Water Leadership Institute Builds Leaders of the Future

Future water-sector leaders from around the world once again will receive education and training from the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Water Leadership Institute. Twenty-eight professionals were chosen from 60 applicants to make up this class of 2013.

The class includes participants from 14 U.S. states, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and Uganda. The program was developed by WEF to help future water-sector leaders develop new skills and knowledge. Through webcast training, work group activities, discussion group sessions, readings and responses — all held monthly — participants will learn about a variety of water-industry topics, such as trends in the water sector, leadership and communication challenges and strategies, finance and business, innovations, and the utility of the future.

“Leadership is a key component of professional effectiveness,” said Eileen O’Neill, deputy executive director at WEF, during the program’s introductory webcast. “The journey to lead is a lifelong pursuit, and our hope is that the Water Leadership Institute serves as a step in your personal development and that we all continue to improve the water sector.” The class will graduate from the program at WEFTEC® 2013 in Chicago.

WEF launched the institute in 2012, and graduates continue to participate. Ten graduates serve on the Water Leadership Institute steering committee, one serves as a WEFCOM coordinator for the class of 2013, and four serve as mentors for institute work groups.

“We were very pleased with the inaugural program and the tremendous support of the 2012 alumni who have populated the steering committee this year,” O’Neill said.

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