Join the Water Leadership Institute Class of 2024

WEF Updates

Learn to become an extraordinary leader, gain a supportive community of water professionals and mentors, sharpen your networking skills, and grow professionally.

The Water Leadership Institute program educates, trains, and provides opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong, lasting relationships within the water industry.

Will you be among the Water Leadership Institute’s class of 2024? Submit Your Application by January 17th! Apply here.

What Do Alumni Have to Say About the Program?

Hear from Water Leadership Institute (WLI) alumni about their experiences, the value of participating, and how the WLI program contributed to them becoming better water leaders.

“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, WLI Alum

Karoline Terrazas, Class of 2020
Rahkia Nance, Class of 2018
Who Can Apply?
All professionals in the water sector (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater)—including utility staff, consulting engineers or service providers, regulators, academics, or equipment manufacturers—are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted by January 17, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.

Application Process
Tuition and Requirements

Scholarship Opportunities

The George S. Hawkins Scholarship will be given annually to one participant in the Water Leadership Institute and highlights George’s commitment to developing future water sector leaders. Each applicant will be considered for the scholarship. This scholarship will cover the program’s full tuition.

The WEF Board has approved additional funds, which will allow us to offer additional scholarships this year. These scholarships cover part or all of the tuition cost and are need-based.

Learn More About Scholarships

Do you have questions about the Water Leadership Institute?
Send an email to Julianne Jones.