Conference Day One - Tuesday, 19 March

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Rebecca Casson
Chairperson, Building Industry Consultative Council
Victorian Government

THE FUTURE OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION
09:00
The future of women in construction: challenges, opportunities and changing the status quo
  • Facing up to the challenge – supply, demand and retention
  • A woman’s place? Characteristics, trends and lived experiences
  • A practical toolkit for change

Lisa Martello
Director – Infrastructure Delivery | Board Director & Chair of National Diversity & Inclusion Portfolio
HKA | NAWIC

PRACTICAL STRATEGIES TO INCREASE DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we realistically drive change, improve diversity & strengthen our teams & organisations?
  • What policies can be implemented to offer real, equal opportunities for women?
  • What hiring practices can eliminate discrimination and unconscious bias in recruitment?
  • How can training, apprenticeships & mentor programs advance women in their careers?
  • What support mechanisms & reporting processes can mitigate harassment and discrimination?

Panellists:

Amy Williams
Head of Partnerships and Strategic Growth
Growthbuilt

Eliza Newton
National Communications Manager
Bouygues Construction Australia

Mei Doery
Project Manager
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Louise Neville
Community Relations Manager
Daracon Group

Naomi Heritage
Executive General Manager, Asset Operations & Sustainment
McMahon Services

Emily Lowden
Head of People & Culture
BG&E Engineering

10:20
Morning tea
10:50
Leveraging diverse teams for enhanced business outcomes and growth
  • Unlocking the practical, analytical and creative potential of diverse teams
  • Leveraging the strengths of varied personalities, perspectives & mindsets
  • Ensuring team members learn from each other to become more agile and effective
  • Building the capability and competence of teams across the enterprise

Nicholle Sparkes
Property and Construction Executive

11:20
Partner presentation
11:40
Building success: navigating the uncharted pathways of a nonlinear construction career
  • How to turn your adversities into strengths
  • How to use your ‘why’ to help you find fulfilment in your career and beyond
  • How to leverage connections and sponsorship to grow

Teeshal Bal
Head of Metro Tunnel Transition Office
Metro Trains Melbourne

12:10
Unlocking your full potential through the power of mentorship
  • Why role models are so important – “you can’t be what you can’t see”
  • Harnessing the benefits of internal and external mentorship programs
  • Utilising the value of diversity and inclusion to elevate mentorship initiatives
  • Strengthening your operations by investing in the strength of your people

Lyn O’Brien
WA State Manager | Director
ADCO Constructions | NAWIC

12:40
Internal solutions: bridging the labour & skills gap by building skillsets & strengthening your team
  • Implementing training programs and apprenticeships to upskill and reskill workers
  • Ensuring your team has the necessary skills to meet industry demands
  • Harnessing the benefits of internal and external mentorship programs
  • Investing in the strength of your people to strengthen your operations

Pilar Gomez
Human Resources Director
Acciona Australia

13:10
Networking Lunch
SOLVING THE LABOUR & SKILLS SHORTAGE: ATTRACT, RECRUIT, RETAIN
14:10
External solutions: finding the people you need by revolutionising the recruitment process
  • Using targeted recruitment strategies to attract diverse talent
  • Partnering with educational institutions & offering apprenticeships, internships & scholarships
  • Modifying job descriptions with gender-neutral language to focus on skills & qualifications
  • Utilising diverse interview panels or blind interview practices

Cheyenne Killen
HR Manager
Kane Constructions

14:40
Exploring government and industry initiatives to attract more women into construction
  • Exploring the NSW Government’s Women in Construction program
  • Getting the right information to girls in schools about opportunities and career paths
  • Promoting and encouraging diversity on sites

Margot Brassil
Director – Strategy
Infrastructure NSW

Gail Silman
Director, Infrastructure Skills and Diversity
NSW Department of Education

15:10
Transforming lives through inclusion, diversity and equity
  • Strategic approach to embedding inclusion into the way we work
  • Contributing to broader social outcomes
  • Utilising Employee Resource Groups to influence our outcomes
  • Changing our current ways of working by engaging hearts and minds
  • Establishing accountabilities, targets and measuring success

Deborah Cownley
Group Manager, Strategy Management
John Holland

15:40
Afternoon Tea
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES FACING WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY
16:10
Creating and enforcing policies to prevent sexual harassment in construction
  • Creating & nurturing a zero-tolerance policy & culture
  • Creating an accessible complaints and reporting framework 
  • Keeping complaints confidential to the extent possible
  • Preventing retaliation
  • Publicising policies and training employees on them
  • Creating a robust investigation framework and taking appropriate remedial action

Dr Niki Vincent
Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector
Victorian Government

16:40
Actionable strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and build confidence

The underrepresentation of women in the construction industry not only widens the gender gap but also breeds formidable barriers to entry. This unequal representation often triggers feelings of intimidation and internalized self-doubt, contributing to the phenomenon known as impostor syndrome. Delve into the roots of these impostor feelings and discover actionable strategies to break free from their grip. Explore how to conquer impostor syndrome in the male-dominated construction field and unleash your full potential.

Caroline Lamshed
Chief Projects and Wholesale Officer
Simonds Homes

17:10
The importance of prioritising mental health, safety and wellbeing to increase work efficiency
  • Examining how poor mental health leads to physical safety issues, poor performance and decreased productivity
  • Providing access to support systems and resources
  • Promoting mental health awareness and training
  • Promoting an open and supportive culture where mental health issues can be addressed

Danielle Buckland
National HSE Manager
Mirvac

17:40
Closing comments from the Chair
17:45
End of Women in Construction Summit Day 1
17:45
Networking Drinks
18:45
Official Event Dinner
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