WISE Women in Structural Engineering

Meet with like-minded women
Develop mutually beneficial relationships with professional women and leverage these connections to improve the quality of your career.

Provide value to your network
Ensure a high quality experience for the whole network by providing feedback and suggestions.

Build industry engagement
Help to encourage and support younger women in the structural engineering profession and work towards retaining women in the industry

Work with the construction industry
Build opportunities with women in the wider construction industry to promote collaboration and excellence.

Discussion Groups
Informal discussion based events where you join conversations about current issues that are specific to women in structural engineering.

International Women’s Day
An ‘Engineering in the Pub’ event that is a panel discussion showcasing the talents of inspiring women in structural engineering and the construction industry.

Networking Events
Regular presentations and social events curated specifically for our women in engineering network, with a focus on mentoring and overcoming gender-based barriers.

We’re always on the look out for great speakers and interesting topics of relevance for our quarterly discussions.

Please complete the form via button below with any suggestions of topics and speakers.

Incentivising young women
Create opportunities for recruitment and retention of women in the industry

Best Practice
Provide discussion and feedback for the Structural Engineering industry about improvements to procedures, policies and systems that currently present barriers and obstacles for women in the profession.

Safe Space
Be part of a safe communication platform where women can discuss and get support with gender based discrimination, or incidents in the workplace

Thursday 28 October 2021: WISE Discussion
Sustainable Urban Development – are women leading the way?
We were joined by a group of Climate Action movers and shakers for a conversation on leading sustainable initiatives and opportunities in the construction sector. We heard about their projects and programs, learnt from their experiences and discussed the issue of gender-responsive climate action.

Featured speakers:
Hannah Jones – Sustainability Lead, Taylor Thomson Whitting
Lucy Sharman – Director Sustainability, Western Parkland City Authority
Alison Scotland – Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council


Tuesday 20 October 2020: WISE Discussion
Reshaping mentoring during Covid and beyond
We joined two experts from Mentoring programs to discuss the importance of mentoring. We considered the benefits of mentoring for early and mid career women and asked what senior women could gain from being a mentor. Have women been missing out on mentoring opportunities during Covid? And how do we build new ways of mentoring in the landscape of flexible remote working?  It was wonderful to hear all the stories and shared experiences. Thank you to our panelists and all who attended.

Featured speakers:
Bobbi Mahlab AM, Co-Founder of Mentor Walks
Carli Leimbarch, Learning Facilitator at the ABC & Life Design Coach


Tuesday 23 June: WISE Discussion
How has Covid-19 changed the landscape of flexible working arrangements?

This was a great conversation focusing on the challenges women face in regards to flexible working arrangements and being the primary carer of their children. It was wonderful to hear all the stories and shared experiences at this important event. Thank you to our panelists and all who attended.


We’ll be holding WISE discussion events quarterly so look out for the next one on our events calendar.