Water Tables 2017: Refilling the Leadership Reservoir

Water Tables offer attendees the chance to have in-depth conversations with leaders in Colorado’s water community.

What do Molson Coors, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and The Nature Conservancy have in common? Leaders from each will be at Water Tables 2017 on Thursday, Jan. 26, to discuss an essential ingredient of the water community’s success: excellent leaders.

This annual dinner benefiting the CSU Water Resources Archive will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in conjunction with the  Colorado Water Congress annual convention, and provides water professionals, students, and any interested parties the benefits of a unique networking opportunity.

Grounded in history yet looking to the future, this year’s theme is “Refilling the Leadership Reservoir.”

Colorado learned long ago the benefit of creating reservoirs to store water supplies for dry times. While no drought has ever threatened the supply of water leaders, the community must keep that reservoir full. With imminent retirements and inevitable job changes, many leadership opportunities will soon present themselves. To assist in preparing for this, the CSU Water Resources Archive has invited 22 leaders, both established and up-and-coming leaders representing business, government, and nonprofit agencies, to serve as table hosts at Water Tables 2017.

Table hosts

Guests can sign up to have dinner with Ben Moline, manager of water resources and environmental compliance at Molson Coors; James Eklund, director of the CWCB; Geoff Blakeslee, Yampa Project Director at TNC; or 19 other industry leaders. Spend time learning from women in water, past and sitting state senators, or an Air Force major general. The complete list appears on the Water Tables 2017 website, where attendees can register for the table of their choice as well.

Event hosts Don Ament and Eric Wilkinson – both Aspinall Award recipients — will have a great deal of insight to share about their past leadership experiences and insights for future needs. Six alumni of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Water Leader Program will have much to say regarding learning to lead.

In addition to the dinner and discussion, the $160 registration includes CWC’s Thursday evening reception, providing additional networking opportunities. The reception begins at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m.

Water Tables sponsors enable free attendance for a limited number of students. Sign up as a sponsor to assist Colorado’s next generation of leaders. If unable to attend, please consider making a donation. Funds raised support the Water Resources Archive’s ongoing mission of preserving and making available the unique documentation of Colorado’s water history.