Met with Capt. Mona Shindy of the Royal Australian Navy, guest speaking at #CrescentInstitute tonight. Regaling her tomboyish youth, right through to a professional career strewn with impressive academic accolades and awards, Cpt. Shindy shared her thoughts candidly.

As a WOC in a male dominated profession she maintained that external family support and a ‘big-picture-vision’, enabled her longevity and success over 27 years in this field. And now- she champions the positive impact of diverse and inclusive practices as a matter of professional integrity​

Who is Cptn Shindy?

After an Engineering degree, Egyptian-born Captain Mona Shindy was the first female to board an active warship as a crew member, aged just 23.

Her 27 years with the Royal Australian Navy has seen her play key advisory roles on matters from Islamic cultural affairs to the management of the $130 million Fast Frigate System Program Office. She is also the mother of two children.

In 2015 she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for work bridging cultural divides in Australia, as well as Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. She also seeks to promote the Armed Forces as a fulfilling career for young Australians of all backgrounds.

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