The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry. This intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training, and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. Participants will build skills and knowledge needed to effect change within their organizations. Participation in this program is determined by a competitive application process. The application for the 2018 program has closed. The 2019 application will be available in November 2018.


In October 2017, the WEF Board created the George S. Hawkins Scholarship for the WEF Water Leadership Institute.  We will offer this scholarship for the 2019 WLI as well.
The scholarship will be given annually to one participant in the Water Leadership Institute and highlights George’s commitment to developing future water sector leaders. Each applicant will be considered for the scholarship which will cover the program’s tuition.
In 2019, we will be offering additional scholarships.  More details on this coming soon.

Water Leadership Institute Graduates

2017 Water Leadership Institute Graduates at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, IL.

The Water Leadership Institute is supported by: