- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth who, according to the organization WaterStep, will provide a congressional update, touching on his work to improve education, revitalize manufacturing in Louisville and advance economic security for American families as well as his current focus of reducing the influence of special interests on elections, strengthening U.S. gun safety laws and developing comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
- Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure, who will explore the Samuel Taylor adage, "Water, water everywhere/Nor any drop to drink," and its contemporary applications, particularly water's role in community and compassion. Using the Charter for Compassion (charterforcompassion.org) as a guide, McClure will look at its guiding principle as it relates to water: "Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being." McClure is also an adventurer, having become the first woman to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat the first American to ski overland to the South Pole.
- Gregory Long and Ann McCormick , who will highlight Ford Motor Company's water saving related sustainability initiatives and discuss how a large pervious pavement installation at Louisville Assembly reduces the amount of water entering combined sewer overflow receiving streams.
- Greg C. Heitzman, Executive Director of MSD and past President/CEO of Louisville Water Company, who will present The Value of Water - How Water Will Transform Our Economy. Heitzman will discuss the top challenges facing the water industry, the top trends and the opportunities for building a water-centric economy through technology and innovation.
- Mark Hogg, founder and CEO of WaterStep, who will discuss the possibilities surrounding a virtual water utility implemented in the developing world. Using the power of digital reporting technology, expanded global communication platforms, water as local enterprise and key education tools, an expansive network can readily make available the potential for safe sanitation and water practices to be sustained.
- Jeff Pittman and Lacie Crone, both with Ivy Tech Community College, and both of whom have been instrumental in creating an innovative distance learning project for water with global reach, will discuss how they partnered with WaterStep and GE volunteers to create the vision of the program and provide up-to-date beta testing results from the field.
- Dr. Bill Smock, the police surgeon for the Louisville Metro Police Department and medical director for WaterStep, who will be included in a presentation on the changing and ongoing medical issues that emerge throughout a woman's life as she carries water day after day. WaterStep is on the cutting edge to unleash a new product that will make a difference in targeted geographic regions. IF Water will serve as a platform of possibility as this story comes to its full potential.
All speeches will be live streamed on wave3.com from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.