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Executive Edge Leadership Forum

August 29 - August 30
Petaluma, CA
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Elevate Your Leadership

ACWA is committed to fostering excellence in executive leadership. Introducing an engaging professional development opportunity for public agency general managers and executive-level staff.

What to Expect

Advanced Leadership Skills: Delve into advanced leadership skills and strategies curated to propel your career to new heights.

Collaborative Environment: Connect with like-minded professionals and participate in facilitated discussions to share experiences, insights, and best practices.

Practical Tools and Insights: Walk away equipped with practical tools and actionable insights designed to drive excellence in your role.

Who Should Attend

This new event is a special opportunity developed for general managers and executive-level staff at public agencies. Public agency board members are ineligible to register.

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Dr. Steve Swafford, IOM, is a Balance Warrior and CEO with over 30 years of experience in non-profits, trade associations, and professional societies. His expertise spans strategy, leadership development, communication, and governance. He brings a practical knowledge of strategy and executive leadership with past organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), and American Subcontractors Association (ASA) where he most recently served as the executive director.

Steve is active in California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) leadership serving on the Board of Directors; Leadership Development Committee; Membership Committee Chair; Professional Development Committee Chair; Southern California Regional Council; university leadership advisor; and volunteer staff pastor.

Additionally, Steve is a 15-year faculty member for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Management and serves on the Curriculum Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. Steve is Full-Time Practitioner Faculty for Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School and co-founder of Leadership Outfitters, LLC.

Preliminary Program Agenda

Register Online by August 23, 2024

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Registration includes program materials, meals and reception.

Advantage* $435
Standard $650


Sponsorship Opportunities

General sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Joseph Ramos at or (916) 669-2429.

Sponsorship Deadline: August 9, 2024

Registration & Cancellation Deadline: August 23, 2024
Registration deadline is subject to availability and applicable health, safety and capacity restrictions.
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*To be eligible for advantage pricing, you must be an ACWA Public Agency Member, Associate, or Affiliate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to attend the 2024 ACWA Executive Edge Leadership Forum?

This new event is a special opportunity developed for general managers and executive-level staff at public agencies. Public agency board members are ineligible to register.

What is the current health and safety information?

ACWA and Petaluma  are committed to the health and safety of our members, guests, employees, and community. 

Health & Safety Information

  • In accordance with the City of Petaluma local health guidelines, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test are not required to participate in symposium activities.  ACWA is expecting around 150 attendees indoors.
  • Attendees are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors.  Attendees are encouraged to determine their own personal level of comfort.
  • Social distancing is not required though health & safety will continue to guide ACWA’s planning objectives.


How to get help with the registration account login?

Contact the Portal Support Team.

Who to contact for event questions?

Contact the ACWA Events Team or call (916) 441-4545.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation deadline is August 23, 2024 at 4:30 pm (PT).

All registration changes and cancellations must be made in writing by the event registration deadline. Valid cancellation requests will receive a refund of any registration fees paid minus a $50 processing charge. For payments originally made by credit card, refunds can be issued back onto the credit card within 60 days. Otherwise, a refund will be issued by check. No refunds or registration changes will be granted after the registration deadline. Submit request in writing to Teresa Taylor at

When and where will ACWA’s 2024 Executive Edge Leadership Forum be?

The 2024 ACWA Executive Edge Leadership forum will be August 29-30 at the Sheraton Sonoma Wine Country Petaluma.

A discounted room rate $149 per night is available Aug. 28-29.

>> Book your room with the group rate HERE.

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