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.

2022 Chevron Lecture Featured Speaker

Pooja Sankar
Founder, Piazza

Pooja Sankar’s life story begins in a village in India. She became a computer scientist and started Piazza to solve the problems she had as one of only three women in her classes. She holds an undergraduate Computer Science degree from IIT, India, a Masters Computer Science degree from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Piazza Q&A is now the premier social learning platform, helping more than 5 million students learn beyond the traditional classroom in more than 2,000 universities spanning 90 countries. Students use Piazza to work together collaboratively despite differences in learning levels, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, and instructors address their questions as they arise. While Piazza Q&A enables inclusive learning, the Piazza Network opens up career opportunities.

Past Chevron Lectures

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.