Water Leaders

Applications for 2021 are now open!

Are you ready to take your leadership to the next level? Take advantage of this unique moment in time to participate in the highly regarded Water Leaders Program through a predominantly virtual format in 2021. Learn more about the 2021 program and how to apply here. Complete applications must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2021 in order to be considered.

2021 Schedule: 

May 27-28, 2021

July 8-9, 2021

August 12-13, 2021

Sept. 23-24, 2021

Taking leaders to the next level

Recognized as the premier professional development course 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.

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.

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