Understand Board Roles and Responsibilities

Understand what factors lead to a high-performing board: policies and processes for strategic direction, succession planning and recruitment, effective communications, and board-management relations.
February 14, 2018
2:00pm EST - 3:30pm EST

2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern


This is the second webinar in a 5-part Public Power Governance webinar series:

Series Description

The 5-part Governance Webinar Series is designed to provide public power utility board and city council members with a comprehensive overview of the public power business model and the duties, responsibilities, and processes to achieve effective governance. Learn how to monitor utility, board, and CEO performance and discuss the opportunities and challenges the industry faces.

Webinar Description 

If you’re like most utility governance officials, you probably got “on board” without prior utility or governance experience, and must quickly learn the roles, responsibilities, and expectations that come with the job. Effective governing boards help members learn how to contribute effectively and stay informed about complex industry challenges. Join this webinar to understand what factors lead to a high-performing board: policies and processes for strategic direction, succession planning and recruitment, effective communications and board-management relations. Explore the anatomy of a successful board meeting and discover ways to reinforce good governance practices. 

Who Should Participate

Individuals on public power utility boards and city councils, and utility executives and staff who regularly interact with governing bodies. While the content is geared primarily toward those who are new to governance, seasoned board and council members will also benefit. 


Steve VanderMeer, Senior Vice President, Hometown Connections, Fort Collins, Colorado. Steve is the Senior Vice President of Planning and Marketing for Hometown Connections, which provides sales and marketing support and consulting services to public power utilities. Steve joined Hometown Connections in 1998 and has worked with hundreds of public power utilities, as well as a wide range of governing bodies, on a variety of issues. He has led governance training, facilitated board planning retreats and interviewed staff and governing board members at public utilities across the nation, and has developed strong insights into public utility governance issues. Prior to joining Hometown, he served as the director of marketing and energy services at Fort Collins Utilities in Colorado. 


Individual webinars: $99 for Association members; $199 for nonmembers

The five-part series (discounted rate): $399 for Association members; $799 for nonmembers


  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact the Association’s web services staff.

Log-In/Call-In Information

  • Log-in information for each webinar will be sent out the morning of the event (around 10:30 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please call 202-467-2965 or email [email protected]).
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating in this webinar from the same organization and all are in the same location, you can have multiple people listen in via speaker phone.
  • You may use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line. This option allows you to listen to the webinar audio through your computer’s microphone and speakers.


  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all presentations and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar.

Questions for Speakers

We encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar — email them to [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted via online chat during the webinar.

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact 202-467-2921 or [email protected].