WOMEN who work with Bechtel have been given an opportunity to understand how the business runs and how they can increase their skills to rise up the ranks.
More than 130 women from the Curtis Island LNG projects and Western Australia's Wheatstone LNG project converged on the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on Monday for Bechtel's third Women's Leadership Conference.
It's the first time the event has been held outside the United States, and the first time it was associated with a project site - or three.
Barbara Rusinko, senior vice president of Bechtel QCLNG, said the company had worked hard to train its female employees in leadership and development.
"But we've missed the part about teaching them about the business," she said.
"Today is about growing the individual and growing their skills."
She said one of the most important parts of the conference was providing the women with a network.
"This way as they go through their daily jobs they find other people that have similar issues that they can deal with and they can learn from one another," she said.
Special guest speaker, former Queensland premier Anna Bligh, inspired many of the women at the event.
Rosemary Dotlic said the way Ms Bligh handled the flood events was empowering.
"It was nice to have her here and back on her feet," she said.
Bechtel's chief learning officer, who heads Bechtel University in the US, Lucy Dinwiddie said it had been a great chance to bring the women together and allow them to spend time talking, learning and networking.
"We talked about building and influencing our skills," she said.
"There's not much we can control, but influence is both the source of power and technique. Each session is targeted at various businesses and professional skills."
Bechtel's performance management and communications co-ordinator for Bechtel APLNG, Cindy Hogarth, said the day had been a huge eye-opener.
"The level of people who've taken the time out to come and speak, makes you feel more connected to the business," she said.
"Strategic planning affects all of us but in different capacities."
WOMEN IN BECHTEL
- 25% of its global workforce are women
- 13% of engineers in Australia are women (market supply is 6%)
- 35% of LeaderR+ awards went to women
- 2600 women working in field assignments