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Oct. 3-4, 2024

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 collaborate and coordinate with and educate and support women leaders throughout the water industry. 

Our conference brings together women from diverse sectors of the water industry. Our hope is that the California H2O Women Conference will 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



Amy Steinfeld



Thank You to Our 2022
Moderators and Speakers!

Special Presentation
Brenda Burman

Executive Strategy Advisor

Colorado Water

Conservation Board

Karla Nemeth


California Department

of Water Resources 

Speakers and Moderators

Newsha Ajami

Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Research, Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, Berkeley Lab

Alicia Forsythe

Environmental Planning and Permitting Manager

Sites Reservoir Authority

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Rachel Peletz

Executive Director
The Aquaya Institute

Lisa Porta

Senior Water

Resources Engineer

Montgomery & Associates

Karen Cesare

Board Member

Central Arizona Project

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Ellen Hanak

Center Director and

Senior Fellow

PPIC Water Policy Center

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Tracy Quinn

President and CEO

Heal the Bay

Bella Sewall Wolitz

Of Counsel

Government Relations


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Kassy Chauhan

Executive Officer

North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency

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Ann Hayden

Associate Vice President 
Climate Resilient Water Systems, Environmental Defense Fund

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Jennifer Sokolove

Director of Program

and Strategy

Water Foundation

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Sarah Woolf

Water Wise

Heather Dyer

General Manager

San Bernardino Valley

Municipal Water District

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Nicole Neeman Brady

Sustainable Development

Acquisition I Corp

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Dorothy Timian-Palmer

President and CEO
Vidler Water

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Sivan Zamir

Vice President

Xylem Inc.

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Nicole Kuenzi

Hearing Officer

State Water Resources

Control Board

Eileen Sobeck

Executive Director

State Water Resources

Control Board

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Yvonne West

Director, Office of Enforcement

State Water Resources

Control Board

A Conversation With 
Women of the State Water Resources Control Board
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Dorene D'Adamo

Vice Chair

State Water Resources

Control Board

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Nichole Morgan


State Water Resources

Control Board

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

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