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Karen Dwyer, Board Member


Service: Royal Australian Navy
Category: Maritime Logistics—Personnel Operations
Location: Brisbane, QLD

Petty Officer Karen Dwyer enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy in September 2006, two years after returning from living and working in China. Originally an Electronic Warfare Linguist, Karen became a Maritime Logistics—Personnel Operations sailor in 2008 and will commission at the end of 2019. Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce and is completing a Master of Strategic People Management this year, as well as continuing to pursue her passion for language learning.

This is Karen’s first year of formal involvement with DEFGLIS after coming to know more about the association through her role as Navy’s Diverse Sexuality & Gender (DSG) Advisor; a tenure that draws to a close at the end of 2019. “I’m so proud to have been involved in Navy’s ongoing DSG-inclusion journey over the past two years. There are some amazing people whose unwavering commitment to inclusion means I’ll leave the role with the confidence that even though there’s work to be done, we’re on the right path.”
Keen to continue her involvement in fostering DSG inclusion in Defence, Karen joins the DEFGLIS Board for what she hopes will be a long and fruitful journey. “I’d like to think that being so new to DEFGLIS means I bring a fresh perspective. Thankfully the Board members are really patient as I get a feel for the landscape and ask a thousand questions. I can be quite a disruptor and enjoy challenging the way things have always been done.”

As a regular participant in DSG professional development (PD) activities, Karen is keen to bring similar opportunities to DEFGLIS members. As DEFLGIS prepares to launch a new strategy this year, Karen hopes that survey data from the membership base will indicate PD opportunities are of some interest.
“Combining PD with an element of networking on completion is proving to be a very successful format, particularly when it comes to engaging women in DSG networks. I would love to see more women actively involved in DEFGLIS activities”.

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