Young Professionals Summit


The AWWA/WEF 2019 Young Professionals (YP) Summit is the premier water and wastewater industry workshop for young professionals. 

The future of water theme creates an opportunity for discourse around challenges affecting our water systems locally and globally, as well as other critical water sector topics, such as workforce development and communicating the value of water to our communities. 

Join other young leaders by exploring your role in water and discussing how you can best serve the water sector at large.


Please note that YP Summit registration and hotel reservations are channeled through The Utility Management Conference. 

 or fill out the Registration form.

Are you a WEF member and not an AWWA member? Use this link for your registration discount.

2019 Registration Rates - we encourage you to register by February 4!

Registration Type AWWA or WEF
YP Summit Only (Summit, Monday & Tuesday receptions) $110 $150
YP Summit plus full UMC registration (available to Summit attendees only) $160 $200


Cancellation Policy: Please send cancellations in writing, on company letterhead, via fax or email to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations emailed/fax-dated by 2/4/19 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 2/5/19, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email to customer service.

Photo and Information Release: By registering for this event, you agree to allow AWWA to use your photo in any AWWA-related publication or website. Registrants may receive show-related and promotional emails from sponsors. AWWA uses a third party for this service, and at no time was your email disclosed. 

Hotel Information

Please note that the Renaissance Hotel has reached full capacity, however additional hotels within walking distance remain available. Please book today!


Alert: AWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. Reservations made through any other housing services company cannot be guaranteed by AWWA and could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, or incorrect hotel placement. If you are contacted by an agency other than Par Avion - the official AWWA Housing Bureau, please email AWWA Lodging

Schedule of Events

Join other young leaders throughout the week to share in these exciting opportunities!

Sunday, March 3

Volunteer River Cleanup Event (1:00–4:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 4

AWWA YP Leadership Training (1:00-5:00 p.m.)
AWWA’s training is geared toward the AWWA YP Committee, Section YP Chairs, and AWWA members interested in getting involved in AWWA YP programs, committees, and other volunteer opportunities. Students and YPs will have to opportunity to meet AWWA leadership and fellow YP leaders, cultivate leadership skills, and discuss and address the issues facing the water industry. AWWA's training is free, but registration is required.

WEF Emerging Leaders Workshop (1:00-5:00 p.m.)
WEF’s workshop is for emerging YP leaders interested in networking and creative collaboration. YPs will have to opportunity to meet WEF leadership and fellow YP leaders, cultivate leadership skills, and discuss and address the issues facing YPs in the water environment industry. WEF's workshop is free, but registration is required.

AWWA/WEF YP Summit Welcome Reception (5:30-7:00 p.m.)
Join us for a welcome reception off-site! All AWWA and WEF student and young professional members attending the YP Summit are invited to attend the welcome reception. 

Canadian YP Summit Mixer (7:30 pm)
Whiskey Row, 400 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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Tuesday, March 5

AWWA/WEF YP Summit (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
The annual YP Summit program offers guidance from industry experts, technical programming, as well as professional development sessions. Learn More

AWWA/WEF YP Summit Networking Reception (5:30-7:00 p.m.)
This evening reception will allow attendees time to connect with their peers and experienced professionals alike!

March 6-8

AWWA/WEF The Utility Management Conference
The week continues with UMC! YP Summit particpants may register for UMC at a special discounted rate. Learn More


All events take place at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St, Nashville, TN 37203

YP Summit Program

Through panels, workshops and interactive speaker sessions, the event promises to be thought-provoking, provide great networking opportunities, and allow young professionals from across the water sector to learn, create and share ideas that will help shape the future of water. 
March 5, 2019
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00-10:00 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Leadership and Management Workshop
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Networking
1:30-2:30 p.m. A Local and Global Water Perspective
2:30-4:30 p.m. Communicating the Value of Water Workshop
4:30-5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


2019 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Mark LeChevallier

Dr. Mark LeChevallier is the principal and manager of Dr. Water Consulting LLC, a part-time consulting business, after retiring from American Water at the end of 2017.  Dr. LeChevallier received his Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Microbiology from Oregon State University, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Montana State University.  

Dr. LeChevallier has authored over 300 research papers and has received awards from the American Water Works Association for outstanding contributions to the science of water treatment.  He was the recipient of the George Warren Fuller award in 1997 from the New Jersey section of the American Water Works Association, the Abel Wolman Award in 2012 and the A.P. Black award for research in 2015, both from the American Water Works Association.  He currently serves on the Water Science & Technology Board for the National Academy of Science and is a member of the NAS Legionella workgroup. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  


Sponsor Opportunities

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! 


Connect your company to the leaders of tomorrow  - join us!


For sponsor inquiries please contact AWWA Sales.









YP Summit Sponsors

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