GENDER DIVERSITY FEATURE
nurture future leaders OZ MINERALS HAS long proved itself a mining company that walks the walk when it comes to gender diversity. Women currently represent 23 per cent of the copper-gold miner’s workforce and a honed diversity policy is steadily progressing the company towards a goal of 25 per cent women’s participation across every job level, with middle management a particular target area. Recently, OZ Minerals acclaimed leadership program offered another group of talented women scholarships for career progression. Mine geologist Chiara Lorini, management accountant Kimberly Sczesny, and senior geoscientist Nancy Khov have proudly joined the ranks of OZ Minerals’ employees to benefit from the Leading My Career Program. In its third consecutive year, the Leading My Career Program is a joint initiative between OZ Minerals, Beach Energy and Thiess, and is providing strategic training and development opportunities for high performing women to articulate and achieve their career goals. During the initial part of the program, the women were paired with a senior mentor and formulated action plans for career development. Now, they are embarking on scholarships to attend either the Behind Closed Doors Luminaries program run by a national network of female leaders and aimed at nurturing ‘future executives’, or a one-on-one coaching program through Xplore for Success. Xplore offers services to drive gender equality focusing on women and their career aspirations. Both opportunities will expand the participants’ leadership and management skills through access to peer insights, knowledge and support. Scholarship recipient Kimberly Sczesny is looking forward to professional development through the Luminaries program.
“I work in a male dominated team within a male dominated industry and so I am particularly looking forward to the benefits from the support network of professional women that I will gain access to through the Luminaries program,” she says. Overseeing OZ Minerals’ owned-andoperated Prominent Hill copper-gold mine and Carrapateena exploration project, both in South Australia, director and CEO Andrew Cole says the Leading My Career Program and associated scholarships are
OZ Minerals senior geologist Nancy Khov
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developing the female leadership capability that is currently underrepresented across the resource industry. ”Increasing female representation is definitely on the agenda across the resources industry – we want to see more women in senior leadership positions in the future,” Cole says. “OZ Minerals continues to look for innovative opportunities, such as these scholarships, to assist our high-performing women in taking on increased challenges in their careers.” RP