Empowering Women




6PM – 9PM

Gladstone Entertainment and
Convention Centre

56 Goondoon St, Gladstone, QLD

Champion Women in Technology & Innovation

The GEA International Women’s Day event, Empowering Women celebrates the courage and determination of women who have changed history and those who will advance gender equality into the future. It is an opportunity for women and men to unite, network and put in motion plans for meaningful change.


Source: Australian Human Rights Commission 

Gender inequality remains deeply entrenched in every society. In 2021 women still face discrimination, they lack access to equal opportunities and equal pay in the workplace and are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes. Women make up 51% of the population, yet women make up less than 20% of all the engineers across all areas of the engineering workforce. If we look at women of colour, indigenous men and women or people with disabilities, they contribute less than 5% of the engineering workforce together.


Change the way you look at women’s success

A portion of the proceeds raised from this event funds GEA's CQUnicares Scholarship, which helps a female student studying in the STEMS sector.

With the support of industry and business in the greater Gladstone Region the Empowering Women event creates an opportunity for inclusion, drawing together people to empower, inspire, motivate and benefit individuals, business and communities towards advancing gender equity. Individually we are all responsible for our own thought and actions.

Together we can break the bias in our communities, in our workplace, in our schools, colleges and universities.

Source: Australian Human Rights Commission 

In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards equality. At universities, in the workplace, in boardrooms and in government, a growing number of women have taken on leadership roles, forging pathways for other women and girls to follow.



Alanna is a true leader of people, equality and change. Alanna is a passionate and well recognised leader in health and safety for the way she is actively empowering thousands of professionals and driving rapid change for females to bring their best selves to work. Whether working in corporate HR delivering large scale redundancy programs to being helicoptered into the jungle of Papua New Guinea, her sense of humour and human-centred approach has stood her apart from other leaders in her field.

As a working mum, Alanna is all too familiar in the art of juggling change, conflict and sacrifice however always stands true in her values. It is these values that have seen her grow a community of over 2000 health and safety professional members in Australia and New Zealand as well as work with multiple national and international brands to drive health and safety change.

Keynote message:

“Don’t wait until tomorrow to make change. To create powerful change, we must be resilient and learn to overcome adversity. I will share my stories on building resilience, learning from the opportunity at hand and overcoming the sometimes hard challenges life throws at us. I want you to walk away ready to make your mark and be passionate about your job, your life and your future.”


Liza McGuire is a Bidjara, Ghangulu and Iman woman originally from Rockhampton in Central Queensland. She has extensive senior management experience and holds a number of directorships across a broad range of sectors. Liza started Jinnali Productions, her first business, in 1999 which resulted in her co-producing the first Aboriginal women’s calendar taking it to international audiences in addition to providing young Aboriginal women with access to opportunity in the fashion industry.

Liza has numerous business interests and is the co-founder of Redspear Safety and Safespear. Both of these businesses provide high-end business critical products and services to the mining, construction, medical and oil and gas sectors. Most recently, Safespear has been directly involved in the fight against COVID-19 by providing negative pressure isolation room capability as part of its innovative atmospheric control solutions. Her contribution to the small business sector in Australia resulted in her appointment as a judge in the TELSTRA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2017.

Liza is passionate about economic and community development in Aboriginal communities and to this end, serves as a director on the boards of the Spear Foundation, the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health (FISH) and BINAR Sports. These organisations work together to make targeted interventions in a range of areas which include children and youth, Elders and the justice system.


GEA International women's day Ale Nunn

Ale Nunn

High Risk Solutions

Director & Co-founder

Maggie Ball


Head of Research and Innovation (R&I)

Natasha (Tash) Penno

Rio Tinto

Business Improvement Specialist

Simone Taylor

Shell QGC

Process Safety



Dinner Tickets

* Dinner prices include GST *

Dinner GEA Members

$ 100 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Dinner Non-Member

$ 120 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Table of 10 GEA Members

$ 900
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Table of 10 Non-Member

$ 1,100
  • 2-course dinner
  • 15 Email Account

*Please note that you will need to be double vaccinated against COVID to participate in this event.  You will be required to adhere to the venue’s COVID requirements as well as the regulations placed by the Queensland Government, including showing evidence of your vaccination status.”


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2022 Keynote speakers and panellist

Alanna Ball

Liza McGuire

Panel discussion

IWD 2022 Event and Photobooth photos

IWD 2021 Post event report

IWD 2021 Event photos