2019 PowerUp Conference

THE place to be for electric co-op executive and administrative professionals who seek to expand their knowledge, enrich their career goals, and grow their network of colleagues from across the country.

A variety of learning activities are offered including interactive breakout sessions, inspirational general sessions and opportunities to build a network with other administrative professionals from across the country.


Pre-conference Workshops

Microsoft Excel 2016: Beyond the Basics
Lisa Hanson, CTT+, MOS, MCP, Senior Technology Advisor, NRECA, Arlington, VA
Registration fee: $325
Maximum capacity: 20

You know your way around an Excel spreadsheet, and understand what a powerful tool it is to manage and organize data. We invite you to explore Excel’s advance features- and arm yourself with new business intelligence tools to bring back to your job and your co-op! This intensive 3-hour workshop will provide you a hands-on experience to dig deeper into Excel where you will learn to:

  • Parse lists of data using Conditional Formatting, Custom Sorting and Filters
  • Identify and match data using the VLookup function
  • Summarize key information using built-in functions (Min, Max, Average, Count, CountIF CountIFS, Sum, SumiF, SumIFS and SubTotal)
  • Create summarized reports by leveraging Excel Tables and Pivot Tables
  • Design compelling charts to visually display your summarized data

Thoughtful and detailed instruction will be delivered by Lisa Hanson, an experienced Microsoft Certified Trainer who has successfully trained our co-op executive assistants and directors for 15 years. Co-op-oriented practice files and a printed workbook to use during the workshop and take back to your co-op as a reference guide are included.

The course will include an in-class Q&A session. Your questions can also be submitted (with your actual spreadsheets!) two weeks in advance and will be addressed during training- or incorporated into the training itself.

No need to bring your laptop or worry about loading specific versions of Excel- a laptop will be provided for all attendees so you can easily follow along and complete the instructor-led exercises. There is no better way to learn than by DOING!

The Real Secrets Behind Seriously Effective Communication
Amanda Gore, CEO, The JOY Project
Registration fee: $325
Maximum capacity: 30

Amazing opportunity for intensive learning with our keynote speaker!

Relationships are based on communication. By understanding the real essence of the other person and considering their perspective, we can transform our communications to another, more impactful level. But… how is that done? Understanding yourself first, consciously building rapport, and an awareness of the impact of non-verbal communication are just some of the dynamics we face. In this workshop, Ms.

Gore will discuss this and other aspects of emotional intelligence which will help you be aware of your communication behaviors and create a safe environment in which people thrive, as well as defuse conflict to maintain positive relationships. Don’t miss this incredible 3-hour journey led by a dynamic and humorous instructor who will challenge your perceptions, behaviors and attitudes in a lively and engaging way. You will surely walk away enriched and armed with new skills.

Registration Fees

Conference registration fee includes access to all conference materials, general sessions, breakout sessions, and breakfast each morning. Separate fees are required for the pre-conference workshops and the Grand Welcome reception.

Member Fees
Registration – Regular$850
ValuePak: 2nd+ Registrant/Same Co-op$750
Statewide Employees$550
One Day
One Day Non-member
Ticket to Tuesday’s Grand Welcome Reception
Fee for registered conference attendees
Fee for guest tickets (limit 2) $30
Fee for tickets purchased onsite (same fee for both attendees and guests)$40

Concern for Community Service Project at Salt Lake City Fisher House
Monday, September 23 from 8:30 – 11:30 am
Maximum number of participants: 50
No Fee
Pre-Conference Workshops – Monday September 23
Microsoft Excel 2016 Beyond the Basics
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Maximum number of participants: 20
The Real Secrets Behind Seriously Effective Communication
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Maximum number of participants: 30

Community Service Project

PowerUp is Proud to Support the 7th Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community

PowerUp is proud to once again be offering an opportunity to support a local charitable organization in our host city as we embrace the 7th cooperative principle- supporting and uplifting our communities.

PowerUp 2019 attendees are invited to an onsite volunteer project and tour at the Salt Lake City Fisher House on Monday September 23 from 8:30-11:30am. Registration is required.

Future Dates

September 23-25, 2019

Little America Hotel

Salt Lake City, UT

September 21-23, 2020
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, GA


“PowerUp offers numerous learning and networking opportunities to "refresh" your way of thinking, inspire creativity, and positively apply it to your daily life.”

Laurie Millen,
Administrative Assistant, Wolverine Power Cooperative

“It is worth the time and money to invest in yourself! ALL the training can not only be applied professionally but personally as well. And if we better ourselves, we ARE better employees too!”

Connie Lawrence, Department Secretary-Central Generation Plant, Power South Energy Cooperative

Looking to earn credit?

While NRECA does not give certifications for attending PowerUp, if you have a certification such as the IAAP Certified Administrative Professional (CAP), click the “Learn More” button for more information.




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Known for the stunning backdrop provided by the towering Wassatch Mountains-  and the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation they provide- Salt Lake City offers visitors a uniquely vibrant and dynamic urban experience.
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Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is located 9 miles from the conference hotel. Most major airlines provide non-stop and connecting service to cities across the United States.

Estimated taxi fare from airport: $18 (one way)

Salt Lake City Attractions

Tour the City by Pedicab
If you have extra time in Salt Lake City, check out the sights by way of pedicab. Tours and rides are available both day and night.

Great Salt Lake
Approximately 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. There are many hiking trails, picnic areas, boating, and fishing opportunities here, too.

This is the Place Heritage Park
Take a trip back in time and see what Utah was like when the pioneers settled here. Check out Heritage Village, featuring cabins, farmhouses, barns, chapels, and more. Experience Native American life at the Native American Village, or take a train ride around the park, which circles the natural-spring-fed pond.

Utah Olympic Park
Visit Utah Olympic Park in Park City, just 20 minutes from Salt Lake City. The host venue of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the park continues to be a major training site for current and prospective Olympians. Park City is also a great place for foodies, with a diverse culinary scene.

Temple Square
Temple Square's three-block plaza is anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple, headquarters of the Mormon Church, which rises an impressive 210 feet over the square. Other fascinating buildings here include the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall.

National and State Parks
If you extend your stay in Utah, take advantage of one of the 60+ national and state parks just a few hours away from Salt Lake City.

See more Salt Lake City attractions.