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Business outlook, diversity talk to headline WQA’s 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference
Expanded website, registration now open for Sept. 16-17 event

 LISLE, Ill. (Aug. 13, 2020)  – A discussion on diversity and inclusion, opportunities to share opinions in a Town Hall and section meetings, a business outlook and a Virtual Wine Tasting to benefit the Water Quality Research Foundation are among the sessions planned for the Water Quality Association’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference Sept. 16 & 17.  Registration is open now at the online event’s website,

“We’ve got a great lineup for our annual leadership conference, and by putting it online we’re making it accessible to a lot more people,” said WQA President DJ Shannahan. “We’ve all been really busy - and distracted - during the COVID-19 pandemic, so this presents an opportunity to put our businesses and our industry first, to brainstorm some good ideas, and to develop some tools for putting  them into practice right away.”

On the schedule for MYLC:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Economist Curtis Dubay’s economic talk on “Where is the Economy in Recovery from the COVID-19 Shock?”
  • Author, coach and consultant Kendall C. Wright’s special address on “Breaking Inclusion Barriers: Moving People and Organizations from Possibility to Reality”
  • The launch of WQRF’s Contaminant Occurrence Map
  • The Dealer and Manufacturer/Suppliers sections meetings for presentations and roundtable discussions on top areas of concern identified by the members
  • An opportunity to ask questions of WQA leaders and hear a discussion of the future direction of this vital industry at the WQA Town Hall
  • Welcome Reception on the eve of the conference that is open to all, whether or not you’re registered for MYLC. Attendees will supply their own refreshments and will take part in fun social and networking events.
  • An innovative and fun opportunity to raise funding for WQRF at a Virtual Wine Tasting event the evening of Sept. 17 (separate registration required at

 WQA Board, Task Force and Committee meetings normally held during MYLC will be held separately the week of Sept. 20 to allow wider attendance.

MYLC registration is $89 for WQA members and $169 for non-members. WQA members can get group rates that lower the individual cost to as little as $70 a person. Register by Sept. 15 at the event’s website,

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. 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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