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ACE21 All Virtual to feature World Bank’s Jennifer Sara as keynote speaker

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today announced that the opening keynote at ACE21 All Virtual will feature Jennifer Sara, global director of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, and AWWA President Melissa Elliott examining a range of current water topics. ACE21 All Virtual will be held June 14-17.

Sara has 30 years of experience working on global water issues in the World Bank, serving as sector manager for sustainable development in Hanoi, Vietnam; sector leader in Brasília, Brazil; assignments in Washington. D.C. as lead specialist covering Latin America and the Caribbean; senior specialist in Africa; and working for the water and sanitation program in Bolivia.

Registration for the four-day conference is open. Members pay $395 for the full conference. Members who are students pay $45 for the full conference.

ACE21 All Virtual will also feature Radhika Fox, the newly appointed assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, as part of a Fireside Chat with EPA. This session will be June 15 at 9:30 a.m. MT and will be moderated by AWWA CEO David LaFrance.

ACE21 All Virtual will feature more than 80 hours of learning through professional sessions, delivered by the water sector’s most knowledgeable and engaging presenters. ACE21 All Virtual sessions will be available to review on-demand for 30 days after the conference. The six tracks include:

  • Water Utility Management and Leadership
  • 21st Century Infrastructure
  • Water Quality: Challenges and Research
  • Sustainable Water Resources
  • Utility Resilience
  • Innovating the Future of Water

The conference will include special events, including the following:

  • Good Day, AWWA! – AWWA CEO David LaFrance will kick off the conference each morning with interviews with John Young, a consultant supporting Flint’s recovery effort; Colby Manwaring, CEO of Innovyze; Marisa Tricas, utility government relations administrator with the City of Roseville; Seth Siegel, author of Troubled Water: What’s Wrong with What We Drink; and Cathy Bernardino Bailey, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works.
  • Virtual Career Fair – For employers and candidates to connect
  • Women, Influencers, Water Workshop – An exciting conversation led by AWWA President Melissa Elliott between influential women in the water sector
  • Best of the Best Water Taste Test – Virtual competition that gives Section Taste Test winners the chance to compete to decide who has the best-tasting water

Media note: Accredited members of the media may attend ACE21 All Virtual at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Communications. For media registration, visit AWWA’s Press Room or contact Amber Wilson at 303-652-7704.

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Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.