Water Innovation Leadership Development Program

Nicholas School of the Environment

Nicholas School of the Environment

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Who should attend

We seek the entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators who are keen to lead water utilities into the future. Applicants should be current employees of a water service provider (water or wastewater utility; water authority; or water company) in the U.S. We particularly seek emerging leaders in small or mid-sized city/municipal water management.

About the course

The Water Innovation Leadership Development (WILD) program is a year-long, cohort-based executive education program designed for emerging leaders in small- or mid-sized city/municipal water services management. Through transformative leadership training, the program empowers rising water utility leaders to embrace new practices and implement innovative, equitable solutions to water infrastructure challenges, particularly in circumstances of change.

Participants

We seek the entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators who are keen to lead water utilities into the future. Applicants should be current employees of a water service provider (water or wastewater utility; water authority; or water company) in the U.S. We particularly seek emerging leaders in small or mid-sized city/municipal water management.

Benefits of the Program

After completing this leadership program, participants will:

  • Have improved awareness of new tools and resources for individual leader and team use
  • Increase their exposure to innovative thinking, risk management and creative problem solving
  • Improve their capacity to advance equity within water utilities and in community engagement
  • Explore a personal leadership style, development of goals, and self-awareness
  • Understand a framework for team building and managing effective teams internal and external to the organization
  • Join an expanded network of partners and allies across the nation

Upon completing the program, fellows will earn a Certificate of Completion from the Nicholas School of the Environment.

Sessions & Workshops

Time Commitment

Fellows join a small cohort of 15 that will learn together over the course of 12 months. The program format follows a hybrid-learning model based on the top-ranked DEL-MEM distance learning program: in-depth campus workshops supported by facilitated online sessions.

  • The leadership cohort will meet in person twice, each time for a three-day workshop held on the Duke campus in Durham, NC.
  • Over the year, there will be approximately six online sessions, each lasting one hour. The synchronous online sessions are led by a program leadership facilitator.
  • Work between online sessions is expected to be 5-10 hours per month.

Course Format & Projects

All modules (both in-person and online) will rely extensively on peer-to-peer learning, team-based sessions, and building a community of practice. Fellows will each have opportunities to lead and co-lead sessions and be accountable to each other.

During the workshops at the Duke campus, fellows will be fully immersed in the fundamentals of leadership through intensive collaborations with course facilitators and the other fellows. Fellows will consult with peers and experts, particularly through workshopping projects or challenges from their own work.

Online group leadership sessions are designed to support fellows on their journey, help them track their skill development, and provide peer and facilitated support and coaching.

Each fellow would also be responsible for completing a solo capstone project, in line with career goals or their current professional or work projects.

Synchronous Schedule

To ensure that Fellows are able to minimize work disruptions, in-person workshops will be held Fridays through Sundays. Online sessions are planned for Tuesday evenings 8:00-9:00 pm Eastern (5:00-6:00 pm Pacific), once a month on the months listed above.

Water Innovation Leadership Development Program at Nicholas School of the Environment

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