Candis was a bright teenager who had earned a Merit entrance to university but found the costs too prohibitive to start straight away. Determined to continue her scholarship, she self-funded her education by juggling part-time study with full-time employment. Candis now holds a Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and an undergraduate degree in Management and International Business.
In her 19 years at Rio Tinto, Candis has worked in several areas where the lack of female role models drove her to make change for upcoming leaders. Her approach prioritises creating a psychologically safe environment, fostering innovation and recognising the true benefits of building a diverse team.
Candis’ advocacy is not limited to her immediate team; she has outlined a diversity expectation as part of the contract procurement process, creating a ripple effect throughout the sector.
Candis’ commitment extends to formal mentoring programs, including Women in Mining, National Women in Operations (NAWO), and The Smith Family I-Track high school program, where she has had a positive impact for 16 years. Candis has mentored more than 20 Rio Tinto employees and her guidance has enabled mentees to secure technical and leadership positions, reinforcing the tradition of ‘throwing the ladder down’ for the next generation.