Women in Planning: Making the Workplace Work for You

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. PDT

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So often for women the conversation around achieving success is focused on having it all, “leaning-in,” and making it to the top. While these topics are important, this women-led session instead focuses on the notion that the model for success is not a one size fits all approach and discusses ways to make the workplace work for you. Panelists represent a diversity of sectors and range from mid-career to seasoned planners. Presentations will feature the panelist's real-life experiences and how they approached balancing career objectives with having a life outside of work. Panelists will discuss what has worked?  What hasn't? And what would they have done differently? This session is designed for a robust dialogue between attendees and presenters. Some of these interactive topics include: How these concepts work for women at various stages in their career, in different sectors, with differing personal and professional aspirations; How needs and priorities shift throughout one's career and how to manage that;  How to think strategically throughout all stages in your career to get the most of what you want both professionally and personally; How can women strategize and effectively support each other in the workplace.


Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP

Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP, is a sustainability planner at Ascent Environmental with five years of experience in climate action and sustainability planning, long-range planning, and air quality/greenhouse gas analyses. She served as Chair of APA SVS YPG for three years and is the Sacramento Division Director for the SVS ... Read More

Julia Lave Johnston

Julia Johnston is APA California's University Liaison and a Program Manager at the Institute for Local Government. As Sacramento Valley Section Director, Julia oversaw the creation of the young planners and mentoring programs both recognized for excellence by state and national APA. She received a Community and Regional Planning ... Read More

Honey Walters

Honey Walters, one of Ascent Environmental’s founding partners, leads the firm’s GHG, air quality, and noise practice. She is an expert in GHG analysis and reduction planning, air quality impact assessments and mitigation, and noise modeling. Honey has 17 years of professional experience in the private and public ... Read More

Harriet Ross

Harriet serves as the Community Planning Program Manager for ESA and has over 19 years of experience in land use and environmental planning. She manages comprehensive general plans, specific plans, and associated environmental documents for jurisdictions that range from rural to suburban areas, and to developed communities all over California. Read More

Jessica Law, AICP

Jessica Law is the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee Coordinator for the Delta Stewardship Council. With ten years of experience, prior to her appointment, Law was president at Jessica Law Consulting and also worked as a private consultant. She earned her master’s in Planning from the University of Massachusetts ... Read More

Jennifer Lilley, AICP

Jennifer is the City Planner for the City of Brea. Previously, she was the owner of the Lilley Planning Group, leading a team of professionals to provide outstanding services to clients throughout California. Jennifer has more than 20 years of professional planning experience providing current and long-range planning services. She ... Read More

Contact Info

Hanson Hom, hansonapa@gmail.com