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When: Monday, January 29, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: GAWP HQ - GAWP Room
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan

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H2Opportunity Meeting Agenda - GAWP HQ

Monday, January 29th, 2018

1.       Approval of Minutes from 12.19.17

2.       Welcome

3.       Key Message – Kim Holland

H2Opportunity!  Career Path for Water Protection from GED to PhD

-           Purpose:   Make a difference in your world

-           Protect:    Your environment & community

-           Pathway:  To your future

4.       Reminder of Objectives for 2017/2018

a.       Raise awareness of career opportunities in the water/ wastewater industry.

Tag Line - “Where are the H2Opportunities?”

b.       Connect interested and qualified candidates with opportunities.

Tag Line – “Here are the H2Opportunities.”

5.       Reports from Project Champions, Dream Teams and Sub-Committee Chairs

a.       Vice-Chair: Helps with everything - Christine Yi

b.       Secretary: Takes notes during meetings and produces minutes. - Christine Rubel

c.       Publication Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Angela Bond (GAWP) to ensure committee meets deadlines for GA Operator articles and provides content for all GAWP electronic communications including job postings. – Lindsey Sargent, Tara Brown

Column: What’s Your H2Opportunity – 5 Questions for featured water professional.


1)When I was 10 I wanted to be a…

2)I grew up to be_____

3) My H2Opportunity was…

4) My advice for young professionals is…

5) My H2Opportunity inspiration is (name of the person that will be featured on the next column)


d.       Program Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Kathy Nguyen and Program Committee to ensure we have a track in each conference. Attends program committee meetings – Sarah Skinner

·         Spring Conference: Abstracts due December 15th.

Session One: Educating the Next Generation of Water Professionals – Chattahoochee Tech Professor (Kim to Confirm)

Session Two: “Clearing a Pathway for Advancement in a Water Utility” – Gary McCoy, MWA

Session Three: Round Table Discussion - “Operators – Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go!” – Gary McCoy, MWA; Bernard Franks, CCWA; Kim Holland, MW

·         Annual Conference: Abstracts due when?

Session One: “Compensation and Reward Models – How People Get Paid” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University

Session Two: “Decoding Compensation in GA Water Utilities” – Bernard Franks, CCWA

Session Three: Panel Discussion - “Show Me the Money: A Candid Conversation About Compensation” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University; Bernard Franks, CCWA, Kim Holland, MW

e.       Member Sub-Committee Chair: Oversees booth set-up at conferences and works with committee to come up with creative ideas for giveaways and activities for booths – Sarah Skinner

·         Budget Accepted to GAWP

$ 1,200 - GAWP (Careers in the GA Water Industry) Brochures/ Handouts for middle school, high school and college students

$ 2,000 - GAWP Giveaways for middle school, high school and college outreach events as well as GAWP Conferences

$ 1,300 -  H2Opportunity Website Outsourcing for incorporation into GAWP web platform           

$ 4,500    Total

f.        Outreach Sub-Committee Chair: Manage outreach activities, partner programs, career center contacts, maintain the calendar of outreach events, manage volunteers, event contacts and all other associated details. – Lindsey Sargent (co-chair), Christine Rubel (co-chair), Christine Yi and Kim Holland

Goal: Create a database of statewide contacts that we can utilize to promote H2Opportunities and form partner programs to connect with potential water industry young professionals.


1. Create standard form letter informing contacts of the mission of H2Opportunities and how we can help their organization. Form letter should ask for standard contact information, so we can begin to create our database. (ie: primary contact name, contact email, relevant student organizations, meetings, etc.): Focusing in on 1 university per year, Kennesaw State University - 2018

Goal: Create online calendar on the H2Opportunities website to promote outreach events and source volunteers.


1. Develop required information needed to submit an event to the calendar (event name, date, time frame, main contact, etc.)

2. Develop parameters for events listed (what kind of events should and should not be included?)

3. Confirm best way to have this information submitted. (online form, email, etc.)

Goal: Establish social media accounts


1. Create a social media framework: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri and Holidays and assign a system to the team where people will switch off from week to week.

2. Goal for next time. Set up everything for the conference.


g.       Internship/ Job Sub-Committee Chair: Formulate and manage a sustainable program which connects interested potential water professionals to opportunities. (Model after Sustainable Connections at Metro Water District) – Lora Amedu and Kim Holland

·         Goals:

o   Create database of all local water industry internships for placement on website.

o   Discover best practices to share industrywide.

h.       Innovation Task Force: Find out what’s next in the industry. Research and vet new ideas, technologies and innovations which can be featured in H2Opportunity tracks at conferences and articles in the Georgia Operator. – Christine Yi

Potential: Emory Water Hub, Biomass research at Georgia Tech, Gwinnett Innovation Center,  WEF/ WERF Joint Innovation Initiative

i.        H2Opportunity Website: Launch Date – 2018 GAWP Annual Conference – Andrew Toth (Champion), Lora Amedu, Kim Holland, Laurie Loftin, Christine Rubel

·         The GAWP website is for us, H2Opportunity’s website is for everyone else.

·         Priorities: Content, Appearance and Usefulness

j.        (3) Hard Copy “Jobs in the Water Industry” Brochures for middle, high school and college students: Deadline: Deadline - January 2018 – Christine Rubel (Champion) and Kim Holland, Laurie Loft

k.       Survey of Young Professionals: Deadline – 2017 Fall Conference - Andrew Toth (Champion), Lora Amedu, Christine Yi, Kim Holland, Laurie Loft

6.       New ideas: Operator Leadership Academy, Operator workshops at District Meetings

7.       Schedule next meeting