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 & Build in Common. 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 27 years’ experience in industry, she is an active protagonist within the Australian innovation ecosystem. Pia has qualifications in law and business management, and offers a wealth of commercial knowledge gained in the private, public and NFP sectors. She shares her expertise as an innovation champion, mentor, facilitator and public speaker on topics relating to entrepreneurship, technological disruption and STEM. As the mother of three daughters, Pia remains an enthusiastic champion for diversity and enabling women.
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
Senior Consultant, Cognizant. Leveraging today's unprecedented growth in digital technology, Anitra is passionate about leading global transformation projects involving the latest in cybersecurity, robotics and automation across the mining resources and healthcare sector. Anitra managed change projects with mining company Rio Tinto for 12 years involving global restructures, and the introduction of autonomous trucks and drilling technology into Pilbara mining operations as part of Rio Tinto's Mine of the Future®. In healthcare, Anitra partnered with leading universities to establish evidence-based applications of virtual and augmented reality, robotics and data science in medical training and patient care.
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
State Delivery Manager, Readify (a Telstra company). Donna has been building amazing teams for over seventeen years. Donna leads the WA team at Readify working with clients and the team to ensure they are delivering value and solving complex business problems. Previous to this, she was a General Manager at Ignia which grew from a 25 person locally-focussed development shop to one of the largest and most respected technology solutions consultancies in Perth. Donna is a regular speaker at community events on topics around diversity, employee engagement, talent management and business growth.
Lacey Filipich, WiTWA Communications & Partnerships
Founder & Managing Director, Money School & Maker Kids Club. Lacey began her career as a chemical engineer in the mining industry after graduating as valedictorian from University of Queensland in 2003, but she has always identified as an entrepreneur (Lacey started her first business at 10 years old). Today, Lacey is the co-founder and director of two successful education start-ups; Money School and Maker Kids Club. She continues to consult in the mining industry in the area of operational improvement.