top of page

Program at a Glance

Pre-Conference Activities - Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Girls Experience Mining Volunteer Event:  8 AM - 3 PM

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled

CAT Tinaja Hills 1.png
Cat Tinaja Hills 2.jpg

Volunteer at the “Girls Experience Mining” Day run by CAT for local 7th and 8th grade students at the local schools experience mine machinery & equipment, simulators, and other mining activities.  A “job fair” will be held at lunch where each company or volunteer representative can explain what their company does and what jobs they are looking for to inspire the youth.

Who: Open to all conference attendees who would like to volunteer!

Where: Outside at CAT's Tinaja Hills – 45 minutes south of the Tucson Convention Center. Shuttle bus will leave the TCC at 7 AM and return at 4pm.  You can volunteer for a smaller portion of the day, but you must provide your own transportation. Lunches will be provided to volunteers.

 Very limited capacity remaining – if you are interested in participating in the “student job fair” please email

Advisory Council Meeting: 4 - 6 PM

This event is invitation only

Collaboration time with WIM Corporate member company leads and the WIM chapter leadership.

Who: By Invitation Only.

Where: Hexagon's Downtown Tucson Office, 5-minute walk from TCC.

Virtual and In person component will be available to ACC members, be on the lookout for a separate meeting invitation with instructions on how to join the meeting.

Hexagon DT Office.jpg

Welcome Mixer: 6 - 9 PM

Hexagon DT Office 2.jpg

Welcome to speakers, sponsors, and students attending the WIM Annual Conference. hors d’ oeuvres and beverages.

Who: Open to all conference attendees!

Where: Hexagon's Downtown Tucson Office, 5-minute walk from TCC.

Cost: No additional cost.

Conference Day 1 Activities - Thursday, April 13, 2023 

The Main Event!  9 AM - 5 PM

Join an exciting day of panels, speakers, and a workshop focused on how to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the mining industry. There will be plenty of time to NETWORK as well with our interactive round table discussions following each segment of the day.

Who: Open to all conference attendees!

Where: Tucson Convention Center “The Meeting Rooms”.

Cost: Included in registration fee.

TCS 1.jpg

Dinner & Networking  6 - 9 PM

PIma County Courthouse 1.png

Includes a catered dinner buffet and live entertainment at the beautiful, historic Pima County Courthouse Courtyard. The evening entertainment will include tours led by museum staff and docents of the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum. Awards ceremony will be held during the event.

Who: Open to all conference attendees!

Where: Pima Historical Courthouse and Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

Cost: Included in registration fee.

Conference Day 2 Activities - Friday, April 14, 2023

Option 1 Local Mine Tours

Tours have PPE requirements - be on the lookout for your specific tour to know what to bring.  All tours will have closed toe shoes and long pants as a minimum requirement, some tours need hardhat, safety glasses and high viz vest (some loaner PPE is available for those traveling).

Tour A

Freeport McMoRan Technology Center and Sierrita Mine

Tour B

ASARCO & U of A Discovery Center, Mission Mine and San Xavier Mine

Tour C


Hermosa Development Project

This tour is currently at capacity

SS2022 Mine Tour.png

6 Hour Tour

Lunch and Transportation Provided

Register early, limited capacity, first come, first serve 

Cost: Included in registration fee.

Mine 2.jpg

6 Hour Tour

Lunch and Transportation Provided

Register early, limited capacity, first come, first serve 

Cost: Included in registration fee.

South32 Hermosa.png

7 Hour Tour

Lunch and Transportation Provided

Register early, limited capacity, first come, first serve 

Cost: Included in registration fee.

Option 2 - Personal and Professional Development Workshops 

As an alternative to the mine tours, two workshops are being offered at the Tucson Convention Center on Friday.

Workshop 1 is a 3 hour personal development workshop hosted by Brooks and Nelson (see details below).


Workshop 2 is the BRIMM 101 class, modified for our conference that will provide you with that initial certification. This class will be 6 hours in length on Friday with additional class work to be done virtually after the event (see details below). 


Breakfast and lunch are provided for both workshops.

Cost: Included in registration fee.

Workshop 1: Conviction, Courage, and Confidence: Activating Your Leadership for Change

WIM Workshop 1 - B&N image 1.png

As members of the WiM community, we are called to fulfill WiM’s mission to position mining as an equitable, sustainable, and reputable industry that fosters trust and respect. Yet harnessing the leadership to be the voice of this mission can be challenging at times.

This highly interactive workshop is designed to help you create impact in the mining industry. The session begins with activities to reveal your leadership archetype. In small groups, you’ll then identify unique opportunities to stand as a change maker and encourage bystanders to join your lead. You’ll hear about research that dispels the myth that women simply need confidence to advance their leadership and careers. Instead, you’ll learn tactical strategies to help you to take risks and develop the support networks to lead change, whether you feel confident or not. The session will end with you drafting a plan for increasing your sphere of influence, whether that is within yourself, your team, your organization, or the industry at large.

 By attending this workshop, you will:

  • Explore your leadership archetype and unique strengths

  • Identify areas of potential impact

  • Learn strategies to take positive risks

  • Create an action plan for increasing your sphere of influence.

Brooks & Nelson.png

Workshop 2: BRIMM 101 - Introduction to Mineral and Exploration Economics

BRIMM 101 “Introduction to Mineral and Exploration Economics” provides core concepts to face current challenges in the mining industry. The course ties together sustainability, exploration, mineral processing, and finance, into a common economic thesis. Our goal is to provide practical tools to boost your leadership skills while addressing project management, collaboration across silos, and sustainable productivity. 

This course is the foundation of BRIMM Executive Micro Certificate in Economic Leadership for Mining.

After completing this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to structure change at an operating asset

  • Pitch the shift using the BRIMM goalposts in quantitative, qualitative, and emotional terms

  • Understand how to economically derisk an exploration project from a desktop using checklists

  • Demonstrate understanding of a mining value chain and options from an economic perspective at a mine site

  • Tie sustainability into decision making

  • Shift how to holistically view the industry and break some silos

  • Better sell your personal brand, IP, and core message


Upon attending the full day of the course at WIM USA 2023 Conference and completing two homework exercises (pass/fail) you will be issued with a digital credential. There will also be two (optional) online techno-economic modeling sessions run the week after the in-person class for attendees.  


This executive education is through the Bradshaw Research Institute for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM) at the University of British Columbia.


Free Evening to Enjoy Local Dining

There are numerous great local eateries for you to have an enjoyable dinner in the southwest.

Cost: Each person is responsible for paying their own meal and transportation to and from the restaurants.


Post Conference Activities - Saturday, April 15, 2023

Board Meeting & 2023/2024 Planning Session

Space is limited, please confirm your ability to stay for this important session.

WIMAZ_Q12022_Event3 med.JPG

Open to all who are interested!

We would love to have you if you would like to get more involved in WIM USA or just want to share your ideas!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided (must RSVP in advance via the registration form).

Location: TBD

Cost: Each person is responsible for paying their own meal and transportation to and from the restaurants.

bottom of page