Launched in 2015 and on a new growth trajectory, IWiMSpeakUp promotes active participation of women in industry meetings, conferences and thought-leadership initiatives, as speakers, panellists or expert participants.

IWiMSpeakUp supports event organisers by connecting them with highly qualified women in the discipline and/or region of interest, ensuring that the number and calibre of women speaking at industry events is representative of their place in the industry.

Working together, IWiMSpeakUp and forward-looking event organisers provide excellent opportunities to spotlight and leverage the experience and perspective of outstanding women in mining, and create visible change by redefining expectations of how industry expertise is presented and shared.


How it works

If you’re an event organiser, please contact us to discuss your agenda and speaking opportunities. Aside from our database of potential speakers, IWiM has extensive contacts globally, including 11,500+ members and followers and close relationships with WIM organisations, global businesses, investors and industry associations.

Any opportunities for discounts available to IWiM members are also publicised to our network.

As a potential speaker, please contact us or register here. Please clearly indicate the topics or areas you would be most comfortable discussing and/or the events you attend regularly and could speak at.


Current Speaking Opportunities

International Women in Mining (IWiM) have been partnering with a number of mining conferences for you, and want to inform you of speaking opportunities.

The AusIMM Social & Environmental (S&E) Committee would like to extend an invitation and seek expressions of interest to any members of Internal Women In Mining who would like to present a webinar through the AusIMM. Topics are varied and relate broadly to sustainable mining, environmental and social governance and performance. The webinars usually run for 50 minutes.

These webinars typically attract 20 – 50 participants who pay a small fee to AusIMM that covers logistical costs & provides a small income for the committee to support other initiatives. The S&E Committee who are all volunteers are constantly looking for quality presenters. If you would like present or know of anyone who is keen to build their industry or a related professional profile through this influential platform, the S&E Committee of the AUSIMM would appreciate them getting in touch.

The AusIMM promotes these webinars to members & opens them also to non-members with a substantial national & international reach.

If this is something that is of interest to you, please contact Kathryn East and Karin Fogarty, and cc Catherine Galli on


IMARC, hybrid event (in person in Melbourne, AU), 25 – 27 October 2021

Focuses across the mining supply chain on everything from technology and innovation through to exploration, ESG, renewables, people and culture, etc
Speakers that would be relevant are from mining and engineering companies, or investors and financiers that focus on things like:
  • Continuing the New Normal; Smarter Mining in 2021 and Beyond
  • Collaborating Towards Industry Certainty & Progressing ESG
  • Promoting Technology & Innovation that Drives Sustainability & Accessibility
  • Climate Change & Decarbonising the Mining Industry
  • Applications of AI, ML & Automation: Technology as an Enabler
  • Mining & the SDGs: Closing the Gaps within Industry
  • Closure, Rehabilitation & Post-Mining Considerations
  • Analytics & Interpreting the Data
  • Integration, Connectivity & Agility: Providing Accessibility to Mine Operations
  • Modelling, Simulation & Innovation in Mine Planning and Design: Going Digital from the Get-Go
  • Exploration & Discovery Opportunities
  • Supporting Critical Minerals Supply to Meet Demand
  • Building Community Confidence & Transparency
  • Indigenous Partnerships
  • Innovation that Supports Exploration and New Discoveries
  • Future Workforce Planning and the Next Generation
  • Electrification & The Digital Mine
  • Mining’s Transition to Renewables & Hydrogen

IMARC is offering interviewer positions at IMARC Online to women in senior leadership positions, or who are board directors.


The Mining and quarry event in Dubai – 16-17 Nov (in person)
(a) KEYNOTE PANEL The path towards an intelligent and integrated mine: automation, digitization and big data
(b) PANEL Paving the way for innovative exploration: how data adds value from prospecting to production
(c) KEYNOTE PANEL A clean energy future: taking a leading role in the global sustainable transition
(d) PANEL: Uncovering and mitigating supply chain risks: illuminating extended supply network to create an agile mining supply chain.
The organizer is aiming for C-suite speakers for the keynote section and the Head of department or somebody in a senior position with relevant experience for the other themes on the agenda. I also attached their program which gives more details of the themes.

Let us know if you are interested and we will introduce you to the conference organisers directly. The sooner you tell us the sooner we can help reserve the spot for you. To do so, send us a line to detailing which slot and/or conference you are selecting. Contact Us


Event Organiser Testimonial

“I would like to thank you for your help with identifying and reaching out to our speakers (Sandra and Bobby). They both did a great job and their presentations were not only very interested but also very well received by the audience. As was also the whole Panel discussion. Without your help, that would not be possible. Thank you!”

Michal Drabik, UNECE


“At Mines and Money we believe that encouraging greater diversity of thought is critical for the future of the mining industry. Greater gender diversity is a key part of that process. We have been working with IWiM for a number of years now and fully support their work in driving forward diversity in mining”

Andrew Thake, Mines & Money


Speaker Testimonials

“It was a pleasure to speak at the Africa Mining Convention and have the opportunity, through the IWiMSpeakUp initiative, to share my experience and knowledge. IWiM and all the team behind it play a key part in strengthening the place of women in mining and I encourage women at all levels of the industry to join this great association.”

Narjess Naouar, Golden Star Resources


‘I was approached by IWiMSpeakUp and offered a speaking opportunity at the Africa Mining Convention which event took place on 13 July 2021. Public speaking is an important skill that helps to boost your confidence. Acting as a speaker at the Africa Mining Convention allowed me to share my specific mining related experience with a network of knowledgeable people in our industry. It also provided me with exposure to a wide range of cutting-edge topics that were presented by some of my peers in the mining world. I would encourage all IWiM members to participate in the various mining conferences that offer speaking opportunities through IWiM – it is an empowering, learning adventure which immediately raises your profile in the mining community.’

Hermien Uys, Vedanta Zinc


“When I first heard about the International Women in Mining SpeakUp program, it seemed like a worthwhile effort, so I added my name to the list of potential speakers. A group from Australia, AusIMM, was looking for a speaker with a background in governance. While my background was mainly in technical writing and editing for the mining industry, I felt that good writing was important for good corporate governance. I sent a proposal to Brenda Chan from IWimSpeakUp, and she forwarded it to AusIMM. The Geoscience Society of AusIMM accepted my proposal as a one-hour webinar, to be available to members of AusIMM as well as IWiM. I sent them a slightly longer abstract, bio, my photo, and a talk title: “Write Well and Prosper – Words and Punctuation, Heads and Subheads Matter!” The online presentation date was less than a month away, but a former colleague offered to help as my co-author. It was really good to have to flex my brain to put together a logical flow of ideas that summarised things I have learned over my career; I think technical writing is a useful skill for geoscientists and engineers to develop, no matter where they live. AusIMM as well as IWiM advertised the talk. I posted it on my LinkedIn profile to get the word out. I presented the webinar last night; there were 70 attendees; 75% of them from Australia. There were lots of questions and comments afterwards, and I think people had some fun with it. (I had inserted two polls into the presentation, which really lightened it up, and reminded people to send in questions and comments, which they did.) I believe it was useful for the AusIMM to hear from someone outside their local sphere. I’m very grateful to IWiM’s SpeakUp program for this opportunity. The hours that I spent preparing and delivering the presentation were well spent and will go towards my continuing professional development hours as a P.Geo. It was incredibly exciting for me to speak to an international audience, and receive positive feedback. In fact, I am thinking about using this or a similar talk to present to other audiences in the future, maybe in person someday.” 

Jane Werniuk


“Thank you for the enabling us to engage on matters we face as women in mining all over the world and share experiences. I am very happy to be a member of this network and I enjoyed presenting on the two conferences I attended last week through this platform. I look forward to more engagements and experiences with other members/associates of IWiM.”

Mogaleadi Seabela, Kumba Iron Ore

Media Partners