At press time, a total of 29 participants representing two countries, 21 U.S. states, and 28 organizations had confirmed their participation in the inaugural class of the Water Leadership Institute. The program, developed and operated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), will help these future water-sector leaders develop new skills and knowledge. Participants receive program tuition, WEFTEC® 2012 conference registration, and a comprehensive curriculum delivered by expert instructors from various public and private organizations.
WEF received nearly 80 applications, and the review committee that chose the 2012 participants “was impressed with the talents and enthusiasm of the selected applicants,” the committee said.
In upcoming months, participants will learn about such topics as leadership styles, communication and presentation techniques, networking and managing professional relationships, entrepreneurship and innovative financing, infrastructure, sustainability, and strategic active leadership. They also will learn about trends and challenges in the water industry.
The program includes in-person, over-the-phone, and/or Web meetings every month. This class will graduate from the program at WEFTEC 2012. For more information, see www.water-leadership-institute.org.