A Force to Reckon with: Women in the Climate Change Workforce (Climate Week NYC 2020 event)

Largely due to gender inequalities around the world, women often bear a disproportionate burden due to climate change. As main providers of food and fuel, women are more vulnerable to drought and flooding. Given this, women are uniquely situated to be champions of change, including in the workforce, and while more women today are represented in leadership positions, there is still a significant gender gap. Women, especially women of color, continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions even though it is well established that diversity is highly beneficial to creativity, innovation, effectiveness and ultimately problem-solving.

During this Climate Week NYC event, hear from an inspiring panel of women in climate and environmental leadership positions who share their experiences and what they view as the challenges and opportunities to institute equity, diversity, and inclusion in environmental organizations.


Teveia Barnes
Former Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank and Board Member, Climate Action Reserve

Mary Nichols
Chair, California Air Resources Board

Nancy Sutley
Senior Assistant General Manager & Chief Sustainability Officer, LADWP

Marilyn Waite
Program Officer in Environment, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation