Young Professionals Summit

YP Summit 2024

The WEF/AWWA Young Professionals (YP) Summit is the premier water and wastewater industry workshop for young professionals. Join other young leaders by exploring your role in water and discussing how you can best serve the water sector at large.

This is a skills development workshop that provides supplemental training and networking opportunities to emerging leaders and students in the water sector. 

All students and young professionals in water-related roles are encouraged to join. 

Register Today!


“Taking Care of Business” 

Our water workforce is diverse and mighty. Join us for the 2024 WEF/AWWA Young Professionals Summit as we delve into this year’s theme – “Taking Care of Business” – with interactive discussions and activities focusing on cross-industry collaboration, workforce development, and utility management. Check out our program and speakers (COMING SOON) to learn more!  


Planning for YP Summit 2024 is still in progress - check back for updates. 

The YP Summit is a series of events that begin Sunday, February 11 and continue through to Tuesday, February 13 evening.

Sunday, Feb. 11 – Pre-Summit Activity – Tour - Interested? Fill out this form and we will send you more details at the beginning of December--if not sooner! AWWA usually follows with a “Meet the AWWA YPC” event.

Monday, Feb. 12 – AWWA YP Committee Meeting (morning), AWWA YP Leader Day (begins with lunch) ends late afternoon. Fill this form to attend, followed by the YP Summit Welcome Reception (evening) Spirit of 77 - everyone registered for YP Summit is invited.

Tuesday, Feb. 13 – YP Summit (all day) followed by a Networking Reception.

Registration for the WEF/AWWA YP Summit 2024 is now open!

YP Summit is co-located with the 2024 Utility Management Conference. Both YP Summit and UMC registrations are on the same site.

Register Online

2024 WEF/AWWA YP Summit Registration Fees

Use Promocode: YPSUM24

YP SUMMIT ONLY $145.00 $200.00
YP SUMMIT ONLY $0.00 $180.00**

*You must be an active WEF or AWWA Member to qualify for these rates. Join or renew today.

**Student nonmember: To qualify for the Student Non-Member rate, you must provide proof of enrollment in a minimum of six (6) credit hours at an accredited college or university and provide written documentation on school letterhead, verifying your student status.

This conference is jointly hosted by the Water Environment Federation and American Water Works Association with cooperation from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.

Welcome to Portland! Book your room today!

The 2024 YP Summit will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The official YP Summit rooming block is at the Hyatt Regency Portland. Please keep in mind, YP Summit is co-located with the 2024 Utility Management Conference - rooms fill up fast

Book your room 

2024 Summit Headquarters Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center
375 NE Holladay Street | Portland, OR 97232

Conference Rate: $179.00/night + 16.0% occupancy tax (tax subject to change)

Conference Rate Deadline: January 12, 2024
Hotel rooms at the conference rate are not guaranteed. They will be offered until they either sell out or until the January 12, 2024, deadline (whichever occurs first).

If Rooms are sold out - try checking back or look into hotels in the surrounding area. 

Within Walking Distance:

Hotel Eastlund

Inn at the Convention Center

Courtyard By Marriott Downtown

2024 Utility Young Professional Scholarship

The YP Summit Planning team is offering extra support to make attending the Summit easier and more affordable for utility/operator YP attendees! WEF and AWWA Water Equation are providing scholarships to assist with travel, lodging, meals, and registration for ten young water professionals currently employed by any department in a utility. All scholarship details and deadlines are outlined in the application linked below. Please contact WEF Staff, Ama Richardson, or AWWA Staff, Mary Svoboda with any questions you may have.


Applicant Overview Guide

Deadline to Apply is Monday, December 4th, 2023. YP Summit Utility Scholarship - Applicant Overview Guide (1).pdf?ver=2023-12-01-122924-350

*Membership is not required for the five AWWA Water Equation scholarship recipients. Review Eligibility Criteria (link in the application)


Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsorship Form - send to to express your interest.

Support the future of water! The Young Professionals Summit offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to enhance your company's impact and visibility throughout the conference. 

Co-hosted by AWWA and WEF, The YP Summit is the premier water and wastewater industry workshop for young professionals. 

Show your support of these future industry leaders by taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities listed below. Being a conference sponsor is a great way to leverage your presence at the conference, increase your brand awareness, and put your organization’s name in front of these up and coming YPs! 


YP Summit attendees will learn about emerging issues in our industry and connect with a diverse group of water industry peers. The program is intended to challenge attendees to think critically about our industry (present and future) and to establish lasting connections with peers. Where else can you find so many professionals facing the same issues as your organization and learn how others are addressing those challenges? Are there solutions you’re not aware of? 

The Justification Letter has several tips to guide you in your request for approval to attend YP Summit.

Check back for the 2024 Justification Letter


AWWA YP Leader Training Day - Monday, February 12th, 2024

AWWA’s YP Leader Training is geared to all young professionals and students in water-related roles that are interested in investing in their careers by learning more about AWWA programs, engagement opportunities, and networking with the industry leaders. Students and YPs will have the opportunity to meet AWWA leadership and fellow YP leaders, cultivate leadership skills, gain some soft skills, and have discussion among peers about the issues we face in the water industry.  This event is free to young professionals and students that register for YP Summit.

Plan for a 1/2-day event, lunch is provided.

Register for this event here.  More information will be provided as we come closer to the event.

Note - You will still need to register for YP Summit when registration opens, this is only for the AWWA YP Leader Day portion of the 3-day YP Summit activities.