Conference Day Two - Thursday, 22 August

08:15
Welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Honi Walker
Chief Executive Officer
South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA)

HOW MEN AND WOMEN CAN WORK TOGETHER TO DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE
09:00
How others can ally with and empower women to grow in the manufacturing industry
  • Promoting gender equality through policies that provide equal opportunities for everyone in the industry
  • Recognising and celebrating women’s achievements to influence their future development
  • Inspiring and motivating both men and women to work together for greater diversity and equality

Hannah Campbell
Procurement Manager
Incitec Pivot

09:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we action the shared responsibility of men and women to drive positive change?
  • How can we ensure the entire workforce, including men, truly understand and appreciate the issues facing women?
  • Why is diversity alone not enough?
  • How can men advocate for an equitable and safe work environment for women?
  • How do we create accountability to drive real and lasting change?

Moderator:

Honi Walker
Chief Executive Officer
South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA)

Panellists:

Adam Carpenter
Manufacturing Mill Manager
Kimberly-Clark

Belinda Layson
Beverage Operations Manager
PepsiCo

Hannah Campbell
Procurement Manager
Incitec Pivot

Brett Weeden
Head of People and Culture
Not A Trace

10:10
Partner Presentation
10:30
Morning tea & networking
11:00
Understanding, solving and eliminating unconscious bias in the industry
  • Identifying, addressing and confronting cases of unconscious bias in the workplace
  • Examining the causes that plant unconscious gender bias in people’s mind
  • Assessing and determining which biases are most likely to affect your work
  • Incorporating training in diverse teams with equal men and women

Adam Carpenter
Manufacturing Mill Manager
Kimberly-Clark

ELEVATING YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS & OUTCOMES
11:30
Building effective communication and collaboration to elevate project outcomes
  • Ensuring miscommunication does not cause logjams in workflows resulting in delays and costs
  • Identifying and addressing issues early on through clear communication
  • Driving innovation and facilitating knowledge sharing among team members
  • Effectively communicating the progress of a project to keep everyone informed
  • Creating a collaborative environment where problems can be shared before they become major issues

Meighan Heard
Executive Director, Commercial & Corporate
Mitsubishi Electric Australia

12:00
Project management strategies to meet deadlines, reduce costs and achieve project success
  • Exploring different paths and identifying the best route at the outset
  • Creating a strategic plan and defining goals to create a clear vision of the project
  • Commissioning processes to facilitate knowledge transfer between manufacturing and operations
  • Including operations and maintenance in the design phase to ensure long-term efficiency

Bianca Shepherd
Engineering Support Workshop Manager
ANSTO

12:30
Networking Lunch
13:30
Building essential skills in manufacturing: soft skills to excel in your role
  • Developing business acumen and meaningfully contributing to decision making
  • Grasping critical and strategic thinking to get ahead of the game
  • Nurturing your creative thinking to envision new solutions & approaches
  • Using failure as a tool to succeed in your role as a leader
  • Utilising empathy & emotional intelligence to advance your team’s productivity

Clair Edwards
Technical Director, Oceania
Symrise AG

SOLVING THE MANUFACTURING SKILLS AND LABOUR SHORTAGE GAP
14:00
Bridging the labour and skills gap by building skillsets and strengthening your team
  • Implementing training programs and apprenticeships to upskill and reskill workers
  • Ensuring your team has the necessary skills to meet industry demands
  • Harnessing the benefits of internal and external mentorship programs
  • Investing in the strength of your people to strengthen your operations

Carissa Mansfield
General Manager People & Culture
Mackay Sugar

CHARTING YOUR CAREER PATH IN MANUFACTURING
14:30
Building a successful long-term career in manufacturing

Erika will share the insights she’s gained in a 30+ year manufacturing career that’s taken her from a Marketing Assistant to a Commercial Director named Business Victoria’s 2023 Woman Manufacturer of the Year, as she examines:

  • Analysing the key drivers to set your manufacturing career off on the right foot
  • Developing a matrix of skills including strong communication, problem-solving and analytical thinking to provide a solid leadership foundation
  • Harnessing your skills as a collaborator and negotiator to build bridges across your organisation and with stakeholders

Erika Hughes
Commercial Director
Integra Systems

 

15:00
Afternoon tea & networking
15:30
Leading by example: embodying resilience and flexibility in your team as a woman
  • Adapting to changing roles and responsibilities
  • Overcoming gender stereotypes and biases
  • Learning flexibility in problem-solving
  • Managing stress and pressure

Donna Paxton
General Manager - Group Human Resources
Jayco

16:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: From the factory to the boardroom: navigating a male-dominated industry
  • Strategies for career progression into leadership roles and standing out in the crowd
  • Tracking your progress towards established goals and using feedback in a productive way
  • Examining some key business and corporate realities in the manufacturing sector

Moderator:

Honi Walker
Chief Executive Officer
South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA)

Panellists:

Serena Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Circuitwise Electronics Manufacturing

Karin Vosmansky
Executive Director
Mack Valves

Donna Paxton
General Manager - Group Human Resources
Jayco

Erika Hughes
Commercial Director
Integra Systems

16:40
Closing remarks from the Chair
16:45
End of Women in Manufacturing Summit 2024