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Women@ECU event a great success

Thursday, 30 July 2009

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More than 60 men and women from across the University gathered for the latest Women@ECU Coffee Conversations event, which was held on Wednesday, 29 July, 2009 at the Kurongkurl Katitjin Art Gallery.

The 'conversation' explored the value for women in participating on internal and external working groups, committees and boards as a mean of building confidence, skills, experience and networks on a personal and professional level to benefit ECU, the community and the individual.

Dr Susan King chaired the event, which brought together a range of women to speak about their experiences of working on boards and working parties.

The keynote speaker was Professor Colleen Hayward, Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity & Indigenous) who shared personal experiences and lessons learned throughout her career and the challenges she has overcome along the way.

Professor Hayward encouraged people to get involved with public boards and working parties to make a difference in the community and develop valuable networks.

Following Professor Hayward's inspiring discussion, ECU's Dr Anne Aly, Ms Kathryn Clarke and Mrs Valentina Bailey shared their own different perspectives, experiences and advice. This was followed by a lively question and answer session on opportunities for women at ECU with the panel.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox concluded the event, encouraging everyone find some way to 'value-add' to themselves.

Women@ECU events are organised regularly by ECU's Equity and Quality office to ensure all staff, male and female, get the opportunity to reach their potential and speak for themselves. If youd like to be added to the mailing list for future events, contact Harbhani Bansal h.bansal@ecu.edu.au.

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