October 21st  & 22nd 2021 | The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has postponed the 2020 conference to October 21- 22, 2021. Registered guests will receive further information from us shortly and we will announce updated details for the next conference in early 2021.  

This invitation-only event is both a professional conference and retreat. The conference showcases leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. It includes inspirational and educational presentations from noteworthy female industry leaders, thought-provoking discussions about key water issues, numerous networking and social opportunities and time to relax and connect with “H2O Women.”

Message from the Founders

In 2017, we established a formal opportunity—the California H2O Women Conference—to provide an opportunity to collaborate and   coordinate with  and educate and support women leaders in the water industry. 

Our conference brings  together women leaders from diverse sectors of the California water industry. Our hope is that the California H2O Women Conference will help empower and inspire women to improve the way we manage California’s and the world’s most valuable and vital natural resource.

Stephanie Hastings and Amy Steinfeld, Founders 

Stephanie Hastings


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Stephanie Hastings
Amy Steinfeld

Office Managing Partner

and Shareholder

Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Amy Steinfeld
Confirmed Speakers and Moderators

Board President

Central Arizona Project

Lisa A. Atkins

Environmental Planning and Permitting Manager

Sites Reservoir Authority

Alicia Forsythe

California Department of Water Resources

Karla Nemeth

Senior Manager, California Groundwater Program

Environmental Defense Fund

Christina Babbitt

Chairwoman of the Board

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Gloria D. Gray


Earth Advocacy

Kim Delfino
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Center Director and

Senior Fellow

PPIC Water Policy Center

Ellen Hanak

General Manager

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Heather Dyer


United States International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC)

Jayne Harkins
...and more to come!

Please contact us with any  suggestions for presentation topics and/or speakers.


Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck  includes one of the nation’s premier water law practices. It has California offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego and Santa Barbara.  Visit the Brownstein Water Blog  for commentary and analysis of timely water law and policy issues.

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