WiTWA is a Perth-based, not for profit organisation providing a framework for women in technology to extend their network and expand their knowledge on a broad range of professional topics. We endorse open conversation and debate. New faces are always welcome. Our supporters, people of all genders, encourage women and young people to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and innovation. We want to encourage all young people to consider technology as a stimulating and viable profession and support them in that pursuit. We also want to raise the status of women in Australian business and in the technology industries. Join us, we have a lot going on and we would love to have you be a part of it.
Mission Statement, goals and projects
Our mission is to encourage business change to accommodate diversity and provide a network of support for women in technology, science and innovation. Aside from events and advocating for greater diversity in technology and innovation, we also strive to inspire school students into technology careers through our techtrails school incursion program. This program has been running since 2010 and has influenced hundreds of school children in Perth and the regional centres.
Meet our WiTWA Committee Members
Pia Turcinov - WiTWA Chair
Director, Mystral Enterprises. Pia is an accomplished Executive and Non-Executive Director with broad and strategic experience across a range of industries. She manages a portfolio career, holding a number of advisory positions. With more than 25 years’ experience in industry, she is an active protagonist within the Australian innovation eco-system. Pia has qualifications in law and business management, and offers a wealth of commercial knowledge gained in the private, public and not for profit sectors. She shares her expertise as an innovation champion, mentor, facilitator and public speaker on topics relating to commercialisation, entrepreneurship, technological disruption and STEM. As the mother of three daughters, Pia remains an enthusiastic champion for diversity, disruption and enabling female entrepreneurship.
Lucie Hammond, WiTWA Communications
Founder, Diversifly. Lucie is an entrepreneur with a huge amount of energy for learning, growth and realising people potential through new and emerging disruptive technology. With a background in corporate communications, change, psychotherapy and executive coaching she is well placed to explore enterprise needs for the future of work. Lucie is Founder and CEO of Diversifly, a start-up specialising in learning and development through virtual reality, with a particular focus on the people and leadership skills that she believes will differentiate humans from bots in the coming age of automation.
Diana Adorno, WiTWA Technologist
Principal Consultant, Experience Designer & Researcher, ThoughtWorks. Diana is a designer, researcher and strategist who produces digital products using an Agile and Lean approach. She continually experiments with different aspects of the design process to reveal intuitive, feasible designs as well as the transformation for people and organisations. She supports diversity in thought, action and creed. Diana supports diversity in every aspect of life and culture.
Anitra Robertson, WiTWA Secretary
Chief Operating Officer, Surgical Realities. Leveraging today's advancements in technology, Anitra has partnered with leading universities to establish evidence-based applications of virtual and augmented reality in medical training and patient care. With a keen interest in the human perceptual system, Anitra recently completed a post graduate diploma in Science (psychology) at the University of Western Australia. Before launching Surgical Realities, Anitra managed change and communications projects with mining company Rio Tinto for 12 years. This included the introduction of autonomous trucks and drilling technology into Pilbara mining operations as part of Rio Tinto's Mine of the Future®.
Kay Hargreaves, WiTWA Deputy Chair
Managing Director, Colleagues Information Solutions. Kay specialises in transforming the way organisations collect, manage, use and apply data. With over 30 years working and consulting experience in digital data, Kay is passionate about technology and uses her natural enthusiasm for continuous improvement and her technical experience to help organisations gain a competitive advantage through innovation. Kay encourages people to question normality and promotes collaboration to generate new ideas that improve productivity and lead organisations towards high performance.
Maree Morrell, WITWA Treasurer
Cyber Forensics and Information Security Student. Maree has extensive accounts experience having worked for over 20 years in both the petrochemical industry in NZ and the engineering industry in Western Australia. She volunteered on her local P&C for ten years, during which time she gained experience in retail management and customer service. She is currently working towards an IT degree majoring in Cyber Forensics and Information Security at Murdoch University. As a mentor at her local Coderdojo, she strongly believes in the value of teaching young people to move beyond simply using technology, to utilising it as a tool to create their future. Maree is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion both at University and through her involvement with WITWA.
Donna Edwards, WiTWA Events & Partnerships
General Manager, Ignia. Donna has been building amazing teams for over seventeen years. Most recently she has grown Ignia from a 25 person locally-focussed development shop to one of the largest and most respected technology solutions consultancies in Perth, now expanding globally through their acquisition by Insight. Donna is a regular speaker at community events on topics around diversity, employee engagement, talent management and business growth.