Mining’s golden girls go on tour

The 2018 GIG women in gold great diversity debate. Image: Gold Industry Group.

Gold Industry Group’s (GIG) annual women in gold great diversity debate will travel to Melbourne and Sydney for the first time this month, in addition to its home city, Perth.

A line-up of speakers will each tackle the ‘a diversity debate that begins and ends with gender is doomed to fail’ topic, led by GIG vice chairperson and Gold Fields VP legal and compliance officer Kelly Carter.

“Having successfully explored topics around ‘fixing women’ and gender equity targets over the first two debates, I am excited to expand the focus of this year’s events to consider broader challenges around diversity,” Carter said.

Newcrest Mining principal for diversity and inclusion Giulia Savio will lead the opposition against Carter and her team in the debate.

“The way we have conversations is so important, as it is directly linked to how we think about something,” Savio said.

“Therefore, in order to shift the way we think, we need to change the way we talk about it, that is why the GIG women in gold great diversity debate series is so valuable in progressing our industry.”

Australia’s gold industry is one of the leading industries in creating an equal, gender-balanced workforce.

Many GIG member companies start their objective for an equal workforce at an entry level, sponsoring scholarships, graduate awards and employment programs.

This isn’t just for gender-balanced workplaces, but creating a more diverse workplace as a whole, with many of these businesses also recruiting workers from local Indigenous communities.

The events will be held in Perth on November 8, Sydney on November 14 and finish up in Melbourne on November 15.

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