Past events

Lunch Series: Diversity (WinRSA)

Celebrate diversity by joining Women in Resources SA at their Diversity Lunch, as we embrace respect & acceptance, understanding that every individual is unique.

Date: Thursday 27 July 

Time: 11:45am for 12 noon to 2pm

Venue: InterContinental Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000


SACOME members: $124 (inc. GST)

Non-members: $198 (inc. GST)

Students: $55 (inc. GST)

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Keynote speakers:

Turia Pitt, Humanitarian, Athlete, Motivationalist and Former Mining Engineer

Without a doubt, Turia Pitt is one of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people. Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, Australians have taken Turia into their hearts and are deeply inspired by her.

In 2011, age 24, Turia was an ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer when she was caught in a freak firestorm while competing in a 100km ultramarathon in Western Australia. She was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full thickness burns to 64 per cent of her body.

Surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements. Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.

In 2016 alone, Turia has competed in her first IRONMAN competition, and is releasing a new book and an online motivational program as well as walk the Kokoda trail to raise money for Interplast, a not for profit organisation that she is closely aligned to. Turia has raised close to $1 million since she began working with the organisation several years ago.

This engaging and refreshingly candid young woman will astonish you, inspire you and leave you in stitches. Her enthralling message of overcoming adversity and the need to never EVER give up will motivate you … out of your chair, and into life.

The standing ovation Turia was given at her TED talk is a testament to her skills as an orator. Turia’s motto ‘never ever give up’ resonates with people from all walks of life – anyone, anywhere, who refuses to be limited by circumstance. She is a true and profound inspiration to all those she meets. 


Jacqui McGill, Asset President - Olympic Dam, BHP

Jacqui McGill is the Asset President of Olympic Dam in BHP Billiton’s Copper business. Prior to her leadership at Olympic Dam, Jacqui was the Asset President of BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC).

Jacqui is a passionate gender diversity advocate. In 2012, Jacqui was recognised for her contribution to the industry by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), in which she received a Highly Commended Award in the Women in Resources Overall Award. This was followed in 2015 with Jacqui winning the Gender Diversity Champion Resources award in Queensland and winning the Women in Resources National Awards. In May, Jacqui's Olympic Dam team received a Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Leadership - Women in Resources. BHP was recognised for its work in increasing female representation and helping women to advance their careers. At Olympic Dam, Jacqui has formed the first gender-balanced leadership team in BHP Billiton.

Over her 25 plus years of resource experience she has worked in a range of commodities including Iron Ore with BHP Billiton and prior to joining BHP she held a number of senior operational roles in the uranium and gold sectors.

At Olympic Dam Jacqui leads a team that has delivered a substantial improvement in performance including the highest level of production since 2006, and a 29% reduction in costs, as part of a vision to transform Olympic Dam into a safe, reliable and globally competitive business.

Jacqui holds a BSc Mineral Science from Murdoch University, and an MBA from La Trobe University. She lives in Adelaide with her husband Chris.