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WiTWA TechXChange Event - If You Can See Her, You Can Be Her!

  • The Globe 497 Wellington Street Perth, WA, 6000 Australia (map)

It's a fresh new year, bringing a fresh start - full of hope and dreams. How will your 2019 be different? How will YOU be different - closer to that "you" you want to be? Who's life will you impact? How can you make a difference in your local community? Join WiTWA as we celebrate a new year and our 2019 theme of "If You Can See Her, You Can Be Her".

Soak up the energy from this inclusive, invigorating environment and hear three local leaders share their journey, what inspires them and what initiatives they are working on to make a difference in 2019 and beyond. They will also share ideas on how you could become more involved in the community.

The format will be a panel consisting of three amazing women including Pia Turcinov, Michelle Sandford and Jemma Greene, moderated by Alana Atkinson. See below for more information on our panelists.

Your ticket includes plenty of food, plus a drink on arrival (a glass of wine, beer or soft drink). Extra drinks are available to purchase. Tickets available here.

Try something different: Mini Mentors / Mentees

Are you a Uni Student, parent returning to work, new to the industry (or Perth Tech Scene) or are you without many connections in the industry? We are SUPER excited to trial our "Mini Mentor" program for the first time.

We reached out and have been OVERWHELMED with the generosity from the community with a LOT of amazing women and men who have volunteered to be your "Mini Mentor" on the night. These Mini Mentors work in various roles in Perth Tech - including Technical, Management, Project Management, Account Management etc and across many industry streams.

I want to be "mini mentored" what does this mean/what do I need to do?

After obtaining your ticket, you first need to register your interest via email. Secondly, you would need to arrive at 5.15pm on the night. This will provide you with 15mins 1on1 time with your "Mini Mentor" where you can ask them about their job, the industry etc.

After that, as the event starts (prior to the panel commencing), your Mini Mentor will spend another 15-30mins with you introducing you to their connections and conversations to provide you with insight to hopefully help you build your confidence, knowledge and network. If you are genuinely interested and want to register to be a "Mini Mentee", please email

Meet our fascinating panel:


Pia Turcinov

In addition to being the Chair of WiTWA Pia is co-founder of Strategic Global Pathways & Build in Common. She is also an accomplished Executive and Non-Executive Director with broad and strategic experience across a range of industries. Pia 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. In October 2018 Pia was honoured to be awarded the 2018 Excellence in Gender Equity Promotion Award by the United Nations Association of Australia (WA Division) Inc.


Michelle Sandford

Tedx Speaker, ACS WA Chairman, Microsoftie and one of MCV's 30 Most Influential Women in Games. Michelle is a Digital Evangelist who acts as a connector between technology and the world.

She advocate for STEM, the Games Industry and Developers. In addition, Michelle presents at approximately 50 Conferences and Events around the world on Technology, Social Media, Diversity and Gaming.


Jemma Greene

Jemma is the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Canning, responsible for creating and developing the City’s innovation strategy and embedding a culture of innovation which includes supporting digital innovation and enablement.

She has a passion for driving change that adds value within a Government context, which she demonstrates in the application of intrapreneur leadership that embraces creativity and collaboration. Jemma is an Advisory Board Member for Western Australia Leaders, and sits on a number of Public Sector Innovation committees.

Free sponsored tickets available now:

General tickets includes plenty of food, plus a drink on arrival (a glass of wine, beer or soft drink). Extra drinks are available to purchase. Tickets available here.

Thanks to support provided by the Department of Communities for the WiTWA TECHXchange event series we are also able to offer a number of free tickets to women who are currently studying (part-time or full-time), unemployed or looking to transition into a role within the science or technology sectors. A limit of 2 tickets per person applies. If unsure whether this applies to you, please email Tickets available here.