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SCBWA to hold monthly luncheon, series

By SCBWA - | Jun 3, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Diana Wilson

The Sanibel Captiva Business Women’s Association will host its monthly luncheon and Women in Leadership Speaker Series on June 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

The guest speaker is Diana Wilson, general manager of the Island Water Association. She will present “The Story Behind a Clean Glass of Water.” There is also a Zoom option available for attending.

“I look forward to sharing an overview of who we are and what’s involved in assuring clean drinking water on Sanibel and Captiva,” Wilson said. “Water industry people are passionate about guaranteeing our ability to get a glass of clean water, and the Island Water Association team is no different.”

She joined the IWA in the wake of Hurricane Irma, only a year before the pandemic.

“The team takes extraordinary care. All of us are dedicated to doing everything possible to maintain exceptional service and water quality,” Wilson said. “They are the greatest group of professionals.”

Hailing from Iowa, she graduated in civil engineering from Iowa State University. Building a career in water supply, Wilson rose through the ranks to general manager at the West Des Moines Water Works.

“Iowa and Florida share many water issues,” she said. “One is the serious impact of agriculture and fertilization on water quality and the effects of irrigation drawing down our aquifers.”

The IWA is a non-profit, member-owned, potable water utility that produces drinking water for Sanibel and Captiva using reverse osmosis and water from deep wells. It is governed by an unpaid board of directors, employs a staff of 31 and serves over 5,000 accounts.

“As a woman in management, Diana is a pioneer in the water industry. Yet, she never set out to be a trailblazer,” SCBWA President Taylor Osborne said. “She followed her passion, sought good mentors and built expertise in water technology. She pursued her career, rarely feeling the sting of discrimination.”

To register, visit https://sancapbwa.eventbrite.com and pick in-person or Zoom. Cost is $30 for lunch with the speaker, or a donation to the SCBWA’s continuing education scholarship fund for Zoom.

For more information or updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/SanCapBWA.

The Sundial Beach Resort and Spa is at 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel.