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This symposium will be jointly hosted by the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), in cooperation with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association, the Federal Water Quality AssociationThe Water Research Foundation, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

The Transformative Issues Symposium on Workforce will bring water sector professionals from across North America to discuss the most important and challenging issues associated with workforce. This event will feature presentations given by thought leaders and will engage attendees in facilitated discussions to help foster the exchange of ideas on this evolving topic of concern.

 Official Hashtag: #TISWorkforce
Using the official hashtag helps other attendees find conference-related posts and allows you to connect with other attendees leading up to and during the event.

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Download the Draft Program


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This year we are pleased to be offering 14 technical sessions and 2 pre-conference workshops. 

View the Schedule at a Glance below for more details.

TIS Workforce Schedule at a Glance




























If you would like to see what was covered in the 2018's Symposium on Affordability, click here.

Questions? Please contact:
WEF Education and Training
703.684.2400 x7450


Registration is now open!

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Conference Pricing Includes:

  • Full conference registration includes: Technical Sessions on August 8 and 9, Luncheon and Networking Reception on August 8
  • One-Day conference fee includes:  Technical Sessions on either August 8 or 9.   Registration for Thursday will include Luncheon and Networking Reception.


Conference Pricing

WEF/AWWA Members  Before 
Full Conference: $570 $745
Student Full Conference: $0 $0
One Day (Thursday or Friday): $400 $520
Non -Members  Before 
Full Conference: $935 $1205
Student Full Conference: $200 $260
One Day (Thursday or Friday): $535 $660
Pre - Conference Workshops
WEF/AWWA Members  $100 $120
WEF/AWWA Student Members  $0 $0
Non -Members  $129 $150
Non -Members Students* $100 $120

*All student non members must bring a valid student ID or another form of student verification.  


Registration questions?

Registration Coordinator
Phone: 703-684-2441

Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing with a detailed explanation by 7/26/2019. A 25% administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Registrants who fail to notify WEF of cancellations by July 26 will be liable for the full registration fee. 

Substitutions are welcomed without penalty and should be submitted in writing by mail or by fax no later than July 26, 2019.  The substitute must submit the original registrant’s name & registrant ID number with their request.  Substitutions needed after July 26 must be done onsite.  Substitutions must be for the whole registration, no partial substitutions. 


Hyatt Regency – Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave, Washington DC 20001

Phone: 202-737-1234

$169.00 - Group Rate

Cut-Off Date: July 16, 2019 

*Reservations are on a first come first serve basis and may sell out before the cut-off date.

Reservation Link:


Sponsorship Opportunities NOW AVAILABLE!

Become a Sponsor

50% of surveyed WEF conference attendees recognized conference sponsors and were able to accurately identify what they sponsored.

Attract the attention of key decision-makers with multiple exposure opportunities available at price points designed for any marketing plan.

Overall Sponsor Benefits* 

  • Enhanced visibility to symposium attendees and WEF and AWWA Members
  • Logo recognition on corresponding sponsor slide at the Opening General Session
  • Sign recognition at sponsored event
  • Branding on signage recognizing all sponsors on display for the duration of the symposium
  • Logo with sponsor directory listing in symposium program
  • Logo on symposium homepage rotating banners recognizing all symposium sponsors
  • Pre-registered or final attendee lists in Excel format
  • Sponsor badge ribbons

* Overall sponsor benefits are included with all opportunities, except hotel sponsorships, meterboards, and tote bag inserts.

Questions about Sponsoring?
      Sarah Evans Moretti  
      Manager, Exhibition Sales       
      phone: 703-684-2466 
Already a Sponsor? 
     Ronnetta Zack-Williams 
     Sponsorship Coordinator 
     phone: 703-684-2468 

Your Event Experience

WEF’s Vision: A community of empowered professionals creating a healthy global water environment.

Core Values: Leadership, Passion, Scholarship, Collaboration and Service


WEF Policies
WEF respects and takes the broadest view of human diversity and inclusion, and is committed to providing a professional, safe, and welcoming environment at its meetings and events for all water professionals and their guests. WEF expects all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to uphold our commitment to diversity and inclusion by helping us provide a positive environment for everyone. Download WEF's official policies to learn more:

Non-Discrimination and Harassment

Diversity and Inclusivity


Safety and Security
WEF works hard to provide a comfortable and safe environment during our meetings and events, including contracting with private security firms and off-duty police officers when required. Your help also is needed to provide a safe and secure environment. WEF recommends that you follow these safety guidelines:

  1. Share your plans. Advise a family member or friend of your travel plans, including the dates you will be gone, how you will travel to the meeting or event, and where you are staying;
  2. Protect your identity. Wear your name badge only inside the meeting or event venue; remove and secure your name badge when going to and from the venue; when disposing of your name badge, scratch out or destroy your name and/or the QR code to protect your personal information;
  3. Plan for an emergency. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the nearest exists are located. Use the buddy system. Exchange contact information with another event attendee. In case of a venue evacuation, agree where you will meet up. Call for help if your buddy doesn’t meet up at the agreed location within a reasonable amount of time.
  4. See something, say something. If you see something that raises a safety or security concern, please follow the instructions printed on the back of your name badge to alert security personnel.

Reporting Concerns
If you have any concerns during a WEF event, please stop by the event registration area to speak with WEF staff, or you may email the WEF Executive Director Dr. Eileen O'Neill.