We have established a Women’s Network to:
- Attract women in the water sector to become members of the Institute of Water and, through our engagement with them, retain them in the sector
- Support women’s careers in the water sector
- Promote good practice and inclusivity for all across the sector
Our guiding principle is to ensure this programme does not act as a barrier and is inclusive to all.
There is no need to join – all IWater members will be able to access the Women’s Network – but if you have any ideas for activities then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Network has launched IWater Inspire, aimed at inspiring personal and professional development through exploring the books that have influenced the IWater community. Open to all, IWater Inspire addresses the community need for a personal development platform that allows for as much or as little engagement as you have time for, making it accessible to the busiest of professionals!
IWater Inspire offers multiple ways of engaging and learning:
- Online and in-person events, such as talks from industry leaders on the books that influenced their career, Speed Book Review events and workshops based on some of the most inspiring books out there.
- A ‘Book of the Quarter’ where, in every issue of the Institute of Water Magazine, a community member shares a personal development book that inspired their career.
- An online community where members can discuss books of interest, make recommendations, keep track of events, share ideas for future events and, most importantly, check out the Book of the Quarter.
IWater Inspire successfully launched in June with an interactive and informative inaugural event. Attendees shared why they were interested in joining the community:
“I want to find out which books inspired others…so that I can borrow the best ideas!”
“To create more diversity in my thought processes by reading and hearing new material.”
“To network across the UK!”
Now with a second event under its belt, the Strengths Workshop, the IWater Inspire community is rapidly growing and inspiring more and more water professionals. The workshop was designed and delivered by Natasha Giroux, consultant at Isle and IWater Inspire Founder, and was based on exercises from her recommended read, The Squiggly Career by Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper.
The workshop took attendees through a series of exercises to develop an understanding of their professional strengths, ending in a ‘Super Strengths Speed Networking’ session. Attendees contributed throughout with insightful reflections and a key takeaway was that it’s easy to reflect on our weaknesses, but development is also about building an understanding of your key strengths. In fact, the ’80:20 rule’ suggests that we should spend only 20% of our time addressing our weaknesses and the other 80% working on our strengths. Attendees left the workshop with a shortlist of ‘Super Strengths’ and a worksheet full of strength-exploring exercises for use in their own time.
Join our online Goodreads community
Be an active member of the IWater Inspire community and join our Goodreads group! Goodreads is a website and app where you can track what you want to read, what you’re reading and what you’ve read, as well as letting you read millions of book reviews and join reading groups. The IWater Inspire reading group is a place for discussing books of interest, sharing book recommendations, keeping track of events, sharing ideas for future events and, most importantly, checking out our Book of the Quarter.
SDG6 and the Climate Emergency – Contributions from Women Engineers, Tuesday 14th September 12.00-13.00
You are invited to hear what women engineers working in the water industry are doing to address climate change, whilst meeting the challenges of the UN SDG 6 – the strategic development goal which aims to give access to clean water for all.
The Women’s Engineering Society launched their Climate Emergency Group earlier this year led by Sally Sudworth, Global Head of Sustainability & Climate Change for Mott MacDonald. Different teams are looking at different aspects of the climate emergency and the strategic development goals and the water team, led by IWater Vice President and one of the top women engineers in sustainability Jo Parker, will talk about their personal contributions covering carbon reduction in the UK water industry and the environment agency, as well as supporting overseas developments.
Visit https://www.instituteofwater.org.uk/events-info/?id=1449 to book your place.
Ethical Business Regulation (EBR)
On 27th July, Michelle Ashford, Chief Operating Officer at the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) and Claire Phelan, Regulatory Transformation Manager at Scottish Water discussed EBR and what it means for the water industry in Scotland.
If you missed the event or attended and would like a copy of the presentation you can download a copy here.
Womens Utilities Network (WUN) Events
WUN, started in 2018, is a community of women across all utilities who can connect, support, develop and encourage one another. WUN provides a variety events which you can view at https://thewun.co.uk/wun-events/
Earlier this year we ran a two-day Supporting Women in Water event.
You can read about two of our speakers here:
Shaunna Berendsen, Head of Innovation Engagement at Anglian Water, discusses resilience, work/life balance and the authenticity that has driven her in her continuing successful career.
Angela Nilson, Operations Director at Z-Tech talks about her career, gives top tips on personal resilience and managing that work/life balance.
The Women’s Network is led by a steering group comprising: