International Women's Day 2021




In celebration of International Women's Day we are hosting a free panel event where we will hear from a range of inspiring project professionals to discuss how we can improve gender diversity in the workplace.

Our facilitator and panalists are from a range of industries covering Infrastructure, Construction, and Technology each bringing with them a wealth of project management knowledge and a passion for gender equality. 

To coincide with this year's theme #ChooseToChallenge, the discussion will centre around how we can challenge the current barriers faced by working women to create real change within the workplace. Topics will range from how we can ensure greater participation of women in senior leadership roles to the initiatives that can be taken to ensure working families are supported. We will also look at the effects of COVID-19 on flexible working conditions and where are we headed when it comes to gender diversity as we move into 2021.

The event will include a facilitated Q&A session enabling you to join the conversation and put forward any questions you have for our panelists. 

Event facilitator
Anna Broughton, Director at NS Group 

Event panalists
Kim Lenox MAIPM CPPM, Manager Commercial Supply Agreements, ATRC

Divya Panwar MAIPM, Chapter Lead, Technical Product Owner, Telstra

Julieanne Saxty MAIPM CPPD, Program Manager, Aurecon

Roy Sargent FAIPM, Director Business Improvements and Systems CRBS

Event take aways

  • What are the challenges currently facing women in the workforce?
  • How can we increase the number of women in the project profession and in senior leadership roles?
  • How has COVID-19 changed employer attitudes to working from home and improved flexible working conditions?
  • What initiatives and policies can be undertaken by employers to improve gender equity in the workforce?

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Kim Lenox With a formal legal background and experience in high profile infrastructure projects such as the NBN, inaugural Supercars Newcastle 500 and ARTC, Kim is well versed in the delivery of complex projects. She is a passionate leader, mentor and supporter of women in the construction industry and is interested in understanding the barriers they face in securing promotion to senior roles. She is a Certified Practicing Project Manager, an AIPM NSW Chapter Councillor, President of Women in Building and Associated Services, and Vice President of the Equal Futures Project. Kim has been a judge for the Master Builders Association’s Women in Building Awards and the AIPM’s PMAAs. Kim regularly participates in and moderates panel discussions particularly as they relate to women's experiences in infrastructure. In 2019 Kim partnered with Suzy Miller’s “The Opportunity Collective” to mentor women in the Hunter region and actively engages in informal mentoring with other young professionals.   
Julieanne Saxty Julieanne is an experienced Program Manager (MAIPM CPPD | MSP) at Aurecon and is a Client Leader in Aurecon’s Defence market. Julieanne leads a large national team through the scoping, feasibility and design phases of the Department of Defence’s Project Delivery Services (PDS). Julieanne manages Portfolio Leaders and Project Managers across the country, as they deliver varied and unique projects for Defence. Along with leading people and projects, Julieanne’s role includes strategy, resourcing and operations. 
Divya Panwar Divya Panwar has over 17 years of experience in Project and Program management in Telecommunications, Technology, Human Resources and Banking. Combining her MBA and Six Sigma qualifications with a consulting background, Divya has a proven track record in delivering multimillion dollar complex regulatory, compliance, Infrastructure, Anti money laundering and Billing programs. She was a recipient of Telstra Excellence award in 2019, for her involvement in setting up a new Innovation Capability Centre in India.
Divya is Technical Product Owner and Delivery Lead across the Global Contact Centre Workplaces at Telstra . Divya champions the Agent@Home program to support working from home demands, in response to Covid-19 globally. In addition to her delivery responsibility Divya is a people /chapter lead for a team of Agile technology leads. She also contributes to Telstra’s Brilliantly Connected Women championing Diversity as well as females in IT.
Anna Broughton Anna is a Director at NS Group and a Certified Practising Project Director (CPPD) with 15 years of project management experience in property and construction.  Anna is passionate about her work and a vocal advocate for gender diversity, actively involved in numerous industry committees and initiatives to encourage, support and mentor women in her industry.  She has also played a central role in bringing NS Group’s diversity ratio to above industry average and driving improvements for a flexible, family-friendly workplace. In 2020, Anna received the National Association of Women in Construction ‘Business and Leadership’ Award and was runner-up in 2019 for the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) ‘Women in Leadership’ Award. Anna remains project-facing and is currently delivering a $330 million health redevelopment in WA.
Roy Sargent Roy Sargent is an accomplished leader with extensive Queensland Government experience successfully delivering large scale change projects, with almost 3 decades of experience within government projects and programs. He has actively engaged in the development of global standards for project management and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Roy holds a Master of Project Management, Bachelor of Applied Science (Quantity Surveying) with Distinction and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management).

Kim Lenox

Julieanne Saxty

Divya Panwar

Anna Broughton

Roy Sargent

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