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2018 Leadership Academy, Level 1
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When: Class 1 is scheduled for April 19, see below for the full schedule
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: Susana Lanier

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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.



2018 Dates for the Level 1 Leadership Academy

Classes will be held at GAWP Headquarters for all participants. Days 1 and 6 will be held on the same day for both classes . 

Class 1 (GAWP HQ)

Class 2 (GAWP HQ)

Thursday, April 19, GAWP HQ

Thursday, April 19, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, May 1, GAWP HQ

Thursday, May 3, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, May 15, GAWP HQ

Thursday, May 17, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, May 29, GAWP HQ

Thursday, May 31, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, June 5, GAWP HQ

Thursday, June 7,GAWP HQ

Tuesday, June 19, GAWP HQ

Tuesday, June 19, GAWP HQ


Class dates and locations are subject to change. 

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: John Sawyer, City of Savannah
Class 2: Facilitated by Brian Skeens, CH2M and Gil Shearouse, DDCWSA

Day 3: EPD
Class 1 & 2: Bennett Weinstein (tentative), 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 & 2 : Facilitated by Craig Ferguson, Brown and Caldwell                                   

The Manufacturers' Representatives Perspective

Class 1: Facilitated by Dan Carter, Eco-Tech, Inc.
            Class 2: Facilitated by TBA

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

The Environmental Community’s Perspective

Class 1: Facilitated by Jason Ulseth, Chattahoochee River Keeper (Tentative)
Class 2: Facilitated by Ben Emmanuel, American Rivers

Day 5: Financing & Management

GEFA and Municipal Bonds
Class 1 & 2: Facilitated by Jason Bodwell,CH2M and Gerald Wade (tentative), GEFA

Sales Tax & Rates Setting
Class 1 & 2: William Zieburtz, Stantec

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

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