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.

Being a part-time powerhouse with Megan Quinlan (Podcast Episode

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 This episode of the Mumgineer Podcast features the positive and powerful, Megan Quinlan!

Megan started as a Graduate Process Engineer in Pilbara iron ore operations and expansion work (about 2.5 years) then moved to a nickel processing site in Western Australia where she worked as Area Engineer, Shift Engineer and then Safety Process Engineer before becoming the Senior Process Engineer which shes's been doing for about  years.

She is passionate about engaging women in STEAM, promoting women in leadership and improving workplace flexibility and self-care to improve work/life balance and mental health.

Listen to this episode of the podcast to hear Megan talk about how you can still work in senior positions even if choosing to work part-time to help achieve a work/life balance that works for you.