007: Catalyst Mastermind Speaker Series Megan Yoo Schneider


Megan is a bridge builder. Over the last 12 years, she has had the opportunity to work for a myriad of private sector consulting firms and for several public agencies. She has also served on several boards of directors, and she currently serves as the elected Director of Division 7 for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, in addition to her role as Policy Director to 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett in Orange County.

Megan has also served on dozens of committees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the California Water Environment Association (CWEA), and the Santa Ana River Basin Section, in addition to several other professional associations over the last 14 years. Currently, she is the Vice-Chair and incoming Chair of the WEF Public Communications and Outreach Committee and the Chair of the CWEA Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship Committee. She’s organized over a hundred conferences, seminars, plant tours, presentations, community events, and more, and she is part of the inaugural graduating class of the Water Leadership Institute.

Megan’s company, Seven Management and Consulting, Inc., is also a partner with Blue Drop.

Top Takeaways:

  1. Educating the youth not only impacts the adults of day through their parents, but also is growing the next generation of water ambassadors.
  2. Brain-based learning is about finding the most effective way to teach adults, which is much different than the way children learn.
  3. When ideas are created in a silo they only benefit the people in the silo. Collaboration creates solutions with more widespread impact.

Resources Mentioned:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Podcast: Building your Dream Team with Shane Snow by EOFire


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