Throughout her 27 years with Nicor Gas, Christa has acted as a prominent role model for women in the energy industry. She is a founding member and executive sponsor of Nicor Gas’ ERG Inspire, an inclusive network focusing on women’s issues, working to inspire women to fulfil their personal and professional potential. Christa regularly speaks at Inspire events. Other Nicor Gas ERGs have benefitted from Christa’s experience through presentations and panel discussions. Christa makes herself available for one-to-one meetings with employees to discuss career progression. She has encouraged women in the workplace to step up into leadership positions within their boards, ensuring they have an opportunity to develop professionally outside of the company. She is board chair of Voices for Illinois Children, an independent, nonpartisan advocacy organisation that champions strong public policies and investments for all Illinois children. She brings her leadership and mentorship to the classroom where she regularly presents on “The Future of Energy” to high school students. Christa is also a founding member of the Women’s Energy Network and third president of the Chicago chapter, an organization which educates girls on STEM careers and seeks to attract, retain and promote women in the energy industry.