Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water

In 2019, the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) launched its InFLOW (Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water) program. Building off the successes and the lessons learned from the first year of the program, PNCWA is continuing in its mission to change the face of the water industry and help build a more diverse and inclusive world. The InFLOW program engages underrepresented groups in the form of sponsorships to attend the annual conference. In 2020, scholarships were awarded for participants to attend the virtual PNCWA Summit Series in lieu of the in-person conference and a five-part workshop series is in preparation for the 2021 PNCWA Conference. These five workshops will focus on information related to the water/wastewater industry, networking, skills development, employment opportunities, and conference preparation.

The recruitment period for the incoming InFLOW cohort takes place in the fall after the annual conference. Participants will then attend five workshops between January and September in preparation for the fall conference, where they will receive full conference registration and a stipend. The conference offers participants the opportunity to engage with PNCWA members, build professional relationships, and chart their path into the clean water industry.

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Here's what past InFLOW participants have to say about the program.

“Attending PNCWA as a part of the InFLOW cohort was such a rewarding experience. The conference opened my eyes to new and exciting opportunities, expanded my network to the greater PNW area, and reaffirmed my interests in pursuing a career in the water industry. I hope to always be a part of PNCWA and do my part in giving back to future InFLOW cohorts.” - Geneva Schlepp

“I loved how friendly and welcoming the PNCWA community was toward our InFLOW group. Post-conference I'm feeling very encouraged in my choice to pursue a career in water and happy to be included by my fellow water industry members. As we look toward a more diverse and equitable future in our industry however, I pose the question of not just how do you get people involved and excited, but how to you retain them and make them feel welcome in the long term.” - Madison Whitlow-Hewett

“I loved being present at PNCWA for the very first time! The people and workshops were great. I think the main thing I kept thinking about at the conference is how, probably, in a few years' time, I'll be a seasoned water professional talking to the inFLOW class about my experience.” - Edgar Sanchez Fausto

If you're interested in helping support the InFLOW cohort, contact the InFLOW subcommittee here.