NACWA is collaborating with the Executive Development team at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School to convene an Executive Leadership Workshop Series, a first-of-its-kind program designed solely for senior executives at water and wastewater utilities.  

The series consists of three 90-minute workshops on executive leadership topics designed to help you adapt to the changing world and better position you to effectively lead your organizations into the future.

UNC Executive Development

Webinar 1: Leading in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) World

Wednesday, December 16, 2020  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Leaders face multiple challenges in increasingly uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments, the COVID-19 pandemic providing a painful and ongoing example. This workshop will focus on helping utility executives create simple rules that they can test, evolve, deploy and communicate to team members at all levels of the organization to enhance performance across the utility.


Christopher Bingham

Professor and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School 

Webinar 2: Inclusive Leadership: How Culture Affects How We Decide and Connect

Wednesday, January 13, 2021  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Today’s organizations need leaders with a nuanced understanding of how our cultures influence our decision-making and our ability to create inclusive and equitable organizations. This workshop will explore the topics of cultural identities, fundamentals of bias, decision-making, community building, and changing organizational habits. The session offers an applied four-part model for utility leaders to improve decision-making, create more inclusive and diverse spaces, better connect with those around them, and move toward change.


Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson
Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Webinar 3: Your Role as a Leader: Architect, Translator, Doer

Wednesday, February 10, 2021  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Many organizations struggle to get consistent and comprehensive execution of their strategy, especially amid a rapidly changing world. This workshop will introduce participants to a new approach to strategic leadership that will help. A modern leader should undertake three “roles” on a regular basis: architect; translator; doer. The key questions are: how much time should be spent in each “role” and what does a quality version of each look like?


Robert Goldberg
Affiliate Faculty
UNC Executive Development

Why Attend?

  • Receive individualized instruction from the University of North Carolina's (UNC) top-ranked faculty in a groundbreaking program tailored to address utility executives' needs.
  • Sharpen your role as a leader and discover how to transform challenges into opportunities.
  • Develop valuable relationships with peer utility executives from across the country and gain a supportive, close-knit network to exchange insights.