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LVI Alum Selected to Participate in WEF’s 2019 Water Leadership Institute Program

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Pictured left to right; Sherry Callaway, Nadine Robertson, Ghassan Korban, and Drew Lehman

New Orleans (July 18, 2019)- Nadine Robertson, graduate of the Limitless Vistas, Inc. (LVI) / OXFAM America Greater New Orleans Training Pilot Program, LVI/OXFAM Good Jobs Program, and the LVI/WEF (Water Environment Federation) Emerging Water Quality Scholars Program, has been selected to participate in WEF’s 2019 Water Leadership Institute Program held June - September concluding with their annual conference held in Chicago, IL. Nadine currently works as a Water Treatment Operator in Kenner, LA, overseeing the day to day operations for the city.

The Water Leadership Institute Program is a highly competitive program accepting only 52 participants nationwide each year. The goal of this program is to train and educate emerging leaders in the water industry and provide an opportunity for them to create a reliable network in both public and private sectors. During this two-step program they will take part in management training and leadership development while exploring the challenges facing the water industry. Then they will present their research at the 92nd Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). The first stent of the program was a two-day training that took place in Alexandria, VA this summer, WEFTEC 2019 will take place in Chicago, IL this September.

Nadine Robertson at her wastewater treatment facility in Kenner, LA

Nadine’s hard work has gained the attention of Mr. Drew Lehman, experienced teacher and leader in environmental infrastructure, and longtime supporter of Limitless Vistas. Mr. Lehman has graciously sponsored Nadine by covering the cost of her flights to attend the conference in the name of continuing the mission of his organization Workforce Consultants. Nadine was also recognized by the Water Environment Federation receiving a scholarship to apply towards her tuition. By being awarded the opportunity to participate in The Water Leadership Institute Program Nadine hopes to “engage with fellow water professionals and offer insight as a female minority operator.” She also plans to be an agent of change once returning home, “I hope to strengthen my leadership skills, form connections, and be able to take many of the lessons learned from the WLI19 (Water Leadership Institute Program 2019) cohort to share or implement at my facility,” wrote Nadine on her GoFundMe page.

We at Limitless Vistas are so proud of Ms. Robertson’s success and outstanding progression in the water industry! Expect updates on her experience in The Water Leadership Institute Program this fall! If you would like to support Nadine Robertson or learn more about her journey, we encourage you to visit her GoFundMe page at

Members of the Water Leadership Institute 2019

For more information about The Water Leadership Institute Program or WEFTEC 2019 we invite you to visit

For more information about Drew Lehman we invite you to visit his organizations website at

For more information about Limitless Vistas we invite you to visit



Limitless Vistas, Inc. is a New Orleans’ based non-profit, whose mission is to help young adults obtain the skills and knowledge to become gainfully employed in the environmental or conservation fields, build a hopeful future, develop civic pride, and establish life-long conservation skills and attitudes. Since 2006, Limitless Vistas, Inc. has trained more than 600 young adults and adults, providing them with industry-recognized certifications, and the skills and knowledge needed to begin careers as field technicians in the environmental, construction, conservation, or water-related professions. For more information about the programs offered

by Limitless Vistas, Inc., visit our website at

Article written by Kayla Jones- Marketing Specialist, LVI


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