This webcast is fourth in a four part Workforce Webcast Series focusing on different workforce issues. The webcast series and was developed as part of the final project for the Water Leadership Institute (WLI).  Each webcast consists of different sections developed by different groups.

This webcast will consist of two components lasting 45 mins each.  Please find the information for each section below.  The order of the presentation is as follows:

  • Communicate, Educate, Protect. Our Future Depends on It.
  • Water Careers: An Ocean of Opportunities
There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. The PDH instructions will be sent to all attendees 24 hours after the webcast has ended.

Communicate, Educate, Protect. Our Future Depends on It.

As environmental and economic stress forces water utilities to do more with less, communication with customers and decision makers is more important than ever. Science-based and data-driven information is the neural network of the water industry, influencing decisions and financial transactions. In its raw form, this information is key to utility professionals, but representatives from various stakeholder groups will need that information packaged in a form that best suits them. Communication strategies targeting decision makers will be different from those targeting the general public. This section highlights top concerns of the industry and effective strategies for communication to different audiences.


  • Marilyn Hall, Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities
  • Eddie Abisaab, HRSD
  • Steve Hill, Alexandria renew Enterprises
  • Amanda Scott, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions (Moderator)
  • Jen Loudon, Raritan Township MUA (Content/Research Development)
  • Paige Lux, Weston & Sampson (Content/Research Development)

Water Careers: An Ocean of Opportunities

The water industry protects, preserves, cleans, and delivers the world's most precious resource. It requires talent across multiple disciplines to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for humanity. Sound like a big challenge? It is a big challenge, and we need talent to succeed! This presentation is for water industry HR, communications, and outreach professionals and will provide insight on how to demonstrate the breadth of industry opportunities to job-seeking individuals from all walks of life, skillsets, experience, and education levels. With 10,000 Baby Boomers in the U.S. turning 65 each day, the time is now to plan for our future.


  • Matt Magruder, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Mitch Klein, JEO Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Craig Williams, Angola Wastewater Treatment
  • Connie Ho, Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Teresa Penunuri, San Diego County Water Authority
  • Noelle Anuszkiewicz, Anne Arundel County - DPW