Fortescue Metals gets inspiring leader for a day

Fortescue Metals gets inspiring leader for a day

Careen Lee, an Aboriginal woman from the Pilbara had the opportunity to become Fortescue’s CEO for the day yesterday, the first Aboriginal woman to achieve all of her major career milestones at the Australian iron ore company. 

Having graduated from Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) in 2008, she started in an operator role at Cloudbreak and quickly progressed to become a surface mine operator.

Lee’s promotions to surface operator and her current position as supervisor of surface mining at Cloudbreak were all a first for an Aboriginal woman at the company.

“Being Aboriginal is what inspired me to want to become a leader, as I wanted to be someone who others, especially our mob, looked at and realised that if I could get there, they could as well,” said Lee.

Nev Power, CEO of Fortescue said the company’s CEO for a Day recognises high performing team members and their determination to strengthen their career opportunities.

“As a company, we have set a goal of 20% Aboriginal employment by 2020, and we are also doing everything we can to support the next generation of our Aboriginal leaders,” stated Power.

“Careen’s determination and enthusiasm to take every opportunity with both hands makes her a great role model for her family and community, and an inspiration to her colleagues.”

Fortescue’s CEO for a Day provides participants with the opportunity to work closely with Nev Power and the executive team to experience how the business operates at the highest level.