Agenda

*All conference sessions to be held in Ballroom A, unless specified otherwise. All other events to be held outside.

Thursday, September 29

10 – 11:45 a.m.            CONFERENCE CHECK-IN | FOYER A

12 – 1 p.m.                   LUNCH AND OPENING REMARKS | BALLROOM TERRACE

1:15 – 2 p.m.                NEVER WASTE A CRISIS: ADAPTING TO THE NEW NORMAL IN WATER MANAGEMENT

 

Moderator:

Bella Sewall Wolitz, Of Counsel, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Speakers:

Karla Nemeth, Director, California Department of Water Resources

Rebecca (Becky) Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board

2 – 2:45 p.m.                INVESTING IN THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE WEST’S WATER RESOURCES

Moderator/Speaker:

Sivan Zamir, P.E., Vice President, Xylem Inc.

Speakers:

Nicole Neeman Brady, CEO, Sustainable Development Acquisition I Corp

Dorothy Timian-Palmer, P.E., President and CEO, Vidler Water

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.           NETWORKING BREAK | BALLROOM TERRACE

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.           COMING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE

Moderator/Speaker:

Ellen Hanak, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Water Policy Center; Senior Fellow and Chair,

Water Policy, Public Policy Institute of California

Speakers:

Heather Dyer, CEO and General Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Alicia (Ali) Forsythe, Environmental Planning and Permitting, Sites Reservoir Authority

Ann Hayden, Associate Vice President, Water, Environmental Defense Fund

 

4:15 – 5 p.m.                GAME CHANGER FOR CALIFORNIA WATER MANAGEMENT: HERE TO STAY!

Moderator/Speaker:

Kassy Chauhan, P.E., Executive Officer, North Kings Groundwater Sustainability Agency; Special Projects Manager, Fresno Irrigation District

Speakers:

Lisa Porta, P.E., Senior Water Resources Engineer, Montgomery & Associates

Sarah Woolf, President, Water Wise

5 – 5:20 p.m.                HOW CAN WE MAXIMIZE GLOBAL WATER DATA? A NEW DATA SCIENCE PLATFORM

Introduction:

Stephanie Hastings, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Speaker:

Rachel Peletz, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Aquaya Institute

5:30 – 8 p.m.                COCKTAIL PARTY | OCEAN TERRACE

 

Friday, September 30

8 – 9 a.m.                     BREAKFAST | BALLROOM TERRACE

9 – 9:45 a.m.                BUILDING A RESILIENT WATER FUTURE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Moderator/Speaker:

Newsha Ajami, Ph.D., Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Research,

Earth & Environmental, Sciences Area, Berkeley Lab

Speakers:

Lisa Atkins, Board Member, Past Board President, Central Arizona Project

Tracy Quinn, P.E., President and CEO, Heal the Bay

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.         NETWORKING BREAK | BALLROOM TERRACE

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.       WATER BOARD WOMEN AND DROUGHT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Moderator:

Jennifer (Jen) Sokolove, Ph.D., Director of Programs and Strategy, Water Foundation

State Water Resources Control Board Speakers:

Dorene (DeeDee) D’Adamo, Vice Chair

Nichole Morgan, Board Member

Eileen Sobeck, Executive Director

Nicole Kuenzi, Hearing Officer

Yvonne West, Director, Office of Enforcement

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.     “H2O DROPS” MINI PRESENTATION SERIES

Lauren Layne, Partner, Baker Manock & Jensen, PC

Jennifer Capitolo, Executive Director, California Water Association

Anjanette Shadley, Assistant General Manager, Western Canal Water District

Evelyn Cortez-Davis, Director of Water Engineering and Technical Services,

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Cristina Ahmadour, President, Isle Utilities

12 p.m.                       BROWNSTEIN CLOSING REMARKS

OPTIONAL EVENTS (NOT INCLUDED IN CONFERENCE REGISTRATION)


Activities Throughout the Conference: pools, spa, hikes, beach walks

1 – 2 p.m.                   LUNCH | POOL BAR

5:30 p.m.                   COCKTAILS | O BAR