Shift: creating an inclusive workplace

At the end of April I had the pleasure of joining Valeria Ignatieva of WORK180 (Previously DCC Jobs) and Felicity Furey of Machinam Pty Ltd to be a Sherpa (guide) for the Swinburne Engineering Practice Academy’s first industry event as part of the quarterly series, Shift, to tackle one of engineering’s most persistent challenges: retaining women. Opened … Continue reading Shift: creating an inclusive workplace

Project Beta: age

My second Beta Session at the Swinburne Engineering Practice Academy explored the D&I topic of age and the associated stereotypes, barriers, and implications for our work in developing future-ready engineering professionals. A key takeaway from the session was that all generations can (and should) learn from the others, so we need to develop strategies to open … Continue reading Project Beta: age

Project Beta: unconscious bias

In our first Beta Session, we created an open and safe space for our Academy Partners to discuss their initial results of the Harvard Implicit tests, reflect on their life experiences and how they shape their perspectives, and how these biases could impact on their teaching and workplace environments. If we don't consciously manage our bias … Continue reading Project Beta: unconscious bias

Arup Leaders Inclusive Language Workshop

On the 1st June 2018 I facilitated my "Inclusive Language for an Inclusive Workplace" workshop for the leaders of Arup's Sydney Office. The purpose of the workshop was to equip leaders with new knowledge and reflective prompts to make their language more inclusive. They will then take what they learnt and works with their team … Continue reading Arup Leaders Inclusive Language Workshop

Dinosaurs walk among us – but are we all that much more evolved than them?

If I were to write an outraged article tearing down Gerry Harvey’s outdated and misogynistic comments regarding women on boards, most people in my network would agree, and think that this is just one of the dinosaurs coming out for a play, and who will soon fade away into irrelevance. However, think about this: after reading similar … Continue reading Dinosaurs walk among us – but are we all that much more evolved than them?

Make time for gender equity

Do you 'care about gender equity'? Do you 'care about women'? Are you invested in doing something because you have daughters or a wife? Yes? Great. My next question: how much time do you actually spend thinking, researching, reflecting, and acting to achieve gender equity? Throughout my years of being a gender equity champion (and being … Continue reading Make time for gender equity

Bosses, breasts and BS: why we need diversity in our design teams

Last week, I had to develop a non-academic and non-industry CV for a leadership program application. Taking all that I had read on CVs that are engaging and belong in 2018, I set out to make a spiffy CV with icons that added a little bit of character. However, I couldn’t ignore the bias that … Continue reading Bosses, breasts and BS: why we need diversity in our design teams