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We Work the Waterways is a national education outreach program that exists to build lasting connections between communities and the people who make up the maritime, shipping, and logistics industries. Our Industry Interaction Day Programs are a collaborative effort between maritime, shipping, and logistics professionals at all levels, schools, local governments, and businesses to reach thousands of students annually and equip them with resources for their future professional development. We also provide ready-to-use presentations and leave-behind resources for in-school speaking opportunities for our partners – creating a unified and consistent voice for our industry.

MISSION

Propelled by the strategic importance of our waterways and their ecosystems, and the people who make up the maritime, shipping and logistics communities, We Work the Waterways exists to build lasting connections – fostering an appreciation of the industry and the environment and an awareness of economic opportunities.

Open Waters Career Development Program hosted a “Explore Maritime Careers” day event at the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, January 31, 2023.  (Photo by Peter G. Forest/Forest Photography, LLC)

VISION

  • Promote an awareness of the waterways and the industries connected to them to
    students at all levels through age appropriate educational programming.
  • Mobilize maritime professionals who embody the ethics and values of the
    industry with opportunities to connect and share their stories.
  • Foster pride in the maritime community by spotlighting high-performing individuals at every level of the industry.
  • Champion sustainability and environmental responsibility.
  • Build lasting relationships between educators, students, industry partners, trade organizations, and government and community leaders.
  • Create a foundation that prepares students to make post-graduate career plans, thereby increasing the size and quality of the available workforce for our industry partners.

Meet our Team

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Errin Howard

Errin began her career in the river industry as an educator in a booth at Tall Stacks for
the first public presentation of RiverWorks Discovery in 2006 and served as RWD’s
Executive Director until December of 2023. This adventure began with one single
sponsor and the vision of Mark Knoy who at the time was president of American Electric
Power’s River Operations. During her tenure, Errin promoted, marketed, and oversaw
all aspects of RiverWorks Discovery.
Based in Cincinnati, she has served on the board of directors for the Central Ohio River
Business Association since 2018 and was elected chair in November of 2023. Errin has
a passion for the river industry and the people who make it what it is.

Marty Vizier

Marty Vizier is a graduate of Nicholls State University where she was named Most
Outstanding Mass Communication Public Relations Graduate. Her passion for the
maritime industry was sparked at a young age, by her grandfather Donald Vizier, former
president of the Lafourche Parish Port Commission.
In 2024, Marty launched Speara & Co, a PR and photography venture inspired by her
love of sportfishing and spearfishing.