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This webcast is third in a four part Workforce Webcast Series focusing on different workforce issues. The webcast series and was developed as part of the final project for the Water Leadership Institute (WLI).  Each webcast consists of different sections developed by different groups.

This webcast will consist of two components lasting 45 mins each.  Please find the information for each section below.  The order of the presentation is as follows:

  • Flow Into and Throughout the Water Community: Innovative Ways Water Sector Careers are Evolving
  • Retain your Rockstars: A Manager's Guide to Developing a Healthy Work Culture
There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. The PDH instructions will be sent to all attendees 24 hours after the webcast has ended.

Flow Into and Throughout the Water Community

Flow Into and Throughout the Water Community: Innovative Ways Water Sector Careers are Evolving

In order to recruit and retain talent in the Water Sector, innovation is needed to redefine and change the perception of what it means to be in public service. There is potential for the way the community of dedicated people from diverse backgrounds needed to  plan, design, build, operate, and maintain water, wastewater, and stormwater systems essential for communities to thrive, perceives itself, messages its opportunities, and casts vision to the general public. The Water Sector’s critical role in society is the basis of a meaningful profession which creates opportunities for career development with a positive impact on the community.



  • Nathan Roberts, Bohannan Huston
  • Laura Shields, HRSD Boat Harbor Treatment Plant (Speaker and Moderator)
  • Roberto Escalante, Black Waters
  • Robert W. “Wick” Warden, Freese and Nichols
  • Adriana Caldarelli, WEF
  • Dave Quinby, Water Reclamation Supervisor

Retain Your Rockstars

Retain Your Rockstars: A Manager's Guide to Developing a Healthy Work Culture

Retention of talent is one of the various challenges facing the water industry today. With an increase of retirements drastically cutting into the pool of skilled, qualified employees, retention becomes a critical component for organizational success. Studies have shown that employee satisfaction often results in improved employee retention.

As managers and decision makers, creating a healthy work culture for employees is crucial. To retain qualified and skilled staff, employee satisfaction and continuous professional growth must be a top priority. By authentically conveying opportunities for work life balance, employee engagement, professional development, and higher purpose, an environment can be created that retains the high performers and transforms them into future superstar leaders.

This section will highlight the four fundamental building blocks mentioned above to develop a culture of employee satisfaction.  This section will also describe how a culture of engagement can help to retain high performers along with attracting new ones.


  • Sajana Chitrakar, Fairfax County
  • Yesher Larsen, Aquarion Water Company
  • Eric Bunke, Badger Meter Inc.
  • Megan Livak, WEF
  • Lindsay Swain, CHA Consulting
  • Jessica Hou, Gannett Fleming (Moderator)