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Precon Workshop 2: Find the Leader Within You
Sunday, 21/Oct/2018:
10:00am - 4:30pm

Session Chair: Amy Dammarell, HDR;
Location: Boise Centre West 120B
Boise Centre Ground level

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ID: 301 / Precon Workshop 2: 1
Sunday Oct. 21 Preconference Workshops Program
Keywords: Leadership, service, managers

Find the Leader within You

Amy Dammarell1, Mark Poling2, Marcos Lopez3, Michael Comeskey4, Doug Berschauer5, Andy O’Neill6

1HDR Engineering; 2Clean Water Services; 3Tetra Tech; 4City of Boise; 5Parametrix; 6WA Dept of Ecology; , , , ,

Discover your Leadership Potential! Whether you’re an aspiring leader or one who’s been there, join us for an exploration of leaders at their best.

This workshop is based on the 5 leadership principles outlined in the book The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes and Posner. The workshop includes breakouts and table discussions to encourage shared learning.

Participation in this workshop will help operators, supervisors, and managers perform their duties better by helping them work together better.

With a firm understanding of the five practices of exemplary leadership participants will be better employees, supervisors, and managers, understanding what it takes to help lead truly outstanding performance.

Sponsored by the PNCWA Leadership Development Committee Amy Dammarell, Commmittee Chair (HDR Engineering) Overall Facilitator and Moderator


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Introductions

10:10 - 10:25 Outcomes and Expectations

10:20 – 10:40 The Leadership Challenge Introduction

The Five Practices

10:40 – 11:20 Model the Way

11:20 – 12:00 Inspire a Shared Vision

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:40 Challenge the Process

1:40 – 2:20 Enable Others to Act

2:20 – 3:00 Encourage the Heart

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:00 Leadership Values

4:00 – 4:30 Leaders Share Their Journey

The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable Others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart
  • Clarify values by finding your voice and affirming
    shared values
  • Set the example by aligning actions with shared values

Model the Way

“Leaders stand up for their beliefs…They show by their actions that they live by the values they profess.”

Inspire a Shared Vision

  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities
  • Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations

“The most important role of vision in organizational life is to give focus to human energy”

Challenge the Process

  • Challenge the Process
  • Search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and by looking outward for innovative ways to improve
  • Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from experience

“Change is the work of leaders…And all change requires that leaders actively seek ways to make things better – to grow, innovate, and improve.”

Enable Others to Act

  • Foster collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships
  • Strengthen others by increasing self-determination and developing competence

“Leaders bring people together, creating an atmosphere where people understand that they have a shared fate…Leaders make sure that everyone wins.”

Encourage the Heart

  • Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence
  • Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit
    of community

“Leaders express pride in the accomplishments of their teams…They make people feel like heroes.”

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Amy Dammarell:
Amy is an engineer, scientist, NEPA professional and project manager with 20 years of experience. Amy serves in a broad range from technical team member to project manager. In addition to her technical roles Amy serves as a facilitator for HDRs leadership development course. She also developed a technical skills transference program to translate senior level on-the-job experiences to other staff.

Mark Poling:
Mark is the Business Operations Director for Clean Water Services and has more than 30 years of experience working for utilities; serving in a management role for more than 20. Mark is a Past President of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association and currently serves on the Water Environment Federation Board of Trustees. A certified Group 4 operator he also holds a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington

Marcos Lopez:
Mr. Lopez, a registered engineer with 34 years of experience, provides project management and engineering experience within the public and private sectors. His technical experience includes inflow/infiltration (I/I) control program management, civil site planning; road and street design; grading, water, sewer, and storm drain design; hydrology studies and hydraulic design; cost estimating; and project feasibility studies. Mr. Lopez also has extensive disaster response related experience in direct support of FEMA and in support of Local Agency applicants requesting FEMA disaster relief funding.

Michael Comeskey:
Michael Comeskey is the Utilities Asset Manager for the City of Boise Public Works Department where he is leading the development of the City’s infrastructure management practices. In his career in the water industry Michael has helped municipalities, county governments, and private corporations develop innovative solutions to large-scale problems. Michael’s work enables organizations to bridge their strategic visions to their business and operational needs. Michael holds a B.S. in Biology from Washington State University and an M.B.A. from Boise State University.

Doug Berschauer:
Doug has 35 years of experience in wastewater facility planning and design and currently serves at the Water Technology Leader for Parametrix. He has performed comprehensive planning studies, design, construction services, and start-up for both water and wastewater systems/facilities. His expertise includes evaluating innovative technologies and helping clients select the preferred alternative through a collaborative hands-on approach. He has also conducted internal mentoring programs for the companies he has worked for the past 23 years and currently has a side business, Mesa Mobile Mentoring, which focuses on public speaking and team building.

Andy O’Neill:
Andy O’Neill provides technical assistance to small municipal wastewater facilities throughout central and eastern Washington. Andy’s background includes serving in various roles such as a wastewater treatment plant operator, facilities manager, board member for the State of Washington’s Wastewater Certification Advisory Committee, past president of the Water Environment Federations (WEF) member association Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA), and a current member of the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) Wastewater Scheme Committee.

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