2018 EMC: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts – Due June 22, 2018

Each year AMWA seeks the most thought-provoking and fresh presentations for its Executive Management Conference and invites members and subscribers to share exceptional and innovative ideas and experiences with their colleagues.

Topics of Interest

AMWA's recent conference topic survey highlighted members’ top interest areas, which are shown below.  Presentations will not be limited to these topics, but preference will be given to those that facilitate in-depth discussions of these issues. 


Traditional presentations, panels and case studies are welcome, but to encourage exchange and discussion, we’d also like to hear ideas for roundtables and other less structured formats – PowerPoints not necessary. Suggestions for speakers from outside your organization or outside the water sector are also welcome. 

Submitting Abstracts

  • Send a brief write-up of your idea (no longer than 200 words) to AMWA's Carolyn Peterson no later than Friday, June 22. 
  • Highlight innovative solutions and remember that your audience will comprise general managers, CEOs and other senior utility executives. 
  • For subscriber abstracts, preference will be given to proposals that include utility leaders as speakers.

Please contact Carolyn Peterson at 202-331-2820 or peterson@amwa.net if you have any questions.



Workforce issues, including:

  • Knowledge management
  • Recruiting and retaining employees for long-term careers
  • Developing and sustaining a technical workforce
  • Succession planning
  • Positive and effective systems for workforce productivity and accountability
  • Complications of legalized marijuana

Innovation, including:

  • How to make your utility more innovative
  • Innovation incubator

Organizational leadership and management, including:

  • Mentoring others into leadership
  • Creating and maintaining organizational culture
  • Developing talent plans for leadership
  • Role profiles for executive positions

Affordability, including:

  • Comparing ratepayer affordability metrics
  • Innovative ratepayers assistance programs
  • Achieving social equity between customer classes
  • How to apply low-income programs to multi-family housing
  • Legal constraints and solutions

Emerging contaminants, including:

  • U.S. EPA’s use of Health Advisories and impacts on utility liability
  • PFAS
  • Harmful algal blooms

Community resilience, including:

  • Engaging all community sectors in resilience planning

Asset management, including:

  • Pipe assessment and pipe management
  • How best to fund asset repair and replacement

Cybersecurity, including:

  • Security threats and solutions
  • Legal issues in service-level agreements

Climate resilience planning, including:

  • Extreme weather
  • Drought

Emergency management and response, including:

  • Strategies, tactics, training and lessons learned
  • Developing incident management teams
  • Coordinating/liaising with local and state emergency operations centers
  • Coordinating local response activities
  • Public communications

Physical security, including:

  • Active assailant preparedness
  • Hardening facilities and developing a comprehensive physical security approach

Utility partnerships and regionalization, including:

  • Consolidation
  • Workforce sharing
  • Water supplies
  •  Annexation issues

Energy, including:

  • Energy management strategies
  • Alternative sources

Municipal debt, including:

  • What you need to know before being rated/how to prepare for the rating process
  • How to manage a diverse debt portfolio
  • Role of the Tax Reform Act in management of municipal debt
  • Strategies for structuring municipal debt issuance in an environment of increasing interest rates

Source water protection, including:

  • Working collaboratively with agricultural interests