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this international women’s day meet some of the women who’ve contributed to chevron’s long history and bright future

From one of the first women employees in 1885 to the many women in today’s leadership roles, Chevron has a long history of women making important contributions to our company.

From CFOs to refinery managers to engineers to truck drivers and nearly everything in between, there are incredible women in every part of Chevron. This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating and honoring the women of Chevron’s past and present who broke barriers to become the first woman in their fields.

These are a few of the "first" women who broke the door open for others and paved the way for women to continue to play a vital role in Chevron’s future.

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1885:
nell palmer

one of the first women at chevron

1941:
viola atwell

one of chevron's first female truck drivers

1943:
vivian a. clark

first woman chevron service station manager

1977:
carla anderson hills

first female chevron board member

1996:
deborah jenks-reichhold

first female captain of chevron shipping

2002:
marty gilles

one of the first female leaders of a chevron refinery

2003:
dr. susan longacre

first female chevron fellow

2009:
pat yarrington

first female chevron cfo

2016
rhonda morris

first woman of color named a chevron corporate officer

2017:
mitra kashanchi

first foreign-born female in charge of a chevron refinery

2018:
kim mchugh

first female vp, chevron drilling & completions

2018:
liz schwarze

first female vp, chevron global exploration

2018:
jennifer guo

first female general manager, chevron upstream supply chain

Nell Palmer one of the first women at Chevron

1885: nell palmer
one of the first women at chevron

Nell Palmer, one of Chevron’s first women employees, joined Pacific Coast Oil Company as a stenographer in 1885, and in 1911, became secretary to the president of Standard Oil Company of California. Palmer was also an advocate for women’s suffrage and active in the Business and Professional Women’s Club of San Francisco, even after retirement.

Viola Atwell one of Chevron’s first woman truck drivers

1941: viola atwell
one of chevron's first female truck drivers

In 1941, Viola Atwell became the first woman truck driver at the company’s Richmond refinery. She was just one example of Standard Oil of California’s changing face as more women entered the workforce to support their families and country during wartime.

Vivian A. Clark First woman Chevron service station manager

1943: vivian a. clark
first woman chevron service station manager

Vivian A. Clark became Standard Stations’ first woman service station manager in 1943. Clark was one of many women who supported the company’s retail network during the war years.

Carla Anderson Hills First female Chevron board member

1977: carla anderson hills
first female chevron board member

In 1975, Carla Anderson Hills was appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, becoming only the third woman to hold a cabinet position. Then, in 1977, Hills became Standard Oil of California’s first female board member. In her role, she was a published advocate for the energy industry.

Deborah Jenks-Reichhold First female captain of Chevron Shipping

1996: deborah jenks-reichhold
first female captain of chevron shipping

Deborah Jenks-Reichhold joined Chevron shortly after her 1984 graduation from the California Maritime Academy. In 1995, she was promoted to pilot & mooring master, then, in 1996, she became Chevron Shipping’s first-ever female captain.

Marty Gilles First female leader of a Chevron refinery

2002: marty gilles
one of the first female leaders of a chevron refinery

Marty Gilles started at the El Segundo Refinery in 1979 as a design engineer. Throughout the years, she held a number of different management positions. Then, in 2002, she became the general manager of the Hawaii Refinery, making her one of the first females to lead a Chevron refinery.

Dr. Susan Longacre First female Chevron Fellow

2003: dr. susan longacre
first female chevron fellow

Dr. Susan Longacre started her geological career in the reservoir engineering group of Getty Oil Co. in 1969. Over the years, her work in geological reservoir characterization contributed to her distinction of becoming one of the first Texaco Honorary Fellows in 1991, recognizing her technical contributions. As the first female Chevron Fellow, Susan actively mentored high-achieving young technical professionals in the Mentoring Excellence in Technology program.

Pat Yarrington First female Chevron CFO

2009: pat yarrington
first female chevron cfo

Starting as a financial analyst in 1980, Pat Yarrington became the company’s first female CFO in 2009, managing through the global financial crisis and volatile commodity markets. Pat also served as Chairman of the SF Federal Reserve Bank. For her leadership in the business community, she was honored with the 2018 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rhonda Morris First woman of color named a Chevron Corporate Officer

2016: rhonda morris
first woman of color named a chevron corporate officer

After joining Chevron’s Human Resources Development Program in 1991, Rhonda Morris held a number of roles of increasing responsibility in HR, global marketing and international products. In 2016, she became vice president and chief human resources officer, making her the first African-American woman to hold a Corporate Officer position.

Mitra Kashanchi First foreign-born female in charge of a Chevron refinery

2017: mitra kashanchi
first foreign-born female in charge of a chevron refinery

Iranian-born Mitra Kashanchi started with Chevron as a chemist at the El Segundo, California refinery. She worked in engineering and planning roles, then transitioned to operations. In 2017, she became the first foreign-born woman to head a Chevron refinery, when she was named general manager for the Salt Lake City, Utah Refinery.

Kim McHugh First female VP, Chevron Drilling & Completions

2018: kim mchugh
first female vp, chevron drilling & completions

Kim McHugh began her career in 1988 as an intern at BP, working in drilling and completions with experience in the Gulf of Mexico, Thailand and onshore North America. She joined Chevron in 2011, then in 2018, she became Chevron’s first woman vice president of Drilling & Completions.

Liz Schwarze First female VP, Chevron Global Exploration

2018: liz schwarze
first female vp, chevron global exploration

Liz Schwarze joined Chevron in 1990 as a development geologist in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout her career, she’s held positions in Exploration, Reservoir Management, Finance and Business Planning. Then, in 2018, Schwarze became Chevron’s first woman vice president of Global Exploration.

Jennifer Guo First female general manager

2018: jennifer guo
first female general manager, chevron upstream supply chain

China-born Jennifer (Jingfei) Guo joined Chevron in the corporate procurement MBA development program in 2002. She held several supply chain leadership roles in the United States and Angola. In 2018, she became the first female general manager of Upstream Supply Chain, responsible for all goods and services in the global upstream organization.

over 130 years of women’s contributions, and we’re just getting started

Across every part of Chevron, women are making a difference. It’s because of their many contributions that Chevron is the company it is today. As we celebrate those who’ve paved the way, women will continue to play an integral role in who we are and what we’ll be in the future.

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