Women’s Professional Development Workshop

Women in a Changing Workplace: How Women Can Succeed, Thrive, and Create More Diverse and Inclusive Spaces at Work
Tuesday, June 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Boardroom C

The Women’s Professional Development program will bring together a group of diverse women to discuss challenges women face in our changing workplace. The workshop will feature conversations about barriers to entry, how panelists navigated their path to success, and advice they offer others still on the path.  
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The panel will discuss topics such as: 
  • Setting goals and succeeding at work
  • Knowing when to lean in and when to lean out
  • How to support and mentor women as you rise to the top of the ranks
  • Issues facing women of different generations as our workplace norms and personal goals change
  • Intersectionality and increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Balancing family and career
Please join us for a lively and honest conversation about women at work.

Keynote Speakers:

Veronica Eady, Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Policy & Equity, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

Veronica Eady is the Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Policy & Equity at BAAQMD and oversees the District’s community engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion program, policy work and environmental justice matters. She previously served as the Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice at the California Air Resources Board, the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts, and the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Delphine Hou, Director of California Regulatory Affairs, California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

Delphine Hou is the Director of California Regulatory Affairs at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).  She represents the CAISO before regulatory, governmental, and jurisdictional agencies such as the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board. Prior to the CAISO she was an Associate with The Brattle Group and an Associate at ICF International Inc. focused on electric transmission and wholesale markets. She received her M.S. in Energy and Electricity Regulatory Policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She received her B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Sharon Shearer, Environmental Engineer, Valero Benicia Refinery
Sharon Shearer is an environmental engineer at the Valero Benicia Refinery who works primarily on air quality issues, including emission inventories, health risk assessments, compliance, permitting, and regulatory tracking. Prior to working in industry, she was an air quality consultant who managed development of air and greenhouse gas technical documentations for her client’s CEQA documents. She also assisted industrial clients with air compliance and project permitting. She has a Ph.D. from
UC-Berkeley in Environmental Engineering where her work focused on potential climate impacts to ozone formation mechanisms in photochemical models.


Kirsten Thorne, General Manager of Strategy, Corporate Affairs, Chevron

Kirsten Thorne is the General Manager of Strategy for Corporate Affairs at Chevron. In this role she leads the development of strategies, digital solutions and capacity building to address the key political, social and reputational risks faced by the company. In addition, she is responsible for advancing the company’s issues management globally, including environmental, safety and operational issues across the company’s value chain. Kirsten has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years. She has a BA in Art from Whittier College and a JD with an emphasis in environmental and land use law from Chapman University School of Law. She is a member of the California Bar.

A&WMA Committee for the Professional Development of Women
This workshop was planned by The Committee for the Professional Development of Women. The commitee's goal is to draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to mentor women in the profession.