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2023 Touchstone Reception - Barbie's Green Gala: Celebrating Women Environmentalists!

  • 11/02/2023
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • World Café Live 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104


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We are seeking event sponsors. To sponsor the event please register here:  https://swepweb.com/event-5270488

Registration (9/16/23 - 10/26/23) :
Members - $140
Non-Members - $190

For questions, please email touchstones@swepweb.com

Announcing our Touchstone Award Winner: Kelly Lee Kinkaid, P.G.

Ms. Kinkaid is a professional geologist with over 35 years of experience, employed by both governmental and consulting entities.  After obtaining a B.S. in Earth Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in 1985, she began her career as a cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency in Brookmont, MD. She soon realized that working in the dark three levels underground was not for her.  In 1986 she moved back to Pennsylvania and began working for the PA Department of Environmental Resources (PADER), initially as an air quality inspector and then as a geologist in the Clean Water Program, handling sewage facilities planning, remediation/regulatory oversight of petroleum & chemical bulk storage facilities and implementation of the statewide groundwater monitoring program.  Lured away from the PADER, Ms. Kinkaid began her environmental consulting career in 1990.  Her consulting work included brownfields & leaking storage tank investigations & remediations; due diligence site assessments; water supply development; stormwater management; sinkhole repairs; air & water discharge permitting (industrial, radiological & infectious waste streams); and CERCLA site investigations. Known for her thoroughness, no nonsense approach, and focus on accomplishing site goals, Ms. Kinkaid has taken an impressive number of sites to closure under various state cleanup programs.  Kelly has always been active in community service and strives to be a servant leader both in her private and professional life, leading by example and encouraging fellow staff to make ethical decisions, always do their best and challenge themselves.  This servant leader attitude led to her decision to return to government employment in 2019, taking a professional geologist position with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) where she reviews geologic & hydrogeologic evaluations associated with landfills and other waste management facilities.  In her private life, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with her horses and her husband John, and is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Reading-Berks County.

Announcing our Key Note Speaker: Miranda Moore, Miss Pennsylvania 2023

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Miranda Moore, is an Environmental Engineer, Sustainability Professional, Accomplished Clarinet Player, and Miss Pennsylvania 2023.

Miranda graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Georgia in 2021.  While at the University of Georgia, Miranda was a member of the Red Coat Band.  She is currently enrolled in the Social Impact Strategy certificate program at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Miranda is a fierce advocate about raising awareness of how important the environment is and how our choices impact it.  Her goal is to provide people with the resources to make a difference.  She is traveling across the state to accomplish that goal.  Miranda is a huge proponent of women in STEM careers. 

She is also an advocate for Take Action in Fashion.  Her goal is to change how we buy, wear, and think about fashion through awareness, representation, and engagement.  She is traveling across the state raising awareness for sustainability in fashion and the environmental and social impacts of the fashion industry, and respect for people who make the garments. 

Miranda will bring her advocacy to a national stage when she represents Pennsylvania at the Miss America Competition in January 2024.    

Parking and Hotel Recommendations:


There is plenty of metered parking available within walking distance of the venue on Walnut, Lower Walnut, Chestnut, and 31st Streets, which is typically free after 8pm (please pay attention to posted parking signs.) There are also several flat rate public parking lots nearby; we recommend Cira Centre South Garage or Penn Park Parking Lot.





Photo Credit: Don Pearse Photographers, Inc., http://donpearsephotographers.com/

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