Leveraging your strengths for strategic action to advance your career

18.04.23EventIn personNew South Wales

Join us for this in person event to explore how you can leverage your strengths and strategically take your career to the next level.

11 AM - 1.30 PM AEST

Bega, 433 Victoria Street, Wetherill Park  NSW 2164 

NAWO Events
Complimentary for NAWO members

Get your Hi-Vis ready – the NSW Committee is bringing you NAWO’s first NSW site tour of 2023 and speaker event with Bega!

We’ll kick off the day with a site tour of the flavoured milk manufacturing plant where guests will have the chance to see how flavoured milk, custards and buttermilk are produced, bottled and distributed. After our site tour, we’ll enjoy lunch courtesy of Bega and then commence the speaking event.

Knowing your strengths and how to leverage them to strategically manage and progress your career is crucial to having a fulfilling professional journey and landing that next promotion. So our special guest speakers for this event will be sharing their insights and their own stories of how they’ve identified and leveraged their strengths and used them to forge amazing career pathways.

Our esteemed Bega speakers are

Ryan Falkenberg – Reliability Engineer
Jenna Irvine – Quality & Environment Systems Coordinator
Kat Stewart – Group Manager – BEX High Growth Culture
Linda Newby – Site Leader

Our speaking panel will give you

  • Practical examples on how to leverage your strengths for career success
  • Tips on how to proactively manage your career
  • How to differentiate yourself from others and highlight your unique value to your organisation

Event Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – Site tours commence
  • 11:30 AM – Lunch & networking
  • 12:30 PM -Presentations commence
  • 1:30 PM – Event concludes

Travel and Parking

Parking spots on site are limited to 20. Guests are advised to carpool where possible. For people parking on-site, please enter via gate 6 off Canley Vale rd. Park in designated parking spots and make your way down “green pathway” to front office. Signage/people on site will be available to direct you. If there is no parking available, please park in Greenway shopping area and walk – this should take 12-15mins.

For site tour attendees

On the day, we advise guests to wear sleeved shirts, long pants, and steel toe capped safety boots. Your personal steel toe capped safety boots must be completely clean from dirt. Please do not wear jewellery or nail polish. The Bega team will generously provide coveralls, safety glasses and hair nets. If you do not have steel toe capped safety boots, please let us know your shoe size in advance while registering for the event.

More about our speakers

Ryan Falkenberg

Ryan started out on the BEGA graduate program at the beginning of 2021. Throughout the past 2 years he has worked in many different roles within the reliability and engineering team, including purchasing, team leader and asset care planner. During this time, valuable skills such as flexibility, teamwork and collaboration were enhanced in a professional and personal manner.

Ryan has now settled into the reliability engineer role where he focuses on implementing and improving reliability strategies to improve the overall plant performance. His current focus is working on a reliability centred maintenance (RCM) program for the business critical assets onsite.

Originally from South Australia, Ryan studied a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, specialising in sport, at the University of Adelaide. While growing up in the Barossa Valley, he was exposed to the wine industry from a young age, always being involved anywhere from picking through to bottling.

Jenna Irvine

Jenna Irvine has more than 12 years experience in the food manufacturing industry. As the Quality and Environment Systems Coordinator for Bega’s Wetherill Park site, she leads teams through technical investigations and audits whilst ensuring Wetherill Park maintains high standards of regulatory and company compliance.

Prior to this, Jenna has held roles in Technical Learning, Manufacturing, Analytics, Projects and Technical. Through engaging and coaching people, she has improved site quality and environment systems, built technical capability throughout the business, and has delivered several cross functional cost saving projects resulting in annual site savings.

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nutrition and Food Science, a Master of Teaching (Secondary), and a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment. She spent some time working as a secondary teacher during which she enjoyed sharing her knowledge and passion for learning with young students.

Kat Stewart

Kat Stewart developed an early interest in helping people and working with them to grow and become the best version of themselves. Growing up, Kat danced professionally for 17 years, she enjoyed the stage and the team spirit of supporting each other as a dance group. Kat enjoyed making new friends and helping those around her. This background enabled her to see working with people would be her future. This inspired Kat to pursue a career in Human Resources.

Early in Kat’s career, she experienced many roles within corporate organisations in Sydney, ranging from Stockbroking, Corporate Accounting and Research. The professional level of skills achieved in Office Management paved the journey for Kat. Most recently, Kat is working within her passion of helping people, her expansive training experience coupled with her desire to culturally change businesses, and is now a Group Manager High Growth Culture within the Food Industry.

Kat strives to promote the vision of the organisations she works for both internally and externally. She seeks and leads opportunities for continual improvement. Most recently leading an amazing team to build a technology driven capability system that will significantly reduce non-value added time for operations. This is a goal successfully achieved, resulting in improvements for all levels of Operations. Proudly with her current team, she has been able to support and provide a framework that is accessible, easy to use and is empowering everyone to have access to the right training and the right information at the touch of a button.

Linda Newby

Linda Newby has more than 10 years experience in food manufacturing. Linda is currently the Site Leader for the Wetherill Park operations, a site that makes milk-based beverages, fresh and UHT milk and custards and buttermilk for the eastern seaboard. In her site leader role, she has full end to end accountability of operations and partners logistics to service the customer. She leads at team of 6 direct reports and a site with 140 employees. Previous to this role she managed our white milk factory in Penrith and held multiple roles in the Juice business across areas of safety, warehouse & logistics, continuous improvement, processing and people leadership.

Linda is a qualified Physiotherapist with a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety. She worked in the health industry for 10 years and owned her own private musculoskeletal practice for 5 years in remote Tasmania where she won Business of the year and Citizen of the year.

Linda has an array of experience in manufacturing, health, and people leadership. She has a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. She does this through centering her leadership style in caring for her people. She has a passion for people leadership and development. She is also experienced in creating safety & cultural change. Linda is also a member of the NSW NAWO committee and has participated as both a mentee and mentor in NAWO’s mentoring program.