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.

About Me

Hi there! My name is Jessica. I am 28 years old and I am a wife, mother-of-two and civil engineer. 


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I am proud to be an engineer and love seeing the positive impact my work has on my community. I am passionate about spreading the love for all things engineering and “STEAM”.

Did you know that of the STEAM qualified population, women comprised of only 17% and that percentage had only grown 2% in a decade! Women in engineering are even more underrepresented with only 12.4% of the engineering population being women.

Did you know that most children that disengage with STEAM subjects, particularly girls, disengage before they finish primary school and incorporating STEAM activities into early learning can help to sustain STEAM engagement through primary school and into high school. The onus is on us as parents to spark that love for STEAM subjects in early childhood.

I’ve met many women in my career that have been nervous about having children or have put it off because they wanted to focus on their career and didn’t believe they could do both. Perhaps this is another reason why the percentage of women in STEAM occupations is so low. STEAM occupations are notoriously demanding and competitive, especially for women who seem to start at a disadvantage, perhaps young women aren’t choosing to pursue a career in STEAM because they want a better work/life balance. 

I started Mumgineer for three reasons:
  1. To inspire other women to believe that you can actually “have it all” and there is no need to choose between a career and motherhood
  2. To celebrate amazing women successfully balancing their careers in STEAM with motherhood
  3. To inspire other mothers (whether from a STEAM background or not) to encourage STEAM learning in their children of all ages

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