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Speakers

Monday, July 22

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Plenary Breakfast & Keynote Speaker

Lionel Cartwright, American country music artist, singer, song writer and performer

Lionel CartwrightLionel Cartwright’s career as a composer/recording artist has been an artistic navigation of tsunami sized paradigm shifts: from network to cable TV, the music business pre and post Internet, from mass media to social media. He’s had #1 hits, million-play songwriting awards, toured internationally, worked as a band leader/music director for TV, and composed over 100 scoring packages for television and film.

Keynote Summary: Lionel’s artist journey isn’t just a peek inside the music business. It’s real life, take away inspiration for negotiating the inescapable change we all face. Employing self-penned hit songs as his narrative, relating first hand acquaintance with risk, vulnerability and perseverance, Lionel brings high-octane encouragement to audiences facing the same challenges.

Tuesday, July 23

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon & Keynote Speaker

George Hawkins, past CEO of DC Water and current Founder of the non-profit Moonshot Partners

George HawkinsPrior to joining DC Water, Mr. Hawkins was Director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy and the Environment and served as Executive Director of several non‐profit organizations in New Jersey, including the Watershed Institute, and previously held senior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the law firm Ropes & Gray. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School and taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute from 1999 to 2017. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and public service, including the American Water Works Association’s Fuller Award for Leadership and Innovation, Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year in 2015, Water Environment Federations Public Official of the Year in 2016, and the Water Leader of the Year Prize in 2017.

George serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which provides advice to the White House on infrastructure policy. George is a strategic advisor to Xylem, Inc., one of the world’s largest water technology companies. George is also an Executive in Residence for XPV Water Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on innovative water technologies. George is on the Board of Directors of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which ensures the reliability of the bulk electric grid, and on the Board of Directors of the US Water Alliance. George also serves as a Professor of Practice for American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he teaches graduate students about urban development, infrastructure and innovation.

Keynote Summary: Many lament that estimates of resource needs to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure measure in the hundreds of billions per year. For water utilities, however, these estimates are almost always incorrect – and not because the calculations are wrong, but because they are founded on cost estimates based on past practices. Today, tried and true approaches can enable utilities to improve services at lower cost – saving ratepayer funds and providing flexibility for new investments. George will highlight practical examples of approaches that achieve the Moonshot of a “better, faster, cheaper” outcome. He will then explore why these approaches have not been adopted more readily and conclude with practical steps any organization, large or small, can take to get on the road to achieving their innovation Moonshot.

Wednesday, July 24

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Wellness Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Johanna Belsuzarri, Local Latin CEO

Johanna BelsuzarriJohanna is the Founder of Local Latin, an international events firm dedicated to the Health & Wellness industry. Born in Peru, she lived in Argentina & Brazil and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She has had the opportunity to work for Apple, as head of Latin America for their meetings and events department. She brings her expertise, love of Latin America, and global knowledge to each event.

Keynote Summary: Johanna will talk about health at work, health at home and how to protect our families, common food allergens, how disease starts, ingredients in everyday products. She will give us some useful tips on resources and suggestions for eating while on the road, possibilities for upgrading work travel, and stress management.

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