Young Professional Summit

Sunday, January 21, 2024
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, MA

NEWEA and NEWWA are teaming up to host the 6th annual Young Professionals (YP) Summit.  The YP Summit will bring together Young Professionals in the water and wastewater industry to learn from industry leaders and network with peers from across New England.  This year’s program will focus on One Water.

The 2024 YP Summit will take place in conjunction with NEWEA’s 2024 Annual Conference & Exhibit.

Program Highlights

  • 100+ Young Professionals in the water and wastewater industries from all over New England
  • Advanced leadership, career and technical skills
  • Keynote Presentation on One Water, followed by presentations from experts in the drinking water, clean water, and stormwater sectors
  • Two afternoon panel discussions featuring professionals from across the industry
  • Networking reception with fellow Young Professionals, mid-level “career expert” guests, and NEWEA and NEWWA executives

Note:  Separate registration fee required.  Coffee, muffins and lunch will be provided.  More information on our COVID Safety Protocols are available in our detailed guidelines.

The Committee has drafted an engaging program of panels, presentations, and networking sessions to help young professionals strengthen their leadership and technical skills and advance their water industry careers. This year’s program will focus on One Water, a holistic and collaborative approach to water management. NEWEA’s Young Professionals Chair, Daryl Coppola, will kick off the program with opening remarks, followed by an “Intro to Networking” session. The keynote session will begin with an overview of and introduction to the One Water concept, followed by presentations from experts working in the drinking water, stormwater, and clean water sectors.

After lunch, attendees will hear from two panels consisting of professionals from across the water industry. The first panel will feature operators who work in both drinking water and clean water and will focus on water system operations. The second panel will feature professionals representing a variety of career paths within the water industry and will center on providing advice to YPs on navigating their own career paths. The afternoon portion of the program will also recognize graduating mentors and mentees from our 2023 Mentoring Program and feature the return of the always-popular Meme Contest. The Summit will wrap up with closing remarks from NEWEA and NEWWA’s presidents.

Following the completion of the program, attendees are invited to enjoy a reception, which will be attended by experienced water industry professionals and members of NEWEA and NEWWA’s Executive Committees.


The Young Professionals Sponsorship Program offers exclusive opportunities to sponsor event badges, the coffee break, and lunch, in addition to the traditional Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsor levels. Enrolling as a sponsor grants companies a variety of benefits, including complimentary registrations, inclusion of logo on program materials, and recognition during YP presentations at the event.

View the Sponsorship Flyer to learn more and complete sponsor registration online.

For more information or questions, contact Daryl Coppola, Chair, Young Professionals Committee

Hosted by NEWEA and NEWWA

*This event is intended for professionals who have less than 5 years experience in the industry and are younger than 35 years old. Students in a Civil/Environment Engineering, Environmental Science, or related major are encouraged to attend.