What do you do?
My role is about inspiring and facilitating the art of the possible in water industry innovation. I work with an incredible team to manage a global community (AquaLAB Connect) of senior water professionals, create thought leadership content about topical industry issues such as water security, future energy, and rapid urbanisation and I host our brand new podcast Future Water.
Why did you choose this field?
My dad was an engineer and until quite recently it had never occurred to me that I could make a huge contribution to STEM just by using my creative skills as a writer, marketer and podcaster. I now see that I can make a huge impact by empowering others to share their stories and expertise. I am passionate about sustainability and having lived through a few droughts and then major floods, I've always been interested in water conservation and management. I am also pretty obsessed with innovation and how technology and people can create new ways of doing things to make life better for everyone. I was a mentor on a water hackathon a few years ago and that really sparked my interest in working within this sector. I started this role just this year, just before COVID-19 hit. Before that, I was a tech startup founder and freelance marketing consultant.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Becoming the founder of a tech startup wouldn't have been something I considered possible as a young girl. And to be honest, I didn't really consider it until the opportunity came my way to pitch in a startup competition. My startup didn't fly and I've now closed it but it hasn't stopped me. I learned so much through that experience and now use all of that knowledge in my current role. As a young girl I would never have dreamed that I could pioneer initiatives for a multi-billion dollar corporation. Although I was quite entrepreneurial at a young age, I didn't have an open view on what was achievable. I thought science was just for scientists, not for creative types like me. Glad I've learned otherwise now.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love contributing toward a sector that impacts billions of lives and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I wake up looking forward to the conversations I'm going to have that day and moving the dial on water innovation. It's really satisfying knowing that my work is part of a bigger picture for humanity.
Best advice for next generation?
Never limit yourself. We spend a lot of our lives taking on others' opinions and ideas like they define our paths. They don't. Shed the negative stuff and focus on what you can create.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"I like to look for things no one else catches."
— Amélie, from the movie Amélie