Women in A/AA Melbourne Summit 2019

Wed 16 Oct 2019 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
RACV City Club
Level 17, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Member $499.00 Early Bird $459 (Closes 16 Sep 2019)
Non-member $599.00 Early Bird $559 (Closes 16 Sep 2019)
Member table of 8 (8 tickets) $3,750.00 Early Bird $3450 (Closes 16 Sep 2019)
Non-member table of 8 (8 tickets) $4,550.00 Early Bird $4150 (Closes 16 Sep 2019)
Students (limited spaces available) $225.00

Women in A/AA Melbourne Summit 2019

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! 

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 I 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.'

Keynote Speaker:

Working in a Male-Dominated Industry
/ Tracey Spicer I Australian Author, Journalist and Broadcaster

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE. Currently, she works as a columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGO. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, NSW Cancer Council, QUT's Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance. Tracey is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Tracey has been named Agenda Setter of the Year by Women's Agenda and is one of the 100 Women of Influence for 2018. 

Summit Speakers:

STEM University Student Panel Facilitator
/ Nic Connelly I Discipline Lead, Aviation in the School of Engineering at RMIT University

Nic has been working in Aviation for 30 years, starting her career back in 1989 as a Air Traffic Controller. She has spent much of her career in management and has extensive experience in the development and delivery of training, strategies, audits,  compliance, investigations, risk, safety publications, fatigue management and industry campaigns and events to improve safety outcomes for the industry. She also has experience in major Airline management after working at Virgin Airlines as the Manager Operational Safety, before moving into the education sector, where she is able to  give back to the industry by mentoring and inspiring young professionals.

STEM University Panellist
/ Stephanie McCulloch I Aerospace Engineering student at RMIT University

Stephanie McCulloch is in her final year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) (Honours) at RMIT University, and is Project Manager for Melbourne startup company X-Aero. Stephanie strongly believes in the necessity to embrace individuality through inclusiveness, encourage open communication and provide equal opportunities for all. She is committed to fulfilling the long-term ambition of contributing project management and engineering technical skills to the aviation/aerospace industry.

STEM University Panellist
/ Kerry Phillips I Aviation/Business Management student and professional Piloting student at RMIT University

Kerry is studying a double degree in Aviation / Business Management as well as an Associate Degree in Professional Piloting at RMIT. She hopes to one day fly for an airline whilst also contributing in their office. 

Grass-Roots Aviation
/ Dr Zara Dennis I Lead STEM Teacher, Pilot and founder of Sci-Fly STEM Outreach

Dr Zara Dennis grew up in the UK where she completed her honours degree in Physics before moving to Australia in 2008 to complete her PhD. It was during her thesis examination period, that Zara discovered her enthusiasm for teaching and often-quoted “infectious love” for Science. Achieving her CPL in 2018, Zara has also found herself a role model to aspiring young aviators through her outreach project, and her passion for both STEM and Aviation oozes when sharing this with students.

Ripple Impact
/ Elizabeth Stephens I Coach and Trainer at Ripple Impact

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.

Male Champion of Change
/ Adam Fennessy I Partner at Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice

Adam is a partner in Ernst & Young's Advisory Practice, with a focus on government and strategy. This follows a 20 year career at State and Federal Government level, including over four years at Secretary (CEO) level. In Government, Adam was Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) from January 2015 to June 2017. He led the organisation in creating liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities across Victoria, while maintaining the State’s world class liveability. Prior to this, Adam was Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, from April 2013 to December 2014. Adam was awarded a Public Service Medal as part of the 2018 Australia Day Honours list, for “outstanding public service to a range of government departments in Victoria.”

International Women's Day

Videographer of WA/AA IWD Campaign
/ Stefan Drury I Private Pilot/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.

More speakers and topics to be announced soon, stay tuned! 

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 8:30am - 5:30am
Venue: RACV City Club, 501 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

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

[email protected]
1300 889 459