Alcoa employee and initiative named finalist at 2018 WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources Awards

Dr Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios has been shortlisted for the Women in Resources Awards.
Kellie Tuia (seated) who is learning to become a full time dispatch operator with Yvonne Fahey, initiative co-creator at the Huntley mine.
Dr Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios has been shortlisted for the Women in Resources Awards. Kellie Tuia (seated) who is learning to become a full time dispatch operator with Yvonne Fahey, initiative co-creator at the Huntley mine.

AN outstanding woman and a company initiative from Alcoa of Australia are finalists in the 2018 WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy Women in Resources awards.

Marisa Ioppolo-Armanios, Environmental Technology Program Manager at Alcoa’s Global Alumina Centre of Excellence is short listed for the Outstanding Woman in Resources category while Alcoa’s Frontline Talent Development Initiative at Huntley Mine, which develops and promotes women in mining, is an Outstanding Company Initiative category finalist.

Raised in a traditional, first generation immigrant family, Dr Ioppolo-Armanios’ expectation of herself was markedly different to the hairdresser expectation her family had for her.

From a young age she challenged societal stereotypes and paradigms with great resilience and determination to pursue a university education in science.

Today, she is regarded as a highly skilled research scientist and an acclaimed expert in environmental and process chemicals.

She is also a strong advocate in paving the way for other women in technical pathways.

Developing talent and encouraging career progression is also a key theme in Alcoa’s Frontline Talent Development Initiative.

The initiative has inspired and empowered many women at Huntley Mine to acknowledge their diverse attributes and consider a range of career options outside their current functions.

Although open to both men and women, the initiative has given women access to career development opportunities and many have benefited from available promotions and role changes.

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