37 episodes

Our podcast stems from our shared commitment to gender equality, aiming to amplify voices and experiences in STEM through compelling storytelling.
Our podcast delves into the various challenges faced by minorities, actively raising awareness and offering recommendations and potential solutions for organisations and leaders to foster more inclusive workplace cultures.
Each episode serves as a platform for professionals to share their journeys, providing valuable insights for navigating the corporate world authentically and effectively.

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You don’t look like an Engineer Laura Miranda & Sohan Roopra

    • Education

Our podcast stems from our shared commitment to gender equality, aiming to amplify voices and experiences in STEM through compelling storytelling.
Our podcast delves into the various challenges faced by minorities, actively raising awareness and offering recommendations and potential solutions for organisations and leaders to foster more inclusive workplace cultures.
Each episode serves as a platform for professionals to share their journeys, providing valuable insights for navigating the corporate world authentically and effectively.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Josh Yates: Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO

    Josh Yates: Treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO

    In this episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Josh Yates, a multifaceted individual serving as the co-director of Landy Advisory, the director of the Tweed Seagulls Rugby League Football Club, and the vice president of the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce. 
    Josh candidly shares the challenges he faced at the outset of his journey in the infrastructure sector. Despite lacking a technical engineering background, he reveals how he navigated these obstacles with determination and resilience and became a visionary executive in business strategy.
    Josh delves into the pivotal moment when he embarked on his entrepreneurial endeavor, founding his first advisory consultancy and assembling a talented team of ten individuals. Join us as we explore how Josh's background in sports influences his distinctive leadership style, offering valuable insights into his approach to team dynamics.

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    • 49 min
    Rhianna Di Trapani: Creating a healthy relationship with change | Episode 37

    Rhianna Di Trapani: Creating a healthy relationship with change | Episode 37

    Join Laura and Sohan in their interview with Rhianna Di Trapani, the civil construction professional turned director of her very own company - Virtual Civil Consulting! From juggling two degrees and two part-time jobs to managing 20-million dollar projects in the construction industry - Rhianna is an inspiration for young women in STEM wanting to reach the stars.
    At just 15 years old, Rhianna moved from Dubai to Australia and embraced new cultures. In this episode, Rhianna uncovers the keys to building a healthy relationship with change, growing through learning, and taking courageous leaps in both work and life. You don’t want to miss this one.

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    • 50 min
    Vanessa: The undercover superhero shaping our transport future | Episode 36

    Vanessa: The undercover superhero shaping our transport future | Episode 36

    In this episode, Sohan and Lau sit down with Vanessa, a transportation engineer reshaping the face of Civil Engineering. Vanessa shares her passion for engineering and social media, discussing the importance of inspiring young professionals by highlighting engineers' role in shaping city infrastructure. She opens up about challenges in her career and the mindset that helped her overcome them, ultimately becoming the engineer she aspired to be. Vanessa's story is one of forging her path without traditional role models, and her journey promises an inspiring conversation. Join us for this insightful discussion.
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    • 51 min
    Miranda Swift: The 13-year old grabbing everyone's attention | Episode 35

    Miranda Swift: The 13-year old grabbing everyone's attention | Episode 35

    Join Sohan and Laura as they interview Miranda Swift, a rising star in engineering. Discover how she kickstarted her career in high school, evolving from a part-time worker to a cadet civil engineer. Miranda's passion for enhancing STEM opportunities for rural girls is palpable as she discusses her initiatives to boost their job prospects and education. Learn about her groundbreaking project, 'Hustle,' aimed at mentoring aspiring engineers, and her accolades including the 2022 NAWIC University Student of the Year. With a focus on advocating for women in STEM, Miranda's insights offer a refreshing perspective on industry challenges and mindset improvements. Tune in for an inspiring conversation with this remarkable young talent!
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    • 43 min
    Angela Hucker: Creating a successful journey in spite of gender biases | Episode 34

    Angela Hucker: Creating a successful journey in spite of gender biases | Episode 34

    In this episode, Lau and Sohan host Angela Hucker, CEO of EPIC. Angela shares experiences from her career, spanning two decades in male-dominated industries. She talks about learning to rise to the occasion, how you can jump into a new role and learn to fit into it. She talks about the changes the industry has been through, in recognising female talent and fostering better, more inclusive cultures. Angela talks about how recognising biases was difficult in her earlier career, when it was hard to understand that certain behaviour was warranted to gender stereotypes. 
    A badass in her own field, Angela has a remarkable portfolio including multimillion dollar projects in oil, gas and infrastructure, and even a spotlight on US TV Show “Mega Structures”. The conversation explores the importance of fostering an open mindset in the construction industry and delves into the challenges of FIFO work. She shares about her latest venture EPIC, which seeks to empower those in construction.
    Join us for this episode to hear Angela's practical career insights and genuine take on gender quotas and their impact on the industry.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Akshay Shewale: Taj Mahal wasn't built in a day, keep putting one foot forward | Episode 33

    Akshay Shewale: Taj Mahal wasn't built in a day, keep putting one foot forward | Episode 33

    In Episode 33, Sohan and Laura are joined by Akshaye Shewale, the visionary owner of Mebumi. Mebumi is at the forefront of the future, revolutionising the outsourcing of engineering from India, the world's largest producer of engineers.
    In this episode, we delve into the art of mustering the courage to pursue your dreams, maximising the potential of the resources at your disposal, and breaking free from the fear of judgment that often impedes our progress. Join us to discover an inspiring narrative about how a global pandemic can serve as a catalyst for new business endeavors and foster stronger personal connections with family and friends.
    If you find yourself grappling with the challenge of taking that monumental leap forward, this one's tailor-made for you. Tune in for a compelling journey that promises motivation, insights, and a fresh perspective on overcoming obstacles. Don't miss out on this opportunity to transform your aspirations into reality!

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    • 50 min

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