By Josephine Hansen
BlueScope Australia and New Zealand
On the 16th February BlueScope, a NAWO Silver Corporate Member, proudly held the first QLD NAWO event of the year in Brisbane, ‘High-Vis is the new black’. With the chosen theme ‘Personal Confidence and Courage’ proving very popular, the event was oversubscribed with a waiting list put in place. Fifty five guests attended with representatives from the various BlueScope businesses in Brisbane as well as PepsiCo, Aurizon, Incitec Pivot & Australia Post, just to name a few.
Guest speakers included BlueScope’s own Kamini Wijekulasuriya (Manufacturing Manager, Western Sydney Service Centre) and Rebecca Dee-Bradbury (BlueScope Non-Executive Director). Inspiring everyone with their candid presentations on their respective careers and the challenges they have faced, they both shared how their confidence and courage has played a role in their journeys.
Kamini started out as a chemical engineer working on shift in the heat of Port Kembla’s Blast Furnace. She has emerged through various technical and operational roles to become today’s Manufacturing Manager at BlueScope’s latest steel paintline in Western Sydney. As Kamini humbly reflected on 25 years’ worth of BlueScope experience and on-the-job lessons, she also shared her responsibilities as a mother juggling three children, including twins. She emphasised the value of authenticity and the power of networks.
Rebecca has 20 years of senior executive experience across Retail, New Technology and FMCG and today is a non-executive director at BlueScope Steel Ltd, Grain Corp Ltd and TOWER Ltd. Rebecca graciously shared how practicing the art of authenticity continues to help her shape the confidence and courage necessary to achieve personal and professional goals. Rebecca’s inspiring message outlining her extensive executive skills, participation in industry policy leadership forums and university sectors, encouraged self-awareness and promoted personal development in all guests who attended.
Following the talks, attendees were invited to a site tour, which was well received by all parties. Participants gained a greater understanding of Colorbond® steel and the pride BlueScope takes in producing it.
Feedback has been very positive from all speakers and guests. The event provided an ideal networking opportunity for women from local industries to reflect on the challenges faced in Operations focused businesses.
The NAWO team would like to thank BlueScope, Kamini, Rebecca, Josephine and everyone involved in organising this terrific event. And remember to register early for your next NAWO event – places often fill quickly!