New Director Orientation

Monday, August 5, 2024 1:00 PM - Tuesday, August 6, 2024 3:30 PM (CDT)


a pre-conference to Energy Issues Summit


August 5-6, 2024 (M 1-4:30pm, T 8:30am-3:30pm)
Radisson Blu MOA, 

Bloomington, MN

Electric cooperative directors recently elected to their local board. 

This MREA seminar provides an orientation for new directors including an overview of board responsibilities, affiliated organizations, the rich history of co-ops and the rural electric program, legislative and regulatory concerns, and competitive pressures and changes occurring in the industry today. The orientation will help new directors understand industry terminology and issues discussed during the Energy Issues Summit.

AGENDA (to be updated soon)
Day 1: Monday, August 5
                Registration - Meet and Greet directors from other co-ops
1:00        Welcome, Introductions & MREA Overview
                MREA's CEO Darrick Moe, welcomes new electric cooperative directors to the co-op family and provides an overview of MREA staff and
1:15        Electric cooperatives & Politics
                Darrick Moe, President & CEO of MREA will talk about the cooperative principles, benefits of local ownership and control, and some unique
                characteristics of electric cooperatives
2:00        Affiliated Organizations: Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange
                Account Executive Keith Johnson introduces you to Federated Rural Electric Insurance
2:15       Stretch Break
2:30       Director Duties & Responsibilities
               Chad Felstul from Pemberton Law Office, provides an overview of director duties and responsibilities, fiduciary responsibilities to the
               organization you serve, a guide to policy making vs. implementation of policy, as well as communication roles you may need to handle as a
3:30       Affiliated National Organizations - CFC
               Regional Vice President Alison Deelstra introduces you to the electric cooperatives' bank National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance
               Corporation (CFC).
3:45       Working with your CEO: An overview for new directors
               In this session Debra Englund, HRExpertiseBP, will help co-op directors learn best practices and principles for building and maintaining a
               healthy working relationship with your CEO/General Manager.
4:30       Adjourn

Day 2: Tuesday, August 6th
8:00      Welcome & MREA Communications Update - Joe Miller, Director of Communications, MREA
8:30      Sexual Harassment: What Every Director Needs to Know
              Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, Susan Olander, Vice president and General council. Addresses basic legal and practical
              principles regarding harassment.
9:30      Affiliated National Organizations - NRECA
              Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light & Power Association and MREA Director, and Minnesota's national board representative Tim Velde talks
              about the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and it's membership programs.
9:45      Stretch Break
10:00    Generation & Transmission
               How does the generation and transmission cooperative fit into the picture? Kyle Leier, Manager of Resource Strategy & Development at
               Great River Energy, will explain how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed to the customer at the end of the line.
11:00     You are the message. Are You Ready?
               Electric cooperative members must be prepared to communicate with stakeholders about everything from emergencies and environmental
               topics to governance and policy issues. Joe Miller, MREA, discusses why it is essential to convey the right messages and know how social
              media and other roles impact external impressions.
12:00    Lunch
1:00      Affiliated National Organizations - CoBank
              Relationship Manager Matt Hale introduces you to CoBank, rural America's cooperative bank.
1:15      Basic Co-op Finance
              Mike Bash will discuss electric co-op finance and capital credits. The co-op board of directors is responsible for setting policy on equity
              levels and capital credit retirement strategies.
2:15      Director Q&A Panel
              MREA has invited a few seasoned directors to satisfy every question and curiosity you have about being on your co-op's board.
3:30      Adjourn

Radisson Blu Mall Of America
2100 Killebrew Dr.
Bloomington, MN



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All events in 2024 will be subject to a $50 late registration fee for anyone that registers less than 2 weeks prior to the published event dates.

Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55425 United States
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Amanda Meredith
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Monday, August 5, 2024 1:00 PM - Tuesday, August 6, 2024 3:30 PM (CDT)

M 1:00pm – 4:00pm
T 8:30am – 3:30pm

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