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SAN FRANCISCO, May 29, 1996 -- The Professional and Business Women's Conference Board of Directors today announced the winner of its Breakthrough Award for lasting, vital contributions to business and the community. Lydia Beebe, corporate secretary of Chevron Corporation, was presented with the award during the organization's annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

"We are proud of the public recognition Lydia has received today," said Ken Derr, Chevron's chairman. "Lydia brings great knowledge and skills, as well as keen insight, to her significant responsibilities at Chevron. She is a respected leader, mentor and champion of people."

Beebe was recognized for efforts both within and outside her organization including her work as chairperson of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission which enforces state civil rights laws.

Beebe has been with Chevron since September 1977 and was elected to her current position as Corporate Secretary in June 1995. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism, doctor of law degree and a master of business administration degree. Prior to becoming an officer, Beebe was a senior manager in the company's tax department, a public affairs representative in Washington, D. C., and a legislative analyst.

The Breakthrough Award is presented annually to a professional woman who exemplifies commitment to excellence and who is making significant contributions in her organization, industry or community.