Conference Day One - Wednesday, 16 October

08:30
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

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

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN ENGINEERING
09:00
Engineering your future

Named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence and a Young Executive of The Year, Felicity's led multi-million-dollar engineering projects, founded businesses, partnered with global organisations, and shaped an impressive and influential career. She’ll share her insights into: 

  • Overcoming challenges to engineer a better future for yourself & others
  • Using a technical Engineer Mindset to reframe problem-solving and produce surprising solutions
  • The choices you do (and don’t) make and how they impact your future
  • An Engineer Mindset Map to help you reframe obstacles & achieve your goals

Felicity Furey
Co-Founder
Power of Engineering

09:45
PANEL DISCUSSION: Many paths, one destination: building a successful career & becoming an effective engineering leader
  • What are some of the different pathways to success in engineering?
  • How can you spot, act on, and make the most of opportunities?
  • What can you do if your project, role or career isn’t progressing how you want it it?
  • What makes an effective leader, and how can those who don’t want to lead still flourish in their careers?

Panellists:

Taryn Stark
Program Chief Engineer
Boeing

Nicky Pollington
Executive General Manager
pitt&sherry

Jenna Connellan
Electrical Engineer – Project Management
Nextracker

Gaye Francis
Director
R2A

10:35
Morning tea & networking
11:05
ENGINEERING LEADERS ROUNDTABLE: Pioneering change and overcoming challenges

Join a panel of respected engineering leaders who have accumulated numerous honours, awards and experiences throughout their storied careers. You’ll gain practical tips on how to navigate the challenges you’ll face in your career, learning from women who will share the hard-won strategies and insights they’ve collected over their distinguished journeys.

Madeleine McManus OAM
Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Professional Engineering Education

Lisa Kinross
Chief Executive Officer
Civil Contractors Federation Victoria

Alexis Davidson
Project Director
Major Road Projects Victoria

11:45
Partner presentation
BUILDING YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT RISK MITIGATION TOOLKIT
12:05
Project management strategies to meet deadlines, reduce costs and achieve project success
  • Managing scope creep and resource constraints within your projects
  • Tackling communication breakdowns and increasing collaboration between team members and stakeholders
  • Creating a strategic plan to combat technical challenges and design constraints during project implementation
  • Maximising quality control to adhere to quality standards and regulatory requirements while ensuring customer satisfaction

Anna Mozhgani
Principal Engineer Civil/Structures
Sydney Water

12:35
Networking lunch
13:35
Saving an engineering project in crisis
  • Identifying and understanding the types of crises engineers encounter
  • Developing robust crisis response plans and protocols
  • Building resilience to make informed decisions under pressure during crisis situations
  • Fostering collaboration and coordination among internal and external stakeholders to minimize impact

Gosia Suchorska
Project Director
Winslow

14:05
PANEL DISCUSSION: What can we learn from how different engineering disciplines solve their project management problems?

Join engineering leaders from a range of disciplines to discover the challenges they face, how they overcome them, and how you can apply those insights to your own engineering projects.

  • What are some real world examples of unique challenges in different engineering disciplines?
  • How were these challenges overcome and what can other engineers learn from them?
  • What are some novel processes or approaches to problem solving can be used across different engineering areas?

Panellists:

Nina Lee
Senior Associate – Structures
BG&E

Sandra Nilsen
General Manager – Design and Engineering
BESIX Watpac

Sruthi Ramachandran
Lead Engineer
ACCIONA

FINDING BALANCE IN YOUR CAREER
14:55
Achieving a thriving engineering career while nurturing a fulfilling personal life
  • Finding the balance between work, extracurricular professional development, and life outside the workplace
  • Establishing clear boundaries between work and personal life to prioritise self-care, relaxation and family time outside of work hours
  • Exploring and advocating for flexible work arrangements to enhance work-life balance
  • Building a strong support network

Lisa Currie
Water Practice Leader NSW & ACT
Aurecon

15:25
Afternoon tea & networking
INTERACTIVE CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLES

Discuss ideas, gain practical tips, and work through challenges faced by women across the engineering landscape. This is a unique opportunity to have all your questions answered while you network and build relationships with people you otherwise may not have access to. You will be able to choose three of the below to attend with each roundtable running concurrently over three time slots:

  • Round 1: 16:05-16:35
  • Round 2: 16:35-17:05
  • Round 3: 17:05-17:35

Roundtable 1: How to move from a technical role to a management position

Facilitator:

Felicity Furey
Co-Founder
Power of Engineering

 

Roundtable 2: Building confidence and combating imposter syndrome for diverse teams

Facilitator:

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

 

Roundtable 3: Finding, recruiting, hiring and retaining tomorrow’s engineering leaders

Taryn Stark
Program Chief Engineer
Boeing

 

Roundtable 4: Engineering a sustainable future

Facilitator:

Michelle Damasio
Senior Environmental Engineer – Sustainability
SMEC

 

Roundtable 5: Navigating how technology is shaping our projects and our roles

Facilitator:

Anita Rajalingam
Head of Talent Acquisition and Community – Engineering
Kogan

17:35
Closing remarks from the Chair
17:40
End of Day 1 and networking drinks
18:45
Official Event Dinner