Water and Wastewater Leadership Center

The Water and Wastewater Leadership Center is an 11-day residential program sponsored each year by AMWA and other water sector organizations to prepare and develop water and wastewater utility leaders and management executives to address the range of management challenges utilities face in today’s competitive environment.

The Leadership Center is a one-of-a-kind professional development program specifically designed to increase the leadership and management skills among water and wastewater utility CEOs, general managers, senior managers and upper level management.

Participants enhance their decision-making skills and learn to lead confidently and think strategically. The Center offers a unique opportunity for unlimited peer networking, a personal assessment of your leadership skills and targeted curriculum that focuses on effective and efficient management practices. With its exceptional faculty from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Leadership Center is consistently commended for the value it brings to its graduates and to the management of water and wastewater utilities.

The program was established in 2000 as a joint venture of AMWA, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation. More than 500 students from more than a hundred utilities have participated in the program.

For more information, visit the Leadership Center website or contact AMWA's Carolyn Peterson or 202-331-2820.

2021 Program

The deadline has passed for application to the 2020 Water and Wastewater Leadership Center, and the class has been filled.  The 2020 session will be held March 8-20 at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Dates for the 2021 program will be set in the summer of 2020 and application forms will be available in the fall.