Dear NAWO Members and supporters
I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the new Chair of the National Association of Women in Operations, NAWO.
I joined the NAWO Board in 2012, not long after I joined Arc Infrastructure (formerly Brookfield Rail), where I am currently General Manager Safety, People and Corporate Affairs.
During my 25 years of operational experience, spanning the resources, automotive, energy and rail industries across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, I have been fortunate to see the positive impacts that embracing gender diversity can have on both business outcomes and on outcomes for individuals – women and men.
In operational businesses, more than anywhere else, we have the opportunity to challenge gender stereotypes and be leaders in changing community attitudes towards what ‘acceptable’ roles for women and men look like and to unlock true potential.
NAWO has become an important tool for developing Australia’s pipeline of operational women. As they say, ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’, and NAWO’s ever growing calendar of events ensures that the ‘heroes’ within our midst are given the exposure they have earned and a platform to share their journeys and inspire others. Again, this is not just women but men, too.
At the Board level, we have identified 5 Key Learning Priorities that are critical for women’s engagement and success in operations. All of our events are aligned to at least one of these priorities and we have introduced a complementary suite of Professional Development Programs aimed at developing appropriate skill sets.
Leadership support for change is critical and so we actively engage with the leaders of our Corporate Members and leverage the support of our Ambassadors.
All of this has been made possible through the foresight of my predecessor, NAWO’s founder and inaugural Chair, Angela Tatlis, Director Strategy & PMO, O-I APAC. Angela is a powerhouse whose recognition of the need to connect women working in operational roles and ability to activate like-minded people has created an association that now covers 5 states and has over 55 major Corporate Members and a network of close to 5000 women and men. Her achievement in establishing NAWO is truly one of Australia’s great success stories.
NAWO’s extensive reach and engagement with individuals and businesses at all levels grows exponentially every year. I am very excited to be taking on the role of Chair as we prepare to push the boundaries further again by tapping into emerging technology in order to open up more opportunities for regional women and businesses.
I look forward to leading NAWO on the next stage of its journey towards a world where women and men can be equally represented and valued at every level.
General Manager Safety, People and Corporate Affairs, Arc Infrastructure
Chair, National Association of Women in Operations