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Under Secretary of State Maria Otero to Headline DC's Water For People Gala to Recognize Women in Water

05/25/2011

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) commends the participation of Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero who will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural Water For People Gala to Recognize Women in Water – a charity event presented by NAWC in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 13, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Tickets are still available and proceeds benefit Water For People, a 501(c)3 organization.

Under Secretary Otero joins a lineup of women's advocates and water leaders with personal experience working with women in developing countries to provide safe water and hygiene education together with Former U.S. Ambassador Hattie Babbitt, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Under Secretary Otero and Ambassador Babbitt are experts in the long-term solutions to global water issues, including the public-private partnerships making a difference in communities worldwide.

"As presenting sponsor of the Water For People Gala, NAWC is delighted to spotlight the Under Secretary's leadership within the global water industry," said Lisa Sparrow, President and CEO of Utilities, Inc. and NAWC President-Elect.

"Under Secretary Otero's work with water resources in developing countries is truly inspirational. The recent birth of my own child has made me acutely aware of the water safety we take for granted in this country. We may have more in common with women in the developing world than we might think."

Additional speakers include Cynthia Hartley, Chairperson, Washington, DC Water For People Committee; Elisa Speranza, President, CH2M HILL -- Operations & Maintenance Business Group; and Diana Maritza Betancourt, Regional Manager, Central America for Water For People.The Gala will bring together policy-makers, humanitarians, utility managers and industry leaders to recognize the worldwide accomplishments of women in water – from the women carrying water in developing countries, to those who design and maintain sustainable systems, to those at the forefront of drinking water provision and sanitation.

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