Celebrating Women in STEM – Meet Mia

Meet Mia - one of the team members we are profiling this International Women's Day.

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to recognising and celebrating the achievements of women, no matter their roles, and how they are helping to shape a more equal future.

At Coca-Cola Amatil, we are celebrating Amatil women across the business who are choosing to challenge for an inclusive world. All week we will be profiling our strong STEM role models within Amatil, who are all passionate about addressing the bias and stereotyping that currently exists in STEM.  
 
Meet Mia Spiteri, Project Engineer, Victoria. Mia is passionate about STEM and encouraging more girls and women into the industry and celebrating women who are making significant inroads in Amatil.
 
She joined Amatil in 2017 as part of the graduate program where she had the chance to spend two years exploring multiple roles within the business before joining the engineering team where her main drive is the constant problem-solving that her job requires.
 
For Mia, International Women’s Day means many things and she hopes to see greater emphasis on education for girls and women wanting to work in STEM.  
 
“Education is absolutely the key in all of this – we are taught from a young age the stereotype that boys are just naturally better at mathematics and science. Being aware of, and acknowledging, this stereotype and reinforcing its falseness is key to getting more girls and women interested in STEM roles.”
 
“We need to be educating people on STEM roles and how it gives back to society. Oftentimes these contributions are longer term and not as obvious as some other professions (such as teaching, for example) so awareness and again, education, is vital.”
 
For Mia, the future is exciting for the STEM industry in Australia and hopes to see more diversity over the next 10 years.
 
“Innovation is the name of the game in our industry and research has shown that diversity of thought is a great way to achieve this. Having a group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds can make this happen. This doesn’t just involve having women in STEM – diversity comes in many forms; this could be your age, where you come from or your past careers/experiences.”

We are proud to share Mia’s story, and the stories of all women in Amatil, who are making tremendous strides within their careers, and choosing to do it at Coca-Cola Amatil.