Tomorrow marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Women and Girls in Science: a day to bring awareness to gender equality in science-related fields.

We recognize that our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace includes, among other priorities, efforts to increase the representation of women throughout our workforce, which is why we continue to share stories of women who work at Newmont – stories that are helping to challenge the status quo of a predominantly male industry.

Jenessa Rahn, Senior Engineer at Newmont’s Exodus mine in Nevada, had never considered a career in mining before taking on a summer student job at a mine. “I got to spend a lot of time with the engineering and maintenance groups and really enjoyed the experience.” Jenessa quickly realized she wanted to pursue a degree in mining engineering, and after her first year at the University of Nevada, she changed her major and never looked back.

As a long-time active member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), Jenessa will be joining professionals from around the world February 19–22 at SME’s Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. “This will be my second time serving as a session chair at SME. I really enjoy attending technical sessions at the conference to learn about new technology and to hear how other mines are operating.”

Cynthia Parnow, Director, Sustainability and External Relations, will also share her insights at this year’s SME conference. Cynthia started her career as a water sampler at our Gold Quarry mine, and has since put her education as a geochemist to use helping to develop and implement Newmont’s global water strategy. She currently lends her expertise in mine water management as a member of the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP) operating committee.

“INAP is a group of industry representatives devoted to developing solutions for the prevention, minimization and control of acid rock drainage, which is among the biggest long-term risks to the industry. The session I will be participating in at SME will highlight the latest development in closure covers.”

While there is still more work to do toward achieving gender parity in the industry, Cynthia reflects on the changes she has seen since starting her career: “It is gratifying to see more women in mining as compared to when I first started. Now I see more and more women wherever I go.”

To find out more about Newmont’s participation at the conference, check out SME’s full Technical Program, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for up to date information on all our business initiatives.

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