Our Inspiring Role Models
Our inspiring role models hail from all walks of life. Each one has a connection with STEM and Innovation. They have either been nominated for the WiTWA 20in20 Award, have kindly volunteered to be part of our Techtrails program or helped us out in other ways. Below you will also find our ‘22 in 20’, awarded with a trophy at our 2018 WITWA Awards Gala evening.
A massive thank you to all our sponsors who helped bring this page to life through their sponsorship in 2018: Accenture, Department of Communities, Edith Cowan University, SAP, Woodside, Accelerating Commercialisation, Amazon Web Services, Hexagon Mining, ImpRes, SEQTA, Valrose, Sentient Computing, Red Piranha, RSM and Optika Solutions.
Congratulations to Dr Danielle Meyrick who was awarded the ‘First Among Equals’ winner with the highest score from the judges.
The incredible Allyson Woodford took out the ‘People’s Choice’ award with the highest number of votes from the public (over 4,000 people voted!)
Feel free to browse through (semi-alphabetically sorted) or search our gallery if you are looking for something in particular.
In her role as Geology Manager, Aimee manages the only department within Northern Star Resources with 50% females. She has achieved this by identifying key roles that can be filled on a flexible and part-time basis to encourage women to return to work after having a family.
By coaching and mentoring her team and peers, Aimee has built a high-performing Geology team who deliver high-quality results. She implemented a Graduate Geologist program to retain geologists, which has positively impacted voluntary turnover rates. She provided on the job mentoring and training to employees, enabling unskilled, local workers to get their foot in the door in the mining industry.
Aimee volunteers her time for community events to foster interest in the field of Geology, including the GEMIA Careers Expo and Heartwalk 2018.
Faced with the challenge of a lack of STEM subject selections when she started her new career as a computing teacher at Ashdale Secondary College in 2013, Alex used her industry background to create and implement inspirational new courses for the students.
She established an after-school AV club and provided meaningful experiences by engaging students in successful real-world projects, some of which have received national recognition. Alex consistently demonstrates a fresh, innovative approach to improving education outcomes and strives to make a lasting impact that reaches beyond the College.
Alex was the driving force behind the inaugural Ashdale STEM expo which inspired over 1700 visitors and involved many partnerships from both industry and further education, resulting in newspaper articles, letters of recognition and praise for her leadership of this outstanding whole-school initiative.
With a demonstrated ability to dive deep into new technologies, Alison presented an articulate business case for the purchase of a robotic system after only 3 days on the job! She quickly came up to speed with robotic control software and hardware systems and led a team of Woodside staff on an intensive course at the Johnson Space Centre as part of their collaboration with NASA.
In her current role as Head of Robotics, Alison leads Woodside internal trials of robotic equipment on operational sites and Woodside’s external collaboration partnerships with local WA Universities, NASA, University of Texas, CSIRO, University of Queensland, and Clearpath Robotics amongst others.
Her robot has already been deployed to handle hazardous situations on a mine site. She is passionate about STEM careers and regularly host kids in the robotics lab. She developed and deployed activity sheets for school kids to try to solve a real business problems using robotic solutions. Alison is a community volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities, and an Emerging Leader in Philanthropy team member for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation in Perth.
With extensive experience in the Oil and Gas industry, Allyson is a champion of continuous improvement. Through positive leadership, empowered teams and innovation she has been responsible for implementing nearly $100M in change initiatives on a site with ~400 people.
Over the years her knowledge and innovative solutions have resulted in significant cost savings. Allyson is a vocal and passionate proponent of diversity, women in STEM, young leaders and innovation. She was an inaugural mentor for the UQ EAIT Meet a Mentor program, set up a Technical Women's Network and has regularly been invited to be a panel speaker, moderator, conference speaker on topics such as risk, women in STEM, first-year engineering and chemical engineering worldwide.
One of her proudest achievements was the creation of an Emerging Leaders Development Program for Caltex Australia. The initial intake was the most diverse cohort ever created within the refinery: 50:50 male to female; 50:50 engineer to non-engineer and more than 20% of the cohort coming from a non-English speaking background and one member who gave birth between the final two sessions.
More about Allyson (2018 People’s Choice Winner at the 20in20 Awards)
Alysia is a passionate leader in agricultural education with an extensive national network of agriculturalists and educators who is committed to supporting and building the future capacity by increasing the agricultural literacy of everyone she meets - students, teachers, politicians, the general public, colleagues and others in a range of connected industries.
She has a vision for the future of the agricultural industry, especially around attracting and retaining youth within it. She embraces challenge and continually looks for effective and efficient ways to integrate the agricultural context into existing curriculum delivery.
At every opportunity, she gives willingly of her time to share her extensive knowledge. She has volunteered her time on weekends to run a series of teacher tours to help support the new food and fibre curriculum in WA. She helps external stakeholders to reach their target teacher audiences more effectively. Alysia is a member of AgConnect, an organisation consisting of young people working in agriculture where she shares her experience with the up and coming agriculturalists. In her role as President of the Agricultural Educators Association of WA, she has developed a scholarship to attract tertiary agriculture graduates to undertake a diploma of education to become agriculture teachers.
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Angela is the Partner in charge of the WA Technology Risk and Cyber Security practice at KPMG. Angela is a highly respected practitioner in the WA tech risk/cyber community who often flies ‘under the radar’ due to the sensitive nature of her work. Angela has recently returned to the firm after 14 months on maternity leave and it has opened her eyes to the challenges of balancing family and career. Angela is currently leading a number of strategic initiatives at KPMG to increase gender balance in a male dominated technology practice with particular focus on career planning, career progression while on maternity leave, flexible work arrangements and connected communities for female technologists. Angela is active in a number of industry groups having previously presented at conferences held by the Australian Institute of Internal Auditors, Business Continuity Institute, Australian Computer Society and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Angela is a role model who inspires and mentors emerging leaders as well as cyber-security resources nationwide. Angela is a champion for KPMG’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy and is passionate about both gender and cultural representation in the workplace.
As a 20 year veteran of the recruitment industry and the founding director of Sense Group, Anita is passionate about helping people and businesses connect on a personal level and aspire to succeed. Authenticity is the name of Anita’s game and she not only thrives to achieve this personally, but inspires the whole Sense Recruitment team to be the same.
In the 20 years since joining the IT Recruitment Industry, Anita has earned the respect and admiration of the industry, both employers and jobseekers alike. She shows a unique ability to understand roles, companies and the personalities involved to provide a perfect match for all concerned. Ensuring that her business is all about people before profit, she has enabled and shaped careers, making it all about the person - in the most human sense - whilst in the process running a successful Tech driven business.
A big believer in diversity in the workplace, she has promoted and developed women in IT - and her own businesses - to become renowned for this amongst the Perth Technology market. Anita couples this with innovative mentorship with programmes such as “Rare Birds”, “GoGirlGoForIT” and “Just Start IT” which promoted and facilitated young women to take an active interest in IT.
Sense Recruitment, under the guidance of Anita, has become one of the most well known brands within the recruitment market in Western Australia. It would be hard to find any key influential person in Perth that doesn’t know or hasn’t worked with Anita.
Anne is one of Australia’s leading specialist in the preparation of competitive Government Grant applications and provides services to clients across all sectors, ensuring that the application meets the requirements of the grant program to a high level. Anne is well known in the innovation community and is one of Australia's most successful writers of competitive grant applications having secured innovation clients more than $20 million funding to support commercialisation activity. With a focus and commitment to assisting business and NFP clients such as WiTWA to secure government funding to meet their objectives, Anne continues to be a leading supporter of the WA innovation community.
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Anya is a crypto economist at Power Ledger which is one of Australia’s most exciting and respected blockchain companies. Power Ledger’s goal is to help everyday people get access to clean and cheap energy. Power Ledger completed Australia’s first Initial Coin Offering, raising $34 million dollars in addition to receiving a further $8 million dollar contribution from the Federal government for its Smart Cities program.
Crypto economics is an emerging field that combines blockchain technology, financial markets, business models and game theory. As a crypto economist, Anya has an exciting job of trying to master all of the above, understand what’s essential and what’s not and design new cutting-edge software products for Power Ledger’s customers. Much of her time is spent coming up with ideas for things that have not been done before. Prior to her role as a crypto economist, Anya ran a startup accelerator for young tech businesses. She was instrumental in attracting 50 technical and business mentors to support startups in getting their ideas to market and providing seed investment where it was needed most.
Anya is particularly proud of the 3 women-led startups that graduated the challenging 6-month program and went on to launch their offering. She was there with the female founders every step of the way through the ups and downs of establishing an early stage business. Having been a founder herself, Anya found that compassion for the entrepreneurs came naturally. Prior to running an accelerator, Anya launched her own tech startup which helped women get anonymous professional support in times of crisis. When not reading about blockchain technology or speaking at blockchain events, Anya does yoga and have volunteered as a yoga teacher at the Association for Refugee Survivors of torture and trauma.
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. Alana is passionate about the empowerment of tech for the community & the economy. As an Account Manager at AWS Alana is privileged to work with AWS customers in Western and South Australia to help them understand and leverage the value of cloud technology from both an economic and business transformation perspective. She is passionate about technology innovation and its potential to enable positive economic and social impact. Prior to AWS Alana has enjoyed many years working in Account Management roles in Perth including with NEXTDC, Dimension Data, Alphawest (now Optus) and Westcon Group.
Alana is also passionate inclusion and diversity and encouraging young people, especially girls to consider careers in STEM. She does this by presenting at, hosting and participating in various events including career days, educational events, community events and coding workshops for children.
Not afraid to disrupt the status quo, Aparna identifies as a change agent and is constantly seeking ways to enhance or improve business. Prior to this, Aparna had a career in corrections spanning 18 years providing crisis counselling and rehabilitation programs to prisoners, slowly transitioning into policy development and communications. Aparna serves on the WiTWA communications sub-committee and relates closley to the plus in tech [+] as she doesn’t identify from a STEM background. She champions strong female role models and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Aditi is a passionate women and driver of change. She is a proud tech head who is always trying to learn how she can help more women pursue their dreams, especially women in technology. A proud moment for Aditi was launching Data Science Week 2019 which had a particular focus on Women in Data Science. Aditi is proud to be a diversity champion at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and to challenge the thought of those around her.
Since leaving school Alex has worked in roles for state government, digital agencies, advertising and communications and spent 10 years running her own small web design & development agency.
Her work has been recognised by the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, West Australian Web Awards, Australian Web Awards, CSS Design Awards and Awwwards.
Alison Atkins is skilled in mineral exploration, mining, management, and leadership. In 2018 she became CEO for acQuire, a global mining technology company with five offices located around the world.
Alison joined acQuire in 2000 as a computer geologist. She has since held multiple roles from technical deployment, training, customer account management, and team management before being promoted to Managing Director in 2016 and CEO in 2018. Before Alison joined acQuire, she was a field, underground and computer geologist, working in exploration and mining in Australia and West Africa.
Alison is a strong business professional and achieved a Bachelors in Science (Geology), Postgraduate in Business Programming and a Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) from Curtin University in 2012.
Over a number of years, Amanda has provided employment for over 1,000 people in the mechanical services field in the resources sector. Amanda is working to provide sustainable income for Aboriginal artists through her work with KIRRIKIN and developed a cultural invigoration program for Aboriginal women in prison, often supporting many on release. Amanda has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Business at Curtin Universities School and Business and Law.
Amanda has guided a number of other small (often Aboriginal) businesses to develop into sustainable businesses. She completed an MBA at Curtin Graduate School of Business; the MURRA Indigenous Masterclass at Melbourne Uni and has been identified as an Inspirational Leader for 2019, by the AACSB. Amanda has acted as a board member for various organisations including the Wirrpanda Foundation, Curtin GSB Advisory Board Member, True Blue Dreaming Board member and various other boards.
Amanda has actively sought to improve the view of her people through her work and sought to gain great education opportunities for youth that would otherwise not be able to access them.
Amanda is currently the Managing Director at Yerecoin Traders, a General Store, Cafe and Rural Merchandise store in the Wheatbelt; and Director at The Farm Co, an online agricultural supply specialist. Stemming from a career in science and research, Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in regional small business, using strategic business development to grow and diversify her business. Amanda also engages as a ‘strategy partner’ and mentor to a range of Wheatbelt based small businesses; sharing her experiences as a business owner, entrepreneur and innovator.
Amanda is currently board chair of the Wheatbelt Business Network (WBN); a leading business membership, advisory, networking and economic development service in the Wheatbelt; as well as board member of the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
Amy is a freelance developer who has forged her path by starting her own business at only 20 years of age. With several academic awards to her name, she regularly shares her knowledge with her peers and the next generation of developers by mentoring, coaching, teaching and feeding into the tech community in many ways.
Amy can be found volunteering her time with Fenders, Perth Web Girls and YOW! Conference as well as sharing her knowledge and experience on her blogs. Amy has previously given keynotes at multiple events as well as speaking at three international conferences so far this year.
Anita is the Founder and Managing Director of USSA Global. She’s worked for over 20 years developing and implementing health, safety, environmental, risk and quality management strategies.
She thrives on the challenge of changing organizational culture and team perception of risk exposure, believing that simple systems yield the most value adding outcomes.
Since the inception of USSA, her vision was focused on the development of a simple technology solution to support the implementation.
The SafeX system development is the achievement that she is most proud of and hopes that the SafeX data will assist the government of tomorrow to make informed decisions to bring risk management into the school curriculum so we have risk conscious leaders in the future.
Anle is a Technologist specialising in Digital Transformation with a passion for demystifying technological barriers. She is insanely curious and business and technology, solving complex issues and connecting with people.
Anna provides leadership to enable her ILT (information learning technologies) teams to execute the ILT vision and strategy as a driver of 21st Century learning that promotes international and national acceptance of each College as an institution of excellence.
Thinking she was destined to keep people safe and well in mining, Annika never expected that taking a job implementing safety systems in 2006 would change her trajectory forever. Looking back, it was obvious that every moment was leading to tech - by day she was on site but by night she was designing tools to make her work life more efficient and streamlined. Coming from this decidedly non-technical background, she quickly found her place in the world of software, getting paid to do work she did not even know was a profession. Providing innovative solutions became her raison d’etre and works with her teams to deliver value every day.
At the age of 18, Ashlee had no interest in IT and simply wanted to go to university and spend time with her cats. Instead, she was encouraged to learn Microsoft PowerApps.
Despite having no prior experience in IT and suffering from social anxiety/depression, she found a passion for technology and quickly gained recognition from Microsoft by winning their “Fidget Spinner” app challenge. From this, she progressed into developing the “Universal Audit App” with her father, which streamlined auditing processes across multiple industries.
At 20, Ashlee is one of the youngest people to have been awarded a Microsoft MVP, and now runs hackathons and classes worldwide in the hopes of empowering other women and young people with her story.
As co-founder of social enterprise Unocart, Brenda epitomises the concept of personal determination. She is a passionate advocate for the WA start-up ecosystem and often mentors other women in this space. Brenda shares her knowledge and experience by volunteering to speak at a variety of events such as ProductTank and has helped to inspire the next generation by speaking to students at WiTWA’s Techtrails incursions. Brenda can also be found giving back to the wider community by donating her time to Food Rescue and OzHarvest as well as ensuring that a percentage of the profits from Unocart are directed towards helping to feed the homeless.
Brenda is currently studying law at Murdoch University with a focus on cyber law, as well as completing a full-time TAFE course in Cyber Security. She is passionate about all things STEM and inspiring the next generation of kids with technology, coding, space technology and entrepreneurship.
She is the founder of AustraliaLearningCode.com and through her SpaceTripreneur and TechCamps4Kids programs, she has the school holidays filled with exciting STEM activities.
Through collaboration with schools and communities, Brenda is teaching, sharing and inspiring West Australians young and old with her love of STEM.
As a woman in Cyber-Security, Cairo has always been keenly aware that her industry lacks diversity. With only 10% females in her field, she has worked hard to not only make her own way, but to help other women to do the same. In her role as acting WA Chapter Lead for the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) Cairo not only organises numerous AWSN events but also promotes other welcoming and inclusive events to help connect and develop Perth women working or interested in Cyber-Security. She actively encourages and assists women looking to break into the field by sharing advice along with her knowledge and experience. Cairo volunteers her time to speak at various events (including DDD and ECU’s Digiweek for students) to educate and encourage the wider community to consider a career in cyber-security.
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Rebecca is a Curtin University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems and Technology), a Bachelor of Arts, Echos School of Design Thinking alumni and recently awarded a fellowship to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation.
Her working career has spanned a number of different industries including I.T (Genius) at Apple Inc., Event Coordinator at Fringe World Perth and multiple advocacy projects for the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. She is currently working as a Digital Health Project Officer at Telethon Kids Institute - her unique skill set has cemented her position as a key role in enabling the successful translation of research projects through digital health initiatives to the wider community.
Rebecca has directly contributed to grant and philanthropic funding applications in digital health research and has been successful on numerous projects with a funding total of over $2.5 million.
In her role as CEO and Co-Founder of The Volte, Bernadette manages the overall strategic direction and technical evolution of the company. She identifies channels for growth by finding innovative ways to serve our growing client base. Bernadette undertook the prestigious Springboard Accelerator program as part of their 2018 cohort and was awarded the WA Start-Up Founder of the Year for WA in 2018.
Bernadette brings both legal and business knowledge to her role from her time as a part of the TPG-Axon Capital hedge fund team in London and New York. She also has spent time in both the finance and government sectors in Australia and is a parent to 3 small children.
#techplus20awards Winner 2019
Beth is a digital strategist and self-proclaimed word nerd. After an early role administering $1M of Federal grant funding she recognized her penchant for digital, startups and technology. She helped launch then run a co-working space before launching over $500k worth of major app and web development projects. She's previously hosted not one but two podcasts and written as a journalist for Startup News. Now Beth fills her time working for an AI tech startup while serving on the board of a not-for-profit - and occasionally writing poetry.
During her career in digital forensics and cyber security, Bex has assisted with investigations related to multimillion-dollar fraud schemes, the sabotage of IT systems by disgruntled employees, intellectual property theft, unauthorised disclosure of information, and business email compromise. She uses her insights from digital forensic investigations to help organisations improve their cyber security posture and their ability to respond to and recover from security incidents.
Bex regularly presents at industry events, provides training and mentorship to newcomers, is a volunteer tutor for the Girls Programming Network, and WA Chapter Lead for the Australian Women in Security Network. Bex’s willingness to give back to the industry and foster the next generation of our STEM workforce speaks to her character and leadership.
Remarkably inquisitive minded, Blossom has started her humble career, marking a territory for all women in IT. Challenged being an international student, toggling with jobs simultaneously for valuable work experience, forging her path to success in sparingly little time from a student to a Service Transition Manager in IT Operations!!
Enhanced with diverse technical skills, only to mentor and elevate women in IT through her volunteering. The ‘Need of Diversity’ arose in University when she was the only lady to graduate. Her life soon became a testament to sheerly hard earnt stripes, inspiring other women to pick IT, currently is an active member of Australian Business and Community Network mentoring and nurturing indigenous girls for STEM, equipping many to pursue IT, the Future Woman in IT!
Brette passionately advocates for the integration of STEM into the learning environment. She encourages her teaching colleagues, students and parents, to adopt a STEM mindset within the classroom and their lives. In particular, Brette is a strong voice for girls in STEM, creating an environment that nurtures a love of science and technology. Outside of the school community, Brette furthers her learning but attending digital technologies conferences and other teaching symposiums. Brette judges the Tech Girls Superheros, Young ICT Explorers Competition and the National History Challenge. Brette’s enthusiasm and drive can not be understated and her influence is evidenced by the growing number of successful girls, taking up studies and extra-curricular activities in STEM.
Nothing inspires Brigette more than a good challenge. She has often been heard to say it's not that it can’t be done it’s just that we haven’t worked out how yet!
With a background including chemical engineering, geology, geotechnical engineering, data management and process improvement Brigette draws on her diverse experience and skillset to create strategic visions to solve complex problems and improve business processes and outcomes.
Working with teams to transform legacy datasets and systems with a forward thinking and future proofing approach. This has been acknowledged with achievements including global finalist in the 2017 Alcoa Bauxite excellence awards.
Brigette is passionate about data, information systems and application of data science and analytics to empower technical professionals and teams.
Britt is a dedicated professional with 8+ years of experience in Oil and Gas Refining. With recognized strengths in building rapport and influencing people, Britt enjoys working in diverse and cross‐functional teams. Britt puts a lot of effort into reaching and achieving goals and gets a lot of satisfaction from resolving problems. She will comfortably focus on deficiencies and areas where she can improve and is energized by seeing results from hard work. She demonstrates initiative by actively seeking opportunities to develop and she is not afraid to step outside her comfort zone for the purpose of improving. Britt can naturally build rapport with people and create strong professional relationships based on trust.
As an avid futurist Camille is passionate about frontier technologies, and VR/AR is her current area of speciality. She believes there is tremendous potential in these technologies and is dedicated to focussing her career on these opportunities and the benefits that they can impart on the world. She was the lead developer on a world-first consumer VR experience experience for the first aid industry for the medical industry, designed to reduce pain and anxiety in patients, and worked on VR safety training for WA’s mine workers amongst other innovative projects designed to improve the world we live in. Camille is a strong advocate for mentoring in STEM, actively pursuing opportunities to mentor others and striving to raise interest and awareness in STEM. She was a mentor and Diversity Project manager at CoderDojo WA, setting up coding clubs in female-only schools and researching initiatives which could be taken to attract and retain young females to the world of coding. She has also been a regular volunteer STEM mentor for ‘The Innovators Tea Party.’ Camille actively pursues speaking opportunities with an overall aim to raise awareness and excitement about fields such as VR and Games Development. She believes STEM will drive our future and intends to continue sharing its potential with the younger generation, role-modelling how women can excel in technical positions.
As the Innovation Capability Manager for RAC WA, Cettina shares her skills, knowledge and innovation processes to help various business units solve issues using new approaches. Cettina is always willing to help teams with their challenges and, even with a full workload, she accepts opportunities to help support the innovation community both internally and externally. Her understated style sees her working hard and often letting the team or the project shine. Cettina has demonstrated exceptional leadership, mentored leaders and created beneficial partnerships both at RAC as well as the broader Western Australian innovation community. She has also mentored in a range of innovation and entrepreneurship events across WA including the Curtin Ignition program and Social Impact Startup Weekend. In her speaking and mentoring roles, her talents in critical thinking and creativity shine through. She is genuinely interested in contributing to the greater good and has a strong sense of social justice in her working and voluntary roles. She is known for her strong work ethic as well as her humour and playfulness
Chelsea has led a diverse career, spanning Academic Research, Engineering, Product Management, and Innovation. The theme of Chelsea’s career has been helping people transform their work leveraging innovative methods and technologies. An example of Chelsea’s determination has been the development and adoption of a mobile application to assist frontline staff at South32’s operations. She also established teams at South32’s Worsley operation for innovative robotics, and work planning solutions, and has led many organisational firsts, such as utilising DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Design Thinking. The robotics team are now using various robotic technologies to completely remove personnel from many high-risk activities. Some quirky examples of Chelsea’s leadership are, using a Lord of the Rings themed futurespective to help the team anticipate the road ahead, giving “cat meme” awards to a person who has shown tenacity in solving a problem, and mentoring high school students to consider STEM at the Innovator’s Tea Party. Overall, Chelsea is a passionate leader who excels at building high performing teams by empowering team members to maintain a focus on learning, development and coaching.
Perhaps the greatest testimony to Chris Erikson’s tireless commitment and contribution to innovation is her latest appointment as Program Director Automation at Roy Hill where she is instrumental leveraging technology in new and innovative ways at Roy Hill. Here she is faced with significant opportunities on a daily basis but significant opportunities also bring with them notable challenges and Chris thrives on addressing these not only with tenacity, determination and grit but especially with a good dose of innovation. Chris is a forward thinking, visionary, strategic thinker with the ability to bring disparate groups together and forge common interests among a range of industry players. She is an enthusiastic and positive leader and her solutions focused approach to opportunities and challenges, often in the face of opposition, has seen her deliver cross-functional collaboration across planning and operations.
Claire started her career as a veterinary surgeon before training herself in multiple IT fields whilst working for UK-based e-commerce start-up, MedicAnimal.com. She then established Perth's first tech accelerator program, a chapter of the Founders Institute, which she ran for its first two years.
Claire became a founder and entrepreneur when she joined Stuart Hall to form Appbot and has since grown that business to serve over 35% of the world's top charting app developers, 98% of which are outside Australia. Claire is a regular speaker and participant in female founder sessions for the start-up community. As part of the organising team for the first StartupWeekend in Perth, Claire is seen as a leader in the local start-up community. She is always keen to help new founders and particularly female founders on their journey. Claire is highly sought after and respected by her peers in the WA start-up ecosystem, having mentored more than 30 start-ups.
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Upon completion of her Masters in Engineering at Cambridge University, Claire spent the formative years of her career at the Ministry of Defence in the UK, before moving into Investment Banking. Her 11 years there were split between the Equity Trading desk and Transaction Banking division, both in London. In 2016, Claire relocated to Perth to establish the Australian branch of Chematek – a global Chemical and Water company, head-quartered in Italy. For the first six months, she conducted a feasibility study on the nationwide demand of oils & lubricants, constructed financial forecasts, created strategic plans, travelling across Australia and overseas to present her findings. Since then, she has grown the company to a team of seven, with staff in WA, NSW and VIC. As an advocate for equality amongst genders, Claire established an extra parental leave policy where parents, irrelevant of gender, are entitled to an extra 4 weeks holiday per child, in addition to usual government provisions. Alongside her full-time role, Claire is a Director of Jungle Sports, a children’s sports company. Encouraging and educating families on how to lead active, healthy lifestyles is a mission that she strongly believes in. Whilst in the UK, Claire was a “Sherpa” (mentor) in the Stemettes program – encouraging and supporting young women in the last few years of school to progress into STEM subjects and careers. This program mainly focused on schools from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Clare has built her career at the intersection of two historically male dominated fields - law and technology. And has done so without compromising her compassion, professional empathy and commitment to her family, friends and mentees. Clare re-entered the legal profession after a short career break as a new mother, working part-time from her bedroom, and developed her skills and down-to-earth reputation whilst being the sole bread winner for her young family. No matter what the challenge thrown at Clare, she always responds with positivity, respectfulness and humour. Clare has built a reputation as being an expert in the tech and start-up arena, and boasts innovative clients in the blockchain, biotech, AI and online peer-to-peer platform and development operations spaces. When dealing with these clients, Clare demonstrates her expertise in her ability to explain complex legal and technological concepts to her clients and colleagues in simple and digestible terms. She is a vocal supporter of women in law and tech (and is particularly passionate about intersectional issues facing women of all backgrounds trying to forge a career in legal and technological fields). She collaborates with other women in the industries to achieve best results, share knowledge and develop resilience networks, and will always be the first to champion other women and introduce them to new networks. Her generosity of time and knowledge knows no bounds, and she takes young women in tech under her wing beyond just law, but also in marketing, communications and business development.
As a consultant, Colleen convinces a profit-driven industry to spend money on environmental obligations to ensure that they do not leave a legacy of pollution for future generations. Colleen believes that managing is about telling people what they should do and when, while leading means to share the enthusiasm and excitement of scientific discovery and allow others to forge their own path. She is also a firm believer that there are no fundamental differences in any person’s ability for understanding, there is merely a requirement for patience and good teaching. Colleen’s approach to training her colleagues is to empower them with knowledge, not just to conduct a task by learning the steps, but to understand the rationale behind vitally important field sampling methods so that the pride and ownership of a task performed well can be shared by the entire team. She strongly believes that the best leaders are the people who are able to show the most kindness and patience, not necessarily the ones who make all the right decisions. There are no stupid people, only stupid acronyms.
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Caitlin Bathgate is a tech creative with a history of 2D/3D animation who has successfully launched a career in UX Design at the age of 26.
Caitlin is fuelled by the wonderful experience of mentorship and regularly shares her experience and enthusiasm for engaging women with STEM skills at Girls Programming Network (ECU Joondalup), She Codes and local outreach events.
She recently stepped forward at the DDD Perth 2019 convention and presented her first talk even titled “Lost in Space: Risk, Reward and Women in Tech”.
Sharing personal stories and highlighting a toolkit for navigating the experiences women exploring employment in underrepresented industries may encounter.
When not volunteering, Caitlin can often be found bringing her diverse creative, technical and communication skills to local tech, social impact and education spaces around WA.
Camilla is COO of Work Metrics. With a strong business operations background, combined with technical experience and team lead.
As soon as we landed our first clients, Camilla organised the companies business operations and manage our growing team (currently a team of 18).
Established sales, development, support, financial, accounts and training teams.
Carmel has had a portfolio career, with experience across a variety of industrial and service industries encompassing: research; software development and IT; project management; online education delivery; sustainability; quality and business transition management, as well as operations and business management,.
Carmel's strength is bringing together business and technology requirements and she has a strong track record of delivering outcomes by translating strategy into action. She is adept at harnessing the value of cross functional project teams and through leadership and team building, delivering business outcomes and effective change.
Carmel is always focussed on building others’ confidence and capability in their use of technology to communicate and work more effectively and has won peer recognition awards for innovation and excellence.
After a van break down in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia Chantal could not have imagined that it would have lead her into a career in STEM with a digital health focus. With more than 10 years spent in rural and remote Western Australia Chantal facilitates the transition from paper-based health systems to contemporaneous, comprehensive electronic medical record systems. Able to negotiate positive outcomes for both individuals accessing care and the service providers across the continuum of care by encouraging a more effective usage of digital health solutions, thereby reducing patient risk, improving the user experience and ensuring accurate health service reporting. Being a passionate advocate for health and wellbeing sees her co-manage women’s wellbeing programs within rural and remote communities.
Charlotte is an Engineer who is recognized as a leader within the rail industry. She is currently working on one of the biggest and most complex rail automation project within Australia. She travels internationally with her work and is a strong advocate for encouraging females within STEM.
Charlotte is also a professional athlete who accomplished a world title at the age of 25. Charlotte represented Australia in the Natural Bodybuilding World Championships taking home two gold medals.
Charlotte is a member of the young leader advisory board (YLAB) for Australasian Rail Association and has been recognized as a diversity champion within the rail industry. In addition, Charlotte also has a number of side projects that support career progression for women.
Cherish McNamara is a former Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force and has accumulated over 500 combat hours. She has used her aviation experience to develop, design and deliver training programs here in Australia, including drones.
Chloe Constantinides is a founder of multiple companies, a Director at StartupWA, an advisor/mentor to hundreds of entrepreneurs and a consultant to many startups/corporates in Western Australia. She founded an app development agency, where she employed a diverse team of 35 and still remains a shareholder; has her own ecommerce brand; previously taught young students to fly and program drones; and provides thought leadership through her tech column written for Business News.
Chloe has been recognised with awards such as Business News’ 40Under40, Smart Company’s Smart 30 Under 30 and out of 170,000 alumni, was awarded ECU’s Inaugural Young Alumni Award.
Chloe now works as a consultant/advisor, to share her years of experience in innovation and technology. She runs UWA’s IQX Academy, Curtin Accelerate and is also the lead project organiser for Dream Summit - an incredible leadership program for Indigenous entrepreneurs from all over Australia.
Christina obtained a PhD in Optimisation at Curtin University in 2008, for which she was awarded a Chancellor’s commendation for excellence. She completed three postdoctoral research positions, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, at the Austrian Institute of Technology, and in the Computer Science department at the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she was awarded the President’s Mid-career Plenary Award at the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation.
Since 2016, Christina has worked in industry, developing optimisation and artificial intelligence solutions. She has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and authored a book on these topics. She has supervised five Masters projects and been awarded more than $1.5Million in consulting and grant funding as Principal Investigator.
Clare has worked in the West Australian iron ore industry for the last 18 years for both major and junior companies. A mining engineer by trade with a masters in geotechnical engineering, Clare followed a traditional career route through operational and technical services management roles until an opportunity to join Rio Tinto's Mine of The Future program presented itself in 2015. Since that time, Clare has been in the front row of the iron ore industry's embracing of the new opportunities that advances in technology, automation and data science provide. She has a particular interest in linking data science and machine learning techniques to improve productivity and making the working lives of front line technical teams better.
After discovering that she had an aptitude for customer discovery and an ability to quickly build rapport with people, Danielle recently transitioned from her role as an Experimental Scientist to a new position as a Technology Transfer Advisor. In this role, she uses her skills and capabilities to understand problems in the mining sector to help colleagues develop industry-valued technologies. Her ability to speak both “science” and “business” enables her to transfer information in both directions. Danielle uses the same tools and frameworks to help others in her community. As a Director for the not-for-profit organisation, Southern District Support Association, Danielle is utilising the same concepts to help guide their strategic thinking. She is also facilitating a business model development workshop for the Servant Leadership team at Mount Pleasant Church of Christ to help plan for the church’s future. Danielle is also using her knowledge and experience to mentor a team at UWA.
As a chemist, soon to be doctor of medicine, and Chief Scientist with GenesisCare Theranostics, Danielle is passionate about accessible, affordable, progressive and compassionate medicine. She inspires others with her determination, skill, intelligence, compassion and most of all empathy for others and her general approach to life. She established the radiopharmaceutical chemistry program for radionuclide therapy for neuroendocrine tumours in Western Australia, thus facilitating the first access for patients in Australia to this novel therapy, a milestone for the field. Whilst at UWA, she established the radiopharmaceutical chemistry research program and radiopharmaceutical syllabus as part of the Masters of Pharmacy. More recently, Danielle has been instrumental in establishing novel therapeutic nuclear oncology services in sites across Australia as Principal Radiochemist and Chief Scientist for Theranotics Australia. Through her international relationships, she has paved the way for the international referral of patients with metastatic prostate cancer to Pretoria, South Africa for therapeutic intervention not yet available in Australia. At the same time, she is working to establish the above intervention in Australia through GensesisCare, thus allowing the first access to Australian patients with cancer. She is co-investigator on two multi-centre landmark clinical trials in the emerging medical field of nuclear oncology and spearheads the growth and development of the theranostic paradigm domestically and internationally. With a strong commitment to giving back to her profession, she has served on councils and committees for the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, ANSTO, and the Western Australian Curriculum Council and Theranostics International Scientific Advisory Board, to name a few. Danielle has contributed to projects ranging from fundamental chemistry, extractive metallurgy through to nuclear oncology. She also has co-developed a sodium-ion battery technology solution with fellow Murdoch University colleague with the potential to provide cost-effective storage for sustainable energy technologies such as solar and wind power. She has a specific interest in inspiring young scientists (e.g. addressing graduands at Monash Science School, Melbourne) and she has mentored young women through the Smith Family mentoring program and continues to mentor young girls, boys, men and women informally.
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Through her 15 year career in a variety of roles within the Oil and Gas industry, Deanne has not only found herself the only female in her team, but at times she has also been one of the few native English speakers. Spending time working in The Netherlands, Thailand and California as well as Australia, Deanne has demonstrated the ability to build relationships and communicate in various cultures and environments to achieve business results. One of her key strengths is bringing together individuals with diverse experience and backgrounds to solve complex industry problems. Deanne is a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and has held various active roles in Chevron’s employee networks, including founding chair of Chevron’s XYZ network in Australia and past global advisory board member for this network. Chevron’s XYZ network supports employees in the X and Y generations through career development, mentoring and networking initiatives. Deanne has also mentored numerous technical professionals in the oil and gas industry, particularly women who are seeking to expand their leadership capabilities, and she is a regular speaker at internal and external events promoting diversity.
As Executive Director of the Perth Children’s Hospital Project, Debbie was responsible for driving all aspects of the project which led to the successful opening of the new hospital. Through resilience and determination, she overcame the many challenges and built trust and respect as a leader. Debbie encourages diversity and has demonstrated her support of women and young people like in technology, science and innovation.
Debbie is an experienced and exceptional program manager who has a reputation for consistent, high-quality delivery, often in difficult circumstances, thanks to her strong commitment and meticulous attention to detail. She has won employee recognition awards for her inspirational project management, leadership skills and outstanding project contributions.
As an early career teacher, Debbie has shown an outstanding commitment to her own and others personal growth, proving herself capable against every challenge that has been thrown her way. A broken neck in a car accident only saw her come back more determined than ever.
Debbie has made significant contributions in inspiring girls to choose STEM education pathways through her focused and innovative design of initiatives. She led the planning, development and implementation of the STEM Girls Day Camp ensuring it aligned with all aspects of the STEM curriculum. The program focused on increasing students’ global awareness and the use of STEM to solve real-world issues. This program has since formed the basis of a state-wide STEM learning project. Debbie also led a series of STEM Champions after-school workshops for parents and their children from the Cluster primary schools.
Debbie’s commitment to employing innovative and inclusive teaching strategies underpins every aspect of her planning and classroom practice. She has a passion for creating engaging units of work that are effective in inspiring her students and improving their learning. At the core of everything Debbie does, is her desire for all students to achieve success.
As a Mine Control Superintendent , remotely dispatching heavy machinery from Perth for a mine 2000kms away in the Pilbara, Di continuously inspires her team by demonstrating perseverance, determination, and bravery. Her regular feedback ensures that the whole work crew understand that they are valued and that their issues are being addressed. Di is highly respected by her peers and those reporting to her. Her mentoring skills and support of females in the workplace, particularly those with young families or returning from maternity leave has resulted in her leading the best developed and strongest team on site.
Divya was the only woman in her team when she started her career in Cybersecurity eight years ago at Dimension Data, Australia. Divya is a skilled CyberSecurity Specialist who views all challenges as an opportunity to learn and increase her knowledge. Her passion for the cyber industry encouraged her to work towards her PhD in Cybersecurity at ECU. Believing that we need to develop a culture of cybersecurity awareness, she has conducted many sessions with fellow employees and students to explain its importance in layman's terms. In the spirit of giving back to her homeland, and the belief that encouraging women to enter cyber-security and ICT should start in school, she shares her knowledge and experience with her friends in India, thus enabling them to deliver cyber-security awareness and training in the schools and colleges. Here in Australia, Divya volunteers her time as a mentor/speaker through technology development programs and study experience at ECU. Being a member of the Tamil Association of Western Australia (TAWA), she has participated in many cultural programs to help promote culture and language. She constantly seeks to gain further knowledge and exposure in her field with the hope of being able to give more back to society.
As a Head of Design, Diana looks at design across the enterprise using a service design and evidence-based approach. She 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 has worked across many industries and pulls insights across all of them. She has a technical, design and a qualitative research background in Cognitive Anthropology. Diana has worked globally as consultant on digital products in Australia, Asia, UK and Europe. She supports diversity in thought, action and creed. Diana supports diversity in every aspect of life and culture.
Donna has been enabling technical teams for over twenty years. She is passionate about helping businesses scale, creating great workplace environments where people can thrive.
Donna works for AWS as the Partner Manager across WA/SA and was previously the State Delivery Manager at Readify, leading a team of 80. She is the CEO of startup SHOUTOUT - a simple recognition platform designed to help companies create a culture of gratitude.
Donna is passionate about community and an organiser for many NFP groups including Women in Technology WA, Muses Code JS, Tech Girls Movement and is a Beacon Foundation mentor.
Donna was recognised for her contribution to Professional Services and Community with a 40 under 40 Award in 2019.
As a Digital Forensics and eDiscovery Manager, Daniela assists organisations with complex investigations and legal matters that require collection, preservation and analysis of digital evidence. Over the years, Daniela has managed a large number of national and international investigations, ranging from general HR enquiries, business misconduct and fraud investigations, through to large-scale legal matters, preservation orders, legal holds and incident response. Daniela has extensive experience in developing procedures to streamline Digital Forensics and eDiscovery processes and has a sound understanding of the different digital data sources for investigations. Her analytical approach, attention to detail and can-do attitude provides clients with comfort under often difficult circumstances and has earned her a reputation for consistent, high-quality delivery.
Daniela is passionate about recruitment and in particular promoting careers in Technology, Cyber and Forensics to the next generation of successful and inspirational WA female leaders. She regularly attends University recruitment events, networking events and one-on-one catch-ups with prospective candidates / students, to share her experience, advice and guidance to help them succeed.
Being women in cybersecurity, knowing the skill shortage and challenges for women, Divya delivers mentoring program for National Associations of women in Operations (NAWO) for improving personal skill development, striking balance between work-family, and networking for young women. As the Cybersecurity Lead at Arc Infrastructure, specializing in a range of areas from technical initiatives to security analysis, providing inputs on cybersecurity projects. Divya has Masters in Computer and Network Security from Edith Cowan University and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications. Divya understands Cybersecurity is not only just technology but also requires awareness among her employees, family and friends. Divya is responsible to run cybersecurity awareness program for Arc Infrastructure’s six regions across Western Australia, she believes awareness and cybersecurity resilience should start from home on personal security. Divya understands there is a concern of huge number of female students not choosing STEM subjects in their high school, which inspired her to start mentoring and public speaking at schools and universities to choose cybersecurity. She focuses to contribute and educate the awareness that STEM is a field for female children to study and the opportunities to excel. More importantly her speech aims and advocating that children should choose profession which makes them happy and emphasizing Technology and cybersecurity are one of them.
Doerte’s roots sit in Germany where she grew up and went to university for her Computer Science degree. When migrating to Australia one of her biggest achievements was settling into the Australian life, settling into a new career and building a social network. Since then Doerte has completed her Master of Business Administration and has grown into a trusted technology advisor. Today Doerte’s biggest achievement and satisfaction is seeing her kids growing into independent, happy and kind human beings that embrace both the Australian and the German culture and language.
Dunja is a management consultant who is often engaged to work on projects that are at risk of failure, and works to focus teams, set or reset expectations to ensure alignment with the project objectives, manage vendors and drive a positive outcome.
Falling in love with wood working and design as a child, she was planning to become an architect, but realised that she could leverage all her creativity whilst allowing a longevity in her career by doing Software Engineering instead and it was the best decision she ever made! She has had the opportunity to work with fascinating people across the world in the resourcing, logistical, utility and manufacturing industries and loves the challenge and variety the job brings.
Emma has degrees, in both Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and 20 years’ professional experience. Her initial experience in the marine industry comprised of core naval architecture and mechanical engineering work for various ship building yards in Western Australia, including Austal Ships. In 2009 Emma began work for a small consultancy as a Senior Naval Architect for the offshore oil & gas industry, working for Companies including Woodside, Santos, AWE and Shell and Banks such as ING, DVB and SMBC. Emma is currently Project Design Authority for the Pacific Patrol Boats at Austal Ships. Responsibility includes the technical design of the vessel to meet Client specification, contract and national and international standards and regulations. The PDA drives and delivers the selection of equipment, production of drawings and technical documentation, supervises and develops team members, supports the production, commissioning and delivery of the vessel. Emma seeks to adhere to values of “do the job right”, a high regard for personnel health and safety and maintaining a positive working environment. Emma’s experience has always involved working in a team, whether with design colleagues, production, management/ admin, suppliers, regulators, surveyors or clients. She provides ECU students with a female role model as she lectures in Ship Design and Production, with her ability to delve into complex technical problems and develop solutions. Emma is happy to share her knowledge by mentoring younger engineers.
Laying the groundwork for her successful cookie empire off the back of a workplace injury while working as a process technician, Erica displayed extraordinary tenacity and doggedness to get her business set up. She is often the only baker in the room at various innovation, entrepreneurship and even mining events. Erica has helped out various fundraisers and fellow business owners through cookie donations and guidance to help them establish and grow their causes and business endeavours. She actively provides recommendations and introductions across parties within her network to help them out. Having been through the experience of starting a home-based food business, she is always ready to help out whenever anyone has a question - be it with food-related businesses or any aspects of the startup life; she is always ready to assist in any way she can. Erica also volunteers her time to programs such as the Curtin Ignition Entrepreneurship program to encourage other business owners to pursue their dreams. She is dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to those who get to enjoy her treats and uses the profits to spread joy and happiness further by hosting an annual Christmas party in the Philippines for children who would miss out on Christmas cheer.
As a leader in a multi-national conglomerate, Erin is passionate and dedicated to bringing safety to the workplace in every engagement. A near death experience whilst overseas [Google it!] commenced her journey to campaign for Safe Travel with the Australian Government which encouraged young travellers to use technology to make informed decisions. A mere 7 years into a career in Mining, her experience across technical and operational roles has earnt Erin respect and rapport with her diverse team and colleagues, engendering her as a technically competent and authentic leader with a true culture of care. This passion brought unique opportunities to drive successful business transformation programs within BHP, more recently being promoted to Development Superintendent at Olympic Dam, often entrusted as acting Duty Manager for the whole Mine (over 1,000 personnel). Erin is an active member of the Inclusion and Diversity Council within BHP, working to reform the challenges many, including her, experience as large companies embark on the diversity journey. Erin also assists with retention of female employees by acting as an informal mentor and having 1:1 discussions with new starters to help foster a more inclusive work environment. Outside of BHP Erin mentors students through the UWA Career Mentor Link Program with a strong focus on increasing female involvement in the resources sector. Erin is also actively involved in promoting female participation in STEM pathways and subject selection through Santa Maria’s Career Day, the Get Into Resources program and volunteering for Leading Youth Forward, a program developed to provide guidance and improve the lives of at-risk Perth teenagers through coaching, mentoring and activity days.
Fadzi is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and award winning social justice advocate. Over the course of her career, Fadzi has received both international and local recognition for her efforts to champion inclusion and diversity, most recently being named a 2018 Western Australian of the year. Over the course of her career she has been involved in numerous programs and initiatives that promote inclusion and diversity including being appointed an Australia Day Ambassador, serving as the National Human Rights Program Manager for the United Nations Association of Australia, board member of the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, diversity committee for White Ribbon and Australian Computer Society and Ambassador of the philanthropic 100 Women. Driven by her personal experiences, and motivated by a sense of responsibility, Fadzi started a leadership and mentoring program, Sofa Sunday to ensure that young women from diverse backgrounds would not have to go through some of the challenges she faced as a women of colour. Sofa Sunday is an intimate program for young women from diverse communities to connect, communicate and create lasting impact together. Fadzi’s work primarily focuses on addressing systemic and institutionalised barriers held towards historically marginalised groups and she is a sought after speaker, facilitator and moderator.
Elaine Holmes is a Premier’s Fellow and Professor of Computational Medicine in Murdoch University having recently moved from Imperial College London where she headed the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine. Her main research area focuses on applying metabolic profiling and computational modelling of biological samples to understand pathological and physiological processes. She has applied the technology in several clinical and biomedical areas including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Infection, Gastrointestinal Disease, Early life environment and neurodegeneration. She co-developed the concept of the metabolome-wide association study and is a founder director of Melico, a startup company operating in the personalised nutrition space. She has won several awards including the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award and Lifetime membership of the Metabolomics Society.
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Ellie is a bright, energetic 14-year-old born and raised in WA. She loves tech and is involved with Girls’ Programming Network and WA Codemakers. Ellie was a national finalist in FLL and enjoys science enrichment, robotics and coding.
In her spare time Ellie designs, develops, builds and tutored Year 4-7 students in KodeKLIX – a curriculum aligned digital technology that teaches kids electronics and programming.
Ellie has an amazing imagination, likely inspired by 350+ books in her bedroom! When Ellie isn’t reading or doing tech she manages to squeeze in eight hours of weekly dance classes and has fun playing basketball. Ellie is kind hearted, supporting charities including microfinance initiatives like Kiva and fundraises for development projects for World Vision.
Emma Veenema is passionate about technology and innovation and is the definition of the + in WiTWA+. Her career has seen her promote public engagement with STEM, celebrate outstanding people in STEM, support research commercialisation, and grow technology businesses.
Emma says “I love working with innovative entrepreneurs and researchers to articulate their technologies. It’s vital to communicate the value of science and technology to the public, and I really enjoy working with specialists to help them break down and translate their work to a lay audience.”
Having worked in science engagement and industry development for the public and private sectors, she is currently Business Manager at Chironix, a technology company developing software that integrates Robotics and Wearable technologies with Machine Learning.
Erin did not have a strong STEM role model in her life when she was younger. This drove her to gain inspiration from women like Hedy Lamar and Annie Easly. Since then, Erin has become a major STEM advocate, had a passion for inspiring youth, and done community service assisting teaching at a regional school
Professor Eun-Jung Holden received her BSc, MSc and PhD in computer science from the University of Western Australia. Her postgraduate and postdoctoral research focused on developing visualisation and automated pattern recognition techniques for hand gestures. She made a transition to geoscience in 2006, and has been developing advanced data analytics methods and tools to assist the extraction of geological information/knowledge from diverse types of data used by geoscientists, which ranges from regional scale spatial data to drill hole and other mine scale geodata. Some of her research outcomes were widely disseminated as software tools through commercialisation or public domain software release. She is currently leading the UWA-Rio Tinto Iron Ore data fusion projects which aim to achieve machine-assisted modelling of geology/resource through transformational and interpretive data science solutions.
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Eva has been actively involved in the startup community since the beginning of 2011. She holds a Management and Engineering of Production degree in e-technology from the West Pomeranian University of Technology. For the past 6 year, she worked as a contractor helping early-stage startups to execute the idea by developing MVP, strategy and business model. She was involved in a range of projects, including fin-tech, health-tech, software robotics, fash-tech, and a variety of web & mobile apps from both B2B and B2C approach. She was involved in developing projects for a range of customers as ING, Metro Bank, NHS Trust Foundation, AIESEC International and many more.
Furthermore, she organised over 40 events for startups and technology industry in Warsaw, London, Berlin and Montreal. She was actively shaping & supporting multiple tech events: Girls Geek Carrots, a global community for women in IT, SheWorx, global female founder community and Polish Tech Link, a network located in Wroclaw, London and San Francisco to build a bridge between local IT community and Polish technology enthusiasts. Currently, she lives in London and works as a COO in G1ANT, a robotic process automation startup. She is also Virgin Startup mentor.
Fiona Bishop is a change maker, innovator and dynamic thought leader with an inspiring track record in the Energy and Resources sector. Her passion for innovation, machine learning and harnessing the power of the collective make her a wonderful mentor and STEM role model. Fiona has built a career on her technical background in electrical engineering, economic regulation and business transformation, while championing inclusion and diversity across industry to lead positive change.
Frank is a highly accomplished and skilled leader in the field of Information and Technical Services across a range of industries and government departments and agencies.
Gia is the Associate Dean, Research - Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at UWA, where she is recognised as highly successful, credible and internationally respected and published academic. She has demonstrated commitment, flexibility, adaptability and self-discipline throughout her career. She works to articulate and achieve a vision by bringing people on board with collaborative focus (internal and external), high expectations of professional behaviour and personal excellence, and always seeking to be informed by expertise and best practice. Gia is an inspirational, female role model in STEM and strives for excellence, social justice and integrity in her chosen field and broader life context. She is particularly driven to ensure she actively mentors and coaches others, including female students and undergraduate engineering students.
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After years of working in an industry leading multinational mining corporate as a Senior Site Accountant, Grace decided to find a way to merge her love for accounting and helping other women by starting a purpose driven business called Financially Empowered. Witnessing women trapped in situations and relationships they couldn’t leave for financial reasons made her even more resolute. She realised that if she could help women improve their financial acumen it would empower them to take back some control of their situation. Grace facilitates financial workshops to empower migrant women, high school girls, female entrepreneurs and women in corporate roles equipping them with commercial acumen skills to enable them climb the corporate ladder. Through her speaking engagements, she encourages women to never let their age, gender, race or any other descriptive term influence what they want to achieve. From a young age, Grace has been involved with numerous community initiative and is currently the Treasurer on the Advisory Board of 100 Women - a philanthropic giving circle which provides impactful grants for women round the world. Every year Grace facilitates free financial literacy workshops for women in Zimbabwe.
Gry Stene is an award-winning thought leader in digital transformation and agile product management. She leads businesses through significant change and transformation by translating between ‘geek speak’ and business. Through her 30 remarkable and passionate years in the industry, Gry has pioneered technological innovation for social change.
One of very few female software engineers, Gry has actively created diverse teams, collaborating closely with recruiters and HR to change processes to encourage women and other underrepresented groups in technical roles. She is on a mission to bring Arts into the STEM landscape to create 'STEAM powered' roles and organisations, where technical skills, creativity and compassion coexist to create better products.
Gry’s passion for diversity, inclusion and social change as a fundamental component of technological innovation is evident in her keynote speaking, as well as in her mentoring roles with The Smith Family, Rare Birds, Just Start IT and WIMWA (Women in Mining Western Australia). She strives to be actively involved with groups and organisations that encourage diversity and inclusion such as Women on Boards and WiTWA.
Gry can be found mentoring and generally helping out at coding and entrepreneur events such as Startup Weekend, and is excited to have been selected to speak at TEDxUWA this year.
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Hannah Golding is a Senior Automation Advisor at Rio Tinto, co-founder of UWA’s Girls in Engineering (GiE) program, and a Rubik’s Cube Master.
Hannah keeps up-to-date with the continual development of automation technology existing in the mining market, and considers if this equipment will suit operations. E.g. autonomous wash bays, fleet inventions, and technology pathways. Hannah is passionate about: creating a safer work environment, more interesting jobs, and economic benefits.
GiE is demystifying engineering, breaking down stereotypes, and increasing female university enrolments. GiE targets year 7-10 students and inspires them for STEM careers. Since 2014 the program has reached 9,000 students from 16 schools. Hannah has taught 700 pupils the Rubik’s cube, and hustled up industry representatives for college visits.
To people outside of the tech industry what programmers do is absolute magic. Hayley therefore believes it is empowering to understand how technology works and dedicates a lot of her time to educating others about computer science and programming.
Hayley started teaching programming workshops before she even graduated high school, she worked on education software used in classrooms all around the world while studying at University, and now continues to find opportunities to teach workshops while working as a software developer.
Heidi is a passionate leader, inspiring pioneer and positive role model in her industry. One of two women globally to achieve the role of Chief Geochemist at a major mining company, she loves unlocking the earth’s secrets through geochemistry. A PhD-qualified geologist-geochemist, Heidi’s adventurous spirit has taken her from Arctic wilderness to rugged Australian Outback. Forward-thinking and embracing the value of diversity in the STEM pipeline, Heidi led the development of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists National Mentoring Program. Now, selected as 1 of 95 women worldwide for Homeward Bound 2019, a ground-breaking leadership initiative for women in STEM, Heidi has strategically positioned herself. Joining a global network increasing the impact professionals with science backgrounds have in leadership positions.
Dr Helen Cripps conducts industry-based research across multiple sectors including maritime, electronic health, tourism and text mining. Helen’s research sits at the nexus of online media, technology adoption and innovation as it draws on her national and international network. Her research projects have covered industries in Australia, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA.
Dr Cripps’s current research is focused on social media text mining and image sentiment analysis. Using text mining she is investigating the impact of online conversation on brand value and customer service. She lectures in a number of topics across the digital marketing, innovation and e-business contexts. Her industry research insights are valued and make her a sought after keynote speaker both nationally and internationally.
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Holly is a HR professional inspired to change the face of HR by transforming traditional approaches to managing people.
Focusing on culture, values, the employee experience, motivation and leadership she works to find innovative ways to mix things up in the people sphere but still driving business results.
With close to 15 years’ experience, Holly has awesome skills and the drive to keep getting better and better at the things she loves to do.
Holly is incredibly passionate about making work a GREAT place where people feel inspired and happy to come each day.
As a busy mum, outside of the office she has a strong sense of community being involved in different local community groups and mentoring upcoming female HR professionals.
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Holly Bridgwater is an exploration geologist, crowdsourcing lead at Unearthed, and an advocate for industry adoption of open data initiatives. Most recently, Holly delivered Australia’s largest open data crowdsourcing competition, the Explorer Challenge.
Having previously worked for a decade as a geologist in resource exploration and definition, Holly believes that leveraging open data and crowdsourcing initiatives can transform mineral exploration and increase discovery rates of critical metals.
More generally, Holly works with leaders across the resources sector to enable them to identify and articulate challenges they need innovative solutions for, and source these solutions from a diverse global community of experts and talent.
Bachelor’s in commerce with a double major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Business Information Systems with honours. Awarded top Performing Graduate in both Majors (Logistics and Supply Chain Management AND Business Information Systems) by Curtin University.
Outstanding communications skills with internal and external stakeholders through various roles spanning several industries and countries. Dynamic self-starter and excellent strategic thinker who is always one to take the "Big Picture” perspective. Committed to work health and safety and willing to solve unanticipated in a practical and safe manner.
A proactive, results driven team player, that possesses strong problem solving and analytical capabilities to help drive the team towards their goals. Experienced in several different information systems and with a keen interest in always finding the most efficient method in handling and communicating data.
Intan is a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur focused on developing medical devices. She is a research associate at Curtin University developing a novel expandable orthopaedic screw for use in orthopaedic surgery to improve patient outcome. She is now the CSO of the spin out company called REX Ortho. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Cervical ChinUp which distributes a novel neck support device to help manage neck pain. For the last 2 years, she has taught multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, engineers, scientists and business professionals on how to innovate in MedTech as the course co-director of Perth Biodesign, and now bringing the initiative together across Australia as Director of Biodesign Australia.
Irene is a material scientist who specializes in carbon materials. She has worked in every type of carbon material from graphite to diamond, from nanomaterials to coal. She is a strong advocate for diverse careers pathways in STEM, especially through her work as an Executive Member of the Australian Academy of Science Early- and Mid- Career Researcher Forum.
She completed a PhD at Sussex University in 2007 funded by British Energy Ltd, followed by a position at the CNRS in France developing a benzene detector. In 2009, she moved to Australia where she secured funds for her research through the Australian Research Council by fellowship schemes and Discovery Projects.
She is an avid knitter and sewer.
Isis is a product manager with an incredible track record in innovation. Isis began her career with a first class honours degree in computer science. Since then Isis has worked in software engineering in NZ, account management at Google, business development, strategy & innovation, and has ultimately found her skills are most valuable in Product-oriented roles. Isis has also sat on the board of a philanthropic organization, and been director of the Founder Institute Perth. Isis currently leads the Incubation team at VGW, where she is responsible for leading the validation and development of new products.
Ivana is a senior leader and digital strategist with more than 15 years experience delivering engaging and functional digital experiences. For Ivana, the optimal digital experience is one that is simple and easy, it just works, and effortlessly blends into a person’s life.
Ivana has a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Information Systems from Curtin University, and is Certified (Pro CX-I) in customer centred design. She uses a human centred design approach to unite team members around a common vision – enabling them to define the problem, purpose and work together towards a shared solution.
This holistic approach to leadership empowers team members to unify in vision and be bold enough to build on ideas around them.
Harriet is passionate about helping businesses to achieve their goals through technology. She prides herself on challenging the norm, is always looking for the latest technologies to help overcome business challenges and is often the first to bring new products to Perth. Harriet has a ‘can do’ attitude and goes out of her way to educate and ensure that everyone can take advantage of new technology. She champions gender diversity by inspiring primary and secondary school girls to discover the roles they could fill in the IT industry. She is pro-equality and would love to see woman recognised as peers rather than in a separate category.
Within the ASC-W Engineering Department, Heather is one of five female technical staff amongst a department of 50 and is highly respected for her knowledge, technical capability, unrelenting perseverance and resilience throughout the business by consistently rolling up her sleeves and getting things done. Heather is often seen resolving conflicts and handling difficult and stressful situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. She actively volunteers as the HSEQ representative and as a Fire Warden. Heather is a champion and quality advocate of STEM projects (i.e. Subs in Schools program) impressing on fellow members of ASC-W the importance of the program and how it aligns with the future needs of our business. Heather utilises her experience in the Graduate program by supporting and guiding the next generation of graduates. Her patience, kindness and superior technical knowledge ensures that graduates at ASC are successful. Heather focuses on supporting all graduates but goes above and beyond to ensure our female graduates are nurtured and supported as their introduction to our business can sometimes be difficult in such a male-dominated environment.
Starting her career as an exploration and mine geologist, Hillary quickly turned into a serial entrepreneur. Through a series of start-ups, she has focussed on tackling business and industry challenges, helping to get new technology into the hands of people who really need it across the mining industry. In 2017 Hilary started the Perth Machine Learning Group to build a community of machine learners that teach, learn and share together. She has grown this community to over 400 people, gained sponsorship from major WA businesses and demonstrated that the skills learned through the group are impacting local businesses bottom lines. Hilary also set up and ran Perth’s sold-out inaugural Women in Machine Learning Workshop to encourage more women to get involved in the field and provide them with an easy access point.
With her past education, work experience and passion for IT Security, Jean had a dream of offering Cyber Security courses within the VET system. This led to her creation of two VET courses in Cyber Security for South Metropolitan TAFE, as well as a unique Certificate III for use with VET in schools, providing an opportunity for high school aged students to experience, learn and become passionate about a future in Cyber Security. Jean is currently completing further study in in the field of adult education to enhance her learning environment, ensure it is culturally inclusive and acknowledges the diverse needs of learners. She has facilitated several projects with the aim of allowing her students to graduate with a portfolio of work and references providing them with a competitive advantage when seeking employment. These include; formation of teams for the CySCA 2018 challenge, encouraging a women’s team to support the #womenincyber theme of CySCA 2018 and developing Industry Integrated Projects that provide authentic learning tasks for students through their project management units.
Backing herself after 12 years with a leading Oil and Gas service company, Jeanne has overcome multiple obstacles to build her reputation and develop her own companies. Throughout her career, Jeanne has been actively involved in mentoring others, and in more recent years has enjoyed volunteering to share her knowledge and expertise in a variety of ways including; inspiring students at WiTWA’s Techtrails incursions, running motivational workshops in support of Lifeline, and speaking on Diversity at a Women in Oil and Gas event.
Jemma relishes her role as a Business Analyst helping people make technology work for them. She is passionate about understanding her customers needs and making sure they get the most out of their solutions.Jemma has navigated the obstacles of balancing a career, family, study and community responsibilities and takes pride in providing mentorship, support, encouragement and guidance to others by sharing her experience and knowledge.
Jemma demonstrates determination and tenacity whilst bucking the trend of being a woman salesperson in the IT & Telecommunications sector. Demonstrating inclusiveness and an approachable nature she has built a reputation amongst her peers and vendors as someone who is happy to share her knowledge and experience. Jemma is seen as an emerging leader because of her drive for continuous improvements in her work environment.
Jennifer was at the forefront of Industrial Artificial Intelligence research and product development before clients even realised they needed this technology. She forged a path whereby her small start-up in Perth now has distribution through 8 countries internationally and some of the biggest companies in the world as her clients. Demonstrating incredible personal strength, determination and perseverance, Jennifer juggled the requirements of being a new mother, dealing with the rigours of treatment (and its significant side-effects) for advanced stage cancer with progressing the needs of a new start-up. Jennifer’s business (VROC) hires a very diverse team and at one stage even had a completely female development team. With skills in this new technology difficult to come by, Jennifer has mentored and trained graduates from local universities, recent migrants to Australia, as well as local students and professionals. Jennifer is an inspirational role-model to all.
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As the Associate Director of the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases at UWA, Josephine has established new collaborative partnerships, broadened the Centre’s revenue base and championed key research projects. She has built a reputation for managing people, problems and money which she does with professionalism, integrity and creativity. Josephine is an inspiring leader and mentor, providing formal and informal coaching to support staff at the Marshall Centre. She is generous with her time and knowledge. Her leadership has recently been recognised by UWA’s Office of Innovation who have engaged her to mentor research teams across the university. As part of UWA’s innovation drive, Josephine helps researchers, staff and students create impact through enterprise. She enjoys mentoring individuals and teams, sharing her experiences in sci-tech accelerators to increase the impact of research through the development of skills in innovation, entrepreneurship and creative thinking. Josephine is a regular volunteer at Science Café, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to pursue STEM careers. She also contributes to UWA’s mentor program for new undergraduates.
Jacinta was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 14. Struggling to make friends at university, she entered the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program, and graduated with a BSc in Astrophysics. She worked full-time at Scitech as a Science Communicator, elevating her communication skills, and is currently a Data Scientist/Technical Writer for Optika Solutions and a committee member/ambassador for the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program and on the board of Autism West.
Janaki is IS&T Manager for Network Operations - Global at Rio Tinto.
Janaki has a Bachelor of Engineering degree specialized in electronics and telecommunications. Prior to joining Rio Tinto Janaki had a successful career in the IT sector in Sri Lanka. She migrated to Australia in 2005 and joined Rio Tinto as a network engineer. During her time at Rio Tinto, Janaki held number of roles which range from project commissioning work in Pilbara, leading the support for telecommunication infrastructure in autonomous operations and managing the global network operation. All these roles required significant collaboration and influencing skills with stake holders and technological partners/vendors. Janaki currently manage the global network operations to lead the support transition required for digital transformation.
Jane Mitchell is a highly skilled and experienced IT leader and has significant technical expertise in information management systems, enterprise applications and cloud platforms. She presented to close to 1000 delegates recently at the Amazon Web Service Global Summit on the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to cloud.
Jane is a strong public advocate for diversity and inclusion, working with Autism Association of WA to advocate for greater autism inclusion in technology. She is also an advocate for greater representation of women in STEM careers, and recently spoke on this issue as part of the Australian Maths Science Institute national Optimise conference.
Jasmin is a cofounder of Cribber, a startup that’s digitising worksite communication which worked with global companies such as Woodside and Maersk. She has a passion for innovation and technology and has been heavily involved in the startup ecosystem in Perth, Edinburgh and London. She is a graduate of Australia’s leading accelerator programs muru-D and CSIRO’s ON Accelerator.
Jasmin started her career in risk consulting at PwC where she helped advise some of the largest resource companies in the world and transitioned into VC, investing in education companies to transform the way the world learns.
Jasmin dedicates majority of her time to giving back to students at UWA and Bloom, teaching and mentoring in entrepreneurship to over 500 students.
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Jasmine is an experienced remote sensing analyst who is skilled in Management, Remote Sensing, Biodiversity, Geography, Cartography, and Environmental Science. Over the past 15 years Jasmine has worked within a number of technical roles across government, higher education and private industry and is currently the Manager of 10 person Geospatial Team. Jasmine completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Queensland, using Terrestrial Laser Scanning to measure the 3D structure of landscapes and biodiversity. Jasmine also has a Masters in Geographical Information Science.
Jemma is a creative and courageous leader who consistently contributes to the global innovation network. As an innovative leader in government, WA Leaders Advisory group member, smart city advocate and role model for inclusion, Jemma has developed networks locally, nationally and internationally, that position WA local government to learn and better respond to the needs of citizens. An unstoppable catalyst whose energy and passion are infectious, Jemma has a vision to have an impact across government, initiating programs such as Bounce, the innovation culture program at City of Canning; Switch, an innovation capability program for the Public Sector and; Civic Innovation Masterclasses, a collaboration with City Innovators, founded by Dr David Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Centre, Harvard University.
Jennifer works a Control Systems Engineer at BHP's Nickel West smelter operation, one of Australia's largest mining companies. Jennifer trained as a process engineer but after working in the field for several years, made the switch to control systems, where she combines her years of experience in multiple processing fields with a passion and talent for process automation and control. She focuses primarily on implementation of new automation within existing control structures as well as on improving system user operability. Her work aside, Jennifer is passionate about encouraging young students to enter STEM roles and the resources industry, participating in mentoring events such as the CSIRO STEM Professionals program, DigIT program and Get into Resources event.
Jenny is a Cartographer who has been in the Mining industry for 36 years. A proud country born and bred West Australian commencing work in Mount Magnet for Western Mining Corporation, through to present day at Fortescue Metals Group based in Perth. Jenny has experienced her career change from hand drawing maps on sepia film through to digital 3d representations and is now managing a diverse Information Management team. Jenny is a single mother with a teenage daughter and in her spare time she loves to go camping and travelling with her daughter, family and friends.
Jess Budd is a digital producer that develops and implements digital initiatives at WA's most successful not-for-profit health organisation. Jess is an experienced web developer, and a strong advocate for web accessibility, ensuring her knowledge and experience as a digital accessibility consultant is leveraged to remove barriers preventing people living with disabilities from accessing information that is available to others. Jess consistently volunteers her time and energies for the benefit of the local community through various leadership, mentoring and volunteering roles. This includes mentoring primary and high school students, mentoring women learning to code and co-organising a meetup group for front-end developers (Fenders). Jess actively promotes increased representation of women and diversity in technology by encouraging a supportive, collaborative and inclusive web community.
A self-taught web designer since the age of 12, Jessica decided to make it official and received her Bachelor of Communications majoring in Interactive Multimedia and Media Studies in 2007. She has worked as a Web Designer/Developer ever since and in all kinds of places, ranging from agencies to companies here in Perth and Krakow, Poland.
Finding herself interested in SEO, Digital Marketing and Strategy, Project Management and everything in between, Jess's design background serves as steady groundwork for her foray into Bam's resident Studio Manager.
Jiaranai is an Information Technology graduate from the University of Western Australia who shines brightest when using her skills to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical problems. Technology has become part of everything in the world she knows, and it makes her believe that knowledge from various domains is interconnected and even greater when combined. However, Jia's background was all about people, not machines; she was involved in a personal development project, helping the young generation in her community realise their potential. With this project, she was nominated for the Western Australia Young Leadership Award in 2018. Jia believes in technology, not because of its coolness but its abilities that could augment ordinary people to become extraordinary.
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Jo Minney is the founder of boutique digital agency House Digital. Jo loves tech, transitioning from a process engineering career in mining to running her own web development agency and empowering the Perth tech community. Jo is passionate about WordPress, running the Perth WordPress Meetup, the Perth WordPress online community, and is the powerhouse behind Perth’s first ever WordCamp conference scheduled for 2020. She is also an avid supporter of not-for-profits and community events, volunteering her website building services and volunteering for She Codes free coding workshops both in Perth as well as in Bunbury, Yanchep, Geraldton, Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman - she even wrote the WordPress tutorial and built their website! She is also an international conference speaker.
Jo Saunders is a leading international LinkedIn expert, marketing strategist and social media educator who has been helping people connect and communicate since the early 90s.
Known as Australia's LinkedIn Demystifier, Jo guides individuals and teams through the complexities of LinkedIn and social marketing tools, to increase visibility, establish authority and earn influence.
• 2019 Finalist - Best Social Media Educator, Social Media Marketing Institute.
• #2 LinkedIn Expert in Asia Pacific 2018, Social Media Marketing Institute
• Only Australian LinkedIn expert invited to speak at Social Media Marketing World
• Named Top 50 Social Media Marketing Influencers 2019, TopRank Marketing
• Co-host of #LinkedInLocalPerth
• Co-host of #TheLinkedInCouch
• Co-author of 'Get Good or Get Off - A guide to getting it right on social media'
Jo is a highly motivated team leader who inspires her colleagues to achieve challenging stretch goals. She is a very positive influence on the culture of the organisation she works in and constantly seeks to improve her capabilities through new learning, coaching and experiences. She is a sounding board, mentor and leader to those who have the pleasure of working with her.
Jo leads an educational not-for-profit called Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) where she manages a team, grows sponsorship, creates resources, trains teachers, presents incursions, forges industry links and supports events with the aim to support the teaching of Earth and Space Science (K-10) and Earth and Environmental Science (Year 11 and 12).
Despite already having an environmental sciences degree, Jo felt she would have more credibility in her role as CEO of ESWA by qualifying as a geologist. She completed her geology degree whilst working full-time for ESWA.
She is a shining example and leader in education, STEM and women in the resource sector. Jo continues to build on her success, and that of ESWA, through her foresight and vision.
Jodie is an amazing person, mother, engineer, teacher and inspiration for future technologists. Jodie built an incredible global career through structural engineering and a masters in oil and gas. From the design, construction and installation of offshore oil and gas platforms, including ice breaking platforms, to commercial high-rise buildings with plastic ball technology in the suspended slabs, to innovative and eco-friendly specialist bridge engineering. Recently, re-skilling and growing a small business providing Robotics and Science workshops and incursions to primary schools. Teaching and inspiring thousands of children, empowering them through current knowledge and engaged hands on learning.
A tech policy scholar, lawyer and writer, Julia wrestles with questions of power in the digital economy, regularly finding herself in the cross-hairs of the world's biggest companies. After studying biophysics, genetics and law in Australia, she spent over a decade in leading research and public institutions in Europe and the United States, and now continues her work on technology and public interest with Perth as her base and Aus-Asia as her focus.
Julie is an accessibility consultant with a background in front-end web development. She trains clients and the developer community in how to make digital products accessible to people with disabilities. She has worked on international commerce projects, government sites and apps, and art projects. A popular speaker at conferences and meetups, Julie shares her enthusiasm and passion for accessibility at every opportunity.
Julie is an IT Lego Master. Using the building blocks of IT and working with the people who create those blocks, she puts them all together to create and build unique and engaging experiences. The storytelling and attention to detail is why people love Lego and Julie also loves to create stories using technology to improve the way people work and their business outcomes.
With over 20 years being at the forefront of innovative and award-winning technology solutions, Julie brings her skills of marketing, customer experience and product development to her vision for those constructions.
A senior leader in the healthcare and education industries and currently Associate Director at Murdoch University, Julie was honoured to be elected by staff to the Murdoch University Senate in 2018. She is also a Board Member on Women’s Legal Service WA. In addition, Julie is a passionate consumer advocate for a range of initiatives including the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative and is a member of the Health Consumer’s Council and the Consumer & Community Health Research Network.
Julie is a very proud Mum of two teenage boys and hopes she demonstrates what equality and success looks like for women both professionally as well as in the home. She’s also known to spend weekends playing with Lego sometimes with but more often without her boys!
As the Programs Co-ordinator at Spacecubed, Kate is responsible for providing opportunities for innovators through accelerator programs and hackathons; facilitating capability for innovation and business growth in regional areas; building community impact through partnering with schools and social enterprises; and fostering corporate innovation. Having project managed more than 20 innovation events, Kate’s impact on Perth’s start-up ecosystem has been extensive. Now in her second year as Program Coordinator for the Plus Eight program – a partnership with the Australia-wide muru-D accelerator – Kate has also had the chance to have an impact on the state of the start-up industry nationally. Kate is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and innovation. She is the founder of Perth Web Girls, an organisation that seeks to create technology and entrepreneurial career pathways for women by helping them develop coding skills. Kate has worked to send Perth Web Girls into regional WA, allowing women in what is one of the world’s remotest regions access to up-skilling workshops, facilitated by mentors from the industry. Kate has also partnered with Bankwest to create, find funding for, and facilitate a coding workshop for female staff members. With numbers of women in technical roles and as start-up founders at only around 25%, the importance of encouraging women to participate in up-skilling for these industries – and in the process making their career portfolio more future-proof – cannot be over-estimated. Kate is directly addressing this issue by making widespread change at a grassroots level in Western Australia .
Living in the remote town of Onslow, Katherine juggles the everyday pressure of an operating plant environment with family life and contributing to the local community. In her role as Operations Assistant at the Wheatstone LNG plant, she approaches her work with determination and enthusiasm, inspiring her team to do the same. Katherine has always had a passion for mentoring both in and out of work. She takes her position as a role model at work seriously and has spoken on many panels and events within the Chevron diversity networks to share her experiences with others. She is also a mentor both formally and informally to a number of up and coming engineers with whom she shares her experience both technically and on navigating their careers. Katherine has a passion for inspiring young girls to reach their potential and in her time volunteering as a Girl Guide leader has loved seeing her guides skills and confidence grow over their years in the organization.
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.
Challenges faced as she was growing up shaped the resilience, determination and grit that drive Larissa to ensure that she espouses her values and passions today and every day. In her management position at EY, she is dedicated to the diversity of thought, excellence, consistency and fostering effective leadership. Larissa designed & rolled out a development program called “Owning Your Potential” to early career female consultant and senior consultant ranks in EY's Oceania region providing tools to build confidence, resilience & ‘own’ their potential resulting in tangible impacts to the women who participate. Larissa acts as a visible and vocal role model at EY, formally and informally mentoring a number of women through facilitating the program. She demonstrates the innovative thinking/foresight to change things that must be changed without waiting for permission to do so. Outside of work, Larissa has been closely involved with several organisations giving back to the community including 100 Women, Perth SOUP, and Dreamfit Foundation.
Leisa Aitken. Passionate about ICT and STEM education, Leisa assisted in the establishment of the Ashdale STEM Focus Group and subsequent STEM Institute which develops students’ skills in emerging technologies and creative thinking. She is an advocate for the early immersion of girls into STEM education. Leisa believes that ICT access and high-quality ICT education is key to ensuring students have a successful future regardless of their background. Recognising that some found the introduction of new technologies in their homes daunting, she initiated workshops to enable parents to understand its impact and to feel more comfortable with their children’s use of technology. Leisa has assisted in the development and delivery of STEM initiatives to students at Ashdale Secondary College and the wider community including an annual STEM Girls Day Camp, STEM Champions Workshops for parents and STEM Expo for the community. She is on the Techtrails sub-committee, ensuring that students from many other WA high schools also have the opportunity to connect with STEM role models and are encouraged to pursue STEM careers.
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Lily did not grow up in circumstances of privilege, but she thrives on tackling challenges and is succeeding through determination, resilience and optimism. She supports those around her to overcome personal and professional obstacles of their own. Lily demonstrates leadership in her field through her steadfast and outspoken commitment to diversity, representation, sustainability and equality. Through the introduction of Atlastrend panel discussions, she is demonstrating leadership in the wider community. Lily is a constant champion for other women, and always encourages others to be the best version of themselves.
Recognised as a technical expert in testing and project management, Louise actively shares her knowledge and experience with others. She mentors university students and graduates as well as staff within her organisation. Louise embraces change and leads by example. She sits on her company’s Diversity and Inclusion committee and is responsible for their NAIDOC week celebrations, IDAHOBIT activities and many more. Louise leads discussions with empathy and tact where others may feel uncomfortable.
Lucy is an ambassador for Austrade Taiwan having invented a software to help creative technologists communicate their ideas for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality content called SpaceDraft.
Her technical understanding of Visual Effects led her to work on feature films in the USA such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales and Game of Thrones. In following her passion for building virtual worlds, Lucy has inspired others with her determination, courage and eternal optimism. Back in Australia, Lucy, along with her SaaS invention SpaceDraft, was accepted into the Village Roadshow/Microsoft accelerator in Melbourne where she was the youngest entrant and only female founder. Lucy is never afraid to speak up for injustices and has a very strong moral compass. She believes that women are just as capable of being tech entrepreneurs as men and she is determined to help open more and more doorways for young tech enthusiasts to enter the industry. Lucy always makes herself available to help others and particularly those that are trying to break stereotypes and reinvent the wheel.
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Lacey Filipich helps people become financially independent and reclaim their lives. She founded Money School in 2010 to build financial capability in adults and Maker Kids Club in 2017 to teach children money skills through enterprise. Thousands of people around the world have used Lacey’s courses to liberate themselves from debt, start saving and get on the path to independence.
Lacey graduated as valedictorian from the The University of Queensland with an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering, then spent 10 years working in mining across Australia and the US. She is a TEDx speaker and the winner of a 2019 Business News ’40 under 40’ Award. Her first non-fiction book with Penguin Random House launches in February 2020.
Karen is a creative, cheerful and driven professional and educator with a passion for learning and strives to give young people opportunities to discover and build their own individual talents, increase their self-confidence and shine.
Karen established Engaging Education, providing outstanding student conferences and teacher professional currency that bridges the gap between the classroom and business with engaging, meaningful learning experiences that delight and inspire. She has investigated, developed and is getting ready to bring Teen Biz Base to schools and communities to foster a culture of enterprise and innovation and improve outcomes for young people, and has written and published a children's picture book.
Karen still teaches, mentors young entrepreneurs and is a mum of 3 active children.
Karen’s career as a specialist consultant developed her expertise in engineering analytics for public infrastructure, oil and gas and resource industries. In the community, Karen’s work with the Board of Girl Guides NSW developed her understanding of strategic planning and governance in the not-for-profit environment, while more recently as Chair of Engineering Heritage WA she shifted her focus to public engagement.
The asset management world is undergoing a transformation as more information than ever is becoming available to support optimum use of assets to deliver results for customers, communities and business. Karen is passionate about applying insights, using her technical strength and influence to break down organisational siloes and deliver step-change improvements in decision-making and risk management for asset-intensive industries.
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As General Manager, Technology at Seven West Media, Kari leads the world-class team of technologists who have created the cutting-edge digital publishing platform hosting three major news sites across Australia - thewest.com.au, perthnow.com.au and 7news.com.au. She is driving the modernisation of news delivery to the devices of millions of Australians and enabling seamless content sharing across multiple products and newsrooms.
As a software developer, development manager and program manager, Kari has led a number of high-profile software development projects across WA and in the UK. She has vast experience as a consultant and agile coach and has conducted agile software development training across Australia and the Philippines.
Track record of success in providing project and change management leadership to support organisational restructures and transformational projects which have resulted in clear accountability of roles, standardised systems and business processes.
With an appreciation and passion for working collaboratively with colleagues and customers of diverse backgrounds, I pride myself on creating strategies that deliver sustainable results.
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Katarina is a planetary scientist with involvement in data analysis from space missions. Her research focuses on understanding geophysics of Earth and planetary bodies through impact processes. Prior to joining Curtin in 2015, Katarina was a postdoctoral research associate at MIT (2014-2015) in USA, Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (2012-2014) in France, and Imperial College London (2011-2012) in UK. She graduated in astrophysics from the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 2006, and was awarded PhD from the Open University in UK in 2010. In 2018, Katarina was awarded the ARC DECRA and the Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship. She was a finalist for the WA Premier's Science Awards in the early career scientist category.
Kate loves connecting interesting people to start conversations that generate new ideas. Her career has spanned a range of leadership roles in research (astrophysics), site operations, strategy, indigenous engagement and professional development. She is an experienced people manager, facilitator and agent for organisational innovation and positive change. Based in Perth, Kate enjoys working across the industry, research and university sectors. She is passionate about promoting Women in STEM, gender equity and diversity and inclusion.
Kate is a multi-award winning human-focused technologist, immersive reality game designer, podcaster, innovation facilitator and keynote speaker. Kate decodes technology, culture and the future in a way that challenges common perceptions and provides key, yet unexpected insights.
Clients describe her as a leader to new ideas, a connector of dots and a re-wirer of brains. Her talks are described as enthralling, inspiring and thought provoking. Kate is also a Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, a tool for unlocking innovation and creative thinking that has been used by some of the world’s biggest brands, including IKEA, Virgin Atlantic and Samsung.
Overall, Kate gets people and organisations unstuck, thinking differently and most importantly, excited about the future.
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Dr Kath Giles is CEO of OncoRes Medical, a WA based medtech startup pioneering a handheld device to prevent repeat surgeries for breast cancer.
As Investment Manager (Brandon Capital) and now OncoRes’s CEO, Kath has raised $6 million for clinical development and has secured over $4 million in grants and awards.
Kath has an impressive background having worked as a doctor in theatre, an Investment Manager, a 2018 40under 40 Award Winner, and most recently pitched at Prince Andrew's Pitch@Palace event in London winning the prestigious award. Kath showed the world that WA is a place where revolutionary med tech is born, ''It was beyond our wildest dreams to take a West Australian-developed technology and showcase it in a global setting at a leading start-up competition.''
Dr Katherine Iscoe is the founder and director of the Dr Katherine brand as well as the co-founder and executive director of MyFiziq Limited.
Katherine uses her past personal struggle with confidence and mental health issues to ease her clients through the confrontational process of transforming their negative thoughts so they can lead a successful life and run a profitable business.
Dr Katherine has developed The Forever Approach to help Australians who are unhappy with their body. The Forever Approach helps people ditch the yo-yo diets and self-esteem issues and achieve their ultimate body satisfaction, for the long term. Katherine uses the technology of her MyFiziq smartphone app to assist her clients.
Associate Professor Kathy Fuller is a co-inventor of the immuno-flowFISH method, a world-first automated flow cytometry method that can detect chromosome signals inside cells identified by their immunophenotype. Her development of this patented method was awarded the Australian Museum ANSTO 2018 Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology, and the UWA Innovation Quarter (IQ) 2018 Research Innovation and Enterprise Award.
Katie van den Brand is the Meshpoints Lead, an initiative that aims to provide practical support to local innovation facilitators who deliver social benefits to regional communities. Katie has previously worked across the innovation and startup, mining and resources, not for profit, and education sectors after studying her B Sc. (Psychology). She has been keynote for the WiTWA Tech Trails program, and invited to speak at Regional Innovation conferences across Australia. A true country girl, Katie lives and works from the South West after being raised in the Great Southern, and loves her nomadic work life balance that allows her to travel across the 9 regions of Western Australia while supporting her two children.
Kaye is an energetic, engaging and outcome-driven professional with a strong portfolio of marketing, project management and communication skills. She brings a scientific approach to marketing having graduated with an MSci Medical Biochemistry followed by a MSc Marketing. Kaye has over 15 years experience in leading internal and external resources to promote a variety of companies' products and services through effective marketing, communications, events and partnership programs.
Throughout her ICT career, Kaye has observed a gender imbalance and has not let that be an obstacle in her professional development. Kaye navigates the challenges of balancing a career and family, and takes pride in providing mentorship, support, encouragement and guidance to others by sharing her experience and knowledge.
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Kira Malloy is passionate about creating technologies to 'better the world' with a strong belief that a diverse industry will allow creativity and innovation to thrive. She was a National Winner of the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition, recipient of the New Colombo Plan Scholar and recently Peter Fillery Best Undergraduate Project of the Year. Kira spends her time volunteering as a Student Ambassador for Technovation, National Computer Science School - Summer School program and Girls Programming Network as well as, Coding 4 girls. Kira seeks to extend her knowledge and has been asked to speak at local events.
Kirsten is an authentic, respected leader in energy, technology, and innovation and excels at leading collaborative teams to achieve transformational energy outcomes.
She has global responsibility for developing and deploying sustainable technology solutions across all of BHP’s assets to drive material improvements in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, dust, and tailings management. Kirsten strives to build an economically and environmentally sustainable future in which productivity grows and emissions fall.
Kirsten is also a founding member of BHP’s Women in Perth, a Perth-based networking group designed to support BHP staff with their development and careers.
Kirstin is a five time founder in Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She is passionate about technology, building great teams and products that matter.
Kirstin is currently the CEO of GenVis, a company that uses a combination of advanced Computer Vision and Machine Learning (AI) to provide Intelligent Video Analytics and Intelligence to Law Enforcement, Public Safety teams and private companies. Kirstin loves technology and is very happy to be working at a time when the rate of technological change is like nothing the world has ever known before. She believes the possibilities are endless for organisations who embrace AI and is happy to play a part in their journey, building transformational solutions that make the previously impossible, possible.
Kirsty is a Business Intelligence Solutions Developer. She has travelled an unconventional path to this career, beginning in IT and leaving to pursue her dreams of 'saving the world' by studying Conservation Biology. She headed back to IT after some years and found her perfect technical role in Business Intelligence. From there she was mostly self-taught and learned on the job. She is now a highly valued member of her team and aspires of becoming a technical specialist in her field. Kirsty has volunteered at a couple of Tech Trail day events and hopes to further encourage young people to get interested in STEM and follow their dreams.
Kirsty is an inspiring and respected strategic design leader with a proven track record delivering outstanding outcomes for organisations. From innovation and design to product strategy, Kristy drives complex projects home thanks to her unique, expert skills.
In her role as CEO and Co-Founder of The Volte, Kym manages the overall strategic direction and business development of the company. Kym has extensive commercial experience as a lawyer gained in Australia and the UK in both private practice and in-house corporate roles. Her in-house legal experience includes roles at Barclays Capital, Eurostar (UK), and mining companies. Kym’s private practice experience was gained at a large international law firm in London. Kym is a co-founder of a medical practice that services the mining industry in WA, founded in 2009. She was selected to be part of the prestigious national Startup Catalyst Program in London in June this year funded by the WA government. Kym is also a mother to 4 young children.
Lakshini obtained her B.Sc. from Bangalore University, India and began her research career at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2010, she took the courageous decision to move to Perth, to pursue higher education and a career in science. Recently graduated with a PhD in Medicine (UWA), Lakshini is passionate about understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to diabetic eye complications. Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Dobney Hypertension Centre, she is an accomplished scientist and a teacher and has done so without compromising her compassion, professional empathy and commitment to her family and friends. She is a young role model in STEM and has educated and inspired the community and the next generation of medical researchers.
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Lan is an award-winning international Sales and Marketing Manager having work extensive experience in media, technology and recruitment.
She is a proven relationship builder who is energised by a challenge and enjoys nothing more than creating and implementing innovative strategies to capture and increase market share. Lan has a wealth of cultural knowledge that includes an anthropological understanding of markets, an approachable style and possess the natural ability to work with different personalities across a wide range of market sectors.
With experience of living and working across Australasia (including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing), Lan has the unique ability to consistently unite teams in challenging market environments and produce results where others have less success.
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Laura is a mining Geotechnical Engineer of 15 years’ experience in open pit underground with a passion for the benefits that Data Science can bring to this field.
Laura sees mentoring for inclusion and diversity in the technology and STEM sectors as a priority and a personal responsibility; and is the championing Founder and Chair of the 'Rio Tinto Women in Technology Group' which began in January 2019. It has 140 current members and has had a hugely successfully first half of the year. The aim of the group is to encourage women to choose careers in technology and expand their knowledge in this area. She was also a Mentor in the Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) program in 2019.
Laura is a research team leader by day and works towards a vision of the “invisible mine” with her research into in-situ recovery technology. This keyhole-mining technique, involves injecting liquid underground for value-metal dissolution and its recovery at the surface for processing.
Once the kids are in bed, Laura creates fun ways to communicate and engage people in science: between school science clubs, talking to high-school students about STEM careers, mentoring university students, and presenting at public science events, she has also started a micro-business, Upsy & Moo: Science kits for kids.
Laura is a chemical engineer with a PhD in chemistry. She is one of Science and Technology Australia’s 60 Superstars of STEM, and is an award-winning science communicator.
Lauren Amos puts the A into STEM (TEAMS!) to collaborate, learn and unleash creativity through technology. With a background in engineering, psychology and the arts, Lauren helps organisations innovate to get value out of technology. Lauren is also involved in building technical capability and engagement in Perth through her involvement in the Perth Machine Learning Group and the Perth Artifactory Committee.
As recipient of a 2019 Fringeworld STEM grant, Lauren produced an interactive display using machine learning to engage the people of Perth, by coordinating a team of volunteers to develop and showcase their skills and in technology and making. Lauren continues to encourage diversity in technology through mentoring Women in Machine Learning workshops, and promoting and organising making events.
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Drawing on her experience and passion for integrated, elegant solutions, Leah specialises in the scoping, design and implementation of best-fit software solutions, along with data services, offering greater insight leading to better business decisions.
With over 20 years’ cross-sectoral experience in applied IT and systems, Leah provides tailored services working with Universities, SMEs, Associations / NFPs, Charities, Farmers and Agricultural groups. Leah’s long-term clients attest to her dedication and commitment to the provision of a high-quality service, and in driving organisational adoption of change and innovation at both strategic and practical levels.
Leah is passionate about mentoring and leads a distributed, agile team, providing development in STEM skills and career continuity to those marginalised from full-time work options.
Leanne McKenzie is a civil engineer and commercial (fixed wing) pilot with an Executive MBA.
The recipient of a scholarship during university in Melbourne, Leanne moved to Western Australia in 1996 for a graduate engineering role with BHP in Newman. She established a strong foundation delivering civil and construction projects, moving to Perth in the late nineties and subsequently leading a major urban renewal project for state government in the early 2000’s.
Leanne has led major state strategic projects in infrastructure, urban growth corridors and town revitalisation across Western Australia. She sits on expert panels reviewing major infrastructure projects on behalf of government.
Aviation has played a big role for Leanne since 2010, securing her commercial pilot licence in 2014, and participating in two Outback Air Race events across Australia raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Leanne now delivers drone (unmanned aviation) technology to business and education institutions.
Dr Armstrong is a researcher who specialises in Digital Agriculture, and has published over 100 research reports and articles in her field. She has a vast array of International and Australian industry project experience. She is an internationally recognised expert in the area of Digital Agriculture and Decision Support Systems. She has board level experience at a professional level across various committee and board appointments including roles as Past President of the Asian Federation of ICT in Agriculture (AFITA), current President of the Australia Society of Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture (ASICTA), and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA. She has a strong passion for Women in ICT and champion for social justice and e-inclusion.
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Lindsey is an Agile and technical consultant with 20 years experience in software development and Agile delivery.
Starting her career in investment banking in the UK she gained in-depth experience in writing high throughput, low latency, highly distributed applications as well as an understanding of the problems associated with large scale application delivery and support.
Lindsey is a passionate advocate for Agile project delivery, working with Agile since 2001 and has experience of Scrum, Scrum at Scale and ‘no-estimate’ delivery.
Lindsey holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Imperial College, London and is an Associate of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She is ICAgile certified and a certified Scrum Master.
Lisa is an experienced senior in-house lawyer and champion of progressive legal operations. Lisa works with organisations' business units, project teams and cross-functional groups to align and support their business goals.
Lisa is technologically savvy with a keen interest in legal innovation, data and privacy and consumer law. With a psychology background, Lisa is also interested in customer experience and the evolving behaviour of the digital consumer.
Awarded the Association of Corporate Counsel Young Lawyer Achiever in 2011, Lisa was honoured as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award 2012.
As National Head of Sales, Lisa plays a key role in ensuring that women and men alike are supported to meet business development targets while maintaining healthy relationships with their family and community commitments.
Lisa has a strong spatial background and holds a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Environmental Development whilst working in technical and managerial roles in both the private and public sector in South Africa, Australia and Malaysia. She was Queensland’s Young Spatial Professional in 2007/8.
She is passionate about the industry and has been on committees for SSSI in Queensland and Victoria and for SIBA and WAITTA in WA. Lisa is continually encouraging young women to step up and get involved in the spatial and IT communities.
Liz started her career in the UK, having finished her honours degree in Neuroscience at UWA, and taking off to London. It was in the UK that Liz developed a deep passion for STEM education and promotion. Working across the UK’s tertiary education system, Liz travelled the country promoting careers in Biochemistry. However, the lure of actually doing the science again was too much and Liz commenced a PhD in Neuroscience, looking at neuroplasticity in central nervous system injury. The life of an academic at the time was tough, and Liz was lured into a role in R&D Tax at PwC. Her consulting career morphed over the 13 years of consulting, culminating in leading KPMG’s National Research Engagement & Commercialisation team across Australia. But Liz always maintained a sense of giving back and has volunteered for a number of committees and organisations all with a focus on STEM. Her passion remains in the life sciences, currently sitting on the Board of the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science and the WA Committee for the AusBiotech. Liz also sits on the Scitech STEM Advisory Panel, helping Scitech shape the next generation of STEM graduates. All these positions are voluntary and Liz loves that she can give back in this capacity. Liz has recently also taken on the role of Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub, in this role Liz hopes to continue to give back and work across WA to ensure the State remains at the forefront of the digital revolution.
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LJ's journey into tech is a little unique, after driving 100-tonne mining trucks on mining and construction projects in Western Australia, LJ decided she needed a change.
She studied at a coding Bootcamp and upon completion scored a gig as a Junior Developer. After finishing the Xero Graduate Program, LJ pivoted into a Product Owner role at Perth startup LiveHire, where she worked to deliver the product vision.
LJ is passionate about women in tech and enabling career changers and is the co-founder of the JuniorDev Community and Levels Conference, a first of its kind conference crafted especially for Junior Developers. She has also volunteered for WIT organisations Tech Girls Super Hero and MusesJS.
Putting passion before profit, LJ has worked for 3 years in her own time to contribute to a better future for all people in tech and those who use it, and is excited to pivot again professionally to dedicate her career to the cause, by joining She Codes Australia.
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A coach, mentor, consultant, expert, trainer and speaker in the PPM space. Louisa is an experienced PMO (Project Management Office) professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of industries such as banking, FMCG, telecommunications and utilities with about 15 years in STEM. She has valuable experience ranging in technical and non-technical aspects of IT whilst managing teams up to 40 staff directly. She has successfully established multiple PMOs and implemented Agile frameworks for a number of large organisations. She is also an internationally certified trainer for certifications such as PRINCE2®, AgilePM®, AgileBA®, Change Management®, Facilitation®, ITIL® and many others. In her own time she is a big advocate for STEM Girls.
Lucy is bringing her storytelling experience to the world of technology. As an agent of change, she passionately believes that the customer and end user is integral to build relevant and meaningful technology. Very much the tech novice, Lucy has dived headfirst, embracing the uncertainty and change that comes with tech delivery. She was the first person in her team to deliver a project that impacted the way the team engaged with customers and key stakeholders. Through an insatiable thirst for knowledge and determination, Lucy has demonstrated that even those without a tech background can meaningful impact technology delivery.
After completing a degree in chemical engineering, Lydia has gone on to work for companies like Rio Tinto and Hatch in resources as diverse as nickel, copper and uranium. During these roles, Lydia has honed her expertise in process design and modelling and in 2018 joined Fortescue as a member of the Process Engineering team.
Lydia spent her first six months in the ore processing plant gaining practical experience in equipment and processes. But when a role opened up in the Process Control team to assist with production reporting and data analytics, Lydia expanded on her process modelling expertise to immerse herself in computer language and quickly became an invaluable member of the ore processing team. Lydia is currently undertaking a new challenge in oil and gas sector with Woodside as Allocation Analyst.