WIMWA Summit 2022


The WIMWA committee is delighted to launch our 14th annual conference programme

Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) is proud to present the 2022 program for the WIMWA Summit, showcasing extraordinary local and international industry trailblazers and thought leaders, featuring two days of fascinating speakers, conversation and connection.

Annabel Crabb.  who is a familiar face to many due to her TV journalism, has a strong interest in researching,  and unpacking, issues faced by women (and men) in the workplace.

We are thrilled to include in the program one of Australia’s most influential women who will join us live from Sydney – Wendy McCarthy AO has made her mark on Australia in many extraordinary ways. For more than 50 years, she has been on the leading edge of corporate and public life in this country across diverse areas, including education, family planning, human rights, public health, overseas aid and development, conservation, heritage, media and the Arts. Now 80, Wendy is the author of a recently published memoir. “Don’t be too polite, Girls”.

We will spotlight important research by Professor Michelle Ryan who is Director of the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at ANU. Michelle is one of the world’s leading thinkers on leadership and is a professor of social and organisational psychology. She coined the concept “glass cliff”, a term that describes how women are often put in leadership roles during times of crisis or hardship, when the chances of failure are highest.

We are pleased to include the entertaining and seriously emotionally intelligent  Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, best known as @lizandmollie. These two are incredibly gifted at distilling complex messages around the hugely important matters of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. They will unpack their unique point of view and shed some fresh light by offering tools to help navigate the workplace while dealing with big feelings.

As expected, the WIMWA Summit 2022 is designed to showcase and celebrate extraordinary industry voices, with presentations and conversation featuring some of the best in the business, including Sabina Shugg AM, Kaushika Hazarika, Sarah Coleman, Kyra Galente, Annie Llewellyn, Weiran Yang,  Rachel Jones, Nicky Firth, Therese Muirhead, Mike Spreadborough, Lauren Gullo, Clayton Hanrahan,  and Mark Norwell.

Some of these speakers will come together in panels to discuss firstly how we can use health, and psychological safety, as a vehicle for change and then later in the day we have a group of senior men talking about with Annabel Crabb about the new and changing industry workplace and myth busting and demystifying .

We will also hear individually from Sarah Coleman, CEO idoba, about inclusive leadership. We are delighted to showcase the growing diversity of women in the industry with presentations from three industry women, and emerging leaders, who are all very unique but are all first generation Australians : Annie Llewellyn will talk about her journey from Wales to underground manager and to being of WIMWA’s favourite, and most hard-working, mentors. Kaushika Hasarika and Weiran Yang will both share a small part of their story of finding a dynamic and rewarding working environment in the Australian mining industry.

We are looking forward to finishing the day with a wrap up by the always entertaining duo of Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales before finale performance by the superlative Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse who will serenade us before a relaxed networking sundowner.

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