Opening Session

Opening Sessions

Monday, January 24, 2022 – 11:00 AM

Join us on Monday morning for our 2022 Annual Conference & Exhibit Opening Session, featuring our 2022 Keynote Speaker Tamika N. Jacques, Ed.D. The Opening Session convenes attendees at the start of the Conference to hear from NEWEA’s President about their platform and the progress made during their yearlong presidency and from WEF leadership on the latest WEF initiatives and programming. Following these presentations, Dr. Jacques will speak, with time allotted for audience Q&A.

Tamika Jacques is a workforce specialist and DEI consultant. Dr. Jacques has been in the workforce development field for more than twenty years and has created numerous training programs to empower women, minorities, college students, youth, incumbent and under-employed workers. Currently, Dr. Jacques is the Senior Program Director for Workforce Development at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

A highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Jacques often lectures on the subjects of developing and sustaining diverse and inclusive networks, empowering your dreams, career vision boards, and building a green workforce economy. As part of her many accomplishments, she was given the Rising Star Award from the New England Women in Energy and The Environment (NEWIEE) in 2017 and the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion from the Greater Boston Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy in 2021.

In 2019, Dr. Jacques published A Brown Girls Guide to Employment and Networking which reached #1 on Amazon under the topic of Vocational Education. The bestseller was also listed on as one of the Best Books for Networking. Dr. Jacques’s second book, A Brown Parents Guide, Preparing Our Children for Employment In The 21st Century was released in January 2021, and is available on

Dr. Jacques has an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Suffolk University

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 – 11:00 AM

The Future of the Clean Water Act— What Do the Next 50 Years Hold?

For the 50 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act, the world has changed dramatically. From an era of rivers that literally caught fire, we have collectively created a world where Americans can expect their rivers, lakes, and oceans to be clean and safe. It has been a half century of real, meaningful improvement and the clean water industry has much to be proud of.

There are still, of course, improvements to be made, and new approaches and technologies are being developed as we speak. Today, we face a critical need for infrastructure investment, emerging contaminants, and other real challenges. Most professionals in this industry have a sense of what is to come in the immediate future, but beyond the near-term, what new challenges and opportunities might we face? This panel discussion will offer attendees insights into what the next 50 years of the Clean Water Act might look like. What disruptive changes will technological advances bring? What will the regulatory focus be? What skills will we need to enhance or develop to meet new challenges?

Panelists will include a regulator, utility representative(s), and a futurist, among others. Each will offer their perspective and outlook for the long-term of the clean water industry. Through a guided conversation as well as audience questions, we will dig into the issues that matter most to clean water professionals to inform and inspire.

All registered attendees are invited to attend.