Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia National Summit 2014

Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia (WA/AA) is an initiative by Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) that aims to provide pathways for women to break through the glass ceiling by promoting gender diversity in the aviation and aerospace sector while creating a network for women to connect – with their peers, inspire – young women to pursue their goals in the industry and excel – in their chosen careers.

The inaugural WA/AA National Summit initiated new discussion on gender diversity and led to greater awareness, a sharing of experiences and the identification of possible strategies to enable an increase of women in leadership roles.

WA/AA is pleased to release the speakers for the 2014 National Summit Women Flying High. We are honoured that Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women will be opening the Summit. Delegates will be welcomed with an inspirational address by Sadhana Smiles, Winner of a 2013 Telstra Business Women's Awards, who as she describes was 'born in a glass box' and who has risen to success as a CEO and single mother. Panel presentations and break out session topics will include: The next generation - How do we attract more girls into the sector; Insights from the USA; Challenges for retention; Statistics, Policy and Strategy; Professional Development and Effective Networking; and Early Career Navigation.

Presenters
  • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women >

  • Sadhana Smiles

    Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Victoria >

  • Mairi Barton

    Executive General, Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Airservices Australia >

  • Michelle Bennetts

    Executive General Manager ARFF, Airservices Australia >

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  • Felicity Briody

    President & Co-Founder, The Power of Engineering >

  • Nicole Brown

    Chief Executive Officer, Robogals Global >

  • Boeing Defence Australia

    Melissa Davidson > HR Director

  • Commander Nyree Cornelius

    Chief Engineer, Navy Aviation Systems Program Office, Defence Materiel Organisation >

  • Maureen Dougherty

    President, Boeing Australia & South Pacific >

  • Air Commodore Brian Edwards

    Head Air Force Training Group, Royal Australian Air Force >

  • Prue Gilbert

    Diversity Consultant, PGC >

  • Prue Gilbert

    Diversity Consultant, PGC >

  • Laura Mason

    Alaskan Airlines, (U.S. Navy Retired) >

  • Rachel Nicholls

    Principal, Transport and Resources, ARUP >

  • Air Commodore Catherine Roberts CSC

    Director General Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition and Sustainment, DMO >

  • Jackie Slaviero

    Science and Technology Advisor - Australian Curriculum >

  • Steve Drury

    Director Aerospace, BAE Systems Australia >

  • Samantha Sharif

    Chief Executive Officer, Aviation New Zealand >

  • Geraldine Chin-Moody

    Group Executive - People ,Culture and Sustainability, Virgin Australia >

  • Kimberley Turner

    Chief Executive Officer, Aerosafe Risk Management >

    Partners

    8:30am Registration

    9:00am Welcome

  • SUMMIT OPENING

    • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

      Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women,

  • Keynote:

    'I want what she's having'

    • Sadhana Smiles

      Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Victoria,

  • Challenges for retention

  • PANEL

    • Air Commodore Catherine Roberts CSC

      Director General Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition and Sustainment, DMO,

    • Air Commodore Brian Edwards

      Head Air Force Training Group, Royal Australian Air Force,

    • Rachel Nicholls

      Principal, Transport and Resources, ARUP,

    • Steve Drury

      Director Aerospace, BAE Systems Australia,

  • Lunch - Sponsor now!

    Leadership

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    • Maureen Dougherty

      President, Boeing Australia & South Pacific,

  • Moderator

    • Heidi Garth

      Program Development Manager, Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC),

  • Morning Tea - BAE Systems Australia

  • THE NEXT GENERATION

    How do we attract more girls into the sector?

    PANEL

    • Felicity Briody

      President & Co-Founder, The Power of Engineering,

    • Nicole Brown

      Chief Executive Officer, Robogals Global,

    • Jackie Slaviero

      Science and Technology Advisor - Australian Curriculum,

  • Moderator

    • Mairi Barton

      Executive General, Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Airservices Australia,

  • Debate - To quota or not to quota?

  • Women in aviation leadership positions

    Where to from here?

    • Laura Mason

      Alaskan Airlines, (U.S. Navy Retired),

    • Commander Nyree Cornelius

      Chief Engineer, Navy Aviation Systems Program Office, Defence Materiel Organisation,

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  • Afternoon Tea - Sponsors now

    • Geraldine Chin-Moody

      Group Executive - People ,Culture and Sustainability, Virgin Australia,

    • Michelle Bennetts

      Executive General Manager ARFF, Airservices Australia,

    • Samantha Sharif

      Chief Executive Officer, Aviation New Zealand,

  • What does 'employer of choice' mean to you?

    • Prue Gilbert

      Diversity Consultant, PGC,

    • Boeing Defence Australia

      Melissa Davidson, HR Director

    • Kimberley Turner

      Chief Executive Officer, Aerosafe Risk Management,

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Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women



Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women on 18 September 2013.

Senator Cash is a Liberal Senator for Western Australia. She commenced her term as a Senator on 1 July 2008.

Prior to entering Parliament, Michaelia was a senior lawyer with a national law firm Freehills in their Perth office.

Senator Cash holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of London. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Curtin University in Perth, graduating with a triple major in public relations, politics and journalism. In addition, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Western Australia.

In September 2010, Senator Cash was appointed to the dual roles of the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women.

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Chief Executive Officer, Harcourts Victoria



Sadhana Smiles

Sadhana Smiles is one of only two female CEO’s in her sector, she has created a brand that has placed her amongst her peers as a thorough leader and industry commentator.

Her renowned wit, inspiring personality and acute ability to capitalise on a commercial opportunity (with a track record of producing significant growth in businesses regardless of the market), along with her innate sense for quickly identifying issues affecting business performance, have earned Sadhana the respect of some of the most admired leaders of the Real Estate world in Australia today – and indeed many of those who work with her daily.

In 2013 Sadhana was named the Victorian Telstra Business Women of the Year, whilst also taking out the Victorian Telstra Private Corporate Sector award.

During the last financial year Sadhana lead the business through significant growth in a property market that was tumultuous.

Providing a 17% growth on written sales, 12% growth on settled sales, over $2B in property sales and increasing the average gross commission of sales agent by 20%.

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Executive General, Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Airservices Australia



Mairi Barton

Mairi Barton became Executive General Manager of Corporate and Industry Affairs at Airservices Australia in June 2014, where she leads the company’s government and international relations, airport and airline relations, media relations and staff communications.
Previously, Mairi had seven years with the ANZ Banking Group, most recently as Head of Group Communications.
Mairi started her career as a journalist and after working in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery she has held a number of corporate affairs leadership roles including with Australian and State Government and the National Farmers' Federation.

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Executive General Manager ARFF, Airservices Australia



Michelle Bennetts

Michelle joined Airservices in May 2005 and has held several Executive roles in the organisation over that time. Since January 2013 Michelle has led one of Airservices major service delivery business groups as Executive General Manager of the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service.

Airservices provides aviation rescue fire fighting services at 26 major airports nationally, with more than 900 highly trained staff supporting the aviation industry.

Prior to working with Airservices, Michelle held a number of senior roles in the professional services industry.

This year Michelle won the Emerging Leader in the Public Sector category in the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in recognition of her work in leading the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting service through an unprecedented period of growth and change.



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President & Co-Founder, The Power of Engineering



Felicity Briody

Felicity co-founded Power of Engineering in 2012 after realizing the lack of diversity in engineering, in particular the impact engineering projects have on the community. Since then, the organization has inspired over 2,400 year 9 and 10 high school students across Australia about diverse, creative and innovative engineering careers.

Felicity has been named by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Bank in the 100 Women of Influence, received the Queensland young leader award from the National Association of Women in Construction and was selected as a Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation for Young Australians.

In addition to her work with Power of Engineering, Felicity has a background in Civil Engineering and works as a Senior Project Manager with Arup in their Sydney office. Felicity is passionate about engineers creating an innovative and inclusive world.

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Chief Executive Officer, Robogals Global



Nicole Brown

Nicole Brown, 22, is the CEO of Robogals: an international, student-led, not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase the number of females studying engineering at a tertiary level.

She is studying a Masters of Engineering (Structural), at the University of Melbourne and holds a position as a Cadet Engineer at Brown Consulting, Southbank.

Commencing her role as CEO in January 2013, Nicole has led the organisation through structural, policy and quality assurance changes. She is also liaising with students and staff in many countries around the world to introduce the organisation to their societies.

Robogals has expanded to 8 new locations under Nicole's leadership and she is in discussions with 17 more chapters at the current time.

Nicole is committed to increasing awareness of the opportunities for females in the engineering field and is passionate about sharing the vision of Robogals.

Melissa Davidson

Melissa Davidson

HR Director

Boeing Defence Australia

Melissa Davidson has been the Human Resources director for Boeing Defence Australia since May 2010. In this role, she is responsible for effectively guiding the acquisition, development and retention of talent, enhancing the company s leadership capabilities, and increasing the productivity and operational effectiveness of the Human Resources function.

Davidson joined Boeing Defence Australia in 2006 as the Employer of Choice project manager before being appointed to various Human Resources management roles across the business. Prior to becoming Human Resources director, she led the delivery of support services to employees and their managers in areas including performance and career management, leadership effectiveness, change management, redundancy processes and recruitment.
Davidson s professional strengths include significant experience and expertise in industrial relations, workplace investigations and employment law. She is also a qualified mediator.

Prior to joining Boeing, Davidson held roles at Energex as acting director Industrial Relations and led an organisational-wide people and culture project. She was also assistant director of Industrial Relations for Queensland Corrections. She commenced her Human Resources career with Queensland Health in 1991, where she was team leader in Queensland Health s Corporate Industrial Relations group.

Nyree Cornerlius

Chief Engineer, Navy Aviation Systems Program Office, Defence Materiel Organisation



Commander Nyree Cornelius

Commander Cornelius joined the Royal Australian Navy in the early 1990’s as a 17 year old Midshipman. She graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1995 and from the University of New South Wales in 1996 with first class honours in Aeronautical Engineering and dux of her engineering class. Over the next 17 years she served in a range of roles including Deputy Engineer 816 Squadron (S-70B-2), Project Engineer in Project Sea 1405 (S-70B-2 FLIR and ESM Upgrade Project), Senior Engineering Officer of the RAN Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trails Unit, Aerospace Engineering Officer 805 Squadron (SH-2G(A)), Navy Aviation Systems Program Office Sea King Platform Executive (SK50) and Survival and Support Equipment Integrated Logistics Manager and Resident Team Leader for Air9000 Ph 8 MH-60R
Seahawk Romeo Program. Commander Cornelius is currently the Navy Aviation Systems Program Office Chief Engineer and Senior Design Engineer, responsible for ensuring the technical airworthiness for four RAN aircraft types – the S-70B-2, AS350BA, MH-60R and Bell429. When not working she enjoys bush walking, mountain and road biking, the beach, skiing and, most importantly, spending time with her husband and her children

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President, Boeing Australia & South Pacific



Maureen Dougherty

In March 2014, Maureen Dougherty was named President, Boeing Australia & South Pacific. As Boeing’s senior executive in the region, she has oversight over all Boeing business and leads government affairs. During her thirty year career, Dougherty has led several military aircraft development programs. She is President, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, member of the Business Council of Australia, and on the Chairman’s Panel, The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Brian Edwards

Head Air Force Training Group, Royal Australian Air Force



Air Commodore Brian Edwards

AIRCDRE Edwards has flown and instructed on a variety of aircraft types and commanded a Hornet squadron. His staff appointments have included a stint as a Directing Staff member at the Australian Defence College, and an adviser to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. AIRCDRE Edwards has been Commander Air Force Training Group since January 2013. His wife is a RAAF logistician and they have two young children.

Prue Gilbert

Diversity Consultant, PGC



Prue Gilbert

Prue is a highly regarded leader in diversity strategy and compliance and is an accomplished coach, facilitator and speaker, with over 15 years' senior business leadership. Her thought leadership in advancing gender equality in the workplace has resulted in awards from Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Diversity@Work.

Prue has a Bachelor Arts & Law, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and a qualified Executive Coach with IECL. Her MBA was interrupted by the welcome arrival of 3 little people she lovingly cares for with her husband.

Prue Gilbert

Diversity Consultant, PGC



Prue Gilbert

Prue is a highly regarded leader in diversity strategy and compliance and is an accomplished coach, facilitator and speaker, with over 15 years' senior business leadership. Her thought leadership in advancing gender equality in the workplace has resulted in awards from Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Diversity@Work.

Prue has a Bachelor Arts & Law, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and a qualified Executive Coach with IECL. Her MBA was interrupted by the welcome arrival of 3 little people she lovingly cares for with her husband.

Laura Mason

Alaskan Airlines, (U.S. Navy Retired)



Laura Mason

Laura Mason is an Airline Pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, a regional airline flying the Embraer-145 based in Chicago, IL. She spent 30 years with the Navy Reserve retiring as a Captain in January of 2014. Laura was recently hired by Alaska Airlines, which is based in the Seattle area. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her daughter Madison (12) and her son Forrest (20) currently at the University of Idaho.

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Principal, Transport and Resources, ARUP



Rachel Nicholls

Rachel is a chartered civil engineer and a Principal of the design consultancy, Arup, based in Melbourne. She graduated from Imperial College, London in 1987 and has spent much of her career to date in the design and construction of major building and infrastructure projects, specialising in the engineering of the ground in the form of deep basement excavations, slopes, foundations and tunnel construction.

She has lived and worked in the UK and New York, moving to Melbourne 6 years ago with her husband and two children.

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Director General Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition and Sustainment, DMO



Air Commodore Catherine Roberts CSC

AIRCDRE Cath Roberts has been a member of the Royal Australian Air Force for over 30 years, and is the most senior female aerospace engineer in the Australian Defence Force. Cath is responsible for managing Australia’s largest Defence project to deliver future Air Combat capability: the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Cath’s background includes flight test, aircraft maintenance, airworthiness and safety, support to operations, design and acquisition of aircraft and support systems, contracting, and engagement with Australian and international aviation industry.

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Science and Technology Advisor - Australian Curriculum



Jackie Slaviero

Jackie has been employed in the education field since 1983. She has used her networking throughout the world to research and develop educational systems that will be required by the Aerospace and High Technology industries of the future. Jackie is presently employed by the NSW Department of Education and Communities as the Science and Technology Advisor for the Australian Curriculum. Jackie’s vision is to create a 21st Century organisation that drives the transformation of the future of Australian Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

Steve Drury

Director Aerospace, BAE Systems Australia



Steve Drury

Steve Drury has been the Director – Aerospace of BAE Systems Australia since May 2013. He joined BAE Systems in 2010 after 31 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an aeronautical engineer. His career provided opportunities to live and work around the globe, with his wife Sharon, meeting new people and enjoying each posting.

The Aerospace Business Unit provides a full-spectrum aerospace and aviation support business across thirteen sites for Defence and Civil customers, with an annual turnover of about $360m.

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Chief Executive Officer, Aviation New Zealand



Samantha Sharif

Samantha has over 20 years experience in leadership roles in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Samantha is currently the CEO of Aviation NZ. In this role Samantha’s focus is to lead, inspire and grow the NZ aviation industry to deliver on its full growth potential by harnessing partnerships, focussing resources and reducing constraints. Samantha is also an Independent Director of a number of organisations in the aviation sector, as well as a Board member of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee and Positively Wellington Venues.

Prior to returning to New Zealand, Samantha was based in Amsterdam as the CEO and prior to that Director of Global Programmes for CANSO, the global organisation representing the Air Traffic Management industry. In these roles she helped to transform CANSO into a professional, credible and future focussed organisation, with a significant presence on the world stage. Samantha led the development of international partnerships with ICAO, IATA, ACI and many other global and regional stakeholders; as well as opening new CANSO offices in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.

Geraldine Chin-moody

Group Executive - People ,Culture and Sustainability, Virgin Australia



Geraldine Chin-Moody

Geraldine is the Group Executive, People, Culture and Sustainability at Virgin Australia, where she has responsibility for people strategy, leadership development, organisational culture, workplace relations and environmental sustainability. Geraldine is also the Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community in Sydney.
Her previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of global law firm Baker & McKenzie’s offices in Australia and as General Manager, People and Development at the Australian Stock Exchange where she was a member of the Group Executive Committee. She has also held a range of Not for Profit Board roles including as a Board member of the Australian National Committee for UN Women from 2010-2014.
In 2011, Geraldine was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is also the winner of the 2006 NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Award and the 2008 Australian Institute of Management NSW/ACT Young Manager of the Year Award. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (University Medal) and Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University and a Masters of Law from Harvard University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow.

Kimberly Turner, CEO + President, AeroSafe Risk Management

Chief Executive Officer, Aerosafe Risk Management



Kimberley Turner

Kimberley Turner is the CEO of Aerosafe Risk Management, an international aviation company specialising in corporate governance, risk management and safety management systems. Nearly two decades after founding the company at the age of 18, the company has offices and staff in Sydney, Canberra, Wellington, Shanghai, Mumbai, Washington DC and Dallas Fort Worth. Dubbed as a “global thought leader” for her innovation, forward thinking and original leading concepts in the field, Kimberley provides advice to regulators, defence forces, airlines, airports and OEMs around the globe. She was an advisor to the counter-terrorism team for the Sydney Olympics, has authored three publications and was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia for her leadership in this important field.

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A limited number of rooms have been reserved for WA/AA Summit guests to book at a discounted rate of $354, the code required is GAVIA. Please contact Jenae Pitman, Groups and Events Sales Executive. Bookings must be made before 2 September.

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Date

October 17, 2014

8:45am - 5pm

Venue

Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf, Victoria, Australia