Water Leaders

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, 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!

2020 Schedule: 

July 9-10: Virtual

August 20-21: Salida
Program Session Sponsor: Greeley Water 

October 20-21: Redstone
Program Session Sponsor: Pitkin County Healthy Rivers Fund
Program Day Lunch Sponsors: SGM and Colorado River District

December 9,10,11: Denver
Program Day Lunch Sponsor: CDM Smith

We are still looking for program sponsors! View Water Leaders Program Sponsorship Opportunities.

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.”

Applications for the 2020 Water Leaders Program are closed.

We will be announcing our plans for the 2021 Water Leaders Program in November of 2020 and opening applications in December 2020. Please sign up on the notification list linked below to get the most up-to-date information on the 2021 program. The cost for the 2021 program will be $4,000 per person, plus travel and lodging if necessary. Dates and locations of the 2021 program will be announced prior to applications opening in December.

Join a mailing list to receive notifications about the 2021 program.


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 any questions about the Water Leaders Program or call 303-377-4433.