• ACCIONA gathered 150 industry women and their young female counterparts to a night of discussion and connection at the NGV, with The Picasso Century exhibition as its subversive backdrop. 

The event on the 2nd of August, connects women in leadership positions at a range of companies with the next generation of female leaders, and celebrates ACCIONA’s inaugural Sustainability Partnership with the NGV which measures the lifecycle and carbon footprint of the exhibition.

Guests were welcomed to experience The Picasso Century, an exhibition both anticipated and murmured about due to the controversial history of its namesake, and a lack of non-male artists among the curation. Using this event to connect young future leaders across industries to inspiring current leaders by experiencing this highly provocative exhibition.

With a focus on women in construction and other male-dominated industries, as well as the progression of girls from school to work, a panel was held with exhibition curator Dr Miranda Wallace, and CEO, ACCIONA Australia & New Zealand Bede Noonan. 

Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ACCIONA Australia, Emma Hassett, explains that the goal of the event is to “introduce young women to others in similar industries”, with an emphasis on “the next generation of leaders”.

“At ACCIONA we are committed to a diverse workforce with gender balance in the industry. We are aiming for 50/50 gender parity and acknowledge we can do better.”

ACCIONA is a multinational business with bases in Spain and Australia, who are dedicated to providing sustainable development and infrastructure on a global scale, with an emphasis on renewable energy.