Women in Mining national conference readies welcome mat

The annual national conference of Women in Mining USA is set to begin this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a lengthy wait thanks to the pandemic.

The event has been themed “Changing the Face of Mining” and will kick off on Oct. 21 at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park.

Day 1 will be conference-style and offers a number of panels, speakers and roundtable discussions. A kick-off keynote will be offered by Coeur Mining’s Elaina Ware, who will discuss mining’s reputation and expectations from next generations.

Panels and roundtable sessions will take on diverse topics including the challenges of attracting, retaining and growing female workers; approaches and challenges to improving mining’s reputation to attract a diverse workforce; a general manager panel; and how to collectively make an impact for accelerating a more diverse, inclusive workforce.

Day 2 of the conference includes three options for attendees, the first being a field trip tour of the Redmond underground salt mine. A second option is a field trip to the Rio Tinto Kennecott copper operation, and a third track involves a personal development workshop entitled “Leading by Empathy” for guests seeking more information on laying groundwork for an inclusive workplace.

Wrapping up the three-day event will be the organization’s annual board meeting and associated presentations.

Those in attendance will be required to follow COVID-19 protocols. An online attendance option has been made available thanks to a sponsorship from Rio Tinto. Information on the latter can be found on the Women in Mining website.

Source: Women in Mining

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