For Vivienne, the only daughter of parents who emigrated to Perth from Hong Kong, having three brothers wasn’t the only challenge as she navigated her education as a female and member of an ethnic minority. She overcame any hurdles in her way to become Curtin University’s first female PhD in Chemical Engineering.
In her early career, Vivienne found she had to work twice as hard to overcome gender bias and lack of role models, which served to focus her passion to support the growth of women in industry. She is now an advocate and mentor for young women in engineering, encouraging them as she had been encouraged to take the first steps towards a STEM career.
At Chevron, Vivienne is actively involved in the graduate recruitment program, ensuring applications are treated equitably and addressing unconscious gender bias during selection. She is also the lead of the Petrotech Women’s Network, driving initiatives such as the Inspirational Women of Chevron series and promoting leadership training programs for women. Through this network she facilitates introductions, networking and collaboration among female professionals.
Beyond her workplace, Vivienne extends her advocacy to external programs like ABCN Future Thinkers, the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, Dress for Success and the It Takes a Spark! STEM initiative for students in Years 4 to 10.