The Women in Water event series showcases and celebrates women who are leading the way and changing the future of the water sector. These events support gender equality in the water sector and the promotion of successful water industry projects and organisatons featuring women in senior and influential roles.
The successful Women in Water Breakfast Series will return in 2021 as an in-person event on Tuesday 16th February, with regulatory COVIDSafe measures in place.
Join your peers over breakfast to hear from South Australian industry leaders that have helped shaped the new normal. The panel of guest speakers will discuss how workplaces have had to tackle the challenges and obstacles of 2020, and how many businesses with resilience, flexibility and capacity to adapt, have developed new responses to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Issues will be explored, such as:
- How can industry set its course for the future by embracing the disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What opportunities for improvement does the new normal bring?
- How can women in the business of water actively participate in shaping the post-COVID environment that the world has entered?
Meet some of the women who are leading the way and changing the future of industry, including:
Barbara Pocock, Emeritus Professor, University of South Australia
Barbara Pocock is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia. She was initially
trained as an economist and has been involved in policy, research and advocacy about working
life for over 35 years. She has worked in universities, shearing sheds, the Reserve Bank, farming,
unions, government, advising politicians and as a carer. She has served on a variety of Boards
including the Economic Development Board of South Australia (2012-2016), The Australia Institute
(2004-), The Festival of Ideas, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and the Australian
Association of Industrial Relation Academics of Australia and New Zealand. Barbara established
and was Director of the Centre for Work + Life, at the University of South Australia between
2006-2014. Barbara was made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008, and a member
of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010 for services to industrial relations research and for advocacy
of social justice.
Kerry Rowlands, General Manager Customer Delivery, SA Water
Kerry has more than 20 years of business experience holding senior commercial, customer
interfacing positions within organisations such as Kimberly Clark Australia and Faulding
Pharmaceutical before joining SA Water in 2004. Kerry is committed to customer service
excellence and driving a customer focused, high performing culture. Kerry is currently the
chair of the Allwater Alliance Leadership Team and is on the Water Services Association of
Australia’s Customer and Industry Leadership Board committee.
Madison O'Brien, Customer Success Manager, Teamgage
Madison O'Brien is an influential youth leader in the South Australian tech landscape.
She is representing the State as one of 50 youth leaders in the upcoming Global Shapers
event, 'Shaping Futures: Leaders & Youth In Conversation'. Madison currently works as
Customer Success Manager at Teamgage, where she helps thousands of employees across
Australia make sure their voices are heard. Using her background knowledge in Human
Resources and Psychology, Madison is passionate about transforming the way we work
and empowering women to join the tech space.
Join us for this next instalment of the Women in Water Breakfast Series and hear from industry leaders on how they are working differently and changing the future of the water sector.
This in-person event will be held in Adelaide SA for SA-based attendees only. Keep an eye out for future events to be held across the country in 2021.
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