Women in CUDOS and Finisar Networking Event


Over 30 women from CUDOS and Finisar met at CUDOS headquarters at the University of Sydney for the second Women in CUDOS and Finisar’s networking event, to share their stories of research, academic passions and professional aspirations in the context of their lives as students, academics, corporate employees and women in photonics and optics.


Women in CUDOS and Finisar at the High Tea Networking Event

The afternoon consisted of insightful speeches from CUDOS and Finisar guest speakers, an inspirational presentation from Assertive Skills Expert Yvonne Collier, a tour of CUDOS’ labs, and a High Tea networking break which male CUDOS colleagues joined.

Women Talk

Assertive Skills Expert Yvonne Collier's interactive presentation on ‘Women’s Assertive Communication Strategies break through a man’s world.’

CUDOS Outreach Director Professor Judith Dawes addressed in her opening speech a number of issues including the role of men and mentors in her career, International Women’s Day, and pointed out that women these days are relatively privileged with healthcare, education and freedom.

Guest speaker Dawn Cheater from Finisar gave an insightful speech on ‘Women in the workplace – a history of the Australian Woman’, showing historical photos from the period 1880-1960.

Male colleagues were then invited to join the women for High Tea and networking opportunities – a different experience than the normal pizza and beer that accompany similar events!

The afternoon concluded with a tour of CUDOS’ Labs at the University of Sydney, presented by CUDOS Lab Manager Dr Eric Magi who gave a concise and detailed explanation on photonics study at the university. “It was energizing to see someone with so much passion for what they do,” Finisar’s Senior Planning Manager Lisa Axford reflected on Dr Magi’s presentation.

Finisar is the world’s largest supplier of optical communication products and one of CUDOS’ Industry Partner Organisations.

The first networking event took place in May 2016. Read the feedback about this event in the ‘Women in CUDOS – Winter 2016’ Newsletter on page 2.