My Visit to Alcoa

Last month I was granted a wonderful opportunity to get out to Alcoa’s Operations near Pinjarra, a small town about an hours drive out of Perth.

Alcoa owns and operates two bauxite mines in Western Australia, along with three alumina refineries and two dedicated port facilities. One of their employees, a female mining safety consultant had discovered my books and thought I would be a good speaker for their upcoming networking event for women. She said, “I couldn’t help thinking that girl ‘Wendy’ from ‘The Girl in the Hard Hat’ was written about me!”


So I was invited to speak at the function which was a breakfast directly between day and night shift so that they could capture as much of their female work force as possible. The theme of my presentation was “Inspiring Change,” – the catch phrase for this years International Women’s day on the 7th March. This theme has a lot of meaning to me and it was great to share my ideas and experiences about it with the group.


The women who work for Alcoa are basically the embodiment of what my books are about – strong, dedicated females working in a male dominated industry and proving their mettle. These women aren’t just surviving. They are thriving. It was fantastic to see how supportive and encouraging they are of each other. In fact, it was rather humbling because I’m sure many of them have more stories to share about this industry than I do. There was just such a wealth of knowledge and dedication in this group. But, also affiliation and friendship which is so important to have in that environment.


I had such a wonderful time and just thought I’d share some of the photos from the event with you.


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