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Lyndsey Scott | Freelance iOS Developer & Actress
After graduating from Amherst College with dual majors in Theater and Computer Science, Lyndsey started acting and modeling in New York City and soon became the first African-American model to ever land an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein. Shows such as Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and The Victoria’s Secret Show soon followed; as did campaigns for clients such as DKNY, Baby Phat, Covergirl, and Sephora; and shoots for magazines such as W, Italian Vogue, and Glamour.
Lyndsey now splits her time between acting and freelance iOS Software Engineering. She currently builds apps for clients such as Susan G. Komen Foundation, AIDS Walk, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in her role as Lead iOS Engineer for Rallybound. She’s also ranked in the top 2% of question answerers on Stack Overflow; is a member of the RayWenderlich.com iOS tutorial team; and has done video tutorials for kids co-starring the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for Code.org. Lyndsey has been featured by CNN, The BBC, NPR, Good Morning America, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other news outlets for both her computer programming skills and her efforts to promote diversity in tech. She has recently been named one of the 100 Women of the Year for both UK Elle and AskMen.com and has received a "Lifetime of Inspiration" award from Harvard University's Women in Business organization.
Anoushka Gungadin | Experienced CEO, Non Executive Director, International Speaker and Best-selling Author
Anoushka is the founder and CEO of GlobalCQ, an award winning organisation that helps employers build and benefit from Cultural Intelligence to grow in the modern economy and connect them to diverse talent.
She is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Anglo African Investment Group.
Anoushka is the former CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and the outgoing Vice President of the Australia India Business Council in Victoria.
Anoushka speaks six languages, has lived and worked across Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. She has worked with global brands such as UNESCO and l’Oreal.
Anoushka combines her 20 years of work experience from across countries, cultures and industries, and her futurist insights on global trends to address topics such as Cultural Intelligence, Inclusive leadership and the future of the workplace.
Anoushka is currently working on her new book on Cultural Intelligence.
Anoushka is a trained Economist, a finance professional in the legal industry, holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation
Janin Bredehoeft | Research & Analytics Executive Manager
Janin Bredehoeft is the Research and Analytics Executive Manager at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, leading a team responsible for data management, analysis and benchmarking as well as the research and education functions of the Agency. A key aspect of her role is unlocking the potential of the Agency’s world leading dataset through internal and external collaboration to enhance gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Janin has been with the Agency since 2015 and taken on a number of roles in research, data analysis and education. Janin has a strong background in research, having completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2019, analysing the developments of academic labour markets in Germany and Australia.
Jenny Brockis | Creating thriving teams and leaders
Dr. Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author specialising in the creation of happy, healthy workplaces that empower us all to thrive.
She works to inspire others to become the best version of themselves by translating the findings of the neuroscience and positive psychology into simple practical tools to enable people to work smarter not harder.
With three decades of experience in working with people, she understands while intentions may be good, changing behaviours is not always easy!
Which is why she works closely with business leaders and managers teaching the skillsets required for thrival; working with healthy levels of stress, solving problems quickly, making good decisions and treating ourselves as human not machine.
Ever the lifelong learner she has undertaken post graduate studies in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, the Neuroscience of Leadership, Lifestyle Medicine and is trained to teach Mindfulness Meditation.
Jenny is frequently sought after as a commentator in local and national media and had many articles published in a variety of magazines and journals. She is a regular contributor to the CEO magazine and the Great Health Guide.
When not speaking, learning or writing, Jenny loves to spend time with her family, tramp and camp in far-away places and continues to challenge her long-standing fear of heights and blue cheese.
Joshua Letcher | Mechanical Engineering (Mining/Design/Space)
Joshua Letcher has experience working in various operational and technical roles within the African and Australian mining industry. He was the founder of Allotropes Diamonds and was responsible for its acquisition by Newfield Resources (ASX:NWF) and the Co-Founder of Mirrorplex Ltd, an exploration company exploring and developing lithium resources for battery production. As chief executive of Allotropes and Mirrorplex, Mr Letcher was responsible for the development of the projects from exploration to trial mining. Mr Letcher also served in the Royal Australian Navy as a Submariner and trained as a mechanical engineer. Mr Letcher is the founder of Space Industries which is a space mining company developing Lunar mining vehicles, the company is based in Perth, Australia.
Katarina Miljkovic | Senior Planetary Scientist
Dr Miljkovic is a senior planetary scientist with expertise in impact physics. She is involved with data analysis from space missions. She leads the only Australian research group that is working on the InSight mission currently active on Mars. Katarina joined Curtin in 2015 as a research fellow. Prior to joining Curtin, Katarina was a postdoctoral research associate at MIT (2014-2015), IPGP in Paris (2012-2014), and Imperial College London (2011-2012). 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 ARC DECRA fellowship, the Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship, and she was a finalist for the WA Premier's Science Awards in the early career scientist category.
Lexy McDonald | Creator of HerHelp
Hi, I'm Lexy. I'm 17 and I am currently completing my last year of school. I have a job at my local fish and chip shop and am pretty much your regular teenager. Throughout my schooling, I have noticed that teenage girls really struggle with certain parts of themselves whether it be their body image or being bullied. I realised lots of this comes from social media!
I decided instead of waiting for a platform to be made for me to share a positive message to help these girls I wanted to make my own instead! So I did! And I launched my app, HerHelp, on the 19th of July 2019!
Summary of HerHelp app:
HerHelp was created by seventeen-year-old, Lexy Mcdonald. It is an interactive platform which aims to advocate for supporting young women or others of all ages through daily struggles.
Jessica Strutt | Journalist and Presenter, ABC Radio Perth
Jessica Strutt is a journalist and presenter of ABC Perth’s Focus program. Jessica worked as a political reporter in WA for more than a decade and has experience across all media platforms including print, radio, television and online. She joined ABC News Perth more than six years ago, after two years out of journalism working as a senior media adviser in government. Prior to making the recent decision to switch to a full-time radio gig with ABC, she was ABC’s chief state political reporter.
Jessica started her journalism career as a print reporter, which included five and a half years with The West Australian. At WA’s daily newspaper she covered State politics for four and a half years before taking on the social and Aboriginal affairs round which had her travelling to many remote spots across the State. Before entering journalism, Jess completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in politics and history at the University of WA. Her first job was in Wheatbelt farming town of Merredin. She’s won numerous awards for her political, resources and indigenous and social affairs reporting.
Catherine Moolenschot | Author & TEDx speaker
Catherine Moolenschot is the author of Jim’s Book, the biography of the founder of the iconic Jim’s franchise. She interviewed over one hundred people for the book to piece together the surprising story of Jim's tumultuous business journey and how he became Australia’s accidental backyard millionaire.
Catherine fell in love with reading and writing young, and at 13 a school project prompted her to write her first book about a refugee’s journey from Africa to Australia, entitled A Rough Road.
At 17 she gave a TEDx talk on the topic of Living Your Funnel of Greatness, and has given talks at schools around Australia, as well as at universities and corporates, including Melbourne University, Monash University, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and National Australia Bank (NAB).
Today she ghostwrites books for CEOs and professionals.
Sonja Bernhardt | CEO, Thoughtware & Technology Commentator
If you love cruising you are likely to bump into Sonja Bernhardt presenting emerging technology topics on your ship. Never one to ‘retire’ Sonja has taken her life long technology interest to the high seas. She is also a popular ABC Radio technology commentator, as well as a published author.
In her ‘day job’ Sonja is chief executive officer of software development house ThoughtWare, where they design, build and deliver their multi award winning Governance, Risk and Compliance platform for the aged, community and disability care sector.
A big believer in getting involved via volunteer activity has meant that throughout her career Sonja has served on technology related committees for the United Nations, APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), Ministerial Advisory Boards, as well as prestigious national and state-based organisations. By so doing she has contributed significant efforts to the technology industry. This earned her a prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day in 2011.
Lucy Thomas | Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Project Rockit
Growing up, Lucy Thomas always figured that “someone should really do something about bullying.” Then she realised: I am that someone. Now, more than a decade after launching PROJECT ROCKIT, Lucy has dedicated her whole life to the cause. As a keynote speaker, facilitator and MC, Lucy has personally worked with hundreds of thousands of young people all over the world, from Wangaratta to Texas, Wollongong to Auckland, Atherton to Fremantle. Her work has been honoured by UNICEF, The University of Melbourne, The Foundation of Young Australians, the global Family Online Safety Institute and Lucy is recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for her service to youth and the issue of bullying.
But after building her career tackling bullying, Lucy’s life was fundamentally changed when she herself became the target of an extended pattern of homophobic bullying. Instead of hiding away, Lucy took this as an opportunity to connect with even young Aussies and launch herself into advocating for the LGBTI community. She first shared her story (here) with thousands of high school students at the National Young Leaders Day at Olympic Park in Sydney, leading to her representation as Australian delegate at Facebook’s Compassion Research Day in California the following year. In 2015, Lucy was named among 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age around the world by UNICEF, and was announced as a Finalist for LGBTI Person of the Year in the GLOBE Australia Awards. She made global headlines in 2016 when she stood up to a homophobic Uber driver and it went viral (watch her interview with the The Project here).
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons). Her creative background together with a solid grounding in psychology and youth development has equipped Lucy with the precious ability to engage young people to generate self-awareness, growth and positive social change.
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