SA woman recog­nised in na­tional re­sources awards

The Advertiser - - BUSINESS - MICHELLE ETHERIDGE

TAK­ING out a top na­tional award, grad­u­at­ing from an MBA and spend­ing time in three cap­i­tal cities was all in a day’s work for Nima Sherpa.

The Nor­wood woman was last week named Ex­cep­tional Young Woman in Aus­tralian Re­sources at a cer­e­mony in Can­berra, be­fore fly­ing back to Ade­laide via Melbourne for her grad­u­a­tion in the af­ter­noon.

“It was an ex­cit­ing day,” the 26-year-old says.

Ms Sherpa, who works as Su­per­in­ten­dent – Pro­duc­tion Anal­y­sis & Im­prove­ment at BHP’s Olympic Dam – was recog­nised in the Rio Tinto Women in Re­sources Na­tional Awards.

She hopes her award will raise aware­ness about the need for diver­sity in the sec­tor, not­ing that she has re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port from other women since she was named a fi­nal­ist last month.

“I think we’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” Ms Sherpa says.

“It’s about mak­ing sure that lead­er­ship sup­ports the di­verse think­ing they’re ask­ing for, and that when the peo­ple are in the sys­tem they get the right sup­port.

“A lot of peo­ple com­ing in are young women and they want to make a dif­fer­ence right away. We need to make sure that their voices are heard.”

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked in medicine, health and startup busi­nesses, Ms Sherpa, who moved to Ade­laide from Colorado in the US, un­ex­pect­edly found her­self in the min­ing in­dus­try through net­work­ing.

“I al­ways say to take op­por- tu­ni­ties be­cause you never know where it’s go­ing to lead to, and you’ll find out what you’re re­ally pas­sion­ate about,” she says.

WIN­NER: Nima Sherpa has been recog­nised in the Rio Tinto Women in Re­sources awards.

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