017: The Transformative Power of Education with MSU Dean, Chris Long

  Dean Christopher P. Long is a Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University who is committed to expanding the transformative power of liberal arts research and teaching and creating new opportunities for collaboration among community partners. He began his tenure as Dean on July 1,…

016: Combating PR Crisis with PIO Pro Mike McGill, WaterPIO

Mike McGill has spent his entire career as a communicator, having served as a leader in journalism and public relations.  Before founding WaterPIO, a communications firm specifically aimed at helping water and sewer operations, he served as a Director of Communications and Customer Service for water utilities for a dozen years including  Chief Communications Officer…

015: Water Nerds Guide to Millennials with Erin Ruszkowsi, Rogue Water Intern

Erin Ruszkowski is a sophomore at the University of Alabama studying environmental engineering and policy and Spanish. Beginning in 7th grade she attended summer programs through Duke University TIP (talent identification program) program which helps gifted students discover their abilities, explore new academic challenges, and celebrate their accomplishments. Erin is a self proclaimed water nerd…

014: Coming in hot with truth bombs from Samantha Villegas, President of SaVi PR

Samantha Villegas, APR is an award-winning communications strategist, committed to using her powers for good. For more than 20 years, Sam has worked to expand recycling, promote water conservation, increase investments in energy efficiency, enhance opportunities for veterans, foster immigrants’ rights to work, support common-sense gun legislation and much more. Throughout her career, Sam has…

013: Talking leadership, communication and branding with Blue Drop’s Alan Heymann

Alan Heymann is President of Blue Drop and the Chief Marketing Officer of DC Water. Blue Drop is the non profit arm of DC Water. Alan led the team that conceived, planned and launched Blue Drop in November 2016. At DC Water, Alan lead the utility’s effort to expand its revenue base by marketing products…