sponsors vs mentors

What are sponsors? What are mentors? Do I have one? How can I get one? Join this conversation and have your questions answered.

Paula Marino - Executive Vice President of T&PS
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Adding value

T&PS uses the word value throughout our Strategic Objectives, Guiding Principles, Vision and Mission. What does adding value mean to you?

Chad Kendrick - Director, Projects-West
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
How to be a successful female leader at Southern Company

Join this conversation to share, listen, and gain insight into being a female leader in Southern Company.

Kristie Barton - Director, Strategic Initiatives
Thursday, July 15, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Confederate symbols

167 Confederate symbols have been removed from public spaces in the past year. Why is this important?  Can we have open conversations on the subject?

T&PS Inclusion Action Team - (IAT)