THIS YEAR'S EDUCATION PROGRAM
With the growing impact of climate change, the water sector is in a time of uncertainty. As our environment continues to change rapidly around us, we have less clarity of what the future will look like than ever before. In order to mitigate the risks of our ever-changing environment, the water sector must come together to reflect on lessons from the past, build on successes of the present and develop a clear vision for the future.
This year's education program features a keynote from rocket scientist Natalie Panek, multiple panel sessions, a lead taskforce update, a young professionals presentation series, and insightful education sessions covering topics such as SCADA, biosolids, groundwater, climate change, infrastructure, and more.
NATALIE PANEK: ROCKET SCIENTIST AND ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY
Natalie Panek is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology and engineering. She is an intelligent, insightful and energetic speaker whose powerful storytelling and unrivalled passion for ideas inspires audiences to embrace the learning process: demand the most of themselves, commit to a goal, and develop intellectual fortitude.
Tying into our theme of Shared Perspectives, Clear Vision, Natalie will be sharing her knowledge and experience in the areas of utilizing shared perspectives, collaboration and innovation to achieve success. Details of Natalie’s presentation will be available in the coming weeks.
Opening Session Theme
Whether it’s building space robots that need to perform in the extreme environment of space or building a Mars rover that will be operating on another planet, Natalie’s engineering experiences teach what to do if there is no existing road map for your ideas, or even for the execution of those ideas. Having a vision, the design process, decision making, teamwork, and mentorship are each navigational waypoints for helping get new ideas off the ground – for transforming an idea into reality. In this presentation, Natalie shows you the importance of each, and how to implement them within your organization.
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