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WQA’s 2020 Mid-Year Leadership Conference

Two weeks remaining to register for Sept. 16-17 online event

LISLE, Ill.  (Sept. 2, 2020) - A senior economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an internationally acclaimed author and leadership coach will headline the Water Quality Association’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference Sept. 16 & 17.  Registration is open now at the online event’s website,

Kendall C. Wright, an expert on leveraging the human dynamics of leadership, will speak on “Breaking Inclusion Barriers: Moving People and Organizations from Possibility to Reality” at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) Sept. 16. His remarks are designed to help attendees understand and explain the meaning of terms like diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias, the science-based ways humans analyze things, and how to take that new understanding back to their businesses to continue the conversations.

Curtis Dubay, Senior Economist in the Chamber’s Economic Policy Division, will speak on, “Where is the Economy in Recovery from the COVID-19 Shock?” during the MYLC’s opening session, at 11 a.m. EDT/10 a.m. CDT Sept. 16. He also will take questions from the audience.

The leadership conference gives attendees opportunities to learn from industry and association leaders, share opinions in a Town Hall and section meetings, and network at the Welcome reception the evening of Sept. 15 or at the WQRF Virtual Wine Tasting on Sept. 17 (additional registration required).  The WQRF Contaminant Occurrence Map and new reports on reverse osmosis equipment sales and water treatment business operations will be introduced at the online event as well.

MYLC registration is $89 for WQA members and $169 for non-members. WQA members can get group rates that lower the individual cost to $75 a person for four attendees or $70 at most for five or more – for the first time this year, companies can register their entire team for only $350 total.  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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