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Felicity
Furey

Engineer, social entrepreneur, leader in diversity

Do things you’ve never done. Be things you’ve never been.
Profile

Felicity Furey is an award winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies.

Current Work

After realising the lack of diversity in engineering and wanting to make an impactful change, Felicity co-founded not-for-profit Power of Engineering. The organisation has now reached over 8,000 students across Australia through one day events and partnerships with industry and universities. 75% of students who were a ‘no’ to engineering before the day change their mind to a ‘yes’ after the event.

Wanting to make a bigger, long term impact, Felicity co-founded social enterprise Machinam, which engages and motivates students in high school maths. Machinam’s digital maths resource, In Real Life for year 9 and 10, connects what students are learning in maths class to the real world and authentically how they would use maths.

This work, along with her professional career, saw Felicity named as one of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Young Executives of the Year in 2016 and named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old. Felicity has been featured on ABC News, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and the Australian.

Felicity’s ten year corporate career includes working as a Senior Project Manager at innovative engineering consultancy Arup, Management Consultant at fortune 500 company AECOM and delivering a $45 million dollar transport infrastructure project portfolio for local communities with Brisbane City Council

Awards:
Some of the Awards Felicity has received include:

- Superstar of STEM 2019 - 2020, Science and Technology Australia
- Innovative Engineer of 2018, Engineers Australia
- Young Executive of the Year 2016, Australian Financial Review BOSS
Magazine
- Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence Winner 2014, QUT
- Young Achiever Award 2013, National Association of Women in
Construction
- Finalist Outstanding Alumni Awards 2013, QUT
- Young Social Pioneer 2013, Foundation for Young Australians
- 100 Women of Influence 2012, Australian Financial Review and
Westpac

Media
Expertise
Talking Points

The Future of STEM

How do we create, plan and invent a future that doesn’t exist yet? How will we solve the challenges of water or food shortages, energy crises and invent products to make our world a better place? To build the future we need all citizens to have critical and creative thinking skills. What better way to get these skills, but through STEM education and careers. How can we attract, engage and retain the next generation into STEM?

In this talk Felicity explores the future of STEM and unlocks what we can do now to future proof people and engage them in this new world.

Key takeaways:
- How to communicate STEM to attract, engage and retain future and current workforces
- Discover the why of STEM, not just the what and how
- Learn how to develop creative, adaptable and innovative students and professionals of STEM learners and
professionals
- Engage young people in the the real world of engineering and STEM
- Attract, retain and support diverse talent, particularly women, into STEM

Who this is for:
Business leaders, corporates, teams, educators, high schools

Debugging Diversity

How do you feel when you are the odd one out - comfortable or uncomfortable?

We know diversity is essential for better business outcomes, creativity and innovation. Can we simply throw a couple of different people into the mix and hope for the best? Well, not quite. We must also create an inclusive environment, but what is the right level of uncomfortable and comfortable in diversity for the best outcomes?

This talk explores how to increase diversity and create inclusive environments - whether that is actions for individuals, inclusive behaviour and workplace culture or design of physical spaces. Felicity draws on her career experiences working in a male dominated industry, her knowledge of design principles as an engineer,, and founding a successful not-for-profit organisation which directly tackles diversity and inclusion.

Key takeaways:
Learn what it will take to create this diverse and inclusive world including:
Personal leadership and courage, how to stand up and share your perspective
Strategies to enable diversity and make inclusive decisions when diversity isn’t in the room
What leaders can do to directly have impact in the diversity and inclusion

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, corporates, teams, designers of the world

Millennial Leaders - a New Kind of Leadership

Millenials make up two thirds of our workforce and this is set to rise to 75% by 2025. This millennial workforce have portfolio careers with 17 jobs and and it is perceived to be risky to just have one source of income.

How do we lead this generation and how will they lead us?

This new kind of leadership isn’t based on your title, age, gender, background, experience or title. It’s all about your attitude and actions, how you think and who you are being. Each small action adds up to create change. While anyone can be a leader, it takes courage to create change.

Felicity has embraced leadership from a young age and garnered sponsorship from industry leaders to deliver her vision. At just 25, Felicity founded her first company and built it into a national organisation, leading a remote team and overseeing a team of more than 150 people. This expanded into a second company two years later in ed tech. This was alongside her professional career as an engineer leading multidisciplinary teams on major infrastructure projects.

Key takeaways:
Leading without the title
Creating the change you want to see
The new ways of doing, acting and thinking of a millennial leader
Intergenerational leadership - being the the youngest person in the room and leading the team

Who this is for:
Founders, entrepreneurs, business leaders, executives, corporates, teams, young leaders

The Future of Work is Now: Thriving in a Changing World

This ‘future of work’ is actually here now and more change is coming. We urgently need to prepare the current and future workforce.

Who will thrive in this changing world? People with a foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who can unlock their enterprise, problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills.

However, we can’t be be captivated by STEM skills and technology alone. Success at work now and in the future won’t be found only in technological solutions, it will be found in people. We must put people and the human perspective at the core of what we do, rather than technology.

This is the new triple threat of the workforce - a foundation in STEM, an entrepreneurial mindset and people skills. Are you ready?

Key takeaways:
Explore current and future work scenarios and the impact this has on you and your organisation
How you can thrive in the future of work - new mindsets to adapt to our new work reality
Take advantage of change and learn how to think technologically
Learn what skills will matter most in 2030 and how to get them

Who this is for:
Business leaders, executives, corporates, teams, educators, problem solvers

Engineer Your Future with an Engineering Mindset

You don’t have to be an engineer, to think like an engineer.

Felicity Furey has overcome life’s biggest challenges to engineer a smart city, an inclusive society and an incredible career. How? With an Engineer Mindset - a technical approach to problem solving that delivers surprising results. And the best news is, you don’t have to be an engineer to think like one. In this keynote, Felicity shares how an Engineer Mindset can help you re-frame life’s challenges, face uncertainty with confidence and engineer the most important project of all - your future.

Felicity will discuss:

• The challenges she overcame to engineer a better future for herself and for others
• The power of a technical Engineer Mindset to re-frame problem-solving and produce surprising solutions
• The choices you do (and don’t) make and how they impact your future
• An Engineer Mindset Map to help you re-frame obstacle in the way of the career/life/future of their dreams.

Take YOU Seriously

When you take you seriously, others will too.

Getting taken seriously at work can have serious benefits, from leadership opportunities to pay rises and more. In this not-so-serious keynote, Felicity Furey opens up about overcoming the odds as a young woman in a male-dominated industry and shares her tips for kicking impostor syndrome to the curb and embracing her inner boss (Hint: you don’t need an engineering degree).

Felicity will discuss:

• Her journey to defeating Impostor Syndrome and defying expectations as a young female in STEM.
• Her fail-safe formula for getting your boss’ ‘TICK of approval = Trust (I do what I say), Integrity (I do it consistently and authentically), Confidence (I believe in myself and in my work), Knowledge (I know my stuff- and, if I don’t, I’ll learn it!).
• A Take You Seriously Action Plan as a roadmap to serious success.

‘Flick The Switch’ on Failure

Rethink what you think about failure. Failure, says Felicity Furey, is the key to success.

A failed business partnership. A strained marriage. Bankruptcy. A thousand burned roasts. Felicity Furey is a failure. And proud of it, too. In this keynote, accomplished engineer and award-winning diversity leader Felicity Furey ‘Flicks the Switch’ on what it means to fail to remind us that sometimes, taking big risks (and feeling the burn) can be good for us, too.

Felicity will discuss:

• The one choice she made that changed it all
• Her ‘failures’ and how they’ve led to her many successes in her career, marriage and life.
• How ‘Flicking the Switch’ - choosing to see things differently using an Engineer Mindset - can reframe how you look at life
• The power of taking action - and making a choice.
• A ‘Flick the Switch’ Reframe activity where our audience examines a decision that’s been holding them back.
Topics

Business

  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Future of Work

Innovation

  • Creativity
  • Science & Technology
  • Digital

Motivational

  • Inspiring Stories
  • Entrepreneurship

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
  • Intergenerational Leadership
Feedback
Felicity has regularly been invited to be the keynote speaker at events and panels run by the Foundation for Young Australians. We have found her to be a captivating, imaginative and powerful communicator whose story and points of view resonate deeply with the young people in our community. FYA considers her a role model for young women pursuing careers in STEM and firmly support her work in promoting gender equality in engineering and mathematics. She is a delight to work with and we fully endorse her as a presenter that will both inform and inspire. Foundation for Young Australians
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