Your support network - It takes a village

In considering the African proverb, "It takes a village," in the context of the professional rise of a successful female engineer, this event explores the components of the community that were impactful in the speaker's journey.

Engineers Australia

The stories will be a thoughtfully curated examination of our speakers' challenges, encompassing both their professional and personal lives. The event sheds light on the impact of unique circumstances, whether they served as driving forces or presented formidable obstacles.

Attendees will gain valuable insights into the various factors that have influenced our speakers, ranging from supportive communities to demanding situations that compelled them to adapt. Central to this event is a deliberate focus on the decisions made by our speakers, spanning from those that led to positive outcomes to others that might have been regrettable.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness candid discussions surrounding these choices. The event strongly emphasise learning from setbacks, recognising how adversity and missteps have contributed to the speakers' personal and professional growth. In essence, this event provides a profound and perceptive examination of the multifaceted journeys undertaken by our speakers. It showcases the intricate interplay between circumstances, decision-making, and personal development. Its ultimate aim is to inspire and inform attendees, equipping them with the resilience and determination necessary to confront their own challenges.

Learning outcomes

In this presentation, you will gain insights on:

  • Embracing the fact that success often requires effort.
  • Having the courage to make decisions without fear.
  • Exceeding expectations and pushing boundaries.

Event details

This is a Hybrid event, and the in-person component will be held in the Newcastle Office with networking and refreshments available.

Engineers Australia Newcastle
Suite 3, Tonella Commercial Centre
125 Bull Street
(entry via Dick Street)


  • Attendees arrival for networking (refreshments provided): 5:30pm AEDT
  • Event commences: 6:00pm AEDT
  • Event concludes: 7:00pm AEDT


  • Event commences: 6:00pm AEDT
  • Event concludes: 7:00pm AEDT

About the presenters

Photo of Elizabeth Karpiel

Elizabeth Karpiel

CEO, Blue Zone group

Photo of Kari Armitage

Kari Armitage

Managing Director, Alminco Quarry Mining & Construction Equipment Pty Ltd

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