Leadership and Development

Leadership and Development

WEF values the importance of individual efforts to tackle large sector-wide problems. This page serves as a resource for both established and emerging water sector leaders to be informed on the opportunities to develop their skills, and contribute to the development of others. Thank you for visiting this site, and we encourage you to click through and take advantage of these opportunities to get involved and contribute.

YP Summit

The AWWA/WEF YP Summit is the premier water and wastewater industry workshop for young professionals. Come explore your role in the water sector and learn how you can best serve your organization and community!

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Midyear Springboard Program

WEF’s Springboard Program is an opportunity for Young Professionals to become better integrated into WEF’s technical committees. The program occurs at the annual Midyear Meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to join committee working sessions, review programs, and help develop programming for WEFTEC. 

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Water Leadership Institute

The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. 

The application for the 2018 program is due January 31, 2018.

 NEW SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED: In October 2017 the WEF Board created the George S. Hawkins Scholarship to the WEF Water Leadership Institute.

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Water and Wastewater Leadership Center

The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center arms utility executives with the management and leadership skills they need to excel as they meet the challenges of today – and seize the opportunities of tomorrow. The Center offers exceptional curriculum taught by an unequaled faculty, invaluable connection to others in the sector, and a truly unparalleled learning experience.

Great Water Cities

The WEF Great Water Cities (GWC) dialogue series provides a forum for water leaders who inspire all, driving transformational shifts at their organizations, effectively changing the culture, communicating strategically, and engaging their communities for a more resilient future.  Their visionary thinking and timely experience is shared through information exchange and identification of effective practices in GWC panels addressing today’s biggest challenges for the water professions, sector, and institutions.

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Singapore Scholars Program

Water and Wastewater Utility leaders are encouraged to apply to the Singapore International Water Week Scholarship Program. You’ll have the opportunity to experience international knowledge exchanges, networking opportunities, and share your expertise in the water sector!

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Knowledge Center

Recently there has been an increased focus on continuing education programs for licensed professionals. In addition to furthering your education, these programs provide opportunities to get involved and gain knowledge of technical advances in your field, and in many cases are required in order to renew licenses or certifications.

WEF offers over 50 courses on communications, management, and project management. WEF is preapproved for 13 courses in 12 states!

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