Women in Geoscience Forum 2018

On March 15, 2018, Mines will host a free networking event, sponsored by BHP, WISEM, and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. It will include several talks about work-life balance, career changes, harassment, communication across disciplines, and the Imposter Syndrome. The forum will also feature women professional speakers such as Whitney Trainor-Guitton, Robbie Gries, Tanya Inks, and many more.

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Women’s History Month

Each March, WISEM and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) co-sponsor a luncheon event to celebrate Women’s History Month. The Mines Diversity Committee supports festivities by coordinating displays, banners and give-aways to commemorate women’s accomplishments throughout history.

Past Women's History Month Presenters
2018            Robbie Gries, Pioneering Women in Petroleum

2017            Susan Frontczak, Eleanor Roosevelt:  Hammering out Human Rights

2016            Susan Frontczak, The Life and Times of Madame Marie Curie

2015             Gail Beaton author and storyteller, Gail Murphy:  A Colorado Rosie the Riveter

2014             Rose Red Elk storyteller and singer, Medicine Women of the Plains

2013             The Legendary Ladies, Stories of Five Unique Western Women

2011             Mary Jane Duran, Jeannette Rankin – Pacifist, Suffragist, Reformer

2010            Dr. Audrey Nelson, author, Crossing the Gender Communication Barrier

2008             Opalanga Pugh, The Story of Aunt Clara Brown

2007             Barbara Daubenspeck, A Portrait of Molly Brown

2005             Mary Jane Duran, Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

The Continuum: A Celebration of Women at Mines

In the spring of 1999, Susan Rainey, a graduating SWE member, met with a small group of SWE members, female administrators and alumnae to discuss the idea of creating an event to honor the graduating women students and recognize the accomplishments of women at Mines—past, present and future. The group developed an event known as The Continuum and held the first celebration on April 7, 1999.

Since then, family, friends, alumnae and the Mines community are invited to gather on the Wednesday evening before graduation each fall and spring semester to attend this special graduation event.  As part of a tradition started in the 1960s, when women graduates were given a red rose by Mines’ president along with their diplomas, women graduates are announced at the end of The Continuum and presented with a red rose and Mines bud vase.

The Continuum has become a tradition on campus and provides the opportunity for all women to be honored in celebration of their accomplishments at Mines.

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.

Past Chevron Lectures
2018             Denise Burgess, President and CEO of Burgess Services Inc.

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

2016             Dr. 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.


Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program (WISEM)
1710 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401

Annette Pilkington
Director, Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Program