How diversity and storytelling became core to WEF's mission

Oct. 17, 2023
Immediate Past WEF President Ifetayo Venner reflects on her goals to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the water sector during her year leading the strategic vision of the Water Environment Federation.

Ifetayo Venner is the immediate past president of the Water Environment Federation. During her term, she made it a point to provide a platform for marginalized and minority voices in the water industry by sharing their stories and relationships with water and wastewater infrastructure.

During WEFTEC 23, she spoke with Wastewater Digest Editorial Director about those goals, reflected on her tenure as president and shared her most memorable moments as she passed the presidential gavel to Aimee Kileen.

Additional Resources


  • What's exciting at WEFTEC23? | 0:18
  • The power of voice variety and story telling | 2:11
  • What she learned as WEF president | 2:46
  • Memorable moments as WEF president | 4:14
  • Outro | 6:10

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About the Author

Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor.