Empowering Women




6PM – 9PM

Gladstone Entertainment and
Convention Centre

56 Goondoon St, Gladstone, QLD

When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity and inclusion.

Equality is the goal and equity is the means to get there.

Through equity we can reach equality.


Information by: Australian Government, Workplace Gender Equality Agency



Innovation for a gender-equal future

Part of the proceeds raised will provide five (5) female school leavers wanting to study in the STEM sector, do apprenticeships or non-traditional roles, with a $1000 assistance prize.

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.

Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through equity, we can reach

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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.


Shay Chalmers

Shay Chalmers is an experienced Engineering Executive. Her global career has spanned a wide range of manufacturing environments from steel to medical devices, and a wide range of roles, from the shop floor to executive management, covering private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Management and she is currently studying her PhD in Manufacturing.


Shay works with organisations to remove roadblocks in the commercialisation process to bring Australian Innovation to life. By breaking down the barriers she helps to enable the establishment and re-shoring of manufacturing in Australia. Shay is currently utilizing her skills and expertise to help others gain the benefits of world class process principals and is a passionate supporter of commercializing Australian innovations and promoting Australian Manufacturing.


Shay is well-known across the manufacturing industry in Australia and has spoken at many national events. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland and QUT in the areas of Medical Manufacturing and Leadership. Shay was also selected as one of twenty Queensland women who are excelling in their chosen field as a part of the Queensland Voices Leaders program, recognised for her contribution to Women in STEM. Additionally, in 2022 Shay was awarded the national Women in Industry Award for Excellence in Manufacturing and the Brisbane Women in Business Innovation and Technology Award.


In addition, Shay holds a number of board and committee positions including Non-Executive Director for Queensland Manufacturing Institute, Committee member for Qld Manufacturing Ministerial Advisory Council, Chair for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Advisory Committee and Advisory Board Member for the Australian Cobotics Centre.

Presented by

Second Key Note speaker TBC


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

$ 110 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Dinner Non-Member

$ 125 pp
  • 2-course dinner
  • Welcome drink

Table of 10 GEA Members

$ 1000
  • 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.”

2022 Keynote speakers and panellist

Alanna Ball

Liza McGuire

Panel discussion

IWD 2022 Event and Photobooth photos

IWD 2022 Post event report

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