Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Event host

Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council

23 July 2020 11:00am to 12:00pm


Registrations for this event are now closed

Join us for the second installment of the Women in Engineering 'Challenging Yourself' professional development series, presented by Dr Kim Ball, Founder, Researcher, Consultant and Speaker, Career Success.

Watch the Project Team Selection Process with Kim Ball

Hosted by the UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council, this year's Women in Engineering professional development event will be brought to you online via Zoom as a series of three, weekly online workshops, presented by experienced facilitators from industry and academic backgrounds. The workshops will aim to empower, enlighten, and challenge you to emphasise the potential of your individuality and progress your career development.

These workshops are free to attend, however registrations are essential. 

Workshop Details

The project team selection process: Understanding how it works and developing networking relationships for your professional development and career success

In Professional Services Sector organisations, engineers develop skills and experience through challenging and interesting work assignments in project teams (Ball 2017). Developing networks provides project workers access to technical expertise and facilitates building a good reputation and opportunities for work on future projects (Ball 2017; Bredin & Söderlund 2011). These opportunities not only contribute to an engineer’s professional and career development (Ball 2017), but also to their retention (APESMA 2007; Ismail & Ibrahim 2007; Society of Women Engineers 2006).

In this workshop we will discuss findings from my research on the project team assignment process, identifying who has power and influence in the selection of project team members, the importance of  your role in this process, and how it operates in your organisation. We will discuss how to develop networking relationships with the powerful and influential people in team member selection. The aim is to improve your opportunities for assignment to the projects you would love to work on by building your networking relationships and your visibility as a skilled and experienced engineer who is active in pursuing professional development opportunities.  

About Dr Kim Ball

Dr Ball's focus is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for women in STEM professions. After completing a Bachelor of Business (majors in Management and Human Resource Management) in 2009 and a Bachelor of Human Resource Management with First Class Honours in 2011, she undertook and was awarded her PhD in 2017.

In her PhD, Dr Ball conducted an ethnographic and Social Network Analysis study in a Professional Services Sector, project-based organisation to identify inequalities for women attaining interesting, challenging work assignments. Dr Ball has presented her research at international academic and STEM conferences such as the International Conference for Women in Engineering and Science [ICWES], Gender, Work and Organization [GWO], Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations Researcher Network [DOCNRN], The Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand [AIRAANZ], The Australian Sociological Association [TASA].

Dr Ball is a member of DOCNRN, AIRAANZ, and TASA. She has contributed to Engineers Australia Diversity and Inclusion policy development and round-table discussions on women in leadership and family-friendly practices hosted by Diversity City Careers. As a critical researcher and consultant, Dr Ball provides practical recommendations for organisations and individuals to improve women's retention and career experiences.

Continuing Professional Development 

Attending this event will account for 1 hour of CPD