Prof. Jane Royston led us through various personal career situations and inflection points. She focused on how it is to work as a woman in a male-dominated field such as engineering or technology.
Despite the fact that women are slowly establishing themselves in engineering, there is still a large gap of potential. Especially when it comes to leadership responsibility. Jane motivated the 40 female participants to saying”yes” without hesitating when there is an attractive opportunity to take on more responsibility in their profession or in leadership roles. During her career, she repeatedly said “yes” to new challenges. In retrospect, Jane Royston herself was often surprised by her courage. She explained that women and men are different and that women have the responsibility to bring female associated traits to companies. Women, for example, are often the better listeners and bring sustainable values to companies. After a lively round of discussions, we had inspiring discussions over an aperitif.
We are all looking forward to the next “SCS get together – Women in Engineering” event at SCS in autumn 2019.