APEC – Promoting Women and Girls’ Participation in STEM

Dr Leonie Walsh, our inaugural Ambassador for Women in STEMM Australia, represented Australia in October last year at the APEC Workshop – Promoting Women and Girls’ Participation in STEM held in Chinese Taipei, 24-27 October 2017. Leonie is a well-known and respected leader and advocate for STEMM industry and innovation, as well as women in … More APEC – Promoting Women and Girls’ Participation in STEM

Women in STEMM Advocacy: looking at the past, a link to the future

We have been thrilled to welcome WiSEnet to our network and outgoing WiSEnet National Convenor Dr Diane Webster was invited to serve with Women in STEMM Australia’s Board of Directors, and did so until the end of 2016, when past WiSEnet member, Associate Professor Sally Male joined. Sally continues to serve on our Board of … More Women in STEMM Advocacy: looking at the past, a link to the future

Connecting Women in STEMM in the Sunshine State – Queensland

Last year Women in STEMM Australia celebrated National Science Week in Queensland with an exciting collaborative event – Connecting Women in STEMM in the Sunshine State. On Monday, August 14, 2017, the Keynote Speaker, Queensland Science Minister, the Honorable Leeanne Enoch, and the Queensland Acting Chief Scientist, Christine Williams, welcomed delegates to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre in Brisbane. Renowned ABC journalist … More Connecting Women in STEMM in the Sunshine State – Queensland

Owning your success and honouring your champions

A funny thing happened to me last week. After years of denial and deflection, I finally agreed to owning my success. Now this might seem like an odd statement, but I expect that the vast majority of women out there don’t, won’t or feel they aren’t deserving of their success or praise when they’re singled … More Owning your success and honouring your champions

Culturally diverse women need a properly designed system to reach to STEMM leadership roles

A very recent report from Deakin University and Diversity Council Australia confirms that the number of women of diverse background in Australia’s top jobs is “extremely low”. This finding is nothing new (I discussed this in my previous article) but it at least indicates the increasing attention being paid to the matter of professional women of … More Culturally diverse women need a properly designed system to reach to STEMM leadership roles

Bankers diversify their mentoring portfolio to include young researchers

Every day we see the powerful value that women bring to our own business. As an employer of choice for women we are also a significant supporter of women across diverse industry sectors including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We know that more women in business means more points of view, more depth of … More Bankers diversify their mentoring portfolio to include young researchers

Why I left research — and what would have made me and other women stay

I read a brilliant article this month by my very talented friend Dr Darren Saunders on “What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?”. Many points in his article I found quite sobering, particularly that women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers but just 17% … More Why I left research — and what would have made me and other women stay

The Value of Mentoring

Trainees in science often express the need for ‘a mentor’. What does this mean and what should mentees and mentors expect? What is a mentor? The Macquarie dictionary definition is ‘a wise and trusted counsellor’. A mentor is someone with more experience, often older (although not always), who helps and guides another individual’s development. This … More The Value of Mentoring