At the age of 16, Shannon commenced her dual electrical/instrumental trade apprenticeship. After a career in mining spanning 26 years, Shannon continues to challenge the status quo and has been shift supervisor, TAFE lecturer, planner scheduler and acting superintendent. When Shannon was new to industry, she thought to be successful in a male-dominated trade, you needed to be ‘one of the boys.’ She has since learnt that what makes her ‘different’ is actually a strength and she uses her experience to encourage young women to enter and succeed in similar trades. Shannon dedicates time to mentoring and sharing her story with school students and other women in the workplace. She recently become involved in the KCGM Inclusion and Diversity Business Resource Group as the Chairperson for their Women in Mining group.