Engineers Australia: International Women's Day event

When: March 10 2021

Where: Virtual, Australia

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Engineers Australia is celebrating International Women's Day on Wednesday 10 March, 2021.

March 8 is marked as International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

Engineers Australia is committed to raising awareness, promoting discussion and encouraging action as part of its diversity strategy. The International Women’s Day celebrations provide the perfect platform to engage with industry and promote healthy discussion about what positive action can be taken to address the challenges facing modern women in the workforce.

While the trends we are seeing are positive, the current challenging environment makes it even more important to keep building on the momentum of past successes. It’s only through industry support for these initiatives that we can help keep the message of diversity prevalent and bring people together to hear from inspirational leaders of change.

In 2020, thousands of people attended our event series from over 400 organisations and feedback was overwhelmingly positive with 97.5% people saying they would recommend an Engineers Australia IWD event to a colleague.

We are excited to introduce our 2021 speaker that will join our event history of inspiring and accomplished women.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mae Jemison:
Entrepreneur, engineer, physician, former astronaut social scientist and educator, Dr. Mae Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation.  Jemison leads 100 Year Starship® global initiative to ensure the capabilities exist for human interstellar travel within the next 100 years while every step of the way enhancing life on Earth.

A NASA astronaut for six years and the world’s first woman of color in space, Jemison was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia, an Environmental professor at Dartmouth College focused on designing technologies for sustainability. She founded two technology companies and the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS), a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. Jemison is member of National Academy of Medicine, Fortune 500 companies’ boards, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, was the first chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board in addition to many other awards, boards, honorary degrees, service work and recognitions.

LOOK UP, led by Jemison, focuses people, on a single day worldwide, to weave a global tapestry of what individually see, feel, think, love, fear, offer, need and hope as we look up at the sky.

Jemison was the first real astronaut to appear on the Star Trek TV series and is a LEGO mini-figure in the LEGO Women of NASA kit.  Dr. Jemison is Bayer Corporation USA’s Making Science Make Sense® chief ambassador, and she is a series hosts of National Geographic’s “One Strange Rock” and space operations advisor for its global miniseries, “Mars.”  Dr. Jemison authored True Books’ series on space exploration and the 2nd edition of “Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life” which will be released this fall.

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