This presentation details how WIE Townsville was formed, how it operates, and gives tips to conference attendees on how they can form their own female engineer networking group, to encourage women into leadership and decision-making roles.
Engineers Australia declared 2007 as the Year of Women in Engineering. In February 2008, the “ Careers Review of Engineering Women” report was published, which showed that despite the efforts made in 2007, much remained to be done to ensure women engineers are considered an important part of the inclusive engineering team.
In response to this report, female engineers in Townsville sought to improve this situation, and formed Women In Engineering: Townsville in June 2008. Female engineers in the Townsville region wanted regular networking and social interaction with a professional society of female colleagues with similar experiences.
Early and regular promotion for first networking event, including an RSVP requirement to increase the group distribution list.
Structured activity to ensure mingling.
Survey completed at the event to gauge member wants from WIE. Significant themes: the need for opportunities for experiences not gained at work (leading a team, running a meeting), campaigning for more local training courses, meeting with like-minded women to provide professional and emotional support.