Hi there friends!
I'm Brianna Huber, Founder and Executive Director of Her2O. I am also the Director of a municipal drinking water utility. I invite you to learn about me, our team, and Her2O!
My water industry career began back in 2014, when I took a job as a Chemist/Assistant Department Head at a U.S.-based municipal drinking water utility. Prior to that, I had spent all my professional career on the medical side of public health. I must admit, I spent the first couple months of my new job with my stomach in knots, wondering what I had done! This was my first position in a blue-collar, industrial, male-dominated industry, and my first job in a management position.
It didn't take me long to notice how few women were in this industry and how differently men and women can function at work. I loved my job, but I was really starting to feel like an island. I knew I had to change that, and I love a good challenge, thus the journey to launching Her2O began!
Over the past several years I have launched smaller women in water and sanitation efforts and assisted others to launch efforts around the U.S. But I knew I wanted to do more, and I just could not get the idea of an international organization out of my head. In 2019, I was invited to attend the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, where I met women in water and sanitation from around the world. I learned more, and participated in, high-level conversations with other water professionals, UN Delegates, academics, and Parliamentarians about the challenges of women in water and sanitation globally and current efforts to empower them.
Leading up to the event, I was introduced to the Executive Director of the Tanzanian Gender Networking Program (TGNP). I learned about the women-led groups that are designing and implementing water and sanitation solutions throughout Tanzania and the extreme challenges they faced in doing so. There it was again, that relentless feeling that I had to do something to help. I thought to myself, if these women can walk miles a day to fetch water, in worse climate conditions with less adequate equipment, I then had to challenge myself in the same way. In that moment I decided to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for TGNP’s women-led water and sanitation projects. In September 2019, despite a nasty bout of altitude sickness, I reached Uhuru Peak, raising $3,000 for TGNP!
Upon my return from Tanzania, the glow of summitting Mt. Kilimanjaro still fresh and clearly visible upon me, I received an unexpected call. The caller was inviting me to present in the Women Leaders track at a water and waste management conference in India. At this point, I was completely convinced that women in water and sanitation is my one true purpose in life. Her2O was legally founded on January 24, 2020 and just 14 days later I landed in Delhi.
This journey that has led me to found Her2O has been nothing short of thrilling, and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me next. We are wather® and I invite you to join us in building the future of water, one woman at a time!