Attracting women into STEM

Attracting women into STEM

Mar 9
CEDA is honoured to welcome three distinguished leaders to discuss how we can tackle the ongoing challenge of attracting women into STEM subjects and industries.


Michael Schoch, General Manager, Crux Development; Chair, Filling the Pool Steering Committee; General Manager Production, Shell Australia
Chris Sutherland, Managing Director, Programmed
Pip Marlow, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

Event overview

STEM occupations boast strong career prospects, high salaries and, critically, they also make up the majority of operational roles that are the requisite pathways to reaching CEO-level in some sectors. Yet females comprised only 28 per cent of STEM workers in 2011. Why aren’t more women selecting STEM careers?

The trend can be traced back to high school subject selections, with only 6.6 per cent of female Year 12 students studying advanced-level mathematics in 2013. Despite efforts to the contrary, we continue to see male and females choosing stereotypical traditional gender career paths.

At this CEDA event, speakers will put forward their views on difficult questions such as:

  • Why do girls continue to shun STEM courses and how can this trend be addressed?
  • How can our education system improve its advocacy of STEM subjects?
  • How can STEM industries be made more attractive to women?

CEDA is committed to engaging all business leaders in this important conversation and is striving for equal representation of both genders in the room. Please aim for 50/50 gender balance when inviting your corporate table guests.

Meet the keynote speaker

Pip Marlow
Managing Director, Microsoft Australia

Meet the speakers

Michael Schoch
General Manager, Crux Development; Chair, Filling the Pool Steering Committee; General Manager Production, Shell Australia

Chris Sutherland
Managing Director, Programmed

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