Connect. Discuss. Innovate.


One Room. One Moderator. One Water. Like technology evolves, so too does the format for Water Leaders Summit 2019. Steering away from the traditional “breakout session” conference approach, the Summit utilizes a dynamic program with sessions combining story-telling followed by engaging conversations between our moderator and global water leaders.

Connecting our audience in the same room throughout the Summit enhances the ability to determine targets and key relationships, offers intimate networking opportunities and additional face-to-face time with speakers.

Host: Dean Amhaus, President & CEO of The Water Council

Moderators: Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst” and Fast Company contributor and Matt Howard, Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship North America

Dress: Casual. A nice pair of jeans, a button-down shirt or a polo, a summer dress and a cardigan, that kind of casual. Be comfortable.

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2019 Agenda

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Tour Milwaukee’s World Water Hub
12:45 PM Registration Opens
Come early to kick-start your connections.
1:30 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks
The Water Council’s Co-Chairs Todd Adams, Rexnord, and Jim Stern, A. O. Smith Corporation - A Strategic Plan for The Water Council’s Future
1:45 PM Theme Setter - Rethinking Water
What is hidden water? Why are we recovering and buying water? Why don’t we just use the water we already have? There’s the water that’s really hidden, like the water that went into making your iPhone, in your bank account and the water used to cool data centers from your Google search. But then there’s the water hidden in plain sight trapped in ice sheets or lost to evaporation. Water is a mindset. Once you start noticing water it becomes instinctual. But until you start noticing it, you don’t think to measure or monitor it, and if you’re not doing either of those activities, it can really be hidden, or it can be so overlooked that it’s hiding in plain sight.
Charles Fishman - Author & Fast Company Contributor
1:55 PM One-on-one with Will
A discussion of the latest trends in corporate water stewardship and a look into what’s coming over the horizon
Matt Howard - AWS North America
Will Sarni - Water Foundry
2:15 PM Rethinking Water Use: Risk, Stewardship and Value Creation
There are companies that rely on water who are just now thinking about water, and then there are the first-movers who have been rethinking water quietly for some time. Learn about the intersection of water-related risk, stewardship and value creation from today’s leading thinkers on industrial water use.
Will Sarni - Water Foundry
Kate Brown - Procter & Gamble
Valeria Orozco - Nestle Waters North America
Matt Howard - AWS North America (moderator)
3:20 PM Networking Break
3:35 PM One-on-one with Eleanor - Rethinking Water for People – How is one organization rethinking its work in 9 countries?
Humanitarian organizations across the world play invaluable “front-line” roles of delivering safe water as well as access to adequate sanitation to people across this planet. With all of this great work occurring the demands by our global citizens continues to dramatically grow.
Eleanor Allen - Water for People
Charles Fishman - Fast Company (moderator)
4:15 PM Rethinking Water in Corporate Governance
Increasingly, global investors are examining the role water plays in the governance of our world’s leading corporations. By business operating in a high water stress location, could a business severely threaten its ability to function, resulting in damaging the company’s bottom-line and harming its shareholders?
Bill Malarkey - Amane Advisors
Rochelle Samuel - Saint-Gobain North America
Brian Werner - Trucost ESG Analysis
Charles Fishman - Fast Company (moderator)
5:20 PM Reception
Enjoy appetizers and cocktails and your best networking.
6:30 PM Reception Concludes. Dinner with your new connections!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

7:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Day Two Kick-Off - Dean Amhaus, The Water Council
Welcome back and 2019 Water Warrior of the Year Award
8:40 AM EXCLUSIVE - Meet the Author - "One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon”
Fifty years ago, a bold dream became a reality with the first man to place his feet on the Moon. The astronauts have been celebrated by history but what of the men and women who had to solve 10,000 problems before astronauts could reach the Moon? With space and weight at a premium in a spaceship thousands of miles above Earth, how is water provided, and what to do with the waste? In his recently released book “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon,” Charles Fishman provides a sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind’s greatest achievements.
Charles Fishman - Fast Company
9:00 AM Rethinking Water In Business - How are businesses rethinking, reimagining, and reinventing their water use?
In today’s world every business requires water to produce their goods or sell their services. With water quality and quantity stress occurring in every location, now more than ever businesses are placing water as a central priority for their profitability and existence.
Courtney Archibald - Carnation
Emilio Tenuta - Ecolab
Charles Fishman - Fast Company (moderator)
10:15 - 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Rethinking Water Investing
VC, Angel, Impact, Retail – the world of investors is dizzying but for way too long it was not a place that welcomed water when it came to entrepreneurs and infrastructure. The investment community is rethinking opportunities in water to support important innovations that will have a positive impact on people and communities, while at the same time achieving a financial return.
Puon Penn - Wells Fargo
Brian Iversen - Cimbria Capital
Dave Henderson - XPV Water Partners
Charles Fishman - Fast Company (moderator)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Visit the exhibitors break
12:00 PM Networking Lunch
12:50 PM Building Trans-Atlantic Partnerships with German Water Partnership
Andreas Fleischmann - Raedlinger Primus Line Inc.
1:00 PM BREW Pitches
Pitches from BREW Accelerator 6 Winners
1:30 PM Clear Water Farms Announcement
Clear Water Farms is a joint initiative aimed at piloting the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard at two Wisconsin dairy farms with an objective of addressing the economic challenges of farming and the negative water impacts as a result of intensive agricultural operations. The outcomes of this groundbreaking project will focus on helping farmers need to generate high-quality farm products that increase farm profitability, while implementing practices that make them better stewards of water resources. During the summer of 2019, the partners hope to scale Clear Water Farms across the state of Wisconsin with the goal being to have this project serve as a model in North America.
Raj Shukla - River Alliance of Wisconsin
Matt Howard - AWS North America
2:15 PM Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Summit

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