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.

2019 Agenda

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Tour Milwaukee’s World Water Hub
12:45 PM Registration Opens
1:30 PM Summit Kickoff
Our Summit Host: Dean Amhaus, President & CEO of The Water Council
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 Matt Howard
How actions and awareness are no longer the domain just of the water sector
2:15 PM Rethinking Water Reuse and Reduction
There are companies that rely on water who are just now thinking about water, and then there are the major consumer brands who have been rethinking water quietly for some time.
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 Charles - Rethinking Water for People
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)
4:00 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?
Brian Werner- Trucost ESG Analysis
Jim Stern - A. O. Smith
Charles Fishman- Fast Company (moderator)
5:00 PM Outdoor/Indoor Reception
Enjoy appetizers and cocktails and your best networking.
6:30 PM Reception Concludes

Thursday, June 27, 2019

7:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Day Two Kickoff
8:45 AM Rethinking Water In Business
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.
Emilio Tenuta- Ecolab
Charles Fishman- Fast Company (moderator)
10:00 - 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 Iverson- 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
1:00 PM BREW Pitches
Pitches from BREW Accelerator 6 Winners
1:30 PM To be announced
2:30 PM Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Summit

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