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WQA Executive Director recognized for leadership

Association Forum honors Pauli Undesser with 2018 Inspiring Leader Award

LISLE, Ill. (April 5, 2018) – Water Quality Association Executive Director Pauli Undesser has been named the 2018 Inspiring Leader Award winner by the Association Forum of Chicagoland, a not-for-profit association that provides education, resources and certification for trade association executives.

Undesser was recognized for establishing a culture leading to employee satisfaction, motivation, engagement and achievement at the WQA. Each year, the Association Forum notes the achievements of outstanding leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to the association profession.

“I am honored to have been nominated by WQA staff and recognized in this way,” Undesser said. “I am very proud of the WQA team and how we work together and support one another.”

Undesser has worked for WQA since 2007, serving as Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs and Water Quality Research Foundation Executive Director before accepting the role of Executive Director in January 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Northern Illinois University. She also is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Undesser’s award and others will be presented at the Association Forum’s 2018 Honors Gala on June 28.


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).


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