15 episodes

Real people. Real stories. Real issues.

Share. Learn. Connect is a conversational podcast series featuring a different Downer employee each month, talking about important topics like health and wellbeing, inclusion and belonging, the changes our people are making to influence our communities, and the changes they hope to see in our society.

​​​​​​​Episodes are released monthly. Each episode will be around 15-25 minutes and will cover a different topic with a different guest.

Share. Learn. Connect‪.‬ Downer Group

    • Education

Real people. Real stories. Real issues.

Share. Learn. Connect is a conversational podcast series featuring a different Downer employee each month, talking about important topics like health and wellbeing, inclusion and belonging, the changes our people are making to influence our communities, and the changes they hope to see in our society.

​​​​​​​Episodes are released monthly. Each episode will be around 15-25 minutes and will cover a different topic with a different guest.

    Episode 16. - Connections. Reconciliation. Resilience.

    Episode 16. - Connections. Reconciliation. Resilience.

    Welcome back to another episode of Share. Learn. Connect.

    For this month’s Share. Learn. Connect. podcast, we spoke with Suzanne Grech, Manager, Indigenous Support and Growth.

    Suzanne talks to us about National Reconciliation Week, which concluded last week, and the importance of reconciliation in Australia. She also talks about the impact that strong connections have had on her life and how she went from being a small business owner, to working here at Downer.

    • 23 min
    Episode 15. - ANZAC. Deployment. Defence.

    Episode 15. - ANZAC. Deployment. Defence.

    Welcome back to another episode of Share. Learn. Connect.

    This month, we spoke with Mitchel Turvey, Program Integration Manager - Downer Defence.

    Mitch talks about his motivations for joining the army, his experience with deployment to Afghanistan, and what it was like to return to Australia after witnessing some unique experiences.

    This episode is released in conjunction with ANZAC Day, a day which we at Downer recognise as an important day to pay respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country and liberty.

    Listener discretion is advised, as Mitch talks about injuries and loss of life while on deployment.

    • 27 min
    Episode 14. – Women. Career. Journey.

    Episode 14. – Women. Career. Journey.

    Welcome back to another episode of Share. Learn. Connect. 

    This month, we speak with Samantha (Sam) Grant, the Program Manager of THRIVE - Downer’s female development program that supports participants to thrive.

    Sam talks about her upbringing, her role female models and her career journey.

    Listener discretion is advised, as Sam touches on pregnancy complications. 

    This episode is released in conjunction with International Women's Day, a key date in Downer's calendar. Sam is a real-life example of someone who encapsulates this year's theme, which is Embrace Equity. 

    • 16 min
    Episode 13. – Strength, Diagnosis, Family.

    Episode 13. – Strength, Diagnosis, Family.

    We are back for Season 3 and start by speaking to Fiona Rynott from our Road Services business, who shares her story of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer at 33.

    Fiona discusses her experience of being diagnosed at such a young age, her support network and her hope for the future.

    Please note, this is a story about Fiona's personal experience with her diagnosis and she does not speak for all cancer patients. She talks about how this has affected her and her family and her future. 

    Listener discretion is advised, as this is an emotional story and could be triggering to someone going through something similar.

    This episode is released in conjunction with World Cancer Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness, improving education and taking action to reimagine a world where cancer is treatable and curable. It is an important day for Downer, as we support The Australian Cancer Research Foundation through our workplace giving program.

    • 14 min
    Episode 11. - Breaking the Bias: Military. Preconceptions. Transition.

    Episode 11. - Breaking the Bias: Military. Preconceptions. Transition.

    In this month’s episode, we hear from Simon 'Hawks' Hawken who after an extensive career in the military and being deployed twice overseas, has left the army, joined Downer Defence and now works with Facilities Maintenance Management. We will be taking a closer look at how assumptions about veterans and their skills might limit their chances to excel once they re-join the civilian workforce and how we can collectedly challenge these. Listen to it today!

    • 23 min
    Episode 10. - Breaking the Bias: Gender. Career. Representation.

    Episode 10. - Breaking the Bias: Gender. Career. Representation.

    Welcome back to Season 2 of Downer's Share. Learn. Connect. podcast series! In this season, we will be focusing on Breaking the Bias.
    In this month’s episode, we hear from Downer's Executive Manager - Commercial Governance and Performance, Solza Crow on how maternity leave stigma can affect a woman’s career and from Downer's COO, Peter Tompkins, an important leader in Solza’s journey. They will be discussing the role of leadership in raising awareness against bias, stereotypes and discrimination and in taking action for equality. Listen to it today!

    • 25 min

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