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Announcing Exciting & Informative Speakers for the Section's Annual Conference

Friday, July 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
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This three-day conference is the event for all in the water industry.  There are over 40 technical breakout sessions, an exhibit hall, awards luncheons, and other activities to wow anyone!  The first day of the conference is Special Water Operators Day.  The last day of the conference is where we give out our awards and celebrate our members.  There is special pricing and events to go along with the days.

The theme of this year’s Intermountain Section Annual Conference is Watershed Moment: The Changing Landscape of Water. We seem to be at a point where the tide is changing. The combination of historic drought conditions and continued population growth in the southwestern United States has made water an increasingly scarce commodity. How should we as stewards of water plan, develop, distribute and manage this precious resource?  Plan to attend the Intermountain Section AWWA Annual Conference at Zermatt Resort in Midway, Utah on October 10th to 12th to find out. 

The informative Keynote presentations by regional experts will help attendees better understand how the variables of water supply, water demand, population growth, and policy decisions affect the water sustainability of our communities. And we will demonstrate that it will take focused decision making to maximize the economic and qualities-of-life benefits of each gallon of water invested.

 

Opening General Session Keynote:

 

Rob Renner, PE, BCEE

Chief Executive Officer Water Research Foundation

Fostering Innovation:  Advancing the Science of Water to Meet the Evolving Needs of the Water Industry and Customers

Rob will discuss one of the most exciting and popular Water Research Foundation (WRF) projects of 2017, Fostering Innovation Within Water Utilities.  His presentation will touch on how and why water utilities need to transform into idea factories, enabled by a sustainable culture of innovation, broad engagement of stakeholders, and effective leveraging of external resources.   The project produced a guidance manual and accompanying video on innovation based on successful programs in the utility and commercial sectors. The manual presents a simple framework, geared specifically toward utilities, to foster a culture that encourages creativity and facilitates implementation of new ideas.

 Thursday Keynote:

Brenda Lennox

Immediate Past-President (2018-2019) American Water Works Association

      A New Age for Utility Services:  Remaining Relational               Amidst Unrelenting Pressure to be Operational

Brenda has been an active member of AWWA since 1995.   She recently retired from Tualatin Valley Water District where she worked for over 26 years, most recently as the Manager of Customer & Support Services. As the Customer & Support Services manager, Brenda was tasked with the oversight of customer service, billing, and the risk management program for the second largest water utility in Oregon. Brenda is currently working for RH2 Engineering as the Strategic Relations Manager.

 

Brenda will use her experiences in customer service to discuss how Utilities in today’s world need to embrace diversity, inclusion, and soft skills. A successful organization requires every profession – not only engineers or technical staff to meet today’s customer expectations.

 

Brenda served on the AWWA Board of Directors from 2013-2016, and as an AWWA Vice-President from 2014-2016. As a past Fuller Awardee, she has been involved in many of the Pacific Northwest Section’s (PNWS) committees, and was a member of the Board of Trustees as well as its chair in 2010.  She lives in Touchet, WA with her husband Jerry and shares her competitive barrel racing passion with daughter Michele. 

 

Closing Luncheon Keynote:

 

Akwasi Frimpong

Olympian, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker

Having the Courage, Power and Determination to Tackle Adversity


 

 A Dutch-Ghanaian sprinter, bobsledder, and skeleton athlete, Akwasi Frimpong made history by being the first Ghanaian athlete to represent his country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Skeleton sport.

Born and raised in Ghana, Akwasi moved to the Netherlands when he was eight. The athlete didn’t start running until he was 15, but when he did, he never looked back. Determined to represent his country at the most prestigious sport events, Akwasi worked hard, and it was his untiring passion and continuous efforts that earned him the nickname ‘GoldenSprint’.

Today, Akwasi is the proud winner of 4 bronze, 3 silver, and 8 gold medals at various local and international sport events. His participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics was a momentous occasion for the athlete. One of the most interviewed athletes at the Games, Akwasi went internationally viral, with his celebration dance famously given the hashtag of #frimpongdance.

Currently, Akwasi is getting ready for Beijing 2022, determined to win Ghana’s and Africa’s first Winter Olympics medal.

Akwasi is excited to speak about his journey and the importance of water. Water is such an important thing for his family in Ghana, especially for his grandmother. Akwasi’s personal story is of courage and triumph in the face of adversity. It’s an extraordinary story that will inspire and motivate you!


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