AIRAH have established a new group, Women of AIRAH to help promote diversity, representation and inclusion within the HVAC&R industry.
According to AIRAH’s media release, the group was established late last year and was recently ratified by the board. The Women of AIRAH group will work to develop AIRAH’s strategy for supporting women and increasing their participating both in AIRAH and the HVAC&R industry.
AIRAH CEO, Tony Gleeson, emphasised the importance of the Women of AIRAH group and women within the industry overall.
“It is of great importance that women within our industry are both acknowledged and supported.
“AIRAH understands that women are underrepresented in HVAC&R, and we believe that the creation of the Women of AIRAH group is an important step forward if this is to change. Women of AIRAH will not only provide women in the industry with a forum to voice issues of concern, but will also work to make HVAC&R an attractive prospect for those looking to take the next step in their career.”
The media release also states that the Women of AIRAH group will work with local AIRAH divisions to run events, networking sessions, mentoring, support and other initiatives.
The group’s state committee representatives have also been announced with: Ura Sarfejoo and Mikaila Ganado from NSW who are also Chair and Vice Chair respectively, Nithiya Mohan from the ACT who is also the group’s Secretary, Jessica Holz from QLD, Jenny Smith from the Northern Territory, Susan Tohu from South Australia, Peta Blight from Western Australia, and Victoria Totten, Camilla O’Leary and Cara Ryan from Victoria.
Ura Sarfejoo also stated the importance of the group and her excitement of being a part of it.
“The Women of AIRAH group is about improving diversity and the representation of women in the industry. It’s important for women to feel included. For the sake of the profession, engineering needs more women to get involved, so this AIRAH initiative is incredibly exciting.”
More information on the Women of AIRAH group can be found here.
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