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NAEP Webinar: Multiple Approaches to Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Environmental Professions
Wednesday, September 02, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
Category: Webinars

Multiple Approaches to Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Environmental Professions

Presented by Nuriyah A. Boné-OwensSharon Minchak, & Nan Renner
September 2, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PT

Members and non-members watch the recording and view the supplemental slides below

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This webinar is complimentary to all.

As Environmental Professionals you may be wondering what you do to be better informed, more aware, and better support our employees, communities, and take action to make effective and lasting change in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our panel consists of three experts in a broad range of environments who will each speak from different perspectives about solutions to the same underlying issues.

Nan Renner, Senior Director of Learning, Design, and Innovation, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UC San Diego, will speak about her work with UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps and CREATE STEM Success Initiative. Nuriyah Boné-Owens, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, will speak about setting the foundation for programmatic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and Sharon Minchak, Talent and Technology Operations Director, Jacobs Environmental Solutions, will showcase some of their initiatives that have been successful and talk about what that means.

Attendees will learn and get ideas from the examples shown and insights shared that they can bring back to their workplaces, associations, local chapters, and personal lives to help combat racism and bridge the inequities that exist in the environmental profession.


Ron Deverman, CEP, Vice President/National Environmental Planning Leader, STV Inc.


Nuriyah A. Boné-Owens
Cultural Entrepreneur, Cultural Ventures LLC 

Nuriyah A. Boné-Owens is a Cultural Entrepreneur specializing in Cultural Heritage Knowledge, Innovation, Opportunity, and Value Creation. She is Founder & CEO of mrsowensculturalventures.com Cultural Ventures LLC – a Boutique Services Company offering Advising, Consulting, & Micro-Development that sets foundations for programmatic initiatives with Willing Leaders of Diversity/Equity/& Inclusion (DEI) to deliver transformation on the bottom line for higher good among lifelong learning communities of consumers, constituents, and stakeholders.

Sharon Minchak
V.P., Talent & Technology Operations Director, Jacobs Environmental Solutions

Sharon is the Operations Director for Jacobs’ Environmental Solutions Talent and Technology team of over 2,000 staff. Additionally, Sharon serves as the Jacobs’ Global Solutions Director for Remediation and Regeneration. She is a geologist, with a B.S. in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico and is a licensed Professional Geologist. Sharon has 29 years of global experience serving a diverse set of government and private sector clients, working across all aspects of the Environmental Solutions market from planning and permitting, to regulatory compliance and sustainability, to investigation, remediation and regeneration.  

In her roles, Sharon interfaces with the full spectrum of Jacobs’ Environmental Solutions practitioners, from junior entry level staff to our Fellow level technologists. Sharon works with Jacobs’ teams around the globe to deliver stand-alone environmental projects as well as leverage our multidisciplinary expertise as an enabling capability on infrastructure projects. Jacobs’ wide range of talent and experience gives us the ability to connect people, places, projects, lessons learned, and innovative applications of different technologies into seamless solutions for our clients and for the world.

Nan Renner
Senior Director of Learning, Design and Innovation, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, UC San Diego

Educator, designer, cognitive scientist, and administrator, Nan Renner works with colleagues and collaborators to promote engagement, learning, and educational equity. Through her work with UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps and CREATE STEM Success Initiative, she connects learning across the lifespan in multiple settings, in schools and outside of schools. She promotes active experiential learning through programs and exhibits, ultimately striving for greater curiosity, creativity, compassion, and collective action. Current projects focus on climate justice, partnership with Kumeyaay, native people of San Diego County, art/science/technology integration, and deepening connections with nature and place.


NAEP Member: Free
Chapter Members: Free
Non-member: Free