Media Contact: Lori Harrison, (703) 684-2480
June 24, 2013


Kevin Carroll to Deliver Keynote Address at the Opening General Session of WEFTEC® 2013 
Best-Selling Author and Agent for Social Change Encourages Embracing the Spirit of Play & Creativity to Achieve a Higher Level of Success 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Kevin Carroll, a best-selling author, speaker and agent for social change will deliver the keynote address during the Opening General Session of WEFTEC 2013 this fall in Chicago, Ill. The opening session will kick off the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, a five-day event that is expected to draw thousands of water quality professionals and exhibitors to McCormick Place, October 5-9, 2013. 

As the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, including Rules of the Red Rubber BallWhat’s Your Red Rubber Ball?!, and The Red Rubber Ball at Work, Carroll works to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren—to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize and sustain meaningful personal and professional growth.

Specifically, Carroll will apply his philosophy to WEF’s mission and use an outside perspective and “best in class” examples to provide a unique set of tools, resources and ideas that will help give WEF and its members a much needed “spark” to remain inspired, passionate and intentional about the important work of the water sector.

“WEF has an immense sense of pride in what our members do and we remain committed to inspiring and challenging water professionals to be united in purpose and to strive for greater levels of success,” said WEF Executive Director Jeff Eger. “We can only benefit from taking a fresh look at what we do, why we do it, and how we do it – both personally and professionally. Mr. Carroll’s unique approach to life and business is exactly what is needed to help inspire and motivate the water sector towards more innovative and creative approaches to water management.”

Scheduled for Monday, October 7 in Room S100, Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place, the opening session will also feature remarks from 2012-2013 WEF President Cordell Samuels and recognition of the 2013 Stockholm Junior Water Prize winners. 

As largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC 2013 will feature 140 technical sessions, 27 workshops and an unrivaled exhibition that currently features 883 companies using more than 300,000 square feet of floor space—the largest in WEFTEC history!

Don’t miss this opportunity to make the water quality event, your water quality event. Visit www.weftec.org today for complete registration and conference details. 

Note to Editors: Click here for a biography and high resolution headshot of Mr. Carroll. Complimentary registration for WEFTEC 2013 is available for credentialed media representatives in advance through August 30 or onsite beginning Sunday, October 6. Visit the WEFTEC Online Press Room or contact Lori Harrison at lharrison@wef.org for details. 

About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.