Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2018

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WOMEN IN MINING JUNE 2018 • E&MJ 79 Boyt's three takeaways for women: a sponsorship is not cheating, men need to be taught to sponsor someone who does not look like them, and have the con- versation about sponsorship being about sponsorship and not sex. "We have three panelists who have overcome these hur- dles and sponsored women in their orga- nizations," Boyt said. An Executive's Perspective Boyt introduced the three panelists: Josh Olmsted, senior vice president-North American copper for Freeport-McMoRan; Tom Palmer, executive vice president and COO, Newmont Mining; and Brian Day, president, customer services divi- sion and group executive vice president for FLSmidth. Her first question: Why did you spon- sor women and how did you make it work? Day said his eyes were first opened to this concept when he joined the process engineering group, which consisted of 30 people of different genders, religions and races. That was quite different from where he was raised in a small town in upstate New York. A manager explained to him that he worked for a global com- pany and everyone needed to understand different cultures and learn how to inter- act with others. Later in his career, Day was sponsored by a female manager, who taught him some of the best skills as far as report writing, testing procedures and how to better interact with people. In the customer service division, Day assembled a management team that was near equality as far as gender diversity. "We did see a 6% to 20% improvement in results," Day said. Day has three daughters. "My eldest thought my participation in this panel was 'really cool.'" Day said. "These are exciting times in the mining business and we need to grab onto these opportunities together. More than just one individual person, it's a tribe." Agreeing with Day, Olmsted said he is married to an engineer and she has had a dramatic influence on his thinking. The turning point for Olmsted was in South America. Working at Freeport's Candele- ria operation, he was exposed to another, different culture. "The mines in South America employ fewer women," Olmsted said. "So, when you worked with one, you knew they were the best employees. They had to overcome a lot of obstacles and I knew we needed to find a way to support these people who have the inherent drive to find a way to succeed." Upon returning to the U.S., he looked for parallels as far as sponsorships. As management teams are assembled, the ones with more diversity develop better solutions and they make better decisions, Olmsted explained. "People selected with a like-minded bias will likely tell you what you want to hear," Olmsted said. "Diversi- ty in thought leads to better solutions. You make better decisions as a group if you include more diversity in your circle." Palmer shared three experiences. He was raised in the regulated mining com- munity of Broken Hill in Australia. "During those times in that area, when couples

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