The Role of Leadership in Accelerating Change in US Public Sector Water Organizations

Dec 08, 2021 12:00pm -
Dec 08, 2021 01:30pm

Event Description



The Role of Leadership in Accelerating Change in US Public Sector Water Organizations


GMs in California work together to pioneer resource recovery.


Webinar Info

Webinar Speaker


Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021


  Time: 9 AM PT | NOON Eastern


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Adel H. Hagekhalil, P.E., BCEE
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


Robert Ferrante

Robert C. Ferrante, P.E., BCEE
General Manager and Chief Engineer
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

The webinar will begin promptly at 9 AM Pacific Time/12:00 PM Eastern. 
Registration will close at 8:45 AM Pacific Time/11:45 AM Eastern.

Webinar Summary

As the Academy’s West Coast Event turns 13, one of its themes is “Collaborating to Promote Sustainability.” The Academy will use a virtual platform to discuss how leadership at two public sector water environment organizations can and has influenced innovation.


In 2021, the essential services these organizations provide to help cities and society at large address both longstanding and more recent challenges became clearer. This requires new thinking, new approaches, and new partnerships. In arid, Southern California, water is too precious to use just once. So, the Metropolitan Water Districts of Southern California is making a major investment in a potential water recycling project that will reuse water currently sent to the ocean.


The Regional Recycled Water Program will purify wastewater to produce sustainable, high-quality water that could be used again. This partnership with Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts started with a demonstration facility and could eventually become one of the largest advanced water treatment plants in the world. Hear directly from GMs Adel Hagekhalil and Robert Ferrante ideas that can help communities identify major priorities – both challenges and opportunities – then participate in interactive discussions to consider how innovation and leadership can address these issues.


This webinar is unique because at the end of the presentation we will divide participants into several breakout rooms to allow time for introductions, deeper discussions, collaborating and brainstorming. Interact with other attendees just as you would sitting in a conference room.


About the Presenters


Adel H. Hagekhalil, P.E., BCEE
Winner of the 2021 Edward J. Cleary Award!

With over 32 years of public service experience in the management of water, environmental and infrastructure programs and initiatives, Adel is an award-winning transformational leader anchored in integration, innovation, and inclusion. Adel is a registered civil engineer with the State of California and a national Board-Certified Environmental Engineer with specialty in water. Adel was appointed in June 2021 as the General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation's largest drinking water provider. Adel is responsible for leading Metropolitan's daily and long-term operations and future planning, providing safe and reliable water for 19 million people in six Southern California counties spanning over 5,200-square-mile service area with an annual budget of $1.8 billion, 1,700 employees and 30 facilities. Previously, Adel was appointed in 2018 by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Executive Director and General Manager of the City of Los Angeles' Bureau of Street Services.


Robert C. Ferrante, P.E., BCEE
Engineer in Charge for two projects that earned AAEES Awards in 2021!

Robert Ferrante is the Chief Engineer and General Manager for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. He reports directly to the Boards of Directors of the Districts, comprised of the Mayors of the 78 cities located within its service area and the chair of the Board of Supervisors for unincorporated county territory. In his position, he oversees all the departments and activities of the Districts’ operations. He has worked for the Districts for 28 years in various roles dealing with wastewater operations, solid waste management, renewable energy, and air quality. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.



Webinar Format

This will be an interactive session with "live chat" capability. The session is open to environmental engineering and science professionals across all sectors and career stages. Our objective is to offer special insights on leading edge solutions for graduate and undergraduate students as well as early to mid-career environmental professionals who are considering specialty certification.


AAEES Board Certified Individuals: Attend this event and earn 1.5 PDHs towards your PDH requirements for maintaining your specialty certification.



Event Type:Webinar
Early registration ends on Nov 15, 2021.
Regular registration starts on Nov 16, 2021 and ends on Dec 07, 2021.
Late registration starts on Dec 08, 2021.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
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Non-Member Fee: $40.00$40.00$40.00
 Student Member Registration
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00

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