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The Leadership Academy, an exciting VA AWWA | VWEA initiative, developed for individuals in the industry of all ages and experience level interested in leadership topics, including moral and ethical leadership, emotional intelligence, people styles, project management, and more. The Academy will have a limited number of participants to facilitate an intimate learning and networking atmosphere.
The Leadership Academy is organized into a yearlong course that kicks off at JAM each year and concludes the following year. The course entails:
  • committee involvement – participants will join a committee and help plan an event or get involved in committee activities
  • a kick-off workshop at WaterJAM
  • four (4) 1-hour remote leadership sessions 
  • four (4) All-day in-person workshops: Three workshops in rotating locations throughout Virginia, and a concluding workshop and graduation at WaterJAM.
The Leadership Academy Committee plans to provide the 2021-2022 Leadership Academy Program training sessions virtually during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and hopes to resume in-person training during this program.
Please continue reading for additional details about the 2021-2022 Leadership Academy Program!
Program Cost and Inclusions: The VA AWWA/VWEA Leadership Academy will require a fee of $700 per participant. This cost will include: A kick-off meeting at WaterJAM 2021, four 1-hour remote sessions, four all-day in-person workshops with breakfast, snacks, lunch, and WaterJAM 2022 Registration.  Program costs will not include transportation costs to workshops, lodging expenses, or WaterJAM 2021 registration costs. (Participants may attend the kick-off meeting at WaterJAM 2021 without registering for WaterJAM 2021.) The Leadership Academy’s invoices will be sent to applicants after acceptance to the course and must be paid in full before the kick-off meeting at WaterJAM2021.
Interested in applying?
To apply, the following application documents should be completed electronically and submitted using the link below by July 9th:
•        Resume
•        VA AWWA/VWEA Membership Application or Member ID
Do you have questions about the Leadership Academy? Reach out to Karlyn Owens (Karlyn.owens@jamescitycountyva.gov)
Here is what current Leadership Academy Program Members are saying about the Leadership Academy: 
 “In preparing for a recent interview, I reflected on some of my most rewarding professional accomplishments, and being accepted into the inaugural class of the VA AWWA/VWEA Leadership Academy is definitely one of them. To have the opportunity to network and learn from other water quality professionals from all over the state has been invaluable. Learning the different facets of leadership has been motivating as I have found that I have been able to quickly apply these new techniques to my workplace. During my time throughout the course, I was able to secure a leadership position within my organization as this program has given me the confidence and the tools to be able to become a successful leader.”
-Angela Kilgore (Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Supervising Specialist, HRSD)
“Being a member of the inaugural class of the VA AWWA/VWEA Leadership Academy has opened my eyes to the amount of knowledge that is required to be a successful leader.  The Leadership Academy provides the opportunity to learn from and work alongside the rising leaders of the water quality field.  Through this experience, I was able to expand my knowledge of emotional intelligence and transformational leadership, which are the foundation of successful leaders around the world. I look forward to applying that knowledge both in my personal life and professionally at the Western Virginia Water Authority as I prepare myself to be a leader in the water quality field. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in elevating his or her leadership skills to apply as a student of the Leadership Academy!”  
Lacy Burnette (Environmental Programs Specialist, Western Virginia Water Authority)
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