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Leadership Academy, Level 1

When: Class 1 will be April 24
breakfast/coffee available at 8:00 a.m., discussions begin at 8:30 and end at 12:30
Where: GAWP HQ
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Ashley Simeone

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GAWP Leadership Academy Mission Statement

It is the mission of the GAWP Leadership Academy to prepare our leaders to build relationships, and to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effect change within our organizations and the water industry as a whole. To keep pace with the ever changing profession, the Academy provides participants the opportunity to improve leadership skills and to test them in real life situations.


Application Checklist

1.Online Application (select Register above to complete the online application)

2.Recommendation from Work Mentor or Supervisor (for Level 1 only)

3.GAWP membership application (if not currently an Individual GAWP Member)



GAWP Leadership Academy Scholarship

Utility Members of GAWP: If you serve less than 10,000 customers your employees are eligible to apply for a scholarship to the Leadership Academy!

Scholarship Applicants pay a reduced rate of $250 (from the regular $1,500 registration fee) after they are accepted to a class. Scholarship Applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the Leadership Academy as availability for this type of registration is very limited.



2014 Dates for the Level 1 Leadership Academy

Days 1, 3 and 6 will be held on the same day for all participants at the GAWP Headquarters. 

Class 1 (GAWP HQ)

Class 2 (Locations to Vary)

Thursday, April 24, GAWP HQ

Thursday, April 24, GAWP HQ

Wednesday, April 30, TBD (CHANGE!)

Thursday, May 1, Douglasville-Douglas County WSA (CHANGE!)

Thursday, May 15, GAWP HQ

Thursday, May 15, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, June 3, GAWP HQ

Thursday, June 5, Henry County Water Authority Eng. Bldg.

Tuesday, June 17, GAWP HQ

Thursday, June 19, Macon Water Authority, Amerson WTP

Friday, June 27, GAWP HQ

Friday, June 27, GAWP HQ



All classes are from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified.


Day 1: History of Water Management in Georgia
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by David Word, Joe Tanner & Associates

Day 2: Leadership Skills
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Brian Skeens, CH2M HILL and Gil Shearouse, DDCWSA

Day 3: EPD
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Russ Pennington, GA EPD


Day 4: Professional Perspectives – This session is from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch.

The Utility’s Perspective
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Mike Thomas, Clayton County Water Authority, and
Mike Hopkins,
 Newton County WSA     

The Consultant’s Perspective
Class 1: Facilitated by Craig Ferguson, Brown and Caldwell                                   
Class 2: Facilitated
 by Wayne Haynie, Burns & McDonnell 

The Manufacturers' Representatives Perspective
Class 1: Facilitated by Dan Carter, Eco-Tech, Inc.                                   
Class 2:
Facilitated by Allen Walker or Bill Cannon, Templeton & Associates

The Contractor’s Perspective
Class 1: Facilitated by Dave Hall, Garney Construction                                    
Class 2: Facilitated by Mark Dickson, Crowder Construction

The Environmental Community’s Perspective
Class 1: Facilitated by Allie Kelly, Georgia Conservancy                                    
Class 2: Facilitated by Leah Barnett, Georgia Conservancy

Day 5: Financing & Management

GEFA and Municipal Bonds
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Jason Bodwell, GEFA 

Sales Tax & Rates Setting
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Bill Zieburtz, Black & Veatch 

Communicating with the Media
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Kathy Nguyen, Cobb County Water System 

Day 6: Ethics & Aspects of Professionalism
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Milbree Lankford, Douglasville-Douglas County WSA