Young Professionals Summit

The AWWA/WEF 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 one-day 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. Registration is required.

Get your employer's approval to go with the Justification Letter!


Registration is open!

YP Summit is co-located with the 2023 Utility Management Conference. Both YP Summit and UMC registrations are on the same site.


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

*Note - discount applied at checkout.

If you require a registration form, please reach out to AWWA Customer Service at

Registration Type     Member Rate       Nonmember Rate  
 YP Summit
 Will be verified - Includes all YP Summit events Sunday - Tuesday
$115 $155
 YP Summit plus UMC Registration
 Will be verified - Includes all YP Summit events, plus all UMC (same as full conference)  
$165 $205

Cancellation Policy: AWWA must receive cancellations in writing. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations dated on or before 2/24/23 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. After 2/24/23 cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome. Email requests for substitutions or cancellations to

If you are interested in volunteering please email Mary Svoboda at

YP Summit Event Days Schedule
Sunday, March 26 Monday, March 27 Tuesday, March 28
Pre-Summit Activity
Echo Water Project Tour
Limited to the first 50 Registrations
Shuttle to/from Hyatt Regency
AWWA YP Leader Training Day
Lunch Provided
Check-in begins at 11:00am
YP Summit
Sacramento Convention Center
Morning Coffee & Networking: 8:00–8:30am
YP Summit Sessions: 8:30am–4:00pm
Lunch Provided
  WEF Emerging Young Professionals Leadership Workshop
Lunch Provided
Check-in begins at 11:30am
Networking Reception
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
  Welcome Reception
Coin-Op Game Room
908 K Street, Sacramento (Walking Distance)


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.

The theme for YP Summit 2023 is The Future of Our Water 

This year’s Young Professionals Summit will focus on the future of our water. We will explore current industry trends and how young professionals can take ownership in the direction we want the water sector to move, reflecting on what we want to accomplish, the innovation that will lead us there, and what levers exist to create change. 

Speaker Line-Up

Mark Knudson

Strategies for Enhancing the Effectiveness of Water Professionals 

Mark will share observations, insights, and strategies for tackling some of the significant challenges facing the water industry. Mark’s thoughtful perspectives and inspiring stories are drawn from his 40-year career in the water industry and are sure to help enhance the effectiveness of water professionals. 

Mark has over 40 years of experience in the water industry, working from an entry level operator at a wastewater treatment plant to eventually becoming the CEO of the Tualatin Valley Water District, the second largest water utility in Oregon. Along the way, Mark worked for the Portland Water Bureau, Carollo Engineers, and TVWD.  

Mae Stevens 

Senior Vice President and Chair of the Banner Water Infrastructure Practice 

Mae provides strategic environmental and infrastructure policy expertise to a diverse range of corporate, municipal and nonprofit clients. Prior to leaving Capitol Hill, she served as Environmental Policy Advisor to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), handling the Senator’s responsibilities as the top Democrat on the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, including serving as the lead staffer on key legislation including the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016 – the federal response to the Flint water crisis – and America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018 – the most consequential revisions to Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) since 1996. 

Adam Tank 

Adam Tank is a sustainability driven entrepreneur and public speaker whose career has spanned leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies, international small businesses, and venture capital backed technology startups. He currently serves as the Chief Customer Officer of Transcend, a VC-backed generative design SaaS startup. Their software enables capital planners, project developers, and engineering professionals to rapidly generate preliminary engineering designs for critical infrastructure, including a variety of water and power assets. 

Welcome to Sacramento! Book your room today!

The 2023 AWWA/WEF YP Summit will be held at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, California. The official YP Summit rooming block is at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. Please keep in mind, YP Summit is co-located with the 2023 Utility Management Conference.

Book your room today for the group rate of $204/night+taxes.
This room block will close March 3, 2023 or when sold out, whichever comes first.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St.
Sacramento, California 95814

Learn More about all Sacramento has to offer! 

Alert: Please be aware of fraudulent organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the links provided above. Reservations made through any other housing services company could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, or incorrect hotel placement. If you are contacted by an organization you believe to be fraudulent, contact AWWA Lodging.

Utility Young Professional Scholarship

Thanks to all who applied for the Water Equation YP Summit Utility Scholarship!

AWWA’s Water Equation is pleased to announce the award of YP Summit scholarships to twelve young professionals working in utilities.  This is a $15,000 investment in the water workforce!



Allyson Felsburg


Chareen Hsai


Cody Weddon


Courtney Trivett

West Virginia

David Oguah


Michael Fontanez


Michael Miller


Nicole Barber


Nicole Martindale


Skylar Reed


Terrian Tyler


Tigist Yedako


Congrats YPs! We are looking forward to seeing you there!





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! 

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.

Monday, March 27th - Start time is TBD - however lunch is provided. YP Summit Welcome Reception begins right after this event.

Registration for YP Leader Training Day is included in the YP Summit Registration.



11:00am: Registration / Check-in

11:30am: Kickoff Lunch Reception

12:00pm: Welcome & AWWA Overview

12:20pm: Your Personal Marketing Plan

1:50pm:  Break

2:00pm: Transformative Water Leadership Academy

3:30pm: Snack Break

3:45pm: Section Sharing

4:15pm: Table Topics

5:00pm: Recap - Cliff Notes for your Section Board or Employer

5:05pm: Remarks

5:15pm: Closing Comments & Adjourn

6:00pm - 9:00pm -   AWWA/WEF YP Summit Welcome Reception - Coin-Op Game Room, 908 K Street



Almost sold out!!

Get to know each other before the event!  This is a fun-filled activity organized as an optional pre-Summit event for attendees who arrive early to Sacramento.  This is a great opportunity to spend time with the YP leaders and your peers before the event, to get a head start on building those relationships.  The event is FREE and open to the first 50 young professionals and students that register for YP Summit.

The Sunday Pre-Summit Activity is a tour of the Echo Water Project.  We have a tour bus coming to the Hyatt Regency Sacramento to pick you up and take you along with other YPs on this educational, yet fun tour.  Plan to be ready to meet the group outside of the hotel right after you have lunch at 12:45pm.  The bus will return you to the hotel by 5pm.

More details will be shared here as they are available. Thank you!



Kennedy Jenks



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Freese and Nichols





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Kimley Horn




AWWA Florida Section

Brown and Caldwell

CDM Smith


Harold Beck


CA-NV Section




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