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International Women's Day 2019

For International Women's Day (8th March), ISCA asked a series of questions to a handful of inspirational female leaders in our industry.  These were published on our LinkedIn page each day last week. 

See below all of the responses, including ones which were not showcased on LinkedIn.


Ainsley Simpson - ISCA CEO

If you could use a giant billboard to share a message, what would it be?


Alice Chaplin, General Manager NZ, Coffey

If you could use a giant billboard to share a message, what would it be?


Alison Rowe, CEO, Moreland Energy Foundation, and ISCA Chair

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth? 

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be?  

"Believe in yourself, Believe in others , Believe in the power of us"
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry? 

"Optimism, Creativity, Altruism"


Allison Frencken, Project Analyst – Infrastructure Services, Fulton Hogan 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

 

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be?

"Be the Change you want to See"
 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"My mother was a single parent to four children juggling everything parenthood brings. Through it all mum has always encouraged me to aim high and fly even higher. My mum is my biggest supporter, critic, mentor and sounding board, her support has allowed me to follow my dreams. My children also encourage and support me to follow my dreams"


Becky Wood, Executive Director - Fleet Program Delivery, Infrastructure & Services, Transport for NSW

If you could use a giant billboard to share a message, what would it be?

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"Lucy Chadwick is the most inspiring and personally invested boss I’ve ever had in terms of how working hard to get to know me as an individual and helping me understand how I could best grow as an individual leader as well as performing at my best professionally. What’s even better is we are still very much in touch 10 years on and she’s inspiring me even at distance of 10,000.
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"Listening well is a skill that cuts across professional and sectoral boundaries. To design and build infrastructure which will truly serve future generations’ needs, we need to start listening better"


Dawn Watt, General Manager Testing Australia, Coffey

If you could use a giant billboard to share a message, what would it be?


Gayle Sloan, CEO, Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?


Heather Campbell, Chair, Sustainability Victoria

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be?

"We only have one planet. All is not lost. Let’s commit to taking action today to harness our collective brain and chart a bright future."
 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"Being in the natural world, with local communities working together to protect our environment and create positive change inspires me."


Katrina Fong Lim - Northern Territory President, United Nations Association of Australia

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be?

 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"My Mum, a stay at home nurturer inspired my personal growth, she brought myself and my 5 sisters up to believe that anything was possible and nothing should stand in our way.  My professional growth has been championed by people like Michelle Hanton, of Dragon Sisters who is a life coach and Annette Gillanders from Biznorth who is a business coach.  It has also been encouraged by the many volunteer Board Members who I have had the privilege to work for."
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"It is really important for sustainable development for everyone in the infrastructure to value inclusion, accessibility and community connection"


Kerryn-Vine Camp, Executive Director Western Sydney Unit, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 

"Imagine the possible, Build your networks, Embrace ambiguity, Step forward"
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"Diversity of roles, the opportunity to be part of something bigger, to make your mark."


Laura Pritchard, Sustainability Officer, Sydney Metro

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 

"Find what you’re passionate about and take every opportunity to make your contribution count."
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"Optimism and perseverance. Being optimistic lends you to exploring new and better ways of doing things that people who’ve been a long time in industry might not see. And perseverance, or being stubborn, helps you learn, improve yourself and make change happen."


Louise Dudley, CEO, Queensland Urban Utilities

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 

"To reap the benefits of diversity, a business must first foster an inclusive culture – one that promotes respect, equity & acceptance of differences."
 

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"It’s important to exhibit confidence in your skills and abilities, but also a willingness to learn and grow. Never quench your thirst for knowledge."


Nicole Lockwood, Chair, Westport Taskforce

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 


Nina Kilpinen, Managing Director, Seed Engineering

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

"Nothing builds a better work environment, than having a diverse and inclusive team. I would challenge that anyone (at any stage in their career), can influence diversity and inclusion in their organisations. Anyone can create instant change, with very little effort. I would never accept excuses such as “It takes time to create change…” Great leaders, create meaningful change."

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be?

"#TimesUp"
 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"I am lucky enough to have a network of mentors, from a range of industries, who have supported and encouraged me in my career. I think some of my mentors sometimes back me harder, than I back myself! It’s important to have mentors and sponsors who are prepared to challenge your thinking and behaviour, yet are ready to provide kindness and support, when you most need it."


Rebecca Miller, Associate Director Sustainability & Resilience, AECOM

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 

'There’s no silver bullet – but if you believe in something strongly enough, keep going, the payoff will be worth it."
 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have worked with a number of great leaders (both male and female) who have not only provided inspiration and direction, but who have also provided encouragement and support – two elements crucial to both professional and personal growth."


Rebecca Dickson, Senior Legal Counsel, ACCIONA

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?


Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia

What key value(s) would you foster if you were a new graduate in the infrastructure industry?

If you could use a giant billboard to share one message what would it be? 

"Keep fighting the good fight - it's our role to keep the industry and government honest."
 

What/who has championed, inspired or encouraged your personal and professional growth?

"I grew up as one of three daughters, with very open-minded parents. We grew up in a household where we were taught to debate and be inquisitive, I carried this through to my undergraduate studies in agricultural economics."


Stay tuned for announcements about ISCA's 2019 Annual Conference - #Connect, 15-17 October 2019, where you can hear more from some of these leaders.

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