"WEF is like that magical universe where water, sustainability, and environment meet with innovation, science, and technology, together catalyzed by the love, passion, and responsibility that its’ members feel for this industry. In this milieu, my sense of belonging for what I do every day has found its reason to be, and today as a water professional, it motivates me to give the best of myself to this field."
Seven of WEF's Young Professionals flew in from all over the country to represent their various states, network at the YP Luncheon, and meet with their respective Members of Congress at the National Water Policy Fly-In, held in conjunction with World Water Week. Carol Kinzer, of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, shares her experience.
Steve Drangsholt, WEF Delegate of Brown and Caldwell, talks about his key takeaways from the WEF/AWWA Summit. Steve shares, "Being a YP in WEF has been a life changing experience that I don’t want to end. I have met some of my best friends going to YP functions and learned so much because my mentors have generously offered their time and wisdom."
At the beginning of 2018, 30 young water and wastewater professionals from Northern Virginia gathered for the region’s first Young Professional Leadership Seminar. The seminar was hosted at AlexRenew’s flagship headquarters building, located in Alexandria, VA. The event featured Karen Pallansch, the CEO of AlexRenew Enterprises, and Jeanne Bennett-Bailey, AWWA Immediate Past President and retired Manager of Public Affairs at Fairfax Water.