This is the second of four posts in our Global Inclusion and Diversity Series.
Shane Goodwin, an engineering superintendent at the Newmont Boddington site, is one of the founding members of the Champions of Change program in Boddington initiated by the Boddington Inclusion & Diversity BRG. It is one of 21 around the world and one of six in Australia, including Boddington’s newest group, Embrace, for the LGBTQ community. He remains active in the voluntary group today, and describes Newmont’s expanding global BRG network as “essential to improved performance and innovative workplaces.”
“The key is to start driving small changes and gather critical mass as you progress.”
No matter the location, BRG employee-champions are committed to fostering an environment where all people feel empowered to contribute, develop and work together – while being themselves.
“The key is to start driving small changes and gather critical mass as you progress,” Goodwin says. He celebrates mentorship initiatives and other process-oriented approaches, which he calls “crucial building blocks for greater inclusion at Newmont.”
“I know Newmont will give me opportunities based on the quality of my work.”
Shannon Youd, a senior maintenance planner at the Kalgoorlie mine in Australia, recognizes the importance of the BRG network. “It’s one of the ways I know I’m appreciated for what I can offer,” she says. “I know Newmont will give me opportunities based on the quality of my work, regardless of my background.”
Shannon recently earned the 2018 Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA’s Women in Resources People’s Choice Award – deserved recognition for mentoring young women and co-ordinating Kalgoorlie’s women in mining group. Away from the mine, she pursues what “some may consider non-traditional interests,” including her rock band.
Of course, the interests and experiences that make Shannon unique off site also make her a valuable contributor in the workplace. BRGs are helping her, and Newmont colleagues like Shane make that type of connection. They’re helping everyone deliver on his or her greatest potential.