Image: Part of the group inspecting the rail grinders that were stabled at Mile End.
South Australia, NAWO’s newest member state was quick off the mark with its first QuickBite event for 2017 on the 2nd of February focused on ‘Making it work; harnessing business acumen to drive commercial outcomes’. Special thanks to Angela Faulkner, Community Relations Officer, Office of CEO, ARTC, for providing this overview…
ARTC Quick Bite for business success
Inspecting multi-million dollar machinery and learning how it extends the life of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) rail network by years added a practical dimension to this month’s National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) Quick Bite event.
Two Aurizon rail grinders stabled at the Mile End siding while between jobs attracted more than 30 attendees who took the opportunity to inspect the equipment that travels all over the network improving the profile of the rail and extending its life.
The tour was followed by presentations from two Contract and Finance leaders who shared commercial acumen insights picked up over their years of experience.
More than 80 men and women from a range of operations industries came to the Adelaide event to hear from Kylie Gallasch, ARTC General Manager, Financial Services (Adelaide) and Jackie Lawrence, ARTC Manager, Commercial and Contractual Engagement. John Fullerton ARTC Chief Executive was also on hand to provide an overview of the company and underlined his support for diversity in the workplace.
After starting with a 6-week temp contract in 1996 Kylie has risen through the ARTC ranks for the past 20 years. She outlined several challenging scenarios encountered during her career and encouraged those gathered to “channel their Princess Leia”.
“Be assertive, strategic and decisive – but don’t allow yourself to become aggressive as that will damage relationships.
“Don’t be afraid to put yourself forward, lead confidently but remember that the best results are often those that are delivered as part of a team,” said Kylie.
Jackie emphasised the value of good mentors for her personal and professional development and described her mum as her first role model.
“She was the family treasurer who also acted as the regulator when setting the rules and financial controller who demanded a business case for any additional pocket money there was no allocation for,” said Jackie.
She outlined the value of life experience in managing people, noting it is essential to understand what’s important for yourself and others and how it effects decision making or personal performance.
The presentations were followed by questions from the floor with the audience seeking a range of views from the panel including advice about seeking out mentors, how to ask for a pay rise and how to encourage greater diversity in the workplace.
The event was facilitated by Elena Casciano, ARTC Team Leader, Corporate Business and coordinated by Jenny McAuliffe, ARTC Executive General Manager, People. Jenny is also the SA State Committee Chair for NAWO.