Laura Schwartz will provide the keynote address at this year's Opening General Session.

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The Power of Conversations and Connections

WEF President Lynn Broaddus and WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe will welcome everyone to the first major in person water sector event two years. This program will welcome you to WEFTEC 2021 and get you ready to network, connect, and learn all week.

President Broaddus will share how a bit of thoughtfulness, a few small risks, and some good fortune can make huge differences. When we value different perspectives, seek out new experiences, and learn from the diverse backgrounds, we create a richer and more worthwhile WEFTEC.

‘Eat, Drink, and Succeed’

Laura Schwartz will provide the keynote address at the Opening General Session. Schwartz began her professional career in 1993 as the youngest female presidential appointee in history serving as the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration. She is the author of Eat, Drink, and Succeed: Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events.

Named one of the top seven professional speakers in the U.S., Schwartz’s book delivers proven techniques to help people network, build relationships, and grow throughout their personal and professional lives. She has been sought-after emcee and speaker since 2001.


This presentation will be livestreamed from Chicago via WEFTEC Live.