Teamwork & Risk Management -Risk Management begins by choosing the best team for the mission. With a team that is well equipped with experience, diverse backgrounds, and integrity, you can complete any mission while minimizing the associated risks. Having the personnel/team that you can trust to make the right decisions at the right time can make the difference between life or death.
Bio - Dylan Melander spent the first five years of his life in Enumclaw, Washington framed with a backdrop of Mount Rainier. Mountaineering and technical climbing have always been a magnet of interest.
Dylan has safely summited and guided 100+ times from Wyoming’s Gannett Peak, Washington’s Mount Rainier, and recently The Grand Traverse. He is a trainer, mentor, and friend in a community of climbers. Additionally his climbing panoramic photography is in demand and often displayed in art exhibits.
A graduate of BYU-I, Dylan is continuing his education in Recreation Management at Idaho State University.
Leading Effective Collaboration -Success in complex projects requires diverse teams with effective collaboration. Developing capabilities to conduct advanced research demands a wide variety of disciplines and skills including science, engineering, operations, crafts, and project management, to name a few. Valuing input, creating connections, and integrating varied skills and personalities helps build collaborations. In this presentation, Heather will share experiences and perspectives on working with and leading multi-disciplined teams and the successful outcomes those teams have achieved.
Bio - Dr. Chichester has been dedicated to nuclear science and technology since 1992. Heather is the Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) Division Director at the Materials & Fuels Complex at Idaho National Laboratory where she is responsible for delivering mission outcomes and providing strategic direction. As PIE Director, Heather manages the Hot Fuel Examination Facility and Neutron Radiography Reactor, key nuclear facilities for examining highly irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. Dr. Chichester has spent her educational and professional career studying and ing advanced nuclear fuels, and she was previously a Senior Staff Scientist performing research on advanced fuels development for fast reactors and light water reactors.
Be a Self-Aware Speaker -Speakers - prepare yourself for your journey to success. How good are you? Which skills can you put on autopilot during a talk so that you can concentrate on content? How can you prepare to answer questions or give an impromptu talk?
Bio - Steve J. Piet, Sc.D., is a retired nuclear engineer who loves to analyze complex systems and give clear presentations. One of these presentations was being a keynote speaker for a prior years’ Professional Development Day. Dr. Piet worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for 31 years. His forte lies in system analysis, stakeholder analysis, and environmental, safety, and risk assessment. He has worked in fusion energy safety and environment, technology management and planning, advanced nuclear fuel cycles, and the Global Threat Reduction Initiative. He also led a project with Boise State, University of Idaho and Idaho State on improving public discourse methods on nuclear energy. Steve has a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), an M.S. and a B.S., all in nuclear engineering from MIT. He peer-reviewed, co-authored and authored many science and nuclear technology publications.
As a member of Toastmasters, he has three times earned the education level of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), which is achieved by far less than 1% of members. He has served in all of the seven types of club offices, and served at the top of Area, Division, and District levels of the international organization. (District includes Idaho, most of Utah, and parts of Nevada, Wyoming, and Oregon). He is a member of American Nuclear Society and Society for Risk Analysis. He is a certified facilitator through the International Association for Public Participation. Dr. Piet enjoys photography, reading, traveling, and being a nerd.
Finding Your Why: The Power of Purpose -A clear sense of purpose enables you to center your endeavor on what matters most, granting you the power to take risks and advance forward regardless of the odds or obstacles. This session will introduce how to find your why and create a sequence for success.
Bio - Mary Milward is a mother to 6 children and a wife to Travis Milward. As a family they run a small organic farm. She has a degree in health education and a background in holistic nutrition and is one of the top producers globally for Kyani, an international health and wellness company. She is one of the visionaries of a women’s empowerment movement called “The Butterfly Campaign” and is passionate about helping others to find their “why”-- to help people dream BIGGER, faster.
Leadership & Self-Deception -This session will introduce you to the bestselling book Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by the Arbinger Institute. We will discuss what the “disease” of self-deception is and how we can identify and escape our own self-destructive behavior to improve our performance and become leaders at our organizations.
Bio - McKenzie Hawkley joined Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in 2016 and is the Engagement and Development Lead for the Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality Organization (ESH&Q). In this role, McKenzie helps create opportunities for her team to develop professionally, earn recognition for excellent performance, and establish avenues for team building as well as initiates ways for her organization to give back to the community.
McKenzie has been an Arbinger Facilitator for the past two years. She and her colleagues share “The Outward Mindset” material with their peers bimonthly as they work to invite a more outward culture.
Life and Career Passion -What are you doing to prepare for your next job interview, promotion, or career change? What should be considered as you seek the best results and career satisfaction? This presentation will offer, from personal experiences, advice on how to develop, grow, and perform with passion to achieve career goals.
Bio - Mr. Bitsoi has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, research and development, production, and operations management. In his current role as the Division Director for Advanced Manufacturing, Fabrication, and Calibration Services, he manages four of Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL’s) experimental fabrication facilities and integrated research technicians site wide. He is responsible for the INL’s Standards and Calibrations Laboratory and his Division’s contributions to the Advanced Manufacturing initiative. During his tenure at INL, he has held various leadership and research roles, just recently as Site-Wide Facilities and Operations Director, where he supervised the maintenance and operations of all facilities throughout the 890-square-mile INL campus. His research experience includes welding/inspection development, functional gradient material development, and materials research. He was awarded two patents, co-authored multiple publications, and received the lab’s technician of the year award. Prior to working at INL, he was employed as the production manager for a farm machinery manufacturing firm and managed more than 150 employees at peak production cycles. He continues to be active in community volunteerism and has served on various community, education, and state boards. He served multiple years as a city council member, school board trustee, and economic development board member. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and a master’s degree in technology management from the University of Idaho.
Leadership in Education -For the past 40 years, public schools in the United States have faced relentless criticism while facing unprecedented challenges. While political pundits spout rhetoric and spin flavor-of-the-day solutions, the real success of our schools will depend on leaders’ ability to create coherence-single-minded discipline to focus on actions that will positively impact student learning. The principles of coherence making will guide leaders in all industries to create lasting success.
Bio - Scott grew up in the Teton Valley area, where he spent summers with his older brother working with their dad who owns a civil engineering firm. He graduated from Teton High School, in 1990, after participating in Student Government, Drama, Art, Basketball, and Academic Decathlon.
Following a religious mission to Japan, Scott attended Brigham Young University in Provo, majoring in teaching English and minored in Japanese. After college, he taught at Shelley High School for five years. In 2004, Scott joined Bonneville School District and has worked in a number of different administrative positions including assistant principal at Hillcrest High School, principal at Cloverdale Elementary, District School Improvement Coordinator, Director of Assessment, Director of Technology, Director of Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent. Those opportunities show that our district is blessed with committed and caring professionals who strive each day to make a difference in the lives of our children. Twenty-five years ago, that desire to make a difference for others inspired Scott to become a teacher, and it still drives his work every day.
Managing Self -During this interactive presentation Adam will discuss and address 4 key components to managing oneself. This includes:
“Who’s got the monkey?” will help working professionals identify how to manage daily problems and tasks we give ourselves and problems others inadvertently give to us as well.
“Manage your energy, not your time” helps professionals identify the difference between time management and energy management. We will further explore 4 key areas professionals can pint point energy deficiency and how to make needed changes to maximize energy in every aspect of life.
“How resilience works” Instead of slipping into denial to cope with hardship, we prepare ourselves to act in ways that enable us to endure it well and grow from life’s challenges.
“How will you measure your life?’ This topic explores several thought provoking questions everyone needs to ask themselves to determine true life success and measure what matters most.
Bio - Adam has worked in the Financial Services Industry since 1999 and is a Certified Financial Planner. He joined East Idaho Credit Union in 2000 presently serving as Vice President of Wealth Management. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Business Management with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. Later he returned to school to earn an MBA from Idaho State University. Adam is a life learner who enjoys studying leadership, personal management, and organizational behavior. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 children while exploring the great outdoors.