Leading Water Forward started in 2011 with four women passionate about creating meaningful learning opportunities for the women who manage, develop and protect our water resources. The group had its roots as a committee within the Pacific Northwest Section American Water Works Association and was created as an independent non-profit organization, Women Leading Water, in 2016. The organization reincorporated under the new name and a broader mission in 2022, with a commitment to look beyond women to inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQIA and other groups that are underrepresented in the water industry.

Current Board Members

Jadene Stensland, PE


Jadene is one of the original founders of the Women in Leadership Symposium. When not developing innovative stormwater water solutions that provide multiple benefits to the community and the environment, she serves on the U.S. Water Polo Association and makes a mean salsa.

Nicki Pozos, PhD, PE, PMP


Nicki Pozos brings a diverse background, encompassing a PhD in Civil Engineering and former work as a life coach. She aspires to be the world’s first engineering psychologist, bringing engineering thinking to understanding what makes people tick!

Tammi Connolly, PE


Tammi is a water resources engineer with a fascination for stormwater management and a passion for helping peers develop their technical and leadership skills. Tammi often finds herself on planning committees and looks forward to meeting you at the Women in Leadership Symposium.

Abbey Rhode, PE

Abbey is a water resources engineer passionate about restoring the ecological function of our natural systems. Abbey has served many years as the Chair of the Women in Leadership Symposium.

Emily Flock, P.E.

Emily Flock is an environmental engineer focused on solving challenging issues facing society and the environment. She is the incoming current Chair of the Women in Leadership Symposium.