graduates of the WILD program with certificates

Program Overview

The Water Innovation Leadership Development (WILD) Program is a cohort-based executive education program designed for rising leaders in water services management. Through transformative leadership training, the program empowers emerging water utility leaders to embrace new practices and implement innovative, equitable solutions to water challenges, particularly in circumstances of change. The program includes in-person and online components.

The Water Innovation and Leadership Development Program is a leadership curriculum developed by Duke University faculty, leadership practitioners and leaders in water utility management. 


We seek the entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators who are motivated to lead water utilities into the future. The program particularly targets rising leaders at water utilities that primarily work with under-resourced communities. Applicants should be currently employed in a non-consultant role at a water service provider (water or wastewater utility; water authority; water association; or water company) in the United States.

Fellows join a small cohort of 15-20 participants that will learn together over the course of the program. Previous cohorts of the program have included fellows from small, medium, and large water utilities across the United States, serving in a range of roles within city and municipal water management. The mix of utility sizes and career roles represented in the WILD program maximizes peer learning and encourages an exchange of diverse ideas and problem-solving strategies between fellows. More applicant qualifications are described in the Fellow Selection Criteria within the Apply section below.

Current Fellows

Meet our 2024 cohort of program fellows.

Previous Fellows

Meet the fellows from past cohorts.