Welcome to Women Working Ahead, hosted by me, Sierra Mercer. On this show, I share my own story of working day to day as a young engineer at one of the deepest underground mines in the world, and where I interview other incredible, fun women working in a variety of industries, so they can share their own stories.
Episode 20: Being a Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant | with Gabrielle Foss
Happy New Year everyone!
For the first episode of 2021 I am joined by Gabi Foss who is a recent graduate of Ivey Business School at Western University and who is currently working as a Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant at Deloitte. At the time of the interview, she was working as the Community Manager for the Upside Foundation of Canada, which helps founders of early-stage, high-growth Canadian companies to build social responsibility into their business by pledging equity to the charity of their choice.
We discuss her ongoing work with non-profits, including starting one of her own in high school, leadership and the importance of trust in team projects, some of the stereotypes that go along with one of the top business schools in Canada and why it's okay not to fit in with the "corporate success" mold, and her advice for any women thinking of pursuing a similar entrepreneurial path.
Such a great episode to start off the new year I hope you enjoy!
Be sure to reach out to Gabi over LinkedIn with any follow-up questions: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabriellefoss/
Episode 19: Being the Co-Founder and CEO of Rithmik Solutions | with Amanda Truscott
This week I sit down with Co-Founder and CEO of Rithmik Solutions, Amanda Truscott. Under the promise "Mine Maintenance, Made Intelligent", Rithmik Solutions increases uptime in mines with advanced analytics that help optimize maintenance, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and extend equipment life.
We chat about her background in English Literature and early career in Journalism, how she became the Co-Founder and CEO of a company at the forefront of AI technology in mining, and her ongoing journey as a self-published author and blogger.
Be sure to connect with Amanda over LinkedIn with any follow-up questions:
Episode 18: Being an Open Pit Senior Geotechnical Engineer | with Mikayla Morfin
A very fun episode this week! I got to chat with Mikayla Morfin, who is currently working as the Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Nevada Gold Mines at their Cortez property. We chat about post-secondary and the Geological Engineering program, what it's like transitioning from junior engineer to supervisor in a few short years, leading a geotechnical team made up of mostly women in a male-dominated industry, and the ongoing struggle of power outages and internet troubles.
Feel free to connect with Mikayla over LinkedIn with any follow-up questions!
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Episode 17: The Path to Success Part 1: Finding a Career that Fits You (and what to do if it doesn't work out) | with Stephanie Slocum
Tired of always being the one taking notes in meetings? Struggling to find a job? Feeling stuck in your current job and don't know whether to stay or go? Career success expert, professional engineer turned entrepreneur and mentor, published author Stephanie Slocum has got you covered.
In this Part 1 of 2 episode series, I sit down with Stephanie to discuss her first job as an engineer, her advice for job hunting and finding the right company for you, key questions to ask (and not to ask) in job interviews, what to do if you're feeling stuck in your current role and much much more.
Feel free to contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect on LinkedIn with any follow-up questions.
Be sure to check out www.engineersrising.com and follow their Facebook page for more details.
Episode 16: Being the TruScan Manager North America at Boart Longyear | with Lori Martin
This week I had the incredible opportunity to sit down and chat with Lori Martin, who is the TruScan Manager for North America at Boart Longyear. Starting out as a graduate geologist logging core at a remote mine site, Lori has built both a successful technical career and management career, and is now paving the way for young women in mining and other technical fields. Working for the largest drilling company in the world, she manages the geological data services for all of North America and is actively working to bring the TruScan technology to underground drilling programs.
We discuss first jobs and living in flooded tents, going back to school as a full-time Mom, communication in the workplace, the importance of networking, and the seemingly never-ending learning curve that is our career.
Feel free to connect with Lori over LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorimartinpgeomba/
Episode 15: Being an Underground Graduate Geologist | with Avery Wright
This week I was able to interview Avery Wright who is currently working as an Underground Geologist at a gold mine in Western Australia. This interview was particularly exciting because it was my first time really getting to swap stories with someone who has also experienced working in an underground environment! Spoiler alert, even though we are on opposite sides of the planet, our stories were actually really similar!
We got to chat about all things mine rescue training, getting lost underground, the struggles of using a site-wide radio broadcast system, and the terrifying existence that is stink bugs in the Australian outback.
Feel free to send Avery any follow-up questions @ave_wright on Instagram or over LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/avery-wright/
NPR Meets Working Women
I love the care and attention to detail put into styling this podcast! It keeps me entertained both because of the layout of the episodes and because of the topics discussed with guests.
I don’t want to give any spoilers, so just take a listen! (I would recommend you check out her own story, earlier podcast episode. She explains life as a geologist in a mine. Very eye opening and funny!)