Felicity Furey
 
 

Social Entrepreneur
Engineer
Speaker

 

 
 
 
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Felicity is a social entrepreneur, engineer and leader in diversity. 

Felicity Furey is an award winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies.

After realising the lack of diversity in engineering and wanting to make an impactful change, Felicity co-founded not-for-profit Power of Engineering. The organisation has now reached over 8,000 students across Australia through one day events and partnerships with industry and universities. 75% of students who were a ‘no’ to engineering before the day change their mind to a ‘yes’ after the event.

Wanting to make a bigger, long term impact, Felicity co-founded social enterprise Machinam, which engages and motivates students in high school maths. Machinam’s digital maths resource, In Real Life for year 9 and 10, connects what students are learning in maths class to the real world and authentically how they would use maths.

This work, along with her professional career, saw Felicity named as one of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Young Executives of the Year in 2016 and named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old. Felicity has been featured on ABC News, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and the Australian. 

Felicity’s ten year corporate career includes working as a Senior Project Manager at innovative engineering consultancy Arup, Management Consultant at fortune 500 company AECOM and delivering a $45 million dollar transport infrastructure project portfolio for local communities with Brisbane City Council.

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Speaking

Felicity’s work in diversity, education, engineering and entrepreneurship has led to speaking engagements for some of Australia’s largest companies and organisations, conferences and schools around the world. Felicity brings energy, passion, grit and authenticity and makes bold ideas happen.

 

Corporate topics:

  • Diversity, making it happen in your workplace

  • Future proof your organisation - engage and attract diverse talent

  • Creating a company culture for the future of work

 

Education topics:

  • Engaging students in STEM

  • Bringing the real world into the classroom

  • How to impact 10,000 people - entrepreneurial thinking and mindsets

 

Previous Speaking Engagements

Felicity has spoken to over 11,000 people including Qantas' Engineering Leadership Day, Westpac's Women in Technology Forum and PwC's Graduate Recruitment Event.

 

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International Women's Day Event

Ford Australia invited Felicity to speak at our recent International Women’s Day event. Her presentation about how she started her social enterprises in the STEAM space were inspiring and provided positive energy to a room of local high school girls and Ford employees. Alongside her personal stories of success she gave the audience an informative, engaging and fresh perspective on what it means to be 'An Engineer' in the modern world. Thank you Felicity!

Louise Nance, STEAM SPecialist asia pacific, Ford

 

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Future of STEM - Australian German Business Summit

I requested Felicity speak at the Australian German Business Chamber of Commerce Summit about the future of STEM. Felicity presented on stage with C-suite executives from leading Australian and German companies. Felicity was highly impressive, inspiring and demonstrated leadership with practical examples for business leaders to prepare for the future of STEM. I applaud her for the impact she is having to engage young people in STEM and the difference she is making. 

Gavin Smith, President, BOSCH Australia

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FYA Board and Leadership Retreat

Felicity has regularly been invited to be the keynote speaker at events and panels run by the Foundation for Young Australians. We have found her to be a captivating, imaginative and powerful communicator whose story and points of view resonate deeply with the young people in our community. FYA considers her a role model for young women pursuing careers in STEM and firmly support her work in promoting gender equality in engineering and mathematics. She is a delight to work with and we fully endorse her as a presenter that will both inform and inspire. 

Matthew Benetti, Social Innovation Manager, FYA

 
I was so insanely impressed with your insight and ideas today and wanted to let you know! Your message of being bold and courageous, and viewing challenges as an opportunity to clarify my values was really powerful - I often feel dismayed and impatient with slow change and insufficient progress. But you’ve inspired me to consider engineering! Another one converted...
— Georgia, Year 12 Student, Melbourne
 

Watch

TEDx

 

QUTChange

Females powering engineering

At TEDxQUTChange Felicity invites you to ask yourself "what is normal" and what are the gender stereotypes we wound up with.

Drawing on her learnings from engaging high school students, Felicity highlights how we can all shift the perceptions of engineering and gender roles in our society.

ABC News 24 Interview

can the local australian engineering shortage be solved by more female engineers?

Australia's infrastructure plans, new space agency and defence projects could all be in jeopardy unless a severe shortage in the number of homegrown engineers is reversed.

Felicity is interviewed on ABC News 24 about co-founding Power of Engineering and how it works to inspire more women into engineering.

EY Women in Leadership

EY Women in leadership series

As part of EY's Women in Leadership series, EY speaks to some of Australia's successful and inspirational business women who have made a difference in their chosen fields and in their communities.

Learn more about Felicity's story and what inspired her to start Power of Engineering.

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Felicity has been featured in a variety of media including national television, print, radio and online reaching over 26 million views. 

 
 
 
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Australian Financial Review

Engineering change by creating a vision and getting people on board

By Catherine Fox

Sometimes influence is hard to measure but Felicity ­Briody can almost see it happening in front of her eyes when she talks to school students about a career in engineering.

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BOSS Magazine

The laser focus of BOSS Young Executives

by jessica sier

To be the one who makes the final call day in and day out takes a certain type of confidence. Felicity Furey, believes backing yourself is the most crucial aspect of leadership.

“This isn’t about being corny, it’s about knowing what you know and making a decision,” she says. “It took starting a not-for-profit organisation for me to realise how beneficial taking risks and backing myself was to all aspects of my life.”

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ABC News

Push for women to help solve engineer shortage 

By madeleine morris

Australia's infrastructure plans, new space agency and defence projects could all be in jeopardy unless a severe shortage in the number of homegrown engineers is reversed.

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ProBono Australia

Engineering a Difference

by Rachel mcfadden

Female engineers are few and far between but this is something a trio of female civil engineers turned social entrepreneurs are hoping to change.

There have been more than a few occasions where Felicity Furey felt she didn’t quite fit in.

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Awards

Felicity has been recognised for her work inspiring the next generation into engineering, promoting diversity and her professional career through numerous awards.

 

Awards include:

  • Innovative Engineer of 2018, Engineers Australia

  • Young Executive of the Year 2016, Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine

  • Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence Winner 2014, QUT

  • Young Achiever Award 2013, National Association of Women in Construction

  • Finalist Outstanding Alumni Awards 2013, QUT

  • Young Social Pioneer 2013, Foundation for Young Australians

  • 100 Women of Influence, Australian Financial Review and Westpac


 
 

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Contact Felicity

 

 

Felicity Furey

felicity@felicityfurey.com
0403 546 142

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Felicity is based in Melbourne and travels regularly for speaking engagements.

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