CWEA SYPC Introduces “Planting a Successful Future: Cultivating Leaders” – The First SYPC Specialty Conference Ever!

Inspired by the WEF YP Summit on Leadership in April 2009, the Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is proud to announce that the first SYPC Specialty Conference ever will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2010. This SYPC Specialty Conference is titled, “Planting a Successful Future: Cultivating Leaders,” and the goal of this event is to do just that.

In an effort to create a program that promotes and fosters growth and development of our leaders from the younger generation, we have gathered an energetic and engaging group of fearless leaders from CWEA to share their ideas and experiences with our future CWEA leaders.

Here is a quick look at the topics that will be offered at this inspirational event:

Planting a Successful Future: Cultivating Leaders

Opening Remarks

Effective Leadership: Adapting a Successful Formula for a Younger Profession
Jim Clark, Black & Veatch, WEF Past-President

Diversity in Leadership
Kathy Suter, CWEA Past-President
Maura Bonnarens, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, CWEA Past-President

The Beauty of Collaboration: Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Simon Watson, Orange County Sanitation District, CWEA Director
Bill Hunt, Orange County Water District

Endless Opportunities: Leadership for All Situations
Don Roberson, Roberson Water Consulting, CWEA Past-President
John Larson, Larson Consulting, CWEA Past-President

Climbing Up the Ladder: Perspectives from a YP and Their Mentor
Fran Burlingham, Brown & Caldwell, WEF Delegate Director
Steve Agor, Tetra Tech, CWEA Past-President

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks: How CWEA Values YPs and How YPs Can Benefit Through CWEA
Elizabeth Allan, CWEA Executive Director

In keeping with the technologic and economic times, and in an effort to ensure that attendees in both the North and the South hear all of the great things our speakers have to share, we will be hosting and web-casting the conference simultaneously in two locations, one in the North and one in the South. Live speakers will be split between the North and South locations, and their presentations will be broadcasted live via web/video-conferencing to the opposite location. This will be CWEA’s first specialty conference ever to utilize web/video-conferencing, and we are very excited to be able to offer the same program at the same date and time in two different locations!

The brochure with additional conference information will be coming out soon, but in order to stay updated and for more information on similar events and activities for Students and Young Professionals, sign up for the Google Group database today by sending an e-mail to with the subject as either “YP: Your Name” or “STUDENT: Your Name.”

We look forward to seeing you at the first ever SYPC Specialty Conference on March 24, 2010. Make sure to mark your calendars for “Planting a Successful Future: Cultivating Leaders.” This is one day you won’t want to miss!

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