Our events are all about broadening your networks and your skills, in a relaxed, fun environment (and will usually involve some great food!).
If you’ve attended one of our events or you’re yet to attend and would like to see one of our events in action, pictures from the previous event are available via the menu to the left.
Members can also access resources from these events, such as presentation slides, by logging into your account.
Applying an entrepreneurial mindset to your health and medical research career
We always try to be forward thinking with our events choosing topics that are emerging in our sector so we are all one step ahead – this couldn’t be more true than our first event for 2019 on Entrepreneurship. The event was a success with over 100 women working in diverse roles within the health and medical research sector coming together to discuss the qualities for entrepreneurial thinking and their place in health research careers. Our guest speaker Colette Grgic, Chief Innovation Officer at BlueChilli shared four key characteristics of entrepreneurs – curiosity, creativity, courage and grit. Our panel of three inspiring women from our sector, Prof Hala Zreiqat , Dr Alison Todd and Dr Amanda McCullough each shared how each of these have played out in their own diverse career paths. If you want to follow the conversation from the event check out #FWEntrepreneurship on Twitter. Thank you to the NSW Health Office of Health and Medical Research for partnering with us to deliver this event.
Collette has kindly made her slide available for our members.
Having courageous conversations
Having difficult or uncomfortable conversations in the workplace is common in our sector. Whether it be providing constructive feedback to a student, negotiating salary or working hours, calling out bad behaviour or maybe challenging manuscript authorship. At this event the talented Nicole Hatherly, from Happiness Concierge, took us through a framework for having courageous conversations in a way that leaves both participants feeling heard and respected, while achieving our outcome. It was such a great morning with such practical tips from Nicole as well as sharing of examples and personal experiences between the women in the room. Oh and a delicious breakfast of course!
Happiness Concierge kindly made their slides and worksheet available to FW Members.
Mentoring Breakfast Newcastle
The team was excited to head up north for our second Newcastle event, which was on Mentoring. We were thrilled to have Bianca Havas of Serendis Leadership talk about the types of professional development relationships – Mentoring, Sponsorship and Coaching – and how to utilise them effectively in your careers. We were also grateful to have leaders working in diverse careers across the health and medical research sector who joined us as Table Mentors sharing their own experiences with mentoring with attendees. A wonderful morning of new skills, career connections and delicious food! We would not have been able to make it up north without the generous support of HMRI Ignite.
Bianca has kindly made their slides and worksheet available to FW Members.
Research Impact: What it is and how to go about it
Doing research with impact in mind has been a topic of conversation in our sector on the back of changes to expectations in funding applications as well as research stakeholders such as governments and the wider community. At this event we were thrilled to welcome Dr Tamika Heiden of the Research Impact Academy to take us through the what, how and why of research impact. Tamika joined a panel commenting on how to communicate impact meaningfully depending on their needs: Gemma Hudson, WEBuchan; Bill Stavreski, Heart Foundation and Jane Bennett, Cancer Voices. It was a great evening learning about this important career skill and connecting with women working across the health and medical research sector. Thank you to WE Buchan for partnering with us to deliver this event and bringing their communications expertise to those in the room!
Tamika has kindly made their slides and worksheet available to FW Members.
In Conversation with Jenny Martin
For our last event of 2019 (and the decade!), we were thrilled to welcome Professor Jenny Martin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Wollongong. Jenny sat down with ABC Journalist Meredith Griffiths for a frank and fearless conversation on her career journey starting as a structural biologist (with a popular blog cubistcrystal to becoming a leader in our sector.
She shared many learnings from her career such as: applying for as many opportunities as possible, how rejections can help you to polish future applications, and how seeking out coaching or additional training can help you to make career transitions. She also reflected on the importance of values-based leadership, putting down ladders to nurture the next generation of leaders, and consciously making an effort to seed ideas about diversity and inclusion at every level of decision-making.
Her inspiring words were the perfect way to see out the year while surrounded by great company and enjoying great food. If you weren’t able to join us on the night, you can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FWInConversation