Advancing Women in Technical Industries and Roles

Insights and frameworks to drive forward the female technical workforce of the future

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Welcome from the Chair
Sina Cotter Tait, Managing Director, Collective Success & Board Member, Engineering NZ - Te Ao Rangahau
Exploring the technical industries in New Zealand: What's next on the trajectory towards balancing technical roles
  • What gender-responsiveness means in the technical industries and why it’s important
  • Benchmarking our gender-responsiveness in the technical industries in NZ
  • How to shift from a gender-reactive to gender-responsive organisation
  • Gender and the future of work in the technical industries
Dr Kaisa Wilson, Director, The Gender Tick
Flying high! Inspiring the next generation of technical women
  • Life goals - the sacrifices and the wondrous, unexpected journeys they take us on
  • If the shoe doesn't fit but you still want to wear it
  • The road ahead for the next generations of women in technical
Penny Armstrong, Second Officer - Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Air New Zealand
Changing perceptions - creating new personas and perceptions of those working in technical industries
  • Understanding how perceptions can be changed and the mechanisms to do this
  • How can we make technical industries as a career path more attractive to women
Simonne Eldridge, Executive Leader - Clients, Technical Director, Tonkin + Taylor
Morning break
Pioneers in the spotlight: How to smash it in technical industry?
  • Be inspired by the journey of female pioneers
  • Learn from challenges overcome by others
  • Making the most of opportunities, mitigate risk and take chances
Lynne Morton, Engineering Services Manager - Planning & Engineering, KiwiRail
Case study: The MYOB Developher Journey

Bevan will share the story of how MYOB employ women who have no prior software development experience and in a short period of time grow them into great software engineers.  Bevan will share:

  • How the programme was formed
  • How it has evolved
  • What lessons they have learned over the last 3 years
Felicity Brown, Head of Employee Services, MYOB
Panel discussion: The future of work and technical industries - how will innovation, automation and robotics change the way we work, role biases and perceptions
  • How are roles and teams changing in technical industries?
  • What makes a great team in future technical industries?
  • No more heavy lifting?  What does this mean for the future?
Glen Cornelius, Managing Director, Harrison Grierson & *Finalist in Walk the Talk 2019 Diversity Works
Rachael Regan-Paterson, Director of Human Resources Global Operations, Fonterra
Maria Mingallon, Technical Director - Advanced Computational Design, Mott MacDonald
Kate James, Head of Talent Acquisition & Talent Manager, Air NZ
Vic Jack, Founder and People & Culture Consultant, Maslow Limited
Lunch break
Retention strategies for technical industries
  • Identify the top reasons why women are leaving technical industries
  • Support inclusion, growth and development of female employees
  • Instilling company culture from the CEO to the new intern
Eva Murray, People Consultant, Aurecon
The changing face of STEM - uplifting positive stereotypes and exceeding expectations
  • Looking backward to charge forward – understanding the stereotypes
  • Celebrating our role models and understanding their roles
  • How role models in society, schools and whānau can make a difference to women loving STEM learning
Theresa Rongonui, Workforce Development Lead, Skills
Panel discussion: Unlocking innovation - making your mark as a female in technical industries
  • Hear how some of today’s most successful pioneers transform their fields and harness opportunities inside and outside their organisations
  • What does it mean to truly innovate and using disruptive mindsets to blaze new trails, explore new frontiers and reinvent the future?
Kathryn Musgrave, Technical Director - Operations and Optimisation, GHD
Aimee Pene, Site Engineer, Downer & *Winner of Hynds Construction 2019 Award - Woman in Contracting by Civil Contractors of NZ
Papua Taumate, Site Engineer, CPB Contractors & *Winner of Young Engineer of the Year 2019 Award by Civil Contractors of NZ
Banu Pashutanizadeh, Aircraft Performance Engineer - Operations Integrity and Standards, Air New Zealand
Afternoon break
Advancing boardroom confidence and having your voice heard
  • How to deal with different personality types and unconscious bias
  • Master the language of leadership
  • Learn the power of support and gain acknowledgement of others
  • The art of being prepared – Presenting facts clearly and effectively
Clare Tolan, General Manager - Survey, Harrison Grierson & *Winner of ACENZ Future Leader Award 2017
*Board Member of ACENZ (Aug 2018 - Aug 2019)
Assembling your dream team
  • Right people, right position, empowering the team
  • Right fit vs capability and growing into a role
  • Fostering culture for success
  • Keeping these people on the team
Renae Smart, Chief Executive, Civtec & *Winner of Emerging Leader 2018 - Westpac Waikato Business Awards
Preparing yourself for the challenges of technical executive career
  • Strategies to make you stand out in a male dominated world
  • Assess the opportunities that could be available to you for exposure to higher levels of management
  • Understand the expectations of women in leadership and how to carve your own progression
  • Overcoming the challenge prejudice and discrimination and advocate for better diversity
Dr Deborah Lind, Technical Lead - Advisory Services, Harrison Grierson
Summary remarks from the Chair and close of conference
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