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Women In Titanium Birmingham 2015
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Birmingham, England - UK
Monday May 11, 2015
16:00 – 17:30 pm
Location:  Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Reception with Guest Speakers:

Dr Susan Durbin
Associate Professor in Employment Studies
University of the West of England, UK


Dr Ana Lopes
Senior Lecture in Human Resource Management
University of the West of England, UK

Designing a Mentoring Scheme for Female Professionals in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry: Research and Reflections

The presentation will focus upon Susan and Ana’s involvement in the co-design and development of an on-going project to set up a mentoring scheme for women professionals in the aviation and aerospace industry, which is a joint initiative between the University of the West of England, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the RAF and Airbus, and co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council. The presentation will begin with an overview of the key role that mentors play in offering social and career support to women who work in male-dominated organisations, including a brief review of our own and other published research on why women need mentors and the benefits that may be gained from these relationships. The second part of the presentation will focus upon the mentoring scheme itself, which has a planned launch date of November, 2015.

Dr Susan is an Associate Professor in Employment Studies and a member of the Centre for Employment Studies Research at the University of the West of England, UK. Susan’s area of expertise is gendered employment, specifically women professionals and managers who are employed in male-dominated industries and organisations, including senior management, engineering and science. Susan has worked with a number of UK organisations and has published extensively from her research, most recently on the role of mentors and role models in women’s career progression. She is currently writing a book for Palgrave Macmillan on the careers of female senior managers in the public and private sectors and the extent to which mentors play a key role in women’s success in breaking through the glass ceiling.

Dr Ana is a senior lecturer in the human resource management and a member of the Centre for Employment Studies Research at the University of the West of England. Ana has written on topics that include, gender, sex work, migrant labour and community organizing.  Her doctoral thesis was published as a research monograph in Portugal and Ana has taken part in live TV programmes and debates with political parties and MPs as well as advised the European Parliament on issues related to gender and employment.

Wednesday May 13, 2015
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Industry Related Tour - RTI International Metals, Inc.
Tamworth, England
Wednesday 13th May
12:00 - 15:00


Itinerary of Events:
12:00  Transportation from Hilton to Tamworth Plant
12:30  Welcome & meet and greet
12:45  Introduction to RTI Tamworth
13:00  RTI Extrusions and RTI Forming facilities awareness
13:10  Tour of manufacturing facility (4 groups)
14:00  Tabletop exhibition of RTI products
14:15  Refreshments, questions and networking
14:45  Return Transportation from Tamworth to Hilton

Please Note:

  • Safety footwear is required on the plant (hiking boots, safety overshoes acceptable).
  • Safety glasses will be provided where required.
  • No phones or photos please during the tour of the facility.
About WiT:


ITA Women in Titanium (WiT) Committee Charter


Mission:              The mission of the WiT committee is two-fold:  To develop a networking group of collegial women presently in the titanium industry; and to promote, attract, and encourage high school and college women to enter the titanium industry.


Objective:           To contribute to the growth of the overall titanium industry by providing mentoring, collegial and networking opportunities for women within the titanium industry and to take part in programs which advance gender equality in STEM fields for high school and college women.


Organization:     The committee consists of a voluntary female chair and vice chair from ITA member organizations appointed by, and responsible to, the ITA Board with the assumption the vice chair will follow their predecessor as chair in the case of employment change or upon the end of the term of office.  The term of office is 2 years commencing January 1.


The committee is comprised of a number of ad-hoc volunteers, also from ITA member companies with a minimum of 6 participants including the chair and vice chair.  The committee’s business and agenda will be reviewed and endorsed by the ITA Board during periodic, approximately quarterly, meetings. 


The chairperson will work in close collaboration with the Committee volunteers and with the ITA Executive Director who acts as coordinator for all ITA Board and Committees business and activities.


Minutes of WiT activities will be published periodically in association with the ITA Board meetings.

Download The WiT Charter & 2 Year Plan

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