Embracing Our Differences


The Transformative Issues Symposium brings together water sector professionals from across North America to discuss the most important and challenging issues of our times. 

Join us in 2022!

A robust and diverse workforce is essential to water sector resilience. The 2022 Transformative Issues Symposium (TIS22) will feature honest and practical conversations about the water sector workforce.  TIS22 will cover a range of topics including: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), data and benchmarking, best practices in recruitment and retention, the role innovation and technology play in the water workforce, and the expected (and unexpected) benefits that a diverse and engaged workforce can bring to utilities, communities, and the water sector ecosystem as a whole. 
August 1-3, 2022 Cincinnati, Ohio
Registration opens this spring!

The Call for Abstracts for 2022 is open. Call for Abstracts will close at 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, January 27, 2022. Any submissions provided after the call closes will not be accepted.

AWWA is soliciting abstracts covering the following topics: 

  • DEI 101: The Basics
  • Implementing DEI: Ideas to Action 
  • Preparing for the Future Water Workforce 
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Challenges
  • Unlocking the Power of Data: DEI and Analytics 
  • Building an Inclusive Workplace
  • Water Industry Ethics, Justice, and Legal Issues
  • Identity-Based and Other Diversity Programming
  • Organizational Development and Institutional Change

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For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.