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When: Monday, March 26, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: GAWP HQ - GAWP Room
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan

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H2Opportunity Meeting Agenda - GAWP HQ

Monday, March 26th, 2018

1.     Approval of Minutes from 02.19.18

2.     Welcome: Reminder of Hard Deadline – Annual Conference

3.     Key Message – Kim Holland

H2Opportunity!  Career Path for Water Protection from GED to PhD

-           Purpose:   Make a difference in your world

-           Protect:    Your environment & community

-           Pathway:  To your future

4.     Reminder of Objectives for 2017/2018

a.      Raise awareness of career opportunities in the water/ wastewater industry.

Tag Line - “Where are the H2Opportunities?”

b.     Connect interested and qualified candidates with opportunities.

Tag Line – “Here are the H2Opportunities.”

5.     Reports from Project Champions, Dream Teams and Sub-Committee Chairs

a.      Vice-Chair: Helps with everything - Christine Yi

b.     Secretary: Takes notes during meetings and produces minutes. - Christine Rubel

c.      Publication Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Angela Bond (GAWP) to ensure committee meets deadlines for GA Operator articles and provides content for all GAWP electronic communications including job postings.– Lindsey Sargent, Tara Brown

Spring article will be a summary of the Student Outreach Summit by Kim and Lindsey.

d.     Program Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Kathy Nguyen and Program Committee to ensure we have a track in each conference. Attends program committee meetings – Sarah Skinner

   ·       Spring Conference: April 10th and 11th Jekyll Island Convention Center

Session One: Educating the Next Generation of Water Professionals – Professor Stephen Anderson, Chattahoochee Tech

Session Two: “Clearing a Pathway for Advancement in a Water Utility” – Gary McCoy, MWA

Session Three: Round Table Discussion - “Operators – Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go!” – Gary McCoy, MWA; Bernard Franks, CCWA; Kim Holland, MW

   ·       Annual Conference: Abstracts due when?

Session One: “Compensation and Reward Models – How People Get Paid” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University

Session Two: “Decoding Compensation in GA Water Utilities” – Bernard Franks, CCWA

Session Three: Panel Discussion - “Show Me the Money: A Candid Conversation About Compensation” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University; Bernard Franks, CCWA, Kim Holland, MW

e.      Member Sub-Committee Chair: Oversees booth set-up at conferences and works with committee to come up with creative ideas for giveaways and activities for booths – Sarah Skinner

    ·       Budget Accepted to GAWP

$ 1,200 - GAWP (Careers in the GA Water Industry) Brochures/ Handouts for middle school, high school and college students

$ 2,000 - GAWP Giveaways for middle school, high school and college outreach events as well as GAWP Conferences

$ 1,300 -  H2Opportunity Website Outsourcing for incorporation into GAWP web platform 

$ 4,500    Total

f.      Outreach Sub-Committee Chair: Manage outreach activities, partner programs, career center contacts, maintain the calendar of outreach events, manage volunteers, event contacts and all other associated details. – Lindsey Sargent (co-chair), Christine Rubel (co-chair), Christine Yi and Kim Holland

Goal #1: Establish social media accounts.


1.     Twitter: Create a Twitter account. Follow all major Water Industry players. #MondayMotivation #ThrowbackThursday #FeaturedJobFriday @H2OpportunityGA

2.     LinkedIn: Use GAWP’s dormant page and link directly to the GAWP Career Center. Work with Angela Bond to highlight newly posted jobs every Monday and share an interesting water article every Friday.

Goal #2: Create a database of statewide contacts that we can utilize to promote H2Opportunities and form partner programs to connect with potential water industry young professionals.

Goal #3: Create online calendar on the H2Opportunities website to promote outreach events and source volunteers. Each committee will provide their GAWP liaison with outreach events who will then post the events to the Student Outreach group page

g.     Internship/ Job Sub-Committee Chair: Formulate and manage a sustainable program which connects interested potential water professionals to opportunities. (Model after Sustainable Connections at Metro Water District) – Lora Amedu and Kim Holland

·       Goals:

o   Create database of local water internships for placement on website.

o   Discover best practices to share industrywide.

h.     Innovation Task Force: Find out what’s next in the industry. Research and vet new ideas, technologies and innovations which can be featured in H2Opportunity tracks at conferences and articles in the Georgia Operator. – Christine Yi

i.      H2Opportunity Logo and Website: Launch Date – 2018 GAWP Annual Conference – Kim Holland (Champion) Christine Yi , Lora Amedu, Laurie Loftin, Christine Rubel, Jonathan Yaeger

·       The GAWP website is for us, H2Opportunity’s website is for everyone else.

·       Priorities: Content, Appearance and Usefulness

j.      (3) Hard Copy “Jobs in the Water Industry” Brochures for middle, high school and college students – Christine Rubel (Champion) and Kim Holland, Laurie Loft

k.     Survey of Young ProfessionalsChristine Yi (Champion), Lora Amedu, Kim Holland, Laurie Loft $50 Amazon gift card will be provided. Survey will be finalized during this meeting.

6.     New ideas: Operator Leadership Academy, Operator workshops at District Meetings, New Logo

7.     Schedule next meeting