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 profession by creating a pipeline of knowledgeable, skilled water leaders across diverse fields.

Water Leaders Program overview

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. 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!

2019 program sessions

Each year we take our Water Leaders to interact in different parts of the state through four, 2-day program sessions. The 2019 class will be visiting the following locations:

Session 1: April 11-12, Pueblo   Session Sponsored by Pueblo Board of Water Works

Session 2: May 20-21, Redstone   Session Sponsored by Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams Board

Session 3: June 24-25, Steamboat Springs   Become a sponsor today! Learn more

Session 4: August 8-9, Denver   Become a sponsor today! Learn more

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 admissions process

Applications for the 2019 Water Leaders Program have closed, but the window for 2020 program submissions begins in November, with acceptance announced each year in Feburary. Our Water Leaders committee reviews and selects participants through a multi-step scoring process that considers competitive criteria, including experience, leadership potential, commitment, sphere of influence, and geographic and professional diversity.


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.

Click here to join a mailing list to receive notifications about 2020 program.

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