Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference

Date: November 4-7, 2018
Location: Falls Church, Virginia

The application window for this unique and low-cost investment opportunity to strengthen your groundwater workforce closed September 1, 2018.

A registration-free opportunity to invest in your private business’ or public organization’s future by strengthening your workforce is available from NGWA. NGWA has partnered with Roscoe Moss Co., a manufacturer of well casing and screen, and other well system components, to sponsor eight (8) complimentary tuition registrations to the 2018 Emerging Leaders program, November 4-7, in Falls Church, Virginia.

Emerging Leaders, designed by several membership associations from multiple disciplines, develops essential leadership skills, strengthens professional careers, and builds the involvement of entry- and mid-level executives over a compact four-day period. Participating with NGWA are the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; Association for Iron & Steel Technology: NACE International — The Worldwide Corrosion Authority; Society of American Military Engineers; Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration; Society of Petroleum Engineers, and TMS — The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. A professional representing an employer from one or more of these organizations could be tomorrow's collaborator or client.

Additional information

The program

The Emerging Leaders program develops participants through subject matter expert-led organized career-training sessions.

Conference topic areas include:

  • Building highly productive relationships
  • Team leadership
  • Transitioning from technical to management
  • Becoming an indispensable leader
  • Conducting performance evaluation
  • Emotional intelligence.

Emerging Leaders participants will have the chance to learn from, and interact with, a wide diversity of professionals, including those in industry, academia, and governmental agencies.

The benefits

  • Build relationships and grow with others in your careers
  • A gathering of potential collaborators and clients
  • Sounding board network for new challenges
  • Recognition as a leader in your profession
  • A unique and positive image- and career-building program designed specifically to benefit emerging leaders from both the private and public sectors
  • Community of eight fellow groundwater professionals
  • An environment to grow and stretch as a professional leader and position yourself for advancement
  • An opportunity to become more self-aware of personal strengths and areas for growth
  • A safe place to discuss difficult topics while learning skills to improve and enhance ability to lead and manage others
  • Continuing education credits for NGWA’s voluntary certification programs.

No registration fee!

There is no Emerging Leaders program registration fee as the eight available seats for NGWA members are donated. The $625 per registrant tuition cost has been donated by the Roscoe Moss Co.

All Emerging Leaders participants will be required to arrange and pay their own travel and housing expenses. Falls Church is best served by Dulles International Airport.


The November 4-7, 2018 program is committed to taking individuals' leadership to the next level so as to make a significant impact on their employer organizations.

Ideal NGWA candidates for this program are dedicated to growing within the groundwater professions and learning skills needed to be a leader.

We are looking for currently employed professionals from any groundwater industry sector with a minimum of five years of groundwater experience.

Designed to be of the most benefit to those NGWA members typically 25 to 35 years in age, the Emerging Leaders program encourages attendance by, but not limited to:

  • Private and public employees in rising or current middle management, or technical staff roles
  • Those with a record of achievement such as through individual contributions (e.g., volunteering for NGWA or a state groundwater association, published papers, awards), organizational success
  • Those without access to an internal leadership program in their organization
  • University professors with five or more years of experience with aspirations for university leadership positions.

More information

Click here to learn more about the event, details of which will be posted soon — http://emergingleadersalliance.org/leader-training/.

Nominations and applications

The application window for 2018 closed September 1, 2018. Received applications are in review. All applicants will be notified by September 15, 2018.

If selected, applicants must commit to actively participating in the Emerging Leaders program by attending the program and signing the statement of commitment.

Tuition is sponsored by Roscoe Moss.

NGWA testimonials
“The Emerging Leaders program was an excellent platform to understand and develop my leadership, communication, and management skills. I expected to gain insight on my strengths and how to develop and leverage strengths in others. What I didn’t expect, coming from consulting, was attending the Emerging Leaders would give me a perspective on the different leadership, management, and technical challenges that industry, manufacturing, and government face. I gained an understanding of the systems and cultures potential clients work in which will make me a better and more valuable consultant.”

— Seth Kellogg, Senior Geologist, Roux Associates Inc.

“I thought the conference was very informative and a great learning experience. For someone like myself who is a driller in the field, every day it always adds a different challenge between scope of job changing, schedule changing, and, of course, the elements. It’s nice to see there are some extraordinarily smart people in these connecting fields. No matter what walk of like you’re from — whether it be college to high school to professor — we all face the same challenges day to day.”

— Mike Wilson, Summit Drilling

“As an employer who sent my office administrator to the Emerging Leaders Conference, I can speak directly to the positive results brought back to my operations. She came back with a whole new outlook on business and how it is done. She still speaks often about the topics discussed and how those interactions, and the associated discussions, have made her a better administrator and a much stronger employee overall. I personally have seen great benefit from the very small expenditure required, and would highly recommend the conference to anyone looking for a new take on professional development.”

— Todd Hunter, CWD/PI, Owner, Boulder GWS LLC, Ground Water Pump Systems

“I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the conference — from networking, group activities, socializing and learning more about how to be a successful leader to myself, my company, and the industry. I learned a lot about myself, areas I can strengthen to be most beneficial, and how to handle various situations and personalities.”

— Kathleen McCabe, Mersino Dewatering, Davidson, Michigan

“I was able to learn about effective communication skills, effective managerial styles, and how to apply them in the workplace setting. By constant growth and development of these skills, not only will this help to build a better team but I will become a more effective manager. Overall, the Emerging Leaders program helped me to more effectively communicate with others on a managerial level while working toward the end result.”

— Brent Downey, Downey Drilling Inc., Lexington, Nebraska

“The training conference was enriching and rewarding. I highly treasure it. I will share these learnings with my superiors and subordinates in the company.”

— Philip Shekwolo, Ph.D., Shell Petroleum Development Co., Nigeria

“The Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference may be the most beneficial education I have received in my professional career. The conference helped me understand more about my managerial style and how I communicate, and then developed those understandings into communicating more effectively with others, toward the end goal of building better teams and being an effective manager. Immediately after completing the conference, I started developing an internal program at my office to help my fellow managers develop these skills. In the end, this conference not only helped develop my business skills, it will also benefit others who work with me.”

— David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, Vice President, Bergerson-Caswell Inc.

“Attending the ELA Conference in 2014 was one of the best experiences in my professional career. I was exposed to many different tools/skills to better myself not only as an emerging leader for my company, but on the volunteer boards I serve on as well. I was able to bring those new skill sets back to my company and volunteer organizations to share and help others better themselves as leaders and overall professionals. I met a lot of new people with varied degrees of backgrounds and experiences that helped in looking at things in different ways. I would highly recommend attending this conference.”

— Brian M. Snelten, PG, Project Manager, Layne Christensen Co.

“I attended the ELA Conference in November of 2015. What impressed me most about the conference was the high quality of speakers that they had. The presentations were generally thought provoking — they didn’t tell me what to think, but definitely caused me to think. The speakers took their subject matter seriously, but not themselves. Their presentations were delivered with a great deal of humor that made it all the more appealing. I would recommend this conference highly.”

— Bob Curley, Business Development Manager, Layne Christensen Co.

“Our participants in the Emerging Leadership Alliance program — carefully selected from among our cadre of young groundwater professionals — gained valuable insights toward improving their performance in roles of increasing responsibility within our firm. The opportunity to connect with engineers and scientists from other disciplines and industries brought an invaluable perspective to the work that we do as groundwater professionals. This conference focused uniquely on helping engineers and scientists transition and gain skills needed for leadership and management. With CDM Smith’s emphasis on client service as well as serving society through volunteer efforts, the ELA program also helped solidify the commitment of these young groundwater professionals toward participating in NGWA, as an organization dedicated to groundwater-related service. They reported that the ELA program provided them with tools they have already put into practice, from program sessions on topics such as interpersonal relationships, and getting the most out of project team members. CDM Smith appreciates the support from NGWA and NGWREF for the participation of these emerging leaders, which facilitated approval by senior management for them to spend time away from their time-critical client-project commitments and for the firm to pay for their travel expenses.”

— Robert Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D.WRE, CDM Smith, regarding participants Seth Kellogg, PG, William Fernandez, and Nathan Smith
Venue and travel info

The Westin Tysons Corner
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043 USA
(703) 893-1340

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Westin Tysons Corner hotel. Please reserve your room online by 15 October 2018 to secure the Emerging Leaders Alliance discount rate of US$164 per night (plus tax – currently 12%) for single/double occupancy.

Please note that the scholarship through NGWA covers tuition only; you are responsible for associated travel, and room and board costs.