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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.

2018 Agenda

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tour Milwaukee's Water Technology District (optional)
Walking tour for out-of-town attendees interested in learning about the Global Water Center, Reed Street Yards Water Tech Business Park and Zurn Industries Headquarters, all across the canal from the Harley-Davidson Museum®.
12:45 PM Registration Opens
1:30 PM Summit Kickoff
Our Summit Host: Rich Meeusen, Chairman & CEO of Badger Meter and Co-Chair of The Water Council
1:40 PM Waterside Chat
President & CEO of The Water Council Dean Amhaus joins Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation Eileen O’Neill to talk about the how their organizations support water innovation and community impact. They’ll also ‘set the stage’ for the conversations you’re about to experience.
Eileen O'Neill- Water Environment Federation
Dean Amhaus- The Water Council
2:00 PM Emerging Innovations
A cheese-maker looks to tap NASA for water technology, a water-park finds water-smart ways to expand to arid Austin, and a data-guru brings insights from the data-rich mobile phone world to the data-deprived world of water.
Dale Hensen- Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Jennifer Nowlin- Accredent LLC
Patrick Cardiff- Grande Cheese Company
Charles Fishman- Author and Fast Company contributor (moderator)
3:15 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Value Creation Through Water Stewardship in the Food & Beverage Industry
No water, no food, no beverages. Despite that axiom, many food and beverage companies struggle to make the internal business case to invest in simple water conservation projects, let alone undertake more comprehensive water stewardship commitments. Learn from a global thought-leader, WWF International, about water stewardship strategies that are creating value right now for businesses and communities. Hear first-hand accounts of water-related success stories from iconic American brands, Campbell Soup Company and General Mills.
Dave Stangis- Campbell Soup Company
Jeff Hanratty- General Mills
Alexis Morgan- World Wildlife Fund
Matt Howard- Alliance for Water Stewardship North America (moderator)
5:00 PM Outdoor Reception
Enjoy appetizers and cocktails as we open the glass garage doors to network and relax in Milwaukee's best weather.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

7:45 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome Back!
9:00 AM The Petroleum Business & Water
Two people with deep experience working with, and in, the oil & gas industry explain the innovations and practices that cutting-edge companies are using to change the petroleum industry’s relationship to water, and to the communities where it operates.
Kim Sturgess- Alberta WaterSMART
Ed Piñero- The Pinero Group LLC
Charles Fishman- Author and Fast Company contributor (moderator)
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Key Insights and Opportunities in Adopting Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards
Listen to early adopters and leaders who have paved the way toward greater adoption of the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards. They will share their insights and best practices to help you bring your facility to a higher level of water stewardship.
Joan Giuliani- MillerCoors
Sven Vetter- Nestle USA
Emilio Tenuta- Ecolab (moderator)
12:00 PM AWS Award Presentation & Networking Lunch
Stanley P. Mathuram, Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing for SCS Global Services, will award the AWS “International Water Stewardship Standard” certificate to two local sites; they are the first brewery and commercial office building to receive this recognition globally.
12:45 PM Water and the Health Economy
Businesses in the health sector are motivated to re-think how they’re using water within their manufacturing process and facilities – from re-use, to cleaning to wastewater. With increased economic and environment pressure, we’ll explore how Merck and Gundersen Health Systems are utilizing water as an opportunity, what they’ve done well and the future challenges they face.
Jack Gavin- Merck
Eric Bashaw- Gundersen Health System
Lisa Johnson- BioForward Wisconsin (moderator)
2:00 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM Water Warrior of the Year Award & Future Water Leader Fund Announcement
2018 Water Warrior of the Year Award
The Water Warrior of the Year award recognizes and celebrates a water leader who has made significant achievements in the water industry, and has gone above and beyond in supporting STEAM education….Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – and Math.

Future Water Leaders Fund
Introduced by Dean Amhaus and Susan Haise, Founder & CEO, Neroli Salon & Spa, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness and Aveda Institute Madison, this award supports emerging ‘future water leaders’ in Wisconsin universities and tech colleges with funds for student projects, tuition, travel expenses for study abroad and more! Focusing on Wisconsin students, this fund seeks to facilitate meaningful projects both in the state and abroad.
3:00 PM Sports, Grass & Smart Water
Whether it’s big-time college football, Major League Baseball, or a round of Saturday afternoon golf, sports relies on water. How do you offer the perfect setting for the games, while also being water smart? A conversation with the man who brought a new kind of golf course to Las Vegas, the former chief groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres, and the woman who watches over water for all of UCLA’s athletic facilities.
Bill Rohret- Legacy Golf Club in Las Vegas
Luke Yoder- DuraEdge Products, Inc.
Bonny Bentzin- University of California at Los Angeles
Charles Fishman- Author and Fast Company contributor (moderator)
5:00 PM Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Summit and Bike Night at Harley-Davidson Museum®
Throughout the summer all bikes unite every Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum®. If you've never been to one, it's a must. Join bike enthusiasts for live music, fun and plenty of eye candy. No admission fee.

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