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Water Leaders Program

The 2018 Water Leaders Program!

The Water Leaders program is recognized as the premier professional development course for the water community in Colorado. Since 2006, the program has provided training to participants across Colorado, helping them become more effective leaders. Water Education Colorado staff has worked hard year after year to adapt and evolve the course to build the skills of water professionals that will prepare them to address current water issues by using the most advanced leadership development tools and trainings available, and we could not be more proud of the evolution of the program.

The goal of the Water Leaders program is to positively impact the Colorado water profession by developing a pipeline of water leaders across diverse fields with the knowledge and skills to navigate the complex world of Colorado water.

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Describing the full depth of the Water Leaders Program without participating in it is hard to do, because Water Leaders is not your average leadership/professional development course. In partnership with Cheryl Benedict of MORF Consulting, the Water Leaders Program was uniquely developed with water professionals in mind. While there may be discussions throughout the course about navigating water in Colorado, the focus of the program truly is on individual growth and leadership development and is not an educational training on water topics. Participants receive extensive training in skills related to navigating conflict and diversity, leading self and others, and effective management and problem-solving tactics. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, no matter what level of leadership experience they enter the program with. Program participants benefit from extensive self-assessment, executive coaching, networking opportunities, and application of learning to water issues statewide. Program admission is based on competitive criteria, described in materials below.

Please review our FAQ document to learn more about the program. 

Applications for the 2018 Water Leaders Program have closed. Admission is very competitive with applicants selected based on their experience, leadership potential, and their geographic and professional diversity. Applicants will be reviewed and selected through a multi-step scoring process by an application review committee. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by February 19, 2018. 

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Session 1: April 5-6, Keystone

Session 2: May 17-18, Redstone

Session 3: June 28-29, Salida

Session 4: August 9-10, Denver (Graduation Celebration with family, friends and colleagues on August 10)

Attendance to ALL program sessions is mandatory for participation in Water Leaders.

Note: Locations above indicate the general area that each session will be held.

Before the program starts, participants will receive a comprehensive agenda that will include the estimated time for pre- and post-session assignments so each participant can plan their time accordingly to balance work, home life, and the commitment of being part of the Water Leaders Program.

Participants must pay the $3,250 tuition before the first session begins. Tuition includes all four, two-day training sessions, individual assessments, one-on-one coaching, all printed materials, individual guidance from Water Education Colorado staff, and all meals during each of the eight training session days. Participants are responsible for costs associated with transportation to and from the training sites and hotel accommodations if needed. (Note: Water Education Colorado will secure a room block with discounted rates at a local hotel for each session, but each participant is responsible for booking and paying for their own stays.) Program value is far beyond this cost but remains low thanks to support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships may be available. Scholarships are highly competitive and based on both need and merit. If you would like to apply for a partial scholarship to help cover travel costs or part of tuition, please complete form on the Financial Obligation section of the application. This will require a statement of no more than 200 words to give the application committee a better understanding of your financial needs. All applicants are eligible to apply.

Interested in the 2019 Water Leaders course? Click here to join a mailing list to receive notifications about the next course, or email Stephanie Scott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for a full list of Water Leaders Program AlumniAn active group of 143 alumni engage in networking events and regular ongoing leadership offerings.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more here.

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Read what recent graduates are saying:

"This is an amazing program with incredible foresight. While the goal is developing future water leaders, as important are the connections that are created among diverse participants. This connection, along with the feeling of responsibility that comes from the selective process of the program, sets an incredible foundation for conversation and collaboration statewide on the future of water in Colorado." 

"The issue of water in Colorado is very complex, and the Water Leaders Program will continue to pay dividends down the road as alumni continue moving into positions of higher leadership. The training and relationships will help us come together to tackle these problems in the future."

“SO happy, and ever thankful, to have participated in the 2017 Water Leaders program! From start to finish, a remarkable journey of self- discovery, empowerment, and realization ... accompanied all the while with vulnerable, courageous, like-minded explorers seeking self expression, self evolution and a better understanding of our relationships ... our relatability ... THROUGH the bold, spirited, and masterful leadership of Cheryl and Stephanie!! I commend CFWE (WEco) for their continued efforts in raising the bar on water issues/awareness and enabling like-minded citizens to better contribute their voices to the future of our most precious resource !”

“I really loved the Water Leaders Program and benefit from it every day. I discovered so much about myself that has helped me in a variety of ways - boosted my confidence, improved interactions, and clarified what works for me.”

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