The Women Offshore Foundation is an online organization and resource center supporting a diverse workforce on the water. As a 501(c)(3), non-profit private operating foundation, our mission is to empower women in the maritime and offshore energy industries. At, we shine a light on women in operations, provide resources to foster long-term careers, and share resources on gender diversity and inclusion efforts in the maritime and offshore energy industries.

For the past two years, we have called our annual conference UNITE because we literally united women from around the globe to support one another in navigating careers on the water. Last year, we saw nearly 200 women in attendance with 20 countries represented. This year, we will host a virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic on October 2nd and 9th.

Our 2020 virtual conference will chart a course for a future where female seafarers are representative of the population. Registration will open on September 1st!


Liz Schwarze, Vice President, Global Exploration, Chevron Upstream

​Liz Schwarze is vice president of Global Exploration for Chevron Upstream, based in Houston, Texas, a role she assumed in April 2018. In this role, she is responsible for Chevron’s worldwide exploration program. She also chairs the company’s Global Exploration Leadership Team and is a member of Chevron’s Management Committee and Upstream Leadership Team.

Schwarze joined Chevron in 1990 as a development geologist in the Gulf of Mexico and has subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of exploration, reservoir management, finance, and business planning. She has worked on projects in Venezuela and Angola as well as the San Joaquin Valley and Permian Basin areas of the United States.

From 2013 to 2014, Schwarze served as the division manager of Exploration and Reservoir Characterization Services for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company in Houston. From 2014 to 2016, she was general manager of Exploration for Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company, based in Singapore, and immediately prior to her current role, she was general manager of Exploration for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company in Houston.

Schwarze holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Duke University, a master’s degree in geology from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in business administration from Tulane University. She is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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The Women Offshore Foundation is an online organization and resource center for a diverse workforce on the water. Its mission is to propel women into meaningful careers through access to a worldwide community and professional development resources, while raising awareness amongst industry leaders and decision makers about issues affecting women on the water. Contact Women Offshore today: [email protected].

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