Webinar Series: Part 1


Webinar Series: Part 2


Webinar Series: Part 3


Partnerships to Reduce the Impacts from COVID-19 on the Water Sector Webinar Series

NACWA is excited to announce a three-part webinar series taking place in July titled “Partnerships to Reduce the Impacts from COVID-19 on the Water Sector”.  They will each feature a panel of unparalleled private sector thought leaders shaping the water sector and will be moderated by a NACWA public utility executive with the goal of hearing how the consulting/engineering companies, manufacturing and investment firms and rating agencies have been impacted by and are offering innovative services in response to the economic challenges caused by COVID-19. 

Part 3

Tuesday, July 28, 2020  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET 

This webinar will continue to explore strategies to minimize disruptive economic and workforce impacts, and expert insights into developing innovative solutions for the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead. Topics of discussion include adapting to the virtual work environment; leadership and workforce strategies and opportunities in a time of change and unrest; and more!

Featured Speakers

Yvonne Forrest
Houston Water
Houston, TX

George Hawkins 
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Moonshot LLC
Bethesda, MD 

Thomas Brzezinski
Chief Business Development Officer
Wade Trim
Taylor, MI

Steve Straus
Portland, OR

Jeff Theerman 
Vice President/
Senior Utility Performance Consultant
Brown and Caldwell
St. Louis, MO

Cindy Wallis-Lage
President, Water Business
Black & Veatch
Kansas City, MO 

Part 2

Thursday, July 16, 2020  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET 

We have yet to realize the full extent of the financial burden and workforce challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the water sector. With some utilities in the middle of the crisis, and others moving carefully into the recovery phase, public-private sector collaboration will be vital in sustaining exceptional service to our communities. The series will continue to explore affordability and rate-setting strategies; influencing and navigating the changing landscape of federal and state financing and funding opportunities; rethinking Resiliency and contingency planning; and much more!

Featured Speakers

Leisa Thompson
NACWA Board Member
General Manager
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
Saint Paul, MN

Nadine Leslie 
Chief Executive Officer
Paramus, NJ

Beverley Stinson
Executive Vice President
Crownsville, MD
Debra Coy
Executive in Residence
XPV Water Partners
Clarksville, MD

Douglas Varner
Senior Vice President
CDM Smith
Fort Worth, TX

Eric Rothstein
Galardi Rothstein Group
Chicago, IL 

J. Anthony Beard
Principal and Managing Member
Concentric Municipal Advisors
Atlanta, GA

Part 1

Wednesday, July 8, 2020  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET 

To continue to serve our communities with uninterrupted and exceptional service during a period of revenue stress for both private and public water sector organizations alike, we must listen to and harness the best and brightest to ensure operational efficiency and capital project delivery advances without delays.  Join us to hear how their companies and agencies have been impacted and how they are working to streamline and innovate to make sure we are stronger as a sector as we emerge from the ongoing challenges we are facing. 

Featured Speakers

Kevin Shafer
Executive Director
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee, WI

Patrick Decker
Chief Executive Officer
Xylem, Inc.
Rye Brook, NY

Andrew Burnham
Vice President of Financial Services
Tampa, FL
Paul Vogel
Greeley & Hansen, LLC
Chicago, IL

Mike Matichich
Financial Service Community of Practice Lead
Arlington, VA

Theodore Chapman
Municipal and Cooperative Utility Group
S&P Global Ratings
Dallas, TX

*Note due to a technical glitch, the first few minutes of the live recording are missing, and the recording erroneously does not show Patrick Decker's video feed until the the last 15 seconds of his remarks. Please note that the substantive portion of the audio is unaffected.