Words On Water #90: Joone Lopez on Building the Workforce for Today and Tomorrow

May 28, 2019

Joone Lopez is the General Manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District. In this episode Joone discusses the need for water utilities to think about the kind of business they will be in five to 10 years and the type of talent that should be cultivated for that workforce. She says her utility has hired data scientists and coders and worked with Netflix and Microsoft because better information leads to better decisions. Joone explains that she spends more time on hiring than many of her counterparts and selects people based on potential and attitude rather than tenure, which creates an energetic and engaged workplace.

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Words On Water #78: Tom Ferguson on Innovation for the Next Generation

February 19, 2019

Tom Ferguson is the Vice President of Programming at Imagine H2O. In this episode, Tom discusses why the focus of the 2019 Innovation Summit is on “The Next Generation.” He talks about the ways the water sector must consider innovation in attracting, hiring, and retaining talent; in shaping internal culture; and in seizing the technology opportunity. Tom also explains how people from outside of water can provide valuable ideas and inspiration for those in the industry.

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