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Interviews and success stories of WIM Russia community members

“We are open, modern and convenient for the realization of their talents and ambitions, and gender is definitely not important here”

Maria Lodkina, Director of Financial Control and Corporate Reporting at the gold mining company Polymetal, together with her colleagues, launched the international project Women in Mining Russia — the giants Nornickel and Deloitte have already joined the association to support women in the mining industry.

“Focus on personal contribution to the overall success of the company is the key to efficiency in individual work!”

We share an interesting interview with Daria Goncharova, Director of Sustainable Development at Polymetal, where she talks about her family and life in her native Siberia, about starting a career at Polymetal, as well as about her next steps, goals and inspiring books.

“One of the best decisions in my life was to go to work in my profession”

Natalya Barambaevna Kaibalina has gone from an ordinary mine surveyor to the head of a mining asset. Now, as Managing Director of Taseevskoye LLC, she is responsible for Highland Gold's Baleisky cluster in Transbaikalia. In the interview, she talks about what she considers to be her main professional achievements and the challenges she still has to overcome.

“I can boast that I chose my specialty precisely because I myself wanted to. And I am completely satisfied with my choice”

Anna Bogoslovskaya, Leading Geomechanical Engineer of Polymetal's Production Directorate, spoke to WIM Russia immediately after she moved to St. Petersburg: she was transferred from the position of Lead Geomechanical Engineer at Polymetal's Magadan Branch to the company's headquarters. In an interview, she talks about how since childhood she went to the dream of becoming a geologist, and about the responsibility that lies on the shoulders of a geomechanic

“I love traveling and working with different people”

Tracey Kerr, Chair of the Safety and Sustainability Committee on the Board of Directors of Polymetal, has built a career in the world's largest mining companies, BHP, Vale and Anglo American. In an interview with Women in Mining Russia, she told how to join the board of directors, why it is profitable to specialize in the climate agenda, and how Russia helped her shape her approach to managing people.

“The work is serious, reliable. There will be many more mining projects”

Tatyana Spiridonova, chief surveyor at the Tardan mine in Tuva, owned by Auriant Mining, in an interview with WIM Russia talks about her work and how a woman can cope with it.

“To be brave means to strive forward”

In early October, the Women in Mining Russia Association summed up the voting results and presented awards to the winners of the Talented Woman in the Mining Industry award. Svetlana Tsyrulnikova, head of the technical control department at Polyus Verninskoye, won the prize in the Inspirational Leader nomination.

“Our man” – a woman whose profession is called “the main enricher”

Svetlana Stanislavovna has been working for Polyus Aldan for more than 22 years, which is a follower of the oldest gold mining enterprise in Russia, Aldanzoloto, the owner of the Order of the October Revolution and many other awards, which turned 95 in 2019.

“In today’s world, being “on the crest of a wave” is not at all easy”

Behind this ability is a set of qualities and competencies of a person who never stands still. The manager of the nickel electrolysis shop of the Kola MMC, Olga Shcherbakova, in an interview with the Gorod Online portal, spoke about her secrets of success and the rules of life for a woman who cares.

Career in gold mining

Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development at Polyus on how working with schoolchildren and students helps to solve business problems

“I wanted girls in the team. They discipline men”

Alexander Lisoy, General Manager of the Environmental Safety Department of Norilsk Nickel MMC, in an interview with WIM Russia, talks about the tasks and projects of his team, as well as about his new experience – working with girls.

“It’s not a man’s world anymore: women in the mining industry”

Members of the Women in Mining Russia association insist that every person, regardless of gender, should have the right to choose, and this project was created in order to support the professional development of women in the mining and mining and metallurgical industries. We talked in more detail about the project with Maria Lodkina, Member of the Management Board of WIM Russia, Director for Financial Control and Strategic Reporting at Polymetal.

“The main motivation is to see how the company grows and develops, how new records are achieved and ambitious projects are realized, knowing that you are directly involved in all this.”

Ksenia Kazantseva, Project Manager, Enrichment Group, Polyus Magadan

“Women in business: corporate culture or quotas?”

I don't like the word "inclusion", especially when applied to the gender issue. It always implies indulgence, you feel the awkwardness of the gesture: here, we made some indulgence, appointed a WOMAN to the board. A sort of declaration: we are all right with gender equality. Statistics are being pumped up, grades are being mixed… Interview with Maria Gordon, Senior Independent Director of Polyus PJSC.

“Goal: total automation”

"Polus Verninskoye" starts the implementation of the ambitious project "Automation of the Mill - 100%". Its result should be the automation of processes in the factory and, as a result, 100% prevention of the risks of unscheduled shutdowns of the enterprise.

“Order in everything – in the workspace, in the image, in the words”

Olga Valentinovna Polezhaeva - Head of the sanitary-industrial laboratory of the Olimpiada GOK in the Polyus company. She approaches the solution of any problem rationally, never succumbing to difficulties.

“Culture of Efficiency”

One of the successful examples of the implementation of the PS is the largest gold mining company in Russia, Polyus. Pavel Vorsin, Managing Director of the gold mining company Polyus Krasnoyarsk, shared his experience in implementing a production system (PS).

“PAL “Pole”: the result is determined by people”

Assay and Analysis Laboratories (PAL) of the company make a huge contribution to the work of maximizing the extraction of gold from ore. There are several such departments in the Polyus group, and each has its own specifics. And each ensures the rhythmic work of the company's production units.

“I’m not an armchair manager at all, I spend a lot of time at the factory”

In the KURILGEO company, which operates on Urup Island in the Sakhalin Region, the share of women in the team is 10%, but there are only three women managers. One of them is Tatyana Chagina, head of the heap leaching section. In an interview with the KURILGEO corporate portal, she tells what it is like to be the “owner” of a factory.

“Every person is your teacher”

Gold from the Verninsky deposit Svetlana Tsyrulnikova, head of the technical control department of the Verninsky GOK, learns from a thousand other ingots.

“The result is more important than regalia”

There are people who mean more to the company than just conscientious, highly professional employees. They embody all the best that is in the history of the team: its wisdom, talent, balanced approach to work and life. Without a doubt, Larisa Kuznetsova is one of those who are true to their work, sincerely serving him for many years, achieving success. She joined Aldanzoloto in 1970 and to this day she works at Polyus Aldan.

“Every day I wake up and I say to myself: go and get to know this world, because you don’t know anything”

A film in which Vasilina Tarabarova, Managing Director of Svetly, spoke about the principles she adheres to in her work, her first career steps and the qualities that help her achieve success.

“A lawyer in a company should help develop a business, make it within the law, efficiently and make a profit”

Olga Valentinovna Polezhaeva - Head of the sanitary-industrial laboratory of the Olimpiada GOK in the Polyus company. She approaches the solution of any problem rationally, never succumbing to difficulties.

“The concept of” unteachable “does not apply to a woman.”

Tatyana Oleinik has been working at the Albynsky mine of the Petropavlovsk company since 2012, and she has one of the most unfeminine professions in the industry - a dump truck driver.

“Women Can Lead Too”

How Christine Coignard Made a Career in Russian Industry

“A person must be responsible, benevolent, with a firm life position.”

Aleksandrova Olga Vladimirovna, senior specialist for social infrastructure maintenance of the administrative and economic department of Polyus Magadan.

“We must say yes and by personal example dispel myths about the profession.”

Anna Korotchenkova, head Director of Research and Development of the NLMK Group, part-time mother of many children, in an interview with WIM Russia talks about her experience in men's teams, R&D in metallurgy and the "duty" of women.

“Now we have a working dynasty”

Tatyana Viktorovna Surenkova, Honored Enrichment Apparatchik, now an archivist at JSC Mnogovershinnoye (Highland Gold), devoted almost 40 years to Mnogovershinnoye, a workers’ settlement in the Khabarovsk Territory and the gold mining enterprise of the same name, which is now part of the Highland Gold group. In an interview, she talks about how she came to the mining industry, what enrichers joke about and what professions she is ready to advise her grandchildren.

“My heart and all my thoughts were connected with exploration and evaluation of deposits”

An inspirational example of a woman who, throughout her career, balances between work, study and raising children. In an interview with WIM Russia, Tamara Golovina, Head of Exploration Technology at Polymetal's Geological Directorate, talks about futuristic exploration technologies, the benefits of postgraduate studies, and sources of self-confidence.

“We begin to appreciate what we have when we are cut off from it. I think that perhaps everyone should try to work on a watch for a change”

Anna Katsebina, a graduate of the Siberian Federal University with a degree in mineral processing, joined Mayskoye gold mining company (Polymetal Group) in 2013. She started as a laboratory assistant in the technological research department of the central analytical laboratory, after which she became a research engineer, and now she is a process engineer in a factory. In an interview with WIM Russia, Anna talks about how she came to the industry, what the essence of the work of a technologist is, and how girls on duty live.

“I always work for the result”

Anna Glushkova is not afraid of difficulties and is ready to work without a break for sleep and food to achieve her goals. It is not surprising that, having started her career at Polymetal as a sampler, Anna became the chief engineer of a gold recovery plant in Chukotka at the age of 26. Another recognition in the profession was the victory in the award "Talented Woman in the Extractive Industry" in the nomination "Leader of the Future".

“The profession has a masculine character. But there is no need to be afraid of this.”

Our heroine, Tatyana Kotareva, chose the profession of a geologist in the 9th grade and has never regretted it since then. Tatyana Pavlovna adheres to an active life position and is not afraid of difficulties. In her youth, she decided to enter not the nearest city, where there was a geological faculty, but the Sverdlovsk Mining Institute. Working at Stoilensky GOK, she took on a "public burden" - coordinating the implementation of the mining and geological information system (GGIS). And this year she applied for participation in the contest "Talented Woman in the Extractive Industry" and won in the nomination "Mentor of the Year".

“If a person wants to achieve something, then there are no obstacles, regardless of gender”

"Professional competitions help to look back and evaluate yourself and your merits. And it is very important to talk about the successful stories of women who realize themselves and find themselves in different professions of our industry. This helps to get rid of complexes and prejudices and opens up new horizons of possibilities. " At the "Talented Woman in the Extractive Industry" competition, Tamara Golovina, Head of Polymetal's Technology and Joint Projects Directorate, won in the Inspiring Leader category.

“In the profession of a geologist there is a place for softness and femininity”

At the age of 25, Ekaterina Pogoreltseva is not only the chief hydrogeologist at Stoilensky GOK, but also a young scientist, the winner of the contest "Talented Woman in the Mining Industry" in the nomination "Breakthrough of the Year". Ekaterina has an internship in China and responsible work on the study of the impact of tailings ponds on groundwater. And this is a young beautiful girl - a clear refutation of the stereotype about the geologist as a "bearded and unkempt man."

“The profession is interesting, and I enjoy the work”

Lyudmila Tomilova, an environmentalist from St. Petersburg, has been working as a leading environmental engineer at Polyus Magadan for more than five years. As Lyudmila says, the work is responsible, serious and interesting. In their work, the company's environmentalists identify risk factors associated with the impact of production activities on the environment, as well as reduce or eliminate this impact.

Theatre House and Volunteer Grants: Rich Life in Polyus’ Regions

Victoria Vasilyeva, director of public relations of the company, told TASS about how Polyus supports contemporary art, how to find a room for a regional theater and what volunteer projects are implemented by ordinary employees.

“Despite the weather conditions, whether it’s rain or frost, surveyors have to do their job”

Tatyana Morozova, a technician-cartographer at Polyus Magadan, talks about what determined her future profession.

“I will implement the PSP, I want to stand at the helm of change!”

Tamara Sisauri, Senior Specialist of the Operational Efficiency Directorate at Polyus Magadan, talks about love for change, professional growth through keen interest and long-awaited projects.

“In our department, everyone deserves an award”

When you love your job, and you go to work with joy, and any innovations - from automation of control systems to 3D design of mining operations - are also a joy. This is also the case for one of the winners of the "Engineer of the Year" competition, nadezhda Drobinina, chief specialist of the technical department for the prospective development of the Severny mine of the Kola MMC.

“Golden Idea of the Year” – a new nomination of the Award “Talented Woman in the Extractive Industry 2022”

Let's share the story of Olga Kuzakova, a senior expert in communication in the field of occupational health and safety at Polyus, whose concept turned out to be the most creative and became the name of this year's nomination.