73: Water Nerd’s Guide to Gen Z: The Future of the Water Workforce

  Ben Brugler holds the titles of president and CEO of akhia. He previously held the titles of president and vice president before being transitioned into his current position in 2018. Under Ben’s leadership, the agency has grown from 15 to more than 60 employees, earning a spot as a Top 100 Workplace in Northeast…

72: Water Nerd’s Guide to Building Dream Teams

Stephen Sanders is a certified Water and Wastewater operator living in central New York.  He has nearly 19 years of experience in the industry.  During that time he has worked at several drinking water and wastewater facilities throughout NY.  He has worked for public, private, and not-for-profit entities. Currently, he is the Director and Head…

71: Water Nerd’s Guide to Diversity, Inclusion, and Creating a Talent Pipeline

Melinda White often referred to as Mimi, serves as a Human Resources Consultant for Montgomery County, Environmental Services located in Dayton, Ohio. In her current role, she holds the responsibility for various training, organizational development, community collaboration, and human resources functions.  As an active community member in Dayton, She is a member of the advisory…

70: Attack of the Fatbergs: Storytelling that Sticks

Mick O’Dwyer is founder and CEO of SwiftComply – a communication platform that helps water authorities manage their compliance programs. SwiftComply has over 400 customers in the US, covering FOG, Backflow, and other compliance programs. Before SwiftComply, Mick was a wastewater engineer in Dublin, Ireland where he set-up and managed Europe’s first FOG program. Sponsor:…

69: Rocking the Spotlight—A Crisis Communication Toolbox

Karen Raucher is a policy analyst and risk communication specialist with expertise identifying how to gather, develop, and effectively share complex, uncertain information with a wide diversity of audiences. Ms. Raucher played a leading role in recent strategic climate change communication and policy-focused research for the Water Research Foundation, the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), and…