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Technical departments in Australia and New Zealand utilities have historically been considered the domain of white, male engineers with leadership of these departments also following this trend.

While some utility companies have made strides to adjust their hiring and management strategies to be more inclusive of women, young people, and minority groups, others still take the traditional approach.

It’s become recognised by researchers and experts in the field, that organisations which are more inclusive of wider society, get better results in business.

This has led to many of the larger utility companies creating diversity and inclusion programmes to ensure a fairer representation in technical department. This is especially relevant to the new digital teams being set up across utilities to tap new opportunities in a competitive marketplace.

Australian Utility Week, a large expo dedicated to the digital transformation of the water and power sectors, has picked up on these changing expectations and now includes a HUB session dedicated to helping utilities better understand the advantages of implementing and delivering a strong inclusion programme.

In fact many utility leaders have been drawn to this session and are keen to talk about their own experiences of shifting perceptions for both social and business benefits.

Audiences can expect a strong line-up of experts discussing how to implement an effective diversity and inclusion programme, including:

  • Tricia Sneddon, MD, Diamond Impact
  • Leeanne Chau, Program Director, ICT Transformation, Ausgrid
  • Angela Bee Chan, Innovation Lead Pacific, Schneider Electric
  • Dr Shama Naz Islam, Lecturer, School of Engineering, Deakin University
  • Angela Lam, CIO, Horizon Power
  • Kim ’Alquen, Energy & Utilities BDM Manager (ANZ) Amazon Web Services
  • Corinne Ong, CEO ANZ, ENGIE Services

This HUB session is on 21 November, from 3.30 to 4.30, at the MCEC, Melbourne.