AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference

November 6 - 8, 2023 | Raleigh, NC | Embassy Suites by Hilton

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The Planning Committee is organizing workshops at the AWRA 2023 Annual Water Resources Conference. You must add the workshop that you want to attend as a program item to your registration. Read below for more details.

Tuesday, November 7 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $0.00
Workshop 1: Don’t Flinch Get Fearless about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Abstract: Our one-of-a-kind, DEI keynote packages dynamic, timely, content on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability and Leadership Strategy (IDEALS) program which allows participants to increase their capacity to understand the business case for IDEA, how shared language, leadership, and accountability play a significant role in the workplace and how they can utilize these concepts for a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable outcomes that benefit all.

  • Build workplace cultures that support people “across differences.”
  • Examine the role leadership plays in achieving a successful DEI initiative.
  • Highlights the best metrics for gauging the scope and durability of change management.
  • Addresses the challenges of establishing DEI within an existing workplace culture.
Presenter: Kuma Roberts, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer | Arrowhead Consulting

Kuma Roberts is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting a boutique project management, leadership development and executive coaching form in Tulsa, OK. Kuma partners with CEOs, executives, and leadership teams to deepen their personal and professional commitments to celebrate diversity, champion equity and cultivate inclusion. After spending nearly, a decade working with chambers of commerce, businesses both corporate and nonprofit- Kuma knows what truly drives conversations related to DEI, - and it’s not just checking the box and other performative acts of solidarity with people across difference. It’s how well you connect with the full humanity of all people as well as being intentional about shifting policies and practices that advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tuesday, November 7 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Cost: $59.97

Workshop 2: Preparation for the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) Hydrologist-In-Training (HIT) Certification Examination

Overview: This workshop is intended to provide an overview of Hydrologist-In-Training (HIT) examination for students and early career scientists and engineers who plan to take the HIT examination. The HIT exam is also referred to as the Hydrology Fundamentals exam. The Hydrology Fundamentals exam questions are designed to assess the examinee's general knowledge in the field of hydrology. If an applicant passes the Hydrology Fundamentals exam, they receive HIT certification status. During the workshop, the instructor will cover review materials and various topics related to the Hydrology Fundamentals exam, including:

  • The Hydrologic Cycle
  • Precipitation
  • Infiltration
  • Evapotranspiration, Interception, Storage, etc.
  • Basic Statistics
  • Monitoring, Measurements, and Analysis
  • Quality Assurance/Control

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from the instructor throughout the workshop. By the end of the workshop, participants should have a solid understanding of the Hydrology Fundamentals exam and be better prepared to take the exam and obtain HIT certification status. Obtaining the HIT certification demonstrates to employers and peers that you are seriously pursuing a career in hydrology. Please note that conference attendees are eligible for a 50% discount on HIT exam and AIH membership fees.

Presenter: Dr. Zhong Zhang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, AIH, Research Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Portland State University.


AWRA Code of Conduct

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, attendees, etc.) must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct and must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted conference rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters.

Cancelations must be made in writing. Those cancelations received by September 18, 2023 will be subject to a processing fee of 30% of total fees. No refunds will be given after September 18, 2023 but we can transfer your registration to someone else. The transfer must be completed by October 30, 2023. Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference. Conference location decisions are guided by AWRA's policy.


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