My name is Jessica Dennien. I am a wife, mother and engineer, a "mumgineer". I work with individuals and employers to provide insights on how balance can be achieved within the workplace whilst ensuring an efficient, engaged workforce.

A common concern heard among the STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths) community is the difficulty in getting girls and women engaged in STEAM subjects and pursuing STEAM careers. But a conversation not as often had is the difficulty retaining women in STEAM careers.

Retaining women in these careers can be difficult particularly when they decide to start a family. Balancing a demanding STEAM career with family life can be difficult when the male dominated system expects mothers to adapt to it rather than updating the system to allow flexibility and work with ALL parents who want to achieve a better work / life balance.

Losing this talent is not only detrimental to the women who lose engagement in the workforce, but also to businesses that experience significant talent loss. This should be concerning to employers who are experiencing these types of losses as they are losing an investment when talent and IP leave their business.

Perseverance in Trades with Alanna Dennien (Podcast Episode)

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This episode of the Mumgineer Podcast features the talented and persistent, Alanna Dennien!

Alanna is a very accomplished tradeswoman and has won a myriad of awards.

In 2019 she won the
  • Komatsu 4th year apprentice of the year for QLD 
  • Komatsu national apprentice of the year
  • QLD tradeswoman of the year
She is now a nominee for the 2020 QLD trades awards that are yet to be judged.

She is also an active member of the WIMARQ QRC grade 12 girls mentoring program and is passionate about helping other women feel more confident about starting a career in a trade.

Stream the podcast episode below to hear more about Alanna's fantastic achievements!