Women in Planning: Bringing Communities Together

APA California Chapter, Orange Section


Wednesday, August 31, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Newport Beach, CA, United States

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This diversity lunch program featuring “Women in Planning: Bringing Communities Together” will bring together a diverse panel of different industry leaders to share their perspectives on the evolving role of women in the profession and discuss how planning can be improved to support inclusivity and equity in our communities.  The learning objectives for the lunch program include the following:

Biggest challenges one faces entering and advancing in a particular industry (i.e. local government, law, consulting, developer);

Changing priorities and values seen emerging in a particular industry and significance for women and gender;

Ability to have work/life balance;

Career advice for future leaders in our industries; and

How organizations like APA can contribute to the promotion of gender equality, to advancing the importance of planning. 





Susan Hori

Confirmed Speaker

Susan Hori is a partner with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Susan also serves as the administrative partner of Manatt's Orange County office and is a member of the real estate and land use practice groups and the firm's Board of Directors. She is on ... Read More

Susan Harden, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Susan Harden, AICP, CNU-A, CMSM, LEED AP, is the Planning & Architecture National Practice Lead for Michael Baker International, charged with expanding the practice and ensuring quality, innovation, and sustainability stay at the forefront. For over twenty years, Susan has built her career around community-based planning and visioning. Her core skills ... Read More

Lan Zhou

Confirmed Speaker

Lan Zhou has served as Caltrans District 12’s Deputy Director of Planning and Local Assistance since 2013. Lan is responsible for many programs at Caltrans including Regional Planning, System Planning, Community Planning, IGR/Local Development Review, Freight Mobility, Corridor Management, Advance Planning/Project Studies, and Local Assistance. Lan holds ... Read More

Elizabeth Cobb

Confirmed Speaker


Kimberly Brandt, AICP

Confirmed Speaker