Episode 089

Theresa Nyabeze

Promoting diversity in STEM careers

October 20, 2019

Episode Overview

“You keep doing the work you’re doing, and your excellence will shine through in your output.” – Theresa Nyabeze

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 percent 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. She also shares her experiences and powerful insights on values, mentorship, privilege, failure, and success throughout her journey.

“I’ve always believed in people in that if you take care of other people, and the results will follow. If you are authentically trying to take care of the needs of your fellow, and you are trying to be in service to them… I say you are going to have success.” – Theresa Nyabeze

Theresa has also authored an illustrated story book for children called “Underground: My Mining Adventure” which is one of the adventures of her STEM book series. She also currently hosts The Mining Meet Up Podcast which is a collection of conversations with a variety of people who interact and engage with the Mining Industry.

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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