Fuel your ambition for professional growth
- Assemble a strong professional network
- Discover methods and tools to tackle unconscious bias in a constructive way
- Develop your authentic leadership style for better business performance
- Leverage your strengths to promote your visibility at work
Women and men face subtle differences in the way they are treated in engineering programs, facing cultural ideologies about what it means to be a competent engineer. These biases can contribute to women being less confident in their expertise and engineering as a career fit.
To challenge these preconceptions, you must build your professional brand and develop the skills to stand out for career advancement. Enhancing your communication abilities will help you build confidence. Learning to navigate different personality types will help you adapt your communication strategy to distinct individuals.
Whether you’re negotiating a pay rise, going for a promotion or delivering a presentation, the ability to communicate confidently and authentically is essential for success.
Understand your communication style
- Evaluate yourself and your communication style
- Embrace and develop your strengths
- Understand the behaviours of others
Build your communications toolbox
- Master the art of constructive conversations, negotiating promotions and pay rises
- Know your objective and remain solution-focused
- Tools for talking when the stakes are high
Have compelling and engaging conversations with staff, employees, and stakeholders
- Structure your communication style around different personality types
- Prepare for and have difficult conversations with confidence
- Build credibility in your conversations
Communicate to successfully navigate change
- Ensure that you have a two-way flow of communication between leadership and your team
- Establish trustworthy relationships with your peers
- Be authentic and direct in your communication to ensure all parties feel supported
Amy Jackson Executive Coach, Professional Speaker & Trainer Nurturing Confidence
Executive leadership demands the ability to manage, initiate and lead change on an extensive scale with a multitude of complex obstacles. Nicole's has spent many years leading large teams of engineers through organisational transformation and driving performance improvement. She will share expert change management advice that will help leverage your leadership profile.
- Lead authentically to challenge stereotypical norms
- Implement personal and professional change in your workforce
- Appreciate the value in picking your battles
Nicole Davis Chief Operating Officer Mackay Regional Council
Sustainability is the word on everyone's lips, but it's time to walk the talk. To increase the engagement and retention of industry women, we need long-term solutions that look beyond immediate action. Join Alicia as she shares insights on leading meaningful change and how you can inspire others to do the same.
- Enhance your ability to attract talent and retain employees through developing a positive culture
- Address overt and unconscious bias in a professional way
- Generating sustainable engagement for women in engineering leadership
Low levels of understanding what Engineering entails, coupled with perceptions of it being 'very hard' are major factors for the overall lower levels of engagement with the subject at school. This is seen in both genders, but more pronounced amongst females. Hear from our partners at Refraction media who focus on collective impact, bringing together hundreds of champions in STEM who strive to inspire a smarter future as they work towards improving the pipeline problem for women in engineering.
Karen Taylor-Brown Co-Founder, CEO & Publisher Refraction Media
Kate comes from a non-traditional background. Following her tertiary education in the arts, she moved into the Australian Defence Force to specialise in engineering and has since taken on leadership positions in multiple organisations. Drawing from her career journey, Kate will discuss authentic leadership, followership and the next generation of leaders.
- Overcome imposter syndrome
- Learn from past mistakes to continuously grow
- Develop your team to follow in your footsteps
Kate Drews Market Director, Urban Communities SMEC Australia Pty Ltd
Leadership has revolutionary potential, but unconscious forces continue to slow the progression of diversity. To emerge as a champion of change, Andrew made sure women's progression in engineering became a priority. Andrew will explore how to actively encourage career progression and use your influence to gain buy-in.
- Build your influence as a leader
- Navigating and leading challenging conversations
- Engage with everyone to build strong, supportive and capable teams
Andrew Foster Executive General Manager, Engineering & Construction Downer
Many organisations have been taking steps to boost the number of women in engineering roles - increasingly through quotas. While quotas can jump-start equal representation, some employers resist the imposition. As a result, quotas remain shrouded in controversy regarding their benefits and pitfalls. Can quotas impact self-worth? Is there anything you can do to adjust fixed mindsets around the issue?
- Discuss the impact quotas can have on traditional organisational cultures
- Modify the mindset around quotas
- Conquer your inner critic and increase self-worth
Hannah Richardson Director, Traffic & Transport Engineering PSA Consulting
Raquel Rubalcaba Operations Manager, Rail NSW & ACT CPB Contractors
Professor Carlo Prato Interim Head of School of Civil Engineering The University of Queensland
Ray Rawlings End Market Director, Infrastructure & Environment, Australia & New Zealand AECOM
Amy Lezala Head of Engineering Metro Trains Melbourne
When women are nice, we're weak. When we're assertive, we're bossy. How do we navigate this delicate balancing act? How do we find the best way to communicate with different personality types and get our message across effectively?
- Gain the experience to manage workplace politics
- Communicate your beliefs and instructions with confidence and clarity
- Increase engagement by allowing people to disagree with you
As a two-time cancer survivor, Josie is living proof that resilience determines success. Combining her experience, passion for enhancing human performance, and studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership, Josie will share impressive advances in the field of resilience. Gain tools to increase your wellbeing, agility, resilience, and the capacity to influence others.
- Discover why natural biases of the brain must be understood in an organisational setting
- Master the power of the mind for considered decision making and action
- Turn challenges into opportunities
Josie Thomson Chief Executive Officer Josie Thomson Enterprises
When your job aligns with your values, you connect and engage with big picture thinking. Creating this alignment will take you far, but it isn't always straightforward to accomplish. Having clearly defined values when leading large teams is essential if you strive for ethical leadership. Neil is the Director-General of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, coming from an engineering and public service background. Join him as he shares insights on what it takes to be a value-based leader.
- Believe in your values
- Align personal values with organisational goals
- Make a positive difference based on your beliefs
Neil Scales Director-General Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD
Whether it's taking time off to start a family or go travelling, career progression can be daunting because of a perceived lack of industry flexibility. Organisations like BHP are working to improve these conditions. But what can you do personally? How can you navigate the return to work and overcome potential roadblocks to career progression? Jo will help you ensure career growth with a work-life balance that works for you.
- Skills for circumventing career obstacles
- Practical advice for aspiring female leaders
- Find a flexible style that works for you and your organisation
Jo Heyes Head of Resource Engineering, BHP Technical Centre of Excellence BHP
When Emily's daughter asked, "Mummy, can boys engineer too?", she realised how quickly we form perceptions and how vital it is to have role models. Now she is a firm believer of the phrase "If you can see it, you can be it." Join Emily as she shares her story on what it was like to pave this path, how scary it can be, and how she backed herself enough to achieve her goals.
- Channel passion into action
- Have the drive to break the mould and shake up the status quo
- Pioneer pathways for your progression
Emily Hughes Director, Phantom Works International Boeing
You may work in a supportive team and be happy to speak out if you spot an issue. But do you feel heard? If not, rest assured you can take control. Mastering advanced communication techniques will help you command respect and ensure you're listened to while making your value visible.
- Adapt your communication style to project confidence and authority
- Anticipate the different audiences and personality styles you will have to communicate with
- Self-manage your communication skills
Amy Jackson Executive Coach, Professional Speaker & Trainer Nurturing Confidence
Unconscious bias can have a tremendous impact on workplace interactions. We're learning how to overcome these biases, but the conversation can be divisive without strategic, thoughtful communication. Now's your time to be a part of this discussion, to constructively unpack unconscious biases, and to be an active participant in changing outdated perceptions.
- Analyse the impact of unconscious bias
- Constructive ways to address and raise awareness of unconscious bias
- Build your professional brand by developing strategies to be seen and heard
Norike Ganhão General Manager, Strategy Powerlink Queensland
Jo Kirby Adjunct Lecturer First Year Engineering The University of Queensland
Mansi O'Keeffe Continuous Improvement Manager Unitywater
As the Senior Engineering Officer of Number 37 Squadron responsible for ~230 Personnel and the maintenance of 12 C-130J Aircraft, Rachael knows a thing or two about how to lead authentically. Self-awareness plays a critical role - acknowledging your feelings enables you to understand others. By recognising your strengths, understanding your relationships and having a clear vision of your values, you can devise a plan to reach your leadership potential.
- Identify yourself as a leader
- The role of self-awareness in leadership success
- How to be more aware of yourself and others
SQNLDR Rachael Quirk Squadron Leader, Senior Engineering Officer of 37 Squadron Department of Defence
Ever felt like you're not good enough? That you don't deserve or aren't ready for that promotion? You're not alone. 70% of women and over 50% of men have experienced imposter syndrome, a persistent nagging sense of self-doubt and insecurity. As you fight to take the next step, it's easy to forget that you're smart, you're a hard worker, and you've achieved a lot to get to the position you're in. Jess will help you change this mindset, unearthing your potential as a fearless female leader.
- The familiar story of the insecure overachiever
- Learn to see fear as a motivator
- Master positive self-talk to build confidence
Jess Maddren Former General Manager Snowden, QCC & Mineral Technologies
Without having a mentor or a role-model to look up to or help you with your career progression, it can be hard to know how to take the next step.
Women have an opportunity to step up and amplify their energy. It’s time to balance out the masculine energies by increasing the use of soft skills to create connection, trust and transparency. Female leadership can provide alternative ways to serve, creating a holistic and balanced approach within organisations and society.
Practical resources to build emotional resilience for leadership
- Embrace self-care strategies to maintain your energy and avoid burnout
- Evaluate your capacity to realign it with your needs and requirements
- Identify what you want with unwavering certainty
Strategic communication and relationship management
- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan
- Maximising existing relationships and networks and building new ones for professional opportunities
- Skills and approaches in managing your image and visibility without feeling imposter syndrome
Self-awareness and discovering your authentic leadership style
- Effectively position yourself as a leader in your business
- Self-motivation and pursuing new opportunities for value creation
- Access growth opportunities by establishing strategic dialogue and partnerships
Prepare to engage in a cultural shift
- Invest in team relationships
- Model authenticity and don’t be afraid to show vulnerabilities
- Leave a legacy for future generations of women
Joan McEwan High Performance Expert Joan McEwan
Director, Phantom Works InternationalBoeing
Chief Operating OfficerMackay Regional Council
Head of Resource Engineering, BHP Technical Centre of ExcellenceBHP
Director-GeneralDepartment of Transport and Main Roads QLD
General Manager, StrategyPowerlink Queensland
Market Director, Urban CommunitiesSMEC Australia Pty Ltd
Executive General Manager, Engineering & ConstructionDowner
Director, Traffic & Transport EngineeringPSA Consulting
Operations Manager, Rail NSW & ACTCPB Contractors
Adjunct Lecturer First Year EngineeringThe University of Queensland
Professor Carlo Prato
Interim Head of School of Civil EngineeringThe University of Queensland
Continuous Improvement ManagerUnitywater
End Market Director, Infrastructure & Environment, Australia & New ZealandAECOM
SQNLDR Rachael Quirk
Squadron Leader, Senior Engineering Officer of 37 SquadronDepartment of Defence
Former General ManagerSnowden, QCC & Mineral Technologies
System Completions Database Coordinator - Gorgon Stage 2Chevron
Chief Executive OfficerJosie Thomson Enterprises
High Performance ExpertJoan McEwan
Executive Coach, Professional Speaker & TrainerNurturing Confidence
Head of EngineeringMetro Trains Melbourne
Co-Founder, CEO & PublisherRefraction Media
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