Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: Registration from 11:30am–12:00pm, Lunch 12:00pm–2:30pm
Venue: Crown Palladium Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC
Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual
Catherine McGrath Media
Catherine McGrath is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent. For 3 decades she has been one of Australia’s leading women broadcasters as Bureau Chief and Political Editor for SBS and ABC television, radio and online services. Earlier she was the ABC’s South East Asia Correspondent.She passionately believes it is important for women to be supported in developing speaking and communication skills and that Australia must broaden the number and scope of women who speak in the media and at conferences and events.
In 2016 Catherine covered her last federal election leading the SBS political bureau and then opened her own business with a focus on communications training and events. Catherine presents conferences and facilitates events Australia wide. She also works with some of the country’s biggest companies and public-sector organisations in media and presentation training.
Catherine is a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Society through Journalism. She is a member of the Canberra Convention Bureau, the Canberra Business Chamber and the National Press Club.
Catherine lives in Canberra and is a graduate of the University of Sydney.
|PROFESSOR DONG RUAN
Professor Dong Ruan is an expert in mechanical and structural engineering. Her primary research fields include the dynamic properties of materials, energy absorption of materials and structures, and impact mechanics. Dr Ruan has secured over $2 million in research grants from the Australian Research Council, Defence Materials and Technology Centre, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology, CAST CRC and Rail Manufacturing CRC, among others.
Dr Ruan received the 2013 Eureka Prize for outstanding science in Safeguarding Australia.the 2008 National Telstra Business Women Awards for Innovation, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Industry category winner 2011, and Lifetime Achievement Silver Stevie Award 2013. And in early February 2017, she commenced her role as a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty’s Business and Economics Board.
Technical Director, Arcadis
Elizabeth Hurst is recognised as a Global environmental expert with over 20 years’ local and international experience. She has worked in a broad range of sectors including transport, energy, mining, water and heavy industry. Key projects include the Mernda Rail Corridor Upgrade for Public Transport Victoria, the Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility for the Department of Transport as well as the London Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Senior Vice President & General Manager – Buildings & Infrastructure, Asia Pacific / Middle East
Patrick’s career spans 20 years at Jacobs where he began as a water process engineer before quickly progressing to several leadership positions across various sectors. His experience across multiple geographies in diverse markets has only reinforced his recognition that talent is not defined by demographics. And his professional and personal roles: as a people leader, a technical professional and a father of three daughters, drive his passion for creating a culture where all employees are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a result, Patrick is committed to combining diversity, inclusion and opportunity to create a dynamic workforce, increasing innovation and sophisticated solutions for clients and enabling employees to achieve their life and career goals.
Patrick Chairs a Jacobs Diversity & Inclusion Council which sets out and delivers the strategic direction of the diversity and inclusion portfolios. He works alongside a dedicated Jacobs Diversity & Inclusion Manager, a highly engaged leadership team and employee led networks to implement critical initiatives, with a critical focus on flexibility and gender equality.
Patrick is also a signatory of the Consult Australia Champions of Change, which aims to bring about change in the built environment consulting industry. He was also recently nominated a Pay Equity Ambassador by the Workplace for Gender Equality (WGEA) acknowledging the impact of gender bias in the workplace and declaring our commitment to addressing pay equity.
|FLTLT Belinda Pavlovic
Defence Force Recruiting
Belinda Pavlovic is a Flight Lieutenant for the Royal Australian Air Force and is a trained aeronautical and mechanical engineering. She also works in the Specialist Recruitment Team for Women at Defence Force Recruiting.
Read more about Belinda in this article published by the Australian Financial Review.
BRONZE SPONSOR – MELBOURNE