Date(s) - Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bear Tooth Theatre
Join Alaska World Affairs Council in honoring and celebrating the women leaders in our community.
Panelists include: Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska, Gail Schubert, President & CEO Bering Straits Native Corporation, Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of Rasmuson Foundation, & Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska
Diane Kaplan, President & CEO Rasmuson Foundation
Diane Kaplan became president and chief executive officer of Rasmuson Foundation, based in Anchorage, Alaska in 2001. She served as the first employee and administrator of the Foundation for six years prior to assuming the presidency.
Before joining the Foundation, Kaplan provided consulting services for philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and broadcast nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network.
Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.
Kaplan is a member of the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation, United States Artists and The Foraker Group. She serves on the President’s Council of the ArtPlace national funding collaborative. She is also a member of the Philanthropy Northwest Honorary Council and the Anchorage Rotary Club.
Kaplan’s community contributions have been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society, Alaska Public Radio Network, Alaska Broadcasters Association, and YWCA. In 2013, Kaplan received the First Alaskans Institute Ted Stevens Award. She was named the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year in 2007 and in 2006 received the Alaska Federation of Natives’ prestigious Denali Award which recognizes a non-Native individual who has contributed to the growth and development of the Alaska Native community’s culture, economy and health. She was recognized with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L. Women) Shining Star Award in 2010.
Gail Schubert, President & CEO Bering Straits Native Corporation
Gail Anagick Schubert is the President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC), an Alaska Native regional corporation serving seventeen villages in the Bering Straits region. She is an original shareholder of BSNC and Unalakleet Native Corporation. She is Inupiaq Eskimo and was born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska. She serves on a number of boards including the State of Alaska’s Retirement Management Board, the ANCSA Regional CEOs Association, and the Alaska Federation of Natives. She is also a member of the Arctic Economic Council. Gail earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, and her law degree from the Cornell Law School. Gail is an ATHENA society member, YWCA Woman of Achievement awardee, and a 2014 recipient of the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Unsung Hero Award.
Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska
Janet Weiss has been the Regional President of BP Alaska since February 15, 2013. Ms. Weiss served as Regional Vice President of Resources, Accountable for Resource Progression, Subsurface Activities and IT at BP Alaska until February 15, 2013. Ms. Weiss was responsible for BP’s oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. She continues to be based in Anchorage. Ms. Weiss held engineering and executive posts in both Alaska and in the Lower 48. She started her career at Alaska in 1986, where she worked as a process engineer, reservoir engineer, petroleum engineer, and reservoir engineering advisor. Her executive appointments include Vice President of Special Projects for BP Exploration & Production and Vice President for Unconventional Gas Technology. She also led BP’s Western Wyoming businesses and Base Operations for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. Ms. Weiss holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska
Colonel Patricia A. Csànk is currently assigned as the Commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and the 673d Air Base Wing, JBER, Alaska. The 673d ABW consists of four groups operating and maintaining the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the U.S. Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The 673d ABW comprises over 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America’s Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, an Army Brigade and 55 other major mission partners. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, VA patients and retirees throughout Alaska. The 673d ABW maintains $11.4B in infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres, ensuring JBER remains America’s premier strategic power projection platform.
Colonel Csànk was commissioned in 1997 from Boston University’s ROTC program and began her Air Force career as a logistician at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. Her past assignments include deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, and various operational and staff positions from squadron to Headquarters Air Force and Joint Staff.
- Check-in will begin at 11:00am with seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The program will begin at 12:00pm.
- Those with online reservations do not need to present ticket confirmation at the door, we will have all confirmed attendees on a list at check-in.
- Lunch at this program will be available for individual order and purchase from Bear Tooth Theatre you wish to do so, plan on arriving early to ensure you receive your meal by the end of the program.
- Online registration will close at midnight March 7, 2019 at midnight. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase the day of the program at the door from 11:00am.