Resources sector mentors light the way for future women leaders

MEC is proud to be a part of this year’s Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) mentoring program.

High-achieving women from the resources sector in Queensland will learn from high-flyers in the industry over four months of career guidance, which kicked off on 8 June 2018.

MEC’s Non-Executive Director Simon Cohn is one of the leaders who’ll be sharing his expertise as a mentor. “MEC works hard to champion diversity in the workplace and achieved 50/50 gender balance in the senior leadership team some 5 years ago and since then the business has never looked back, we have seen firsthand the overwhelming benefits that diversity of thought can bring to a business,” says Simon. “I’m honoured to be able to share my career experience with an aspiring female leader and contribute to a more balanced future for the sector.”

Maria Joyce WIMARQ Committee Chair pointing out that many of those mentored in past years have gone on to become mentors themselves. “It’s very gratifying to see the increase in confidence of women who complete the program, and to watch them progress in their careers,”

“It gives me great confidence that we’ll soon see more women occupying the executive suites of our resources companies.”

BHP is the foundation sponsor of the QRC/WIMARQ Mentoring Program. The initiative is the first of its kind in Queensland and was created to meet the demand for formal mentoring from the rising number of women working in Queensland’s minerals and energy sectors. This year will see 48 women paired with 48 male and female volunteer mentors – we wish them all the best!

View photos of the launch event here.