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80: Water Nerd’s Guide to Leadership and the Power of Yes

Mark Poling is the Business Strategy and Performance Systems Director for Clean Water Services and has more than 35 years of experience working for utilities; serving in a management role for more than 25. Mark is a Past President of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and currently serves on the Water Environment Federation Board of Trustees. A certified Group 4 operator he also holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. 

Top Takeaways

  1. You can be leader right where you are. Informal leaders are a big part of getting things done in organizations. Don’t wait to be a leader. Educate yourself and then act on what you’ve learned. 
  2. When you get asked to get involved, say yes. For those doing the asking, make the ask personal. Start with a small ask so people don’t get intimidated.
  3. Tackling diversity and inclusion begins within. Start to challenge your own thinking and actions. Did you make others feel welcome? Could your words have been offensive to someone else different than yourself?

Sponsor:

Mazars USA LLP, a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm, is proud to announce its inaugural Women of Water Summit taking place on January 9th, 2020 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Women of Water Summit is a dynamic event promoting industry-leading women and fostering discussions around how to enhance the position of women in the sector. The event will bring together hundreds of senior executives and future leaders from the water industry as well as public and private utility companies from across the country. 

The Mazars Women of Water Summit will provide an effective platform inclusive of diverse, global leadership and insights for the industry as well as a venue to open dialogue and career leadership advancement paths for women.

This full-day event will consist of three dynamic panels throughout the day, three “WaterTalks” tailored after the famous TedTalk format and what promises to be an amazing keynote address given by Carla Reid of WSSC Water. Panel and “WaterTalk” topics will include cybersecurity and data privacy, diversity in the water sector, finance and water reuse to name a few.

 For more details and to register, please visit www.mazarsusa.com/womenofwatersummit.

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