Water Leaders

Taking leaders to the next level

Recognized as the premier leadership development program for the water community in Colorado, WEco’s Water Leaders Program aims to positively impact the Colorado water profession by creating a pipeline of dedicated, effective water leaders across diverse fields who exemplify the four quadrants of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and social management.

The 2021 Water Leaders Class has been selected. Get to know our selected sixteen by reading their bios!  

Session 1: May 27-28, 2021
Session 2: July 8-9, 2021
Session 3: August 12-13, 2021
Session 4: September 23-24, 2021

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors! 

A sincere thank you to our committed 2021 sponsors, including Title Sponsor Molson Coors, Program Session Sponsor Southwestern Water Conservation District, and Lunch Sponsors Northern Water, Pueblo Board of Water Works, and SGM.

Our Water Leaders Program sponsors develop relationships with tomorrow’s water leaders, gain brand recognition inside and outside the water sector, and make a lasting impact on Colorado water!  Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.

Water Leaders Program overview

Since 2006 the Water Leaders Program has continued to evolve by covering the latest water issues and employing advanced development tools to train water professionals across the state. Our aim is to help individuals who have already demonstrated a tremendous commitment to Colorado water become more effective and capable of charting the path forward to innovative and collaborative water solutions in an increasingly complex environment.

The overarching themes and objectives of the program remain consistent from year to year. We explore topics such as Myself as a Leader, Navigating Change, Creative Problem Solving, Constructive Conflict and Communication, and Building a Community of Practice. In the past couple of years we have added a focus on personal development in response to the ever-present work-life balance challenges that most professionals juggle on a daily basis. We are excited to see how this component has helped participants not only grow in their professional lives, but that the personal aspects of their lives become more fulfilling and effective as well!

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.”

“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.”


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

Applications for the 2022 program will open in November 2021. If you want to be the first to hear about the 2022 program, sign up for our 2022 Water Leaders Program Notification List so you do not miss any information.

Please email Stephanie Scott with questions about the Water Leaders Program or call 303-377-4433.