Helping Create Tomorrow’s Leaders

By Thad Plumley

Do you glance around the office and think you see young talented individuals sprinkled among the staff, but you wonder if they will have what it takes to make that next step and lead your company in the future?

Now you can stop wondering and help them take that important step.

The National Ground Water Association has partnered with manufacturer member Roscoe Moss Co. to provide free tuition for seven industry professionals to the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference, November 5-8 in Falls Church, Virginia.

The event is four days of sessions designed to develop needed leadership skills and build the involvement of entry- to mid-level employees.

This is the fourth consecutive year Roscoe Moss, a member of NGWA’s manufacturer section which produces well screen, casing, and other well products, has donated the $625 per registrant tuition for up to seven professionals in the groundwater industry. Participants have to pay their travel and housing expenses.

Among the topics covered at the conference are:

  • Becoming an indispensable leader
  • Building highly productive relationships
  • Conducting performance evaluation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Team leadership
  • Transitioning from technical to management.

Along with NGWA some of the other associations participating in the event are the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; Association for Iron & Steel Technology: NACE International—The Worldwide Corrosion Authority; Society of American Military Engineers; Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration; Society of Petroleum Engineers; and TMS—The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

There will also be professionals with backgrounds in academia and governmental agencies, so it’s not only a chance for young people to learn, it’s a great opportunity for the attendees to make critical contacts to take back to their offices.

Most attendees have a minimum of five years of groundwater experience. The event is specifically designed for those participating to stretch themselves. The goal is to have them leave more aware of their strengths as well as knowing areas for growth.

It also presents an opportunity for them to discuss difficult topics while learning skills that will enable them to lead others.

The deadline to submit applications to NGWA is on or before September 1. The applications will be reviewed by an NGWA task force and all applicants will be notified by September 15.

Make sure one of your colleagues turns in an application. Doing so could impact your company for years to come.

Thad PlumleyThad Plumley is the editor of WWJ and director of information products at the National Ground Water Association. He can be reached at and on Twitter @WaterWellJournl.

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