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  • 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.
  • Collate network of female engineers Call for committee volunteers Differentiate tasks of Engineers Australia Townsville Local Group and Women In Engineering Townsville Establish roles of committee members Workshop for group mission Hold first networking event Survey members to determine the needs and wants
  • Goal – to make contact with all female engineers in local organisations How To: Approach female engineers in own organisation. Use male connections in other companies and ask for contacts. Work with the local university to access student associations. Make connections with similar groups e.g. WIMARQ. Describe the purpose of Women in Engineering and ask for volunteers to help establish the group.
  • Engineers Australia Townsville Local Group vs. Women In Engineering Townsville Funding and sponsorship Well defined job descriptions for each committee member, creating a clear role and list of responsibilities. The committee consists of volunteers, and committee members support one another in their roles, so that female engineers gain experience in leading and decision-making in a non-work environment. Workshop for group mission statement.
  • The mission of the group is: To promote and encourage professional women in engineering related fields in the Townsville region by: • Providing a platform for open communication on aspects of their professional and personal development; • Advocating the value and contribution of women in engineering; and • Fostering the leadership capabilities of our members.
  • 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.
  • We used the survey results to plan the first year of events. It was recognised that a “social” atmosphere produced the informal networking opportunities that our members desired, and so WIE holds combined events with other professional women’s groups, and hosts casual drinks in a relaxed setting. Social Combined – EA, WIMARQ, AusIMM Varied Mini golf - family Gen2X Debate - youth Career planning - personal Bring Your Boss - colleagues Working Overseas – combined presentation Technical tour - local groups Annual WIE Prize at Gala Awards Night - sponsored

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  • 1. WOMEN IN ENGINEERING - TOWNSVILLE A “How To” Guide from those who have succeeded.
  • 2. Women In Engineering - Townsville
    • 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.
  • 3. The need for WIE
    • 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.
  • 4. Establishment
    • Collate network of female engineers
    • Call for committee volunteers
    • Differentiate tasks of Engineers Australia Townsville Local Group and Women In Engineering Townsville
    • Establish roles of committee members
    • Workshop for group mission
    • Hold first networking event
    • Survey members to determine the needs and wants
  • 5. Collating a Network
    • Goal – to make contact with all female engineers in local organisations
    • How To:
      • Approach female engineers in own organisation.
      • Use male connections in other companies and ask for contacts.
      • Work with the local university to access student associations.
      • Make connections with similar groups e.g. WIMARQ.
      • Describe the purpose of Women in Engineering and ask for volunteers to help establish the group.
  • 6. Responsibilities and Roles
    • Engineers Australia Townsville Local Group vs. Women In Engineering Townsville
    • Funding and sponsorship
    • Well defined job descriptions for each committee member, creating a clear role and list of responsibilities.
    • Workshop for group mission statement.
  • 7. Mission
    • To promote and encourage professional women in engineering related fields in the Townsville region by:
      • Providing a platform for open communication on aspects of their professional and personal development;
      • Advocating the value and contribution of women in engineering; and
      • Fostering the leadership capabilities of our members.
  • 8. Survey for member needs
    • 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.
  • 9. Events
    • Social
    • Combined – EA, WIMARQ, AusIMM
    • Varied
      • Mini golf - family
      • Gen2X Debate - youth
      • Career planning - personal
      • Bring Your Boss - colleagues
      • Working Overseas - combined presentation
      • Technical tour - local groups
      • Annual WIE Prize at Gala Awards Night - sponsored
  • 10. Acknowledgements
    • Janice Moody (Ballard) - chair of first WIE committee
    • WIE Tsv committee members
    • EA Tsv Local Group