California H2O Women Conference


January 20th  & 21st  2022   | The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Please note that Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has postponed the 2020 conference to January 20-21, 2022. We we will announce updated details for the next conference this summer.  

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
Stephanie Hastings


Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Amy Steinfeld
Amy Steinfeld

Office Managing Partner

and Shareholder

Brownstein Hyatt
Farber Schreck, LLP

Confirmed Speakers and Moderators
Lisa A. Atkins

Board President

Central Arizona Project

Alicia Forsythe

Environmental Planning and Permitting Manager

Sites Reservoir Authority

Christina Babbitt

Senior Manager, California Groundwater Program

Environmental Defense Fund

Gloria D. Gray

Chairwoman of the Board

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Kim Delfino


Earth Advocacy

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Ellen Hanak

Center Director and

Senior Fellow

PPIC Water Policy Center

Heather Dyer

General Manager

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

Karla Nemeth

California Department of Water Resources

...and more to come!

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

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