As part of the commitment by Aurecon, the Diversity Agenda, and the University of Auckland’s Women in Engineering network to supporting the development of women in the engineering sector, we organised a special event called “Women in Engineering: the Past, Present, and the Future” on July 19th at the University of Auckland.
People from different stages of their careers attended the event, including secondary students, university students, and professionals in the industry.
The event started with welcoming speeches from David Hughes (Aurecon), Charlotte Downes (The Diversity Agenda), Ashleigh Fox, and Caitlin Scragg (Women in Engineering Network, University of Auckland). They shared their personal and organizational commitments to promoting diversity in the workforce. After that, two inspiring speakers, Harota Los’e and Dr. Kaley Crawford-Flett, shared their stories and advice with the audience.
The second part of the evening involved small group workshops where we discussed the future of the workplace or education. We talked about what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what changes we’d like to see in the future.
Finally, the event concluded with everyone sharing their insights and networking over kai/food.
The event was skilfully hosted by MC Claire Lyons (Aurecon) and supported by volunteers from the Women in Engineering Network committee. Special thanks to our event organisers Ashleigh Fox, Charlotte Downes, Holly Rausch, Erica Jeon and Sophie Burridge and key sponsor Aurecon for this wonderful evening of insights and inspiration.