Image: Felicity Furey speaking to a full house at NAWO’s recent QLD Quick Bite
What does it really mean to be an influential leader? How can each of us help evoke change, no matter how great or small, not only for ourselves but also for the lives of others? The attendees of QLD’s latest NAWO Quick Bite pondered these questions and more. Thanks to Kartini Oei, Transformation Manager – ANZ, Air BP and Chair of NAWO’s QLD State Committee and Toni Dugdale, Community Relations and Communications Advisor, Caltex Refinery and Member of NAWO’s QLD State Committee for sharing the following event messages…
NAWO QLD members were lucky to share some time with other NAWO members over lunch and networking and then were privileged to hear from two amazing speakers, both who have been enormously influential in creating change, but both in very different ways. In some regards our fabulous speakers, Felicity Furey and Rebecca Townshend, could be called pioneers, but at their core they simply acted to fill a need they were passionate about – to make engineering more accessible and attractive to women.
After becoming aware of the statistics on female students completing engineering degrees and being shocked to discover they had not changed in years, Felicity Furey decided to do something about it. She founded the not-for-profit ‘The Power of Engineering’ as a way of engaging year 9 & 10 female high school students about the potential of an engineering career. In the process of growing both her own career and this organisation she is learning an enormous amount about herself and her leadership style which ultimately is making her more effective in the workplace. Some key takeaways included:
A passion for community development led Rebecca Townshend to Cambodia as part of ‘Engineers Without Borders’ working at the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Here she was able to offer her experience and put to a different use her engineering and psychology degrees to help land mine victims rebuild their lives. Like Felicity, the experience outside of her core career path was a profound one and taught her a lot about herself and leadership.
Her key takeaways included:
Thanks to everyone who attended. To our wonderful QLD NAWO members, and especially our male members who help support and encourage our females, thank you! We hope you found this event thought-provoking and interesting. We look forward to seeing you at another of our great events soon!