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.

Succeeding in the face of Adversity in Male Dominated Industry with Taylah Lewis (Podcast Episode)

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Taylah is currently working as a Trade’s Assistant at Gemco Rail in Central QLD and is also mother to twin 5-year-old girls. Taylah has been working in a STEAM career for 5 years but unfortunately, during this time trying to make her way in male-dominated industry, Taylah has been met with quite a lot of adversity. In this episode of the Mumgineer Podcast, I spoke to Taylah about how she has overcome adversity and continued to thrive in male dominated industry. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about Taylah's experiences and advice.