Episode 005

Theresa Nyabeze

What's not to love about underground mining?

February 25, 2018

Episode Overview

You keep doing the work you’re doing, and your excellence will shine through in your output.

My guest today is as comfortable in overalls and deep underground of the earth, as she is in heels and makeup. She’s a mining engineer, an author and a mom.  She’s also the founder of Diversity STEM.

Theresa Nyabeze works as a front-line supervisor at one of Canada’s largest mines, and she is president of ‘Women In Science and Engineering’ (WISE) Sudbury. She’s also part of a small demographic of women who make up the mining workforce. According to a 2014 study by Global Mining Standards and Guidelines, women account for only five to ten per cent of the international mining workforce, and only seven per cent serve on board positions.

Theresa shares why she chose this unconventional career, and why she is so passionate about it.

what you’ll learn in this episode

  • How Theresa ended up in mining
  • Why she thinks mining is a fantastic career option for any able-bodied person
  • What she’s learned about herself through following this unconventional career path
  • Why she’s made it her mission to empower and inspire young women through mentorship
  • What she’s learned about failure
  • What her “I am” is


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