2015 everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Engineering


General information

women in engineering: do you want to climb the career ladder and gain confidence at work?


The everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Engineering is a one day career conference for women in engineering, packed with insight from leading women in the industry and guidance from everywoman learning and development experts. By attending the academy you’ll learn strategies to build your confidence, while discovering ways to combat stress and improve workplace relations.

Mark your calendar on Wednesday 11 November 2015 from 8:30 – 16:30 (GMT) to:

  • Join 100+ like-minded women in engineering at The Royal Academy of Engineering, London.
  • Listen to peers and leaders during an interactive panel discussion on topical issues surrounding women’s career progression.
  • Hear from our impressive keynote speakers, including Linda Miller – the Project Manager of Crossrail’s London Farrington station – currently the largest infrastructure project in Europe, and Jo Salter, Britain’s first female jet fighter pilot, who will be holding a motivational session.


the academy is for:

  • middle managers in engineering<
  • aspiring leaders
  • junior staff members showing great promise
  • senior managers in need of a confidence boost


what our delegates from 2014’s academy say:

“An inspirational day that gives you confidence and opens your eyes to how much you can achieve.”

 “It was fantastic to hear that other women have the same doubts, but it was even better to hear how they overcame these.”

“Empowering, reminds you to focus on your own strengths and celebrate.”


When and where
11th November 2015
Start time: 
Royal Academy of Engineering
3 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5DG London
United Kingdom

08:30 - 09:15

Registration and coffee



Maxine Benson MBE & Karen Gill MBE, Founders, Everywoman Ltd

09:30 - 10:00


Linda Miller, Farringdon Station Project Manager, Crossrail


10:00 - 10:30


Jacqueline Castle, A330neo Wing Chief Engineer, Airbus 

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:50

Women in Engineering Panel

Christina Jackson, Technical Director, Amey

John Eldridge, Principal Engineer (Nuclear), Cammell Laird

Yewande Akinola, Design Engineer, Arup

11:50 - 12:50


Navigating the organisational landscape – Des Christofi

This 60 minute session on navigating the organisational landscape is a practical thought-provoking session on the type of culture and unwritten rules that exist for getting ahead, how your behaviour plays out and implications to your career success.  You will also have the opportunity to work out strategic ways to navigate the landscape in a way that is authentic and show cases your strengths, contributions and aspirations.

Session Focus

  • Why navigating the organisational landscape matters for career success
  • How you work with your organisation’s unwritten rules
  • How to manage different behaviour
  • Being the strategic owl – being savvy and authentic to achieve success

The art of resilience – Sara Parsons

– McKinsey ‘ …2012 interviews with 250 high ranking women executives, found that they thought the top attributes of their own success were resilience and grit …’

This workshop is designed to get you thinking about what resilience is, and its importance in helping you navigate the workplace and help you strive for success while handling the challenges, pitfalls and issues that you will most undoubtedly face at every step on your career ladder.  We will define resilience and explain how it effects your mental, emotional and physical health and give you concrete and actionable ways in which you can build your own resilience.

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:50


(repeated as before)

The art of resilience – Sara Parsons

Navigating the organisational landscape – Des Christofi

14:50 - 15:50     

Motivational – Jo Salter

Imagine being in control of 25 million pounds of screaming metal flying just above the ground - decisions have to be immediate, reflexes lightning fast. For Jo Salter, this was just the day job when she became Britain’s first female fast jet pilot flying the Tornado GR1, then one of 5 women fighter pilots in the world.

This closing motivational session will offer alternative insights into personal development, meeting challenges and succeeding in the face of adversity. This is a speech that flies high and, at the same time, remains firmly down to earth.

15:50 - 16:00

Closing remarks

16:00 - 16:30



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 find out how your company can get involved:



Christina Jackson


Des Christofi

everywoman Expert

Jacqueline Castle


Jo Salter

John Eldridge

Cammell Laird

Linda Miller


Sara Parsons

everywoman Expert

Yewande Akinola

Design Engineer
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

One of Airbus’ greatest assets is its workforce and Airbus is only the success it is today because we have embraced diversity and worked together across cultures to develop our innovative products. Maintaining an inclusive working environment is key to the success and sustainability of our company and we are particularly committed to advancing women in the workplace, developing female talent, increasing the number of women in senior management positions and encouraging more women to follow careers in STEM professions. We are delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate this commitment as key sponsor for the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Engineering.

Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering is delighted to support the everywoman Academy: Advancing women in engineering again this year. Opportunities such as the everywoman Academy offer a great platform to inspire and provide tangible development support to women across engineering, in order to help them achieve their potential. Through encouraging greater retention and progression of talented female employees, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to developing an inclusive culture and by investing in their female talent pool they can develop more of the skills they need to grow.


GE’s Energy Management, Oil and Gas, Healthcare and Aviation businesses are delighted to support the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Engineering, because it mirrors our own aspirations of supporting female talent. Since 2013, this has been a great platform for furthering our goals of recruiting, developing and retaining high performing female leaders in engineering. We see diversity and inclusiveness as an essential part of our productivity, creativity, innovation and competitive advantage. Like everywoman, we believe that by sharing information and experiences, women can help one another develop the leadership skills and career advancing opportunities needed to drive personal and corporate success.

The Royal Navy

The Royal Navy is proud to be supporting the everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Engineering.  The Royal Navy offers many different careers in engineering for women; ranging from apprenticeships to graduate roles, our engineers are called on to deploy their skills in some of the world’s most high impact situations.  Because technology is at the heart of everything we do, it is vital that we continue to attract and inspire women to manage and maintain our aviation, marine and combat systems.  As engineers in the Royal Navy, women are offered a career and life without limits.

The Manufacturer
Women’s Engineering Society (WES)
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