MLC School, celebrated International Women’s Day and our very own Simona Henley presented to a room filled with over 100 students, parents and guests.
Alison Mirams, an MLC School Old Girl and CEO of the tier one construction firm, Roberts Pizzarotti Pty Ltd, shared her passion for the industry and her enthusiasm for opportunities available to women. She recounted her transition from MLC School to a university course where the majority of students were male. Describing her journey from graduate Quantity Surveyor, to Project Manager, to General Manager at Lend Lease and now CEO, she recounted and reflected on her experiences working on projects as diverse as The Chris O’Brien Life House Cancer Centre, The Star City Casino, as well as the environmentally sustainable Tyree building at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the award-winning Gehry Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
Recent UNSW graduate, Simona Henley, currently working on the new MLC Senior School building as the Project Coordinator for Lipman Construction. She discussed the skill set required for her role and what fed her interest in Construction Management: organisational skills, creative thinking, the appeal of variety in the role and a constantly changing work scape. Simona explained a day in the life of a graduate Project Coordinator and the scope of works that she is responsible for.
Both Alison and Simona remarked that one of the most satisfying parts of their job was to see the finished product, knowing that they’d played some part in its construction and implementation.
We were pleased to hear students, parents and staff leave so inspired and motivated by these two outstanding women. The flow-on effect of this event is the offer of work experience for a number of students who attended.
‘The careers event was excellent. Alison and Simona described their strategies for surviving and thriving in male-dominated environments. They told us how their university training prepared them for life on a building site. Their stories were relevant to our girls and illustrated that your career develops over time and is a progression of events.’
– Julie Smith, MLC School parent and President of the P&F Association