Danielle Mazurkiewicz is an SA-based biologist who joined Professionals Australia earlier this year. Dr. Mazurkiewicz intends to put the $500 towards the cost of attending a Women’s Speakeasy two-day workshop in Adelaide. On how she expects to benefit from professional development in this area, Danielle said: “As a biologist, it is essential that I develop confident communications skills. A regular part of my job is delivering research presentations at team meetings, R&D days and conferences to expert and general audiences. It is important that I get my message across clearly and succinctly but I feel I’m lacking experience and confidence in these areas. Inkling Women, an organisation championing female leadership in the workplace, hosts a Speakeasy two-day workshop which is tailored for women who would like to improve their public speaking. If I can attend this workshop, I could learn how to communicate my research to a broader audience with confidence. This, in turn, would enhance the exposure of my research and open up new professional opportunities. I greatly appreciate Professionals Australia’s commitment to helping members develop their careers and address some of the obstacles to advancement through further professional development.”
Kelly Stevanov is a NSW-based Professional Engineer who joined Professionals Australia in 2003. She intends to put the $500 towards the cost of attending an International STEM in Education Conference “Integrated Education for the Real World” in Brisbane. On how she expects to benefit from professional development in this area, Kelly said: “I’m currently working as a casual Presenter and Administration Assistant for a science outreach program called SMART (Science Maths & Real Technology) based out of the University of Newcastle. This conference would be a great opportunity to develop my network and learn from leaders in the field of STEM Education. As my youngest son is starting school next year, it’s also the perfect time for me to engage in professional development as I rebuild my career after taking a break to raise my children. The support of Professionals Australia in helping me do this is very much appreciated.” Congratulations Kelly!
Melinda Dean is a QLD-based Research Scientist who joined Professionals Australia in 2009. Dr Dean intends to put the $500 towards the cost of undertaking a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management with the Australian Institute of Management. On how she expects to benefit from this professional development, Melinda said: “I completed my PhD in Medical Science at the University of Queensland in 2009 and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology in 2017. I am employed as a Senior Research Fellow in R&D at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, leading two themes in transfusion safety research. I have had a successful career to date, maintaining a job in research, achieving a good publication record and making a strong contribution in training and supervising the next generation of young scientists. Despite these successes, I find I am somewhat “stuck in the middle” where I have a number of direct reports who I manage well to meet KPIs but I would like to develop my ability to propose improvements, direct change and manage at a higher level. Completing the Certificate IV will provide for better engagement with my direct reports and enhance my career prospects within the Blood Service. I greatly appreciate Professionals Australia’s commitment to helping technical professionals considering moving into leadership and decision-maker roles to be properly trained and equipped with the skills needed to manage effectively and provide additional career path opportunities.” Congratulations Melinda!