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January 10, 2014

Water Leadership Institute Now Accepting 2014 Applications 

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Water Leadership Institute (WLI), a program of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) that is designed to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional commitment from future leaders of the water quality sector, is accepting applications for its 2014 program. Water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals are encouraged to apply before the submission deadline on January 31, 2014.

As the water sector continues to face challenges from issues such as aging infrastructure, climate change, financial constraints, and increased service demands, there is a vital need for skilled professionals who can develop and implement both short- and long-term solutions. 

The WLI provides education, training, and networking to enable participants to build lasting relationships and develop the skills and knowledge needed to affect change in their organizations. A blended learning approach includes examination of complex water challenges, management training, and leadership development. 

“You should never stop learning and it shouldn’t be just technical, it must encompass learning about yourself and how your interactions impact those around you,” said Erin Ganley, a 2013 WLI graduate and team leader with the Greater Wellington Regional Council (Wellington, New Zealand). “[Through this course] I have developed a greater understanding of myself and in my current role, I am able to implement my lessons and help develop others.”

Following a free application, the 2014 program will be delivered online by expert instructors and guests from water and wastewater utilities, companies active in the sector, government agencies, communications firms, and financial groups. Supplements to the program include discussion groups, mentoring with program alumni, and online community participation. A competitive application process will determine program participation.

WEF, and endorsing partner, the American Water Works Association, encourage emerging water leaders—including young professionals, career changers, and veterans—to visit www.water-leadership-institute.org for more information about the program and application process.

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.