Following our announcement of the 2022 Women in Defense Awards finalists, ADM will introduce each of our amazing finalists in the 10 categories in more detail. Today we focus on the Project Management finalists.
In this category, the judges were looking for entries that demonstrated success in project management in 2021, as well as a clear effort to promote Defense beyond the scope of their roles or to promote inclusion within their organizations. In addition, the judges also looked for entries that demonstrated the ability to overcome personal challenges on the path to success.
Georgia Davey of Aurecon
Georgia is the Northern Territory portfolio manager for Project Delivery Services, North, with $230 million of work in its portfolio. Georgia’s accessible nature and “open door” policy has led to five new Indigenous companies working with Defense in 2021 on real estate work in the Northern Territory. In addition to this success, Georgia stood out to the judges for her mentorship and leadership, while being a single parent and graduating with a master’s degree in 2021.
Kristen Raby of Nova Systems
Kristen became Nova Systems’ Earth Domain IWP Portfolio Manager in October
2021, and leads the largest of Team Nova’s major service provider deals. Since taking the role, Kristen’s delivery team has grown over 50% and she has also implemented Nova’s first Reflect Reconciliation action plan, led initiatives to update the leave parenting, codify flexible working policies and provide training and mentoring programs. Kristen stood out to the judges for her professional accomplishments, her success in 2021, and her efforts to mentor and inspire those around her.
Kiri Roberts of Accenture
Kiri is Accenture’s Delivery Lead and Scrum Master for a Boeing Defense Australia (BDA) early warning and air traffic control project. Kiri’s efforts to boost team morale in 2021 resulted in a 60% increase in production in the first four months of project start-up, and she was also integral in the development of the first offering of Defense-specific ICT and Cyber services from Accenture. Kiri’s exceptional leadership and dedication to the welfare of her team was a highlight for the judges, as well as her volunteer work with Donate Life.
Jessica Swan from Rohde & Schwarz Australia
Jessica joined Rohde and Schwarz in January 2021 as project manager for three transportable air operations towers, and is responsible for capacity assurance and delivery of complex capacity upgrades. In 2021, Jessica’s team successfully delivered a range of upgrades while managing continued Covid lockdowns and supply chain constraints. Meanwhile, Jessica is also an active Reserve RAAF Flight Lieutenant and a single mother of two. The judges see his ability to succeed in his role, while balancing the demands of military service and single parenthood, as exemplary.
Eva Wong de Thales
Eva is responsible for overseeing all project management and bid management activities for the training and simulation elements of the Avionics business within Thales Australia, programs with a collective value of over $400 million of dollars. Eva stood out from the judging panel as Co-Head and Gender Stream Manager of the Thales Diversity and Inclusion working group; for his active participation in mentoring at the University of Technology Sydney; for mentoring three female engineering and computer science students; and for the creation and coordination of the “Women in Thales” Employee Resources Group. His advocacy and mentoring efforts are remarkable.
The winners and Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Arboretum in Canberra on September 14, 2022. Book your tickets here – We hope to see you there!
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