Average A conversation on success and expectation in womens careers in Engineering

Start time: 530 pm AEST. What is success? Who defines it? And is ‘good enough’ ever good enough for women in engineering? Come share your stories and ideas, in an intimate conversation on the theme of ‘averageness’ for women in engineering.
Average A conversation on success and expectation in womens careers in Engineering

Please join us for a conversation without slides or expectations -  to share stories, ideas and meditate on the theme of ‘averageness’ for women in engineering. In this honest conversation we aim to explore the ways in which expectations and definitions of success impact and shape the choices women make throughout their careers.

The conversation will begin with a brief introduction to the theme followed by three breakout sessions of facilitated conversation, approximately 25 minutes long, on key questions and ideas.

Finally, we’ll bring the group together to connect, share discoveries, identify patterns, grow our collective knowledge and explore possibilities for action.   

This in person event is restricted to 20 persons to allow for appropriate social distancing and cleaning requirements as part of our COVID-19 Safety plan. 


About the event facilitators

Host | Carol Hopper, Transport for NSW 

Carol, as Director Rail Transformation at Transport for NSW, is developing and implementing a new operating model for the Rail Delivery branch. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK, and following her engineering degree qualified as a chartered civil engineer where she has delivered projects in India, Fiji, New Caledonia, Malaysia, UK and Australia. As one of only a small number of female engineering fellows, Carol is passionate about encouraging and supporting women in engineering. She has led a mentoring for inclusion program across Transport and actively works to connect women in engineering roles to build their networks. 


Facilitator | Lauren Black, University of Technology Sydney

Lauren’s role as the Program Coordinator for Women in engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) involves designing, coordinating and evaluating STEM outreach programs for girls and collaborating with industry and the not-for-profit sector. In 2020, she designed and delivered a university course for engineering and IT students on ‘Designing Strategies for Culture Change’. Before joining UTS, Lauren coordinated STEM education programs and a work experience program for girls in technology, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team for a global IT company. She received her Bachelor of Commerce (International) from the University of New South Wales in 2015.


Facilitator | Cynthia Lie, WSP, NSW Department of Education, Women in Engineering, Sydney 

Cynthia is a civil engineer with two fulfilling part-time careers as well as being a parent to two young children. With over 15 years of experience in engineering consulting, in recent years she has developed her own personal definition of ‘success’. Cynthia is a mentor who actively champions an inclusive engineering sector that truly represents the people and communities it ultimately serves. Currently, her various roles include Client and Technical Services Manager at WSP, Project Manager for WSP Australia’s client experience transformation program, Learning and Support Teacher for the NSW Department of Education, with a focus on gifted and talented literacy education, NSW Liaison to the National Committee for Women in Engineering and Chair of WSP’s NSW Diversity Council for gender balance.

27 / 08 / 2020 - 05:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Registration Closes
27 / 08 / 2020 05:30 pm
Engineers Australia, Mezzanine Floor
44 Market Street
New South Wales
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    Engineers Australia Member Services
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