Learning and Networking — Leadership for Life

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.

This intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. Participants will build skills and knowledge needed to affect change within their organizations.

Participation in this program is determined by a competitive application process.  The 2019 application will be available November 1, 2018.

 2018 Water Leadership Institute Graduates

2018 Water Leadership Institute Graduates at WEFTEC 2018 in New Orleans

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"The Water Leadership Institute is an instrumental program for the development of recent grads in the water field. I was able to gain leadership development training, opportunities for networking, and insight into how utilities will change and evolve in the future."

Tina Pham, P.E.
Associate Engineer
City of San Jose Environmental Services Department
Municipal Water District
San Jose, CA

"The Water Leadership Institute provided me with an unprecedented opportunity for personal and professional growth, amongst a group of talented and passionate water professionals from across the continent."

Justin Waples
Assistant Engineer
Central Contra Sanitary District
Martinez, CA

What Others Have to Say About the WLI

"Being a part of the Water Leadership Institute was an incredible experience.  To have the opportunity to network with other water quality professionals from other parts of the country and beyond was amazing; I have made contacts and friends that I hope to stay in touch with throughout my career.  Also, learning to communicate effectively has already proven to be highly valuable in and outside of the workplace.  Participating in the WLI rejuvenated my excitement for the water quality field…"

Christel Dyer
Boat Harbor Plant Manager
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Newport News, VA