Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In Case You Missed It...

Engaging Millennials | January 23

Women of Water members and guests gathered last week to take a dive into generational diversity.  The engaging presentation by Jason Allen spurred a number of discussions both during and after regarding some key takeaways.  

• To be a good leader, you must first be a good follower.
• Empathy at work is important and is not weakness.
• Millennial impatience is often misidentified as entitlement.
• Failed parenting strategies play into many of the issues that older generations dislike about millennials.  (Takeaways for parents: avoid the "instant gratification" trap and "fixing" everything for our kids; let kids do things on their own, even with the risk of failure; and encourage social interaction over digital interactions.)
• Cell phones cause the same stimulus as drugs/pornography/gambling, making cell phone addition a real issue. 
• Generations focus differently on problems - Baby Boomers focus on WHAT to do, Gen Xers focus on HOW to do it, and millennials focus on WHY we do it.  This understanding of focus can help us.  

We thank Jason for his presentation and helping us to gain a better understanding of the different generations we work and interact with every day.  

Don't miss our next event!  Details soon to come...  

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Join Our Board!

Board Member Opening | Activities Director

Would you be interested in joining the Women of Water Board of Directors?  We are looking to fill a vacant position for Activities Director.  Our board meets monthly - in person (lunch provided) once a quarter with all other meetings via conference call.  The Activities Director does not have to plan all activities - we plan our monthly activities together as a team and divide up event responsibilities!

We are a fun group of women who thoroughly enjoy the work we do for Women of Water.  We look forward to adding a new member to our team! 

If interested, please email us at womenofwater@gmail.com.  

January 2020 Event

Engaging Millennials: Presentation by Jason Allen, PE, Director of Mountain States Concrete Pipe Association

"Entitled. Lazy. Spoiled. These are words that I’ve heard for years from Baby Boomers and Gen Xers about the next generation of Millennials and Post-Millennials. But I have never found that to be the case. In my experience, Millennials are driven, ambitious, and idealistic. This presentation will  discuss the generational differences from boomers to Millennials, and talk about what makes this younger generation tick, and how you can help your  Millennial generation employees be at their natural best."  

For those who are Millennials, this presentation will highlight the differences between your generation and those that came before. Being aware of these differences can help you collaborate better with them, as well as add insight to their interactions with you.

Jason Allen is a licensed professional engineer currently residing in Ogden, Utah. Prior to accepting the Director position with the Mountain States Concrete Pipe Association in early 2016, Jason worked as a consultant engineer specializing in project management and drainage design for Utah DOT and municipal roadway projects.  Jason was also the County Engineer for Morgan County, where he oversaw the design and construction of various local government roadway and drainage projects. Jason is a proud graduate of the University of Utah, with Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Water Resource Engineering.    

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Salt Lake County USU Conference Room, 2001 S State Street Ste S1-950 (south building, first floor)
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members (Payment is required, even if you choose not to eat lunch.)

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 21st through the Evite or to womenofwater@gmail.com so that we can adequately plan for lunch.  

We hope to see you there!  

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

2019 Year in Review

Melissa Noble, President

2019 has been quite the year. This was my first full calendar year as your president. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you all better. The biggest benefit of my position is the amazing women I get to work with on the Women of Water board! These women embody our mission to Engage, Empower, and Educate. I am awed by their ingenuity, integrity, talents, and stamina.

We were lucky this year to have some insightful speakers, engaging tours, and fun social events. Do you know the connection between polar bears and the Great Salt Lake? You do, if you attended the January meeting. We have this amazing lake in our back yard; it was fantastic to learn more about it. It can be easy to get focused only on the water, but we learned about the amazing creatures that use and inhabit that salty lake of ours.

Those that attended the brewery tour at the Shades Brewery in February learned how great our water can taste, with a few additions. We really enjoy having social gatherings with Women of Water. It is important to strengthen networking opportunities, and to have a good time doing it.

The legislative update in April was, as always, informative. We also learned how to get involved in the legislative process. What happens with regards to water in the legislative session affects our work, play, and even home lives. We plan to continue providing this informational opportunity.

As spring sprung, we found our way outside and a little north to tour the Bountiful water treatment plant. We think it’s worthwhile to tour facilities throughout the valley. We’re really grateful to the facilities that open their doors to us, and give us fantastic tours!

July we learned about leadership and communication. Where are you headed in your career? We hope to be an organization that supports your progress. Which is why we think it’s important to include professional development opportunities.

Sometimes you’ve just got to have fun! That was our August event. Hello paint night, Women of Water style! It was really fun to let loose, paint, and laugh! (That’s what I did most of the night). Plus, I have a beautiful piece of art to remind me of the evening. This is another event we plan to repeat in 2020.

This fall we learned about Salt Lake County flood control. There are some important and fascinating projects occurring in the Valley. We hope to continue to showcase different, maybe even little known, aspects of the water industry.

We finished 2019 learning about public engagement for Salt Lake City water projects. It was great to learn about strategies SLC uses to engage the public. Bonus was the introduction to their new wastewater treatment facility.

Thank you all for attending our events this year. It really has been a fabulous year! I look forward to a fantastic 2020.
Melissa Noble