July 28

Shattering Barriers: Becoming a Successful Woman in STEM with Dr Susan McGinty


In this episode we discuss breaking barriers and achieving success as women in STEM with my guest Dr. Susan McGinty. Susan is a global STEM leadership development expert, speaker, and author, on navigating the STEM landscape with passion and purpose.

“I believe female leadership can create powerful, positive and far reaching impact. We can keep talking about the lack of women in STEM leadership and the impact it is having on STEM. capability or we can start doing something about it now.”

Episode Highlights:

1. The Power of Visible Influence in STEM

Dr. Susan McGinty’s words resonate deeply as she reminds us of the tremendous impact female leadership can have in STEM and beyond. But why does visible influence matter? How can we become catalysts for change and empower others to step into the spotlight? Let’s explore the transformative effect of representation and why it’s time for us to be the driving force in reshaping the face of STEM leadership.

2. Empowering Success: Belief and Support

Imagine a world where you’re surrounded by individuals who believe in your potential, who uplift and inspire you to reach greater heights. Dr. Susan shares her personal anecdotes on the significance of building a supportive network and surrounding yourself with like-minded champions. Uncover the essence of mentorship and allyship to propel your success in STEM.

3. Fuelling Passion with Purpose: Your Unique Contribution

As women in STEM, it’s vital to gain clarity on our unique contributions and understand why they matter deeply. Dr. Susan’s wisdom will help you navigate challenges with purpose and resilience. Discover actionable steps to connect with your sense of purpose and create a lasting impact in your field.

Key Learnings:

Embrace visible influence to create positive change in STEM leadership.

Cultivate a supportive network to uplift and inspire your journey.

Define your purpose in STEM to fuel passion and resilience.

Actionable Advice:

Take time to reflect on your own leadership journey in STEM and identify areas where you can amplify your visible influence.

Seek mentorship and allyship to build a supportive network that encourages growth.

Reflect on your purpose in STEM and align your actions with your unique contribution.

About Dr. Susan McGinty:

Dr. Susan McGinty’s journey is an inspiring testament to the possibilities that arise when passion, perseverance, and purpose converge. With a background in Medicinal & Organic Chemistry and a Master of Leadership, Susan spent over ten years in research before venturing into the realm of Defence and National Security. Over the course of 14 years, with 12 of those in leadership positions, she led specialized scientific and technical teams, forged key international Defense and national security partnerships, and offered invaluable advice on strategic, operational, and scientific policies. As the Founder and Director of Aya Leadership, she works tirelessly to empower women in these professions worldwide, helping them master their leadership purpose, skills, and experiences through education, resources, and coaching.

In her fifteen years of experience in adult education, coaching, and mentoring across various sectors, Susan has made a profound impact, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of STEM and security leadership. She is a co-author of the #1 international best-selling book ‘Women Transforming the Landscape of Science and Tech,’ a sought-after speaker, a certified coach, and a certified NLP Practitioner. Susan’s commitment to change has earned her recognition as one of the 20 Australian leadership experts to watch in 2021, and she continues to be an Executive Member of Women in STEM Leadership, alongside being a strategic partner of the Australian Women in Security Network.

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