Chevron Lecture Series

About the Chevron Lecture Series

The Chevron Corporation provides funding for an annual luncheon each October featuring women leaders in science, engineering and business.
The entire Mines community is invited to this annual event.

Michelle Roark
Founder, CEO and Aromatic Scientist of Phia Lab

Michelle Roark is a cum laude graduate of Colorado School of Mines in chemical engineering, scientist of bioenergetics, certified perfumer, and wellness entrepreneur. She is also a two-time Olympian, World Cup Champion, World Champion Silver Medalist and three-time National Champion in Freestyle Mogul Skiing. Aspirations on the slopes set her down a path of research, discovery and unexpected personal growth.

As the Founder, CEO and Aromatic Scientist of Phia Lab, she studies the bioenergetics of the botanical world. Based on her pioneering research into the energy content of biological essences, she created an all- natural wellness product line to form the Phia brand. The Lab is based in Denver, Colorado, where she also runs and operates the award-winning Phia Alchemy Wellness Salon Spa.

Her friends and family will tell you that she is someone who can bridge the extremes. She is the most colorful scientist in the lab who also operated a gas chromatographer mass spectrometer for purposes that haven’t been done before. In self-bedazzled ski gear from helmet to boot, she crushed the most difficult mogul runs on the World Cup tour. She is a fabulous mother of two, with the sparkle of a pink diamond and the tenacity of a bulldog. We all have visions of a “mad” scientist. Michelle is a “happy” scientist. Today, she is pioneering a new field that bridges performance, material science and the world of energy vibration. Through Phia, she spreads the point of view that the bioenergetics of nature can help you achieve mind, body and energy coherence—the zone.


See the Daily Blast or email for the RSVP link.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m.; Lecture at 12:05 p.m.

Past Chevron Lectures

2022  Pooja SankarFounder, Piazza

2021  Judge Terry Fox, Colorado Court of Appeals (COA)

2020  Dr. Corinne Lengsfeld, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Denver

2019  Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy

2018  Denise Burgess, President and CEO of Burgess Services Inc. 

2017  Liz Schwarze, General Manager of Chevron Exploration in Africa and Latin America

2016  Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO of Build Change

2015  Teresa Taylor, Author, Balance Myth:  Rethinking Work Life Success and former Qwest COO

2014  Anita Piel, Ph.D., Mines Almna, Food Scientist and First President of Mines SWE Section

2013  Honorable Elbra Wedgeworth, Chair – 2008 Democratic National Convention

2012  Kirsten Volpi, Chief Administrative Officer, United States Olympic Committee

2011  Marsha W. French, Sr. Research Associate at ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research

2010  Michelle Moorman, Mines Alumni; Mgr. of Regulatory Affairs, Summit Utilities

2009  Dr. Ranee Shenoi, MD, LLC

2008  Faith Winter, National Field Director, The White House Project

2007  Janeen Judah, President, Chevron Environmental Management Co.