Women Meet at Spring Conference Workshop
By Leila Munla
The 2014 Spring Conference in
Anaheim offered the women of
CA-NV AWWA the opportunity
to attend a women-only networking
workshop. Women in Water Working
Together was organized by Section
members Leila Munla and Dawn White.
It provided an opportunity for women
from different backgrounds to share their
experiences and begin a solution-oriented
dialogue on opportunities and challenges in
the industry for women.
The goal was to begin laying the foundations
of a supportive platform and to foster
a sense of inclusiveness for both seasoned
and young professionals. The hope is that
local groups will form as a result of this effort
and manifest their own unique vision
depending on their individual group needs.
These local groups will have the opportunity
to share their experiences through biannual
workshops at the California-Nevada
The stage for this discussion was set with
three remarkable panelists, CA-NV AWWA
Trustees Heather Collins and Tanya Yurovsky
along with AWWA Vice President Rosemary
Smud. The women spoke about their unique
journeys in the water industry with passion
and humor. Common themes included:
Never take no for an answer; Put yourself
out there and get involved; and The Importance
of a support system and/or mentor.
According to Yurovsky, all of this was to be
accomplished in a fabulous pair of shoes!
The enthusiasm of the panelists sparked
the café style discussion that followed, where
women from similar geographic regions
came together to address the challenges they
face and how these circumstances might be
addressed. Topics ranged from work-life balance
to mentorship to brainstorming methods
for recruiting and attracting more young
women, with the goal of enriching the tapestry
of the water industry through fresh ideas
and multiple perspectives. Women from San
Diego, Los Angeles and the San Francisco
Bay area expressed excitement at initiating
activities at a local level, even if it’s something
as simple as getting together for lunch
once a month.
Another workshop will be held at the CANV
AWWA Fall 2014 conference in Reno, NV.
Participants will be addressing mentorship,
specifically building a platform to facilitate
mentorship opportunities that can serve as
a catalyst for clear paths to success. The vision
is that these kinds of relationships will
inspire a collaborative spirit and create an environment
where women can perform at their
highest levels and contribute the most to the
water industry. If you have any questions or
are interested in joining, please email me at
Leila Munla recently completed
her PhD in Environmental
Engineering at the University
of Waterloo in Ontario,
Canada. Her research focused
on the fouling of ceramic ultrafiltration
membranes in drinking water treatment.
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