VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, today announced Lindsey Olson, operations superintendent with New Jersey American Water, will participate in Think Diversity on June 28 in Arlington, Va.
Olson, who was recently recognized by Water & Wastes Digest Magazine as a “Top Young Professional,” will discuss what attracted her to the water industry and how the industry can draw in high-achieving talent.
“As we see more of our tenured employees start to retire, there is a pressing need to recruit talent into the water industry to ensure the continued quality of our water,” said Melanie Kennedy, senior vice president of Human Resources. “Developing and promoting employees within our company is another great way to ensure succession of our talent; and Lindsey is a great example of how we do this.”
Olson was recently promoted to her new role. She joined American Water 18 years ago and has worked on both rehabilitation and expansion of existing facilities, as well as greenfield design and construction of new treatment plants. She has developed particular expertise in groundwater treatment technologies, including iron and manganese filtration systems, organics and radionuclide adsorption processes, and other trace contaminant removal technologies. Olson has also taken on leadership positions in both the New Jersey section and national board of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and was a contributing author to AWWA’s M-65 Manual for Onsite Generation of Sodium Hypochlorite, all while earning her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, N.J.
Scranton Gillette Communications’ Water & Wastes Digest and Roads & Bridges magazine is hosting the live conference as a continuation of their cooperative “Think Diversity” education program. The event will include how technology is driving a diverse workforce, and ways to implement succession planning. The program is an interactive format with presenters who are immersed in the infrastructure industry and have success stories to share on how they mastered diversity in their companies or municipalities.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.