Building a pipeline of skilled water professionals

Recognized as the premier professional development course for the water community in Colorado, WEco’s Water Leaders Program aims to positively impact the profession by creating a pipeline of knowledgeable, skilled water leaders across diverse fields.

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.”

Since 2006, in partnership with Cheryl Benedict of MORF Consulting, Water Leaders has continued to evolve by covering the latest water issues and employing advanced development tools to train water professionals across the state on becoming more effective leaders and navigating the complex world of Colorado water.

• Uniquely flexible for water professionals with all experience levels
• Core focus on individual growth and leadership development
• Extensive training in managing effectively, navigating conflict and diversity, leading self and others, and problem-solving
• Plus self-assessment, executive coaching, networking opportunities and application of learning to water issues statewide

Please review our WL 2018 FAQ to learn more about the program.

Water Leaders applications

Applications for the 2018 Water Leaders Program have closed. The window for 2019 program submissions begins in November 2018, with acceptance announced the following February. Our Water Leaders admissions committee reviews and selects participants through a multi-step scoring process that considers competitive criteria, including demonstrated commitment to Colorado water, leadership potential, and geographic and professional diversity.


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)

Tuition: Thanks to support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and program sponsors, Water Leaders tuition is just $3,250 for four two-day training sessions, individual assessments, one-on-one coaching, individual guidance from WEco staff; and all meals during each of the eight training session days.

Scholarships: To help cover travel costs or part of tuition, a limited number of partial scholarships may be available each session. These are highly competitive and based on both need and merit. Please complete the Financial Obligation section of the Water Leaders application for be considered for a scholarship.

What recent graduates are saying:

“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.”


Water Leaders alumni form an active group that engages in networking events and regular ongoing leadership offerings. Click here for a full list of Water Leaders Program alumni.

Interested in the Water Leaders Program? Click here to join a mailing list to receive notifications about the next course.