Stitcher for Podcasts

Get the App Open App
Bummer! You're not a
Stitcher Premium subscriber yet.
Learn More
Start Free Trial
$4.99/Month after free trial

Show Info

Episode Info

Episode Info: Episode 4 of the Empowering Women Podcast Guest: Christen Wood, Wastewater Operator Christen is currently the Operations Administrator at the County of Summit Department of Sanitary Sewer Services. She has been working in the wastewater field since 2008, first at the City of Ashtabula wastewater laboratory, then in both laboratory and operations roles for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Her education includes a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Findlay. She currently holds certifications as a Professional Operator, Wastewater Treatment Class IV; Ohio Class III Wastewater Operator; and Ohio Class II Wastewater Analyst. She is passionate about Operations Challenge competition and sharing the excitement of clean water with the world, including through the wastewater twitter community as @sewer_chic. Her achievements include OWEA Professional Wastewater Operations Award, NESOWEA Herb Hansen Award, and writing the winning WEF Fight Song: Treat the Water Right. LinkedIn Article Mel wrote about Christen's "Career Manifesto" Advice: Notable Christen Quotes “The doctors of the world are very celebrated as they should be, but wastewater operators save more lives each year by protecting the waters that people are drinking and fishing and swimming in….” “People see roads and bridges and think of infrastructure. They don’t think about the water and wastewater pipes that are running underground that may have been their hundreds of years. And worse yet, we’re facing this huge need for infrastructure because the Clean Water Act, a lot of the equipment that was put in the ground or in the plants for that reason is starting to reach its expected lifespan. Convincing people that it’s worth it to spend the money to upgrade these systems to continue to clean the water is sometimes hard if they don’t recognize that service is being provided in the first place…” “I love challenging others and myself, I’m certainly not exempt from this; there are plenty of colleagues I have not gotten along with… I really think it’s important to find the value and worth of everyone that you work with, regardless of your own personal style.” “She stared right at the class and she said I need to tell you this, this is important, pay attention. If you have to choose between a loud job and a stinky job, choose the stinky job and here’s why. And she proceeded to tell us that your ears will physically hear every sound coming in. So if somebody is using a jackhammer outside of your house, you will hear every time it strikes. For your nose, however, it will only  detect changes. So for example, if you walk into your house at the end of the day, you might notice it smells like your house… After 10 minutes or so, you don’t notice” “Part of the problem in our industry is that we don’t have enough women. We also do...
Read more »

Discover more stories like this.

Like Stitcher On Facebook


Episode Options

Listen Whenever

Similar Episodes

Related Episodes