Women in A/AA Canberra Summit 2019

Wed 14 Aug 2019 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
National Museum of Australia
Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601
Member $499.00 Early Bird $459 (Closes 15 Jul 2019)
Non-Member $599.00 Early Bird $559 (Closes 15 Jul 2019)
Member table of 8 (8 tickets) $3,750.00 Early Bird $3450 (Closes 15 Jul 2019)
Non-member table of 8 (8 tickets) $4,550.00 Early Bird $4150 (Closes 15 Jul 2019)
Students (limited spaces available) $225.00

Women in A/AA Canberra Summit 2019

We are making some very exciting changes, to revamp our WA/AA summits this year and ensure they continue give great value for your time and money. We listened to the 2018 summit feedback and we're now building a new program, that will be more interactive and engaging for you!

This year, the summits will focus on how we, both men and women can engage the future through STEM and how we can encourage a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Discussing the barriers and opportunities for women in the industry, we will ask the tough questions and address how we can close the gender gap. What will it take for us to encourage more women to study STEM and what will take for us to encourage more women to pursue a career in STEM?

You will get to have your say, as will have breakout sessions, mini workshops, group conversations, engaging panel discussions, and speakers from diverse industry backgrounds with Q&A after each! We have already secured a fantastic line-up of speakers for all three summits and we cannot wait to share who they are with you soon!

To top it off we have secured Learning Facilitator/Director of Seedling CTS, Simon Wood to MC the day. Simon has over 20 years’ experience, in helping clients achieve results through leadership and executive coaching. He will be assisting A/AA in building the WA/AA summit program, with the aim to make it impactful, valuable and FUN for all attendees.

The learnings won’t end when the day ends – we will focus on embedding the learnings beyond the summit day, to encourage attendees to take them back in to their workplace and encourage others to support the changes needed.


Summit Facilitator:
/ Simon Wood Director at Seedling CTS

'I look forward to supporting A/AA's commitment to promoting the enrolment and empowerment of women into both STEM, and the incredible world of aviation and aerospace. I'm looking forward to enabling conversations amongst students and industry professionals, to aid in creating a more diverse industry.'

Summit Speakers:

Male Champion of Change 
/ Brigadier John Fenwick | Director General for Army Aviation 

Brigadier John Fenwick is the Director General for Army Aviation. His career spans over 27 years with The Australian Army, from being a pilot to leading and managing numerous levels in the Defence Force for a variety of command and staff positions.

His appointments as a Brigadier include serving in 2018 as the Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Force Land Component in Iraq. For his service in this appointment, he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit. Prior appointments as a Brigadier were Chief of Staff to Special Operations Command in 2017. 

Graduating from the Australian Command & Staff and the Defence & Strategic Studies Courses at the Australian Defence College in 2016. Brigadier Fenwick also holds a Masters in Business Administration; is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia. 

Empowering Girls to Seek STEM Subjects and Careers
/ Juliette Major, ICT Coordinator at St Clare's College, Canberra

Holding a Masters Degree in Education (ICT), Juliette has been a teacher for over 25 years in Canberra. Working with professional associations to be of service to other ICT educators in Canberra, specifically through InTEACT and the Australian Computer Society, Juliette is also an Australian event partner for VEX Robotics in the Canberra and Goulburn region. Previously consulting for the Digital Careers Education Advisory Committee, where her voice contributed to the ACT and national agenda on addressing the need to engage more students in STEM careers, Juliette was also one of the consulting teachers working with the Australian Department of Defence on the planning and delivery of the Girls Programming Network - a recent initiative that aims to connect girls in school with female role models and ICT professionals. 

STEM University Panel Discussion:

/ Prof. Zheng Lei | Chair of the Department of Aviaiton at Swinburne University of Technology

Prof. Zheng Lei has research expertise in airline business models and air transport market analysis and holds a PhD in Air Transport and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey. A distinctive feature of Prof. Lei's research is the real-world impact it has and its industry focus. Zheng advises senior executives at airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, aviation service providers, and civil aviation authorities around the world on strategic issues through research, consultancy and executive development programs.

/ Associate Prof. Céline d'Orgeville I Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Australian National University

Céline d’Orgeville joined the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2012 to lead Laser Guide Star (LGS) activities undertaken at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) on Mount Stromlo near Canberra. Céline is the AAO-Stromlo Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics (LGS AO) Group Manager, and the AITC Education Programme Lead. She is also one of two inaugural recipients of an ANU Translational Fellowship aiming to transfer her semiconductor guidestar laser research into the commercial world. With Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt (now ANU Vice-Chancellor), she co-chaired the 2014 edition of the Women in Astronomy workshop. She has been a steering committee member of the Astronomical Society of Australia Women in Astronomy (WiA) Chapter, which broadened its remit to become the Inclusion Diversity Equity in Astronomy (IDEA) Chapter in 2016.

Videographer of WA/AA International Women's Day Campaign 2019
/ Stefan Drury I Private Pilot and Videographer

Stefan Drury wears many hats; as a YouTuber, private pilot, traveller, techhie and expat Britian living in Australia. Stefan makes movies on YouTube for viewers to experience the world of aviation, get travel tips and ideas, learn about gear and gadgets, and follow his adventures through vlogs. As a pilot, Stefan flies a Cirrus SR22 out of Moorabbin Airport.

What the future looks like for women in STEM
/ Louise Rolland I Associate Partner, People Advisory Services at Ernst and Young

Louise has a background in business administration, labour market policy and planning and strategic talent management. She is a sought-after speaker and thought leader. Since joining EY Advisory Services in 2007, Louise has worked with public and private sector clients on the design of workforce transformation strategies that respond to the rapidly changing business environment and the flow on effect on people and work. In her previous role as Professor of Work and Ageing at Swinburne University, Louise established a Centre for Research, where she led an internationally focused research agenda to investigate the future impact of demographic change and global labour trends on business. Today Louise is a thought leader and pragmatic strategist who works closely with our clients on designing practical responses to the changing world of work.

Flexible work, Diversity and Inclusion
/ Dr. Samantha Crompvoets I Director at Rapid Context

Dr Samantha Crompvoets, PhD, is a sociologist and consultant with over twenty years’ experience in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of strategic and applied academic research. She has conducted extensive empirical research on a number of military cohorts, for both the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Department of Defence. Dr Crompvoets has led numerous projects focused on improving workplace climate and organisational culture, across the defence and security sector, the University sector and for elite sporting clubs. Dr Crompvoets is a member of the NATO SAS-144 panel developing the Code of Best Practice for Conducting Survey Research in a Military Context. She is Chair of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Post-Traumatic Stress and sits on a number of advisory boards across the Defence and Security sector. 

Recruitment and Development - Progressing Your Career
/ Cathy Riach, Employment Brand and Partnerships Manager at BAE Systems Australia

Cathy Riach joined BAE Systems Australia in June 2001 in a business unit based human resources role.  Following a secondment to build a shared services talent acquisition model, she assumed responsibility for the leadership of the national talent acquisition function.  Her role evolved over time to include responsibility for redeployment, workforce planning support and outplacement.  In early 2019 Cathy transitioned into a newly created role of Employment Brand & Partnerships Manager.  In her current role she is responsible for the development, enhancement and management of the company’s employment brand encompassing employee value proposition (EVP), candidate experience, talent partnerships and diversity hiring strategies. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Cathy worked for the Morgan & Banks group.  She holds qualifications in human resources, industrial relations and workforce planning. Cathy is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and sits on the committees for Women in Aviation & Aerospace and The Future Through Collaboration, a cross industry initiative to advance women in the defence industry.

Recruitment Process - How to Source & Retain Talent
/ Barbara Livesey, Executive Director at GAPP Consulting

Barbara provides Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Team Coaching to a wide range of organisations. She has extensive senior experience across federal and state governments, private sector and NGO organisations. Barbara's diverse roles are reflected in her work with teams both in Australia and overseas, on strategy, government relations, organisation and leadership development - and when advising on social policy, Indigenous Affairs and housing policy. Barbara’s roles have included CEO of Reconciliation Australia, consultant to Ministers/Federal Treasurer and senior executive positions with the industry body for credit unions. Barbara is passionate about supporting women’s careers and leadership and has often worked in majority male and male led workplaces.

Qantas Group – Encouraging Women in Aviation
/ Leif Mawson I Future Pipeline Program Manager at Qantas

Leif is a highly experienced People Leader with over 17 years’ success delivering business improvement and training outcomes across Aircraft Maintenance Operations. He has held roles ranging in scope from operational to management and leadership positions. Leif is currently the Future Pipeline Program Manager for Qantas Engineering.

Ripple Impact
/ Elizabeth Stephens I Lieutenant Colonel, Integration Manager at Army Aviation Project Office

As an electrical engineer, ‘broken rotor’ and the first Aviation Maintenance officer to serve as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Elizabeth has directly observed the initiatives the Army has in place to attract a more diverse workforce; and their results. While the Army’s diversity initiatives are not purely focussed on STEM, Elizabeth has a personal story of her own self-doubt as she assumed Command of ‘The Home of the Soldier’ as an Aviation Maintenance officer, while striving to be the first female to serve a full term in this role. Since her Command, Elizabeth has established Ripple Impact, where she draws on her experiences to help others be their best selves and pass-on their experiences to positively impact others. In her ‘day job’, Lieutenant Colonel Stephens is responsible for setting the foundation of Army’s next aircraft acquisitions.

Impacting Change in Defence 
/ Emily Thorvaldsson | Founder of Bayonette 

Emily Thorvaldsson is a personnel and policy specialist with twelve years’ experience supporting various RAAF capabilities. In her own time, Emily is an enthusiastic amateur pilot and cyclist. She is also a keen scholar, having completed a Master’s in Business and Administration, and currently undertaking a Masters in Leadership, Coaching and Education.

As the founder of Bayonette, Emily has designed, trialled and manufactured military and emergency service clothing and equipment specifically for women. Through Bayonette's wider mission Emily is developing female-orientated reverse mentoring programs within several Canberra High Schools. Geared towards supporting the growth of female leaders, these programs aim to simultaneously develop the confidence of young women and provide current, prominent female leaders with generational insights.

EY's Company Initiatives
/ Shafeen Mustaq I Advisory at Ernst & Young

Shafeen Mustaq is a management consultant at Ernst & Young (EY) Canberra who, through her work in Air Force and Government departments, has developed a passion for encouraging girls into STEM education and careers to build the work force of the future and in doing so, build a better working world.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Venue: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Action, ACT 2601

Lockheed Martin supported mentee spaces: Women in A/AA is pleased to announce 30 spaces will be made available, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of female aviation professionals to select a career in aviation, or continue to pursue their studies and feel connected with the industry. This includes full day attendance at the summit, including all meals and sessions with the cost covered by Lockheed Martin. Applications for complimentary mentee attendance must be submitted directly to Samantha after a paid booking has been made via the A/AA website. Limit of two (2) mentee spots are available per table booking and limit of one (1) mentee space per individual bookings.

Mentee applications will be assessed on the below requirements and accepted on a first received basis. Please email [email protected] addressing the four points below.

  • Must be attending with a paid (professional) ticket  - please provide name of booking 
  • Provide details of the course/school enrolled (attach proof of enrolment) 
  • Provide 30 words on your career aim – why are you interested in aviation and which career role are you pursing 
  • Provide 30 words on the relationship between the mentor and the mentee (ensure the mentor is listed in point one and has purchased and paid for summit a ticket) Please note it does not need to be a formal mentee relationship.
  • Age limit: 15 – 24 (Exceptions can be made for those already in the industry and already undertaking the training process of transitioning to a technical role)

Remember applications that meet the above requirements will be approved in the order they are received, so apply now!


Aviation/Aerospace Australia

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