Recently our company hosted a networking event in our Ann Street office in Brisbane for members of Women in Engineering (WIQ) which is a professional development group for women in engineering.

The event provided the women – some on parental leave, others working part time, or currently out of the workforce – with an opportunity to maintain a connection with other professionals in a family - friendly environment - where children, toddlers and babies were all welcome to attend.

Hosting the WIEQ event for Ergon were Michelle Bradshaw, Manager Program Development and Controls, Karen Stafford, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Belinda Driscoll, State Metering Manager, and Liza Foster, Manager Organisational Development.

Picture of Ergon Energy women, some holding their children as they meet at the Women in Engineering Queensland get together. 

The group with representatives from a range of industries shared useful tips for achieving flexibility and work-life balance.

Mother of two Michelle said a key making that work was "not being afraid to ask for help and having the right support structures in place."

“I was pleased to help organise the event on behalf of Ergon. We had to make sure the event was family friendly and that include children – bubs right through to toddlers – so as many women as possible could attend and continue their professional development whilst balancing their b family responsibilities as well.”

Michelle was fortunate to be involved in a three month mentoring project with Chief Executive Ian McLeod this year.

She was mentored as part of our Talent Development Initiative (TDI) which has been designed to unlock future leadership potential within the organisation.

“Ergon employs almost 1200 women and it was pleasing to see the entire executive team were supportive of hosting the event which we referred to as babies in the boardroom.”

Since the event Michelle says she has been approached by a number of people across the business either wanting to be involved in similar events or seeking to provide more flexibility and support to their female staff and working parents.

The WIEQ event is held regularly and hosted by organisations on a rotational basis. As part of our diversity program we have women working in a range of non-traditional roles such as Apprentice, Technical Trainiee and Engineering. We’ve also implemented programs to support career paths and development opportunities for women seeking work in these areas