Conference Day Two - Thursday, 17 October

08:30
Welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Elsa Antunes
Senior Lecturer – Mechanical Engineering
James Cook University, Australia

INSIGHTS INTO YOUR FUTURE IN ENGINEERING
09:00
Fostering Australia's engineering talent: seizing opportunities and reshaping the profession
  • What the current landscape of women in engineering looks like now & how things are trending
  • Identifying obstacles faced by women in the field and strategies to overcome them
  • Exploring opportunities for mentorship, networking, and professional development 
  • Sharing best practices and initiatives for promoting gender equality and fostering a supportive environment

Alison Every
Director, STEM Careers
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering

09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: What does the future of leadership in engineering look like?
  • How will the experiences and attitudes of emerging and future Gen Z leaders change the engineering profession?
  • How are managerial styles evolving and what challenges and opportunities does that present?
  • What will be the impact on how engineering is viewed, approached and navigated?
  • How can engineering leaders at different stages in their careers maximise each other’s strengths?

Panellists:

Diana Zagora
Director – Civil Engineering Infrastructure
Transport for NSW

Sheryll Ann Duguran
Principal Civil Engineer/ Team Leader
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA)

10:20
Morning tea & networking
HOW MEN AND WOMEN CAN WORK TOGETHER TO DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE
10:50
How others can ally with and empower women to grow in the engineering profession
  • Promoting gender equality through policies that provide equal opportunities for everyone in the industry
  • Recognising and celebrating women’s achievements to influence their future development
  • Inspiring and motivating both men and women to work together for greater diversity and equality

Rick Kreeck
Executive Director
BG&E

11:20
Partner presentation
UNLOCKING LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE
11:40
Leading by example: embodying resilience and flexibility in your team
  • Adapting to changing roles and responsibilities
  • Overcoming gender stereotypes and biases
  • Learning flexibility in problem-solving
  • Managing stress and pressure

Abbey Johnson
Head of Design & Innovation
Taylor

12:10
Putting your team & in your projects in the best position possible to succeed
  • Implementing open, transparent and frequent communication channels within the team
  • Facilitating a safe space to have difficult conversations
  • Cultivating a supportive and empowering leadership style that encourages professional growth
  • Ensuring access to necessary resources, tools and training opportunities to equip your team

Flavia Tata Nardini
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Fleet Space Technologies

12:40
Networking lunch
NAVIGATING TRANSFORMATIVE DISRUPTIONS
13:40
Assessing the critical transformative tech trends reshaping engineering
  • Exploring the latest transformative impacts of AI and automation
  • Maximising renewable energy technology
  • Examining robotis and IoT trends reshaping the industry
  • Staying on top of the latest tech trends in 3D printing, data, software, virtual processes & more

Hema Wadhwa
Remote Operations and Digital Services Manager
Worley

14:10
Adapting engineering strategies to minimise climate exposure risks
  • Assessing climate risks to identify vulnerabilities in engineering projects
  • Adapting strategies to mitigate climate change impacts on projects
  • Incorporating climate resilience considerations into engineering design construction and maintenance
  • Embracing sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact
  • Collaborating with environmental experts to ensure compliance with changing regulations

Bernadette Fitzgerald
Director of Sustainability and Climate Change
WSP

14:30
Afternoon tea & networking
CHARTING THE CAREER PATH YOU WANT
15:00
Developing the essential but often overlooked skills you need to succeed as an engineer
  • Developing business acumen and meaningfully contributing to decision making
  • Using failure as a tool to succeed in your role as a leader
  • Utilising empathy & emotional intelligence to identify and utilise teams’ strengths
  • Mastering the art of negotiation to drive project success

Evangeline Legaspi
Director – Structural
JMP

15:30
Building the skills & relationships needed to drive your career forward
  • Analysing the key drivers to consistently advance your engineering career while avoiding stagnation
  • Developing a matrix of skills including relationship building and networking
  • Harnessing your skills as a collaborator and negotiator to build bridges across your organisation and with stakeholders

Marie O'Looney
Associate Director
SDA Structures

16:00
Closing remarks from the Chair
16:10
End of Women in Engineering Summit 2024