Aquatics and Commercial

Industry leader and women’s advocate to present at SPLASH!

June 3, 2018

Elena Gosse, CEO of Australian Innovative Systems (AIS) and current dual-finalist in the Women in Industry Awards, will be presenting at the Women in Leadership seminar during SPLASH! Week.

The 2018 Women in Leadership Seminar will be held on the day prior to the opening of the SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show.

Sharing the floor with Gosse on July 31 will be Lynley Papineau, managing director of Aquatic Leisure Technologies; Roslyn Ronning, managing director of C-Change Potential; and Lee Salisbury, owner of Sapphire Wetwork Pool & Spa.

The seminar aims to bring women leaders from the industry together to look at how they can continue to strengthen their positions and empower each other. It is billed as a must-attend event for women in the swimming pool and spa industry, ideal for women seeking to celebrate positive change and learn how female leaders have overcome numerous obstacles to succeed in their roles.

2018 Women in Industry Awards

Meanwhile, Gosse has been selected as a finalist in two categories in the 2018 Women in Industry Awards, which recognise and reward the achievements of women working in manufacturing and other industries.

Her nominations are for the Industry Advocacy Award, which recognises individuals who have helped shape a positive view of their industry and/or helped create a policy change which benefits those working in the sector; and the Excellence in Manufacturing Award, which recognises an individual who has thought outside the box to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.

“I am passionate about promoting the role women play in what may be considered traditionally male dominated industries,” says Gosse.

“Being an advocate and role model for women in the manufacturing sector is very important to me. It’s part of paving the way for the next generation of women to succeed.”

She says that her speaking commitments were part of encouraging the next generation of women to succeed in her industry as well as advancing the industry as a whole.

“I am honoured to speak at the inaugural Women in Leadership seminar and hope this will become a regular feature of the SPASA calendar. I will be sharing some of the many challenges I have experienced during my career journey from the performing arts to manufacturing, but most importantly I’ll be sharing how I overcame these challenges by drawing on my feminine power,” she says.

“I believe women in this era have a wonderful opportunity to create positive change. We need to have these heart-to-heart conversations in order to support each other, embrace our innate talents and have the courage to use them.”

Disinfection presentation

Additionally, on August 1 at the SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show Gosse will present: “Is your pool a ticking time bomb?”

Gosse says she will deliver a thought-provoking discussion about a problem “so big, so uncomfortable and so confronting, that instead of acknowledging it, we pretend that it doesn’t exist. Like the proverbial elephant in the room.

“I will talk about the ticking time bomb that some forms of water disinfection pose to our community and planet and share examples of where it’s gone horribly wrong. I will also share my dream of how our industry can work together to make the world of water disinfection simpler, safer and smarter.”

Women in Leadership Seminar
Tuesday 31 July, 9.00am-12.30pm
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $95pp (inc GST) – price includes high tea

Is Your Pool a Ticking Time Bomb?
Wednesday, August 1, 10.15am-11am
Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre
Cost: $30

Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/y9cstrwq



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