Navajo Nation, AZ | Risk Resiliency Through Effective Leadership and Communication

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Date(s) - 10/25/2016 - 10/26/2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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NNEPA-Public Water Program, Navajo Nation Fairgrounds Building #W008-042 - Old Museum Building


POSTPONED: This workshop has been postponed until further notice. 



Please note that the times for this two-day workshop are as follows:
Day 1:
October 25 – 8:30am-5:00pm
Day 2: October 26 – 8:30am-12:30pm

This workshop will help water systems prepare for an uncertain future through effective leadership. Attendees will develop the communication and decision-making skills necessary to effectively manage daily operations, and remain resilient in the face of potential climate and extreme weather impacts in their region.

Leadership happens at every level. Public works directors, water and wastewater utility managers, water and wastewater operators, and finance staff need to effectively communicate with each other and with rate payers, boards, and funding and regulatory agencies.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  •  Engage your community in resiliency planning;
  •  Reduce conflict, and improve staff collaboration and participation in decision-making;
  • Gain support from the community, board, regulatory bodies, and funding agencies for decisions involving rates, budgets, and improvements;
  • Create compelling communications to change awareness, attitudes, and behaviors; and
  • Create a motivated, adaptive, and safe work environment.

Trainers: Sarah Diefendorf, Director and
Lauralee Barbaria, Associate Director – EFC West

Contact: Brad DeFrees,

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is targeted to tribal water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people (though systems of any size may attend), particularly systems facing financial challenges. Consultants and technical assistance providers serving water systems are also invited to attend.

Workshop Partners: