Speakers at Women in Tech. Fest 2018


Monica Bradley
Director, Global Scale Ups & Board Adviser
Purposeful Capital

Monica is a strategist with exceptional global technology, sustainability and impact investment experience. She is a sought-after media commentator, Director, Advisor and facilitator who translates the changing world into compelling stories that create energy, understanding and action. Monica helps organisations transform and thrive in the new economy by creating game changing business models that are anchored in purpose, enabled by technology, designed with genuine market need and centred on human prosperity. Monica holds a number of board roles including B Lab Australia/NZ which is the global certification for social change through business. She has a genuine ambition to help grow globally significant impact ventures from Australia and undertakes an impressive portfolio of non-executive directorships, advisory roles and board level strategy advice that deliver on her purpose. Through her directorships and advisory roles, she facilitates implementable innovation, investment and technology strategy to corporates, government, not for profits and start-ups. Monica draws on her global network to connect the capital, technology, talent and customers which create sustainable ventures.

Debbie Browning
Group Manager, Infrastructure Services & Delivery
Origin Energy

Debbie is an experienced IT Infrastructure executive with a demonstrated history of working in the retail, wholesale, oil & energy industry. Skilled in Business Process, Service Delivery, Negotiation, Enterprise Architecture, and ITIL. Strong operations professional with a Masters focused in Master of Business (maj Marketing) from Monash University.

Mary-Anne Bennett
Pragmatic Risk Management and Assurance Principal
Queensland Treasury Corporation

Pragmatic Risk Management and Assurance Principal with industry and professional consulting experience across multiple industries including: financial services, government, and mining & resources. Demonstrated achievements across IT risk management, business intelligence, change management, outsourcing and technology enablement (cloud and on-prem) and project delivery. Passionate about enabling strategic goal success through smarter risk decision making.

Rhody Burton 
Head of Partnerships for Google Cloud

With over 20 years’ experience in the High Tech industry Rhody Burton has developed strong expertise building and executing partnering strategies by working at start-up's, fast growth challenger companies to mature enterprise companies on their journey to cloud and more effective partnering.

Rhody has been appointed as head of partnerships for Google Cloud across Australia and New Zealand last December. In the role, Rhody oversees a varied and deep Google Cloud ecosystem, spanning independent software vendors (ISVs); system integrators (SIs); born-in-the-cloud players; developers; consultancy houses; managed service providers (MSPs); global system integrators (GSIs) and telecommunications firms.


Rachel Byrne
Product Owner, Aged Care Digital Journey
BUPA Aged Care

Lucy Cameron
Strategic Insights
Data61, CSIRO

Digital  economy  policy  expert  working  in  the  Data61|CSIRO  Insights  team.  PhD  in  broadband  and  regional  development,  10  years'  policy  development  experience,  Smithsonian  fellow,  worked  on  the  role  of  government  in  the  creation  of  innovation  hot-spots.

Stephanie Chan
Project Portfolio Management Office and Planning Manager, Toll Group
Board Member, Vic ICT for Women
Stephanie Chan is the Project Portfolio Management Office and Planning Manager at Toll Group, and also enjoys her role as a board member on Vic ICT for Women.  Her current role at Toll enables her to actively engage in Toll’s global transformation - a 3-year, $420m IT project portfolio that consists of 10 different programs of work.   

Steph has enjoyed her career in technology, and has worked across many different industries including postal services, payments, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and retail.  Steph is passionate about new technologies, and enjoys bringing people together to solve problems.   
Throughout her career, Steph has actively engaged in programs that encourage diversity and the promotion and support of women in IT.  Reflecting on her career in IT, Steph remembers all who gave her career opportunities and believed in her, and wants to create and provide the same opportunity for others.   Now with a young family herself, Steph is passionate about reintegrating women re-entering the workforce after extended leave and in mentoring others.

Chris Skipper-Conway
Chief Executive Officer, Chair
GMT People, VIC ICT for Women 

I get my greatest satisfaction from helping others achieve - be they individuals or businesses. When I can combine that with my passion for promoting diversity inclusion, I know I am making a real difference.  This drives my business agenda – striving for a more balanced and diverse IT workforce.

I am a passionate about equal opportunity having grown up in South Africa at a time when minority groups were privileged, and an overwhelming proportion of the population was discriminated against.

Having qualified as an Accountant I quickly recognised the importance of IT and having the right people is a business enabler. I have combined these two aspects throughout my work in both the Public and Private Sectors. Following 3 years in the US in Recruitment and Consulting and 5 years as CEO for an IT Managed Services provider in 2009 I returned to my passion - recruitment – matching people and IT requirements, nurturing candidates' careers and being part of an organisation’s business growth. I was appointed to the CEO role in GMT People in 2012 and subsequently purchased the business in November 2012.

I have over 20 years in Recruitment with IT being my area of expertise.  Because of my interest in gender diversity and the lack of female representation in IT roles I joined VIC ICT for Women in 2010 (becoming Chair soon after) so that I could make a difference, particularly given the present imbalance in the IT sector.

I am inspired by the outcomes GMT People achieves for our clients and our candidates with a business based on the values of equality, integrity and empathy. My role as Chairperson of VIC ICT for Women allows me to take these values and make a much larger impact on the gender diversity issue generally.

Salma Datenis
Managing Director - ANZ
Sourced Group

Salma is an inspirational example of the open opportunities for women within the cloud and IT arena. With over 10 years of experience, her innovation and diversity has allowed and encouraged her growth through multiple aspects of the IT industry. This drive and knowledge, along with her great personality and ability to build reliable relationships, is the reason behind her advancement to Managing Director of Sydney's Sourced Group business.

Katrina Donaghy
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Civic Ledger

Katrina Donaghy is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused blockchain Australian company.  We work with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

Through her early years as a sociologist through to her interest in entrepreneurialism, she has extensive experience in public policy and early stage commercialisation.  For more than 20 years, Katrina has worked in both public and not for profit sectors with a specific focus on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification with the view to building resilient and sustainable organisations. 

In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies.  Katrina's interest in blockchain technologies is driven by her curiousity of its potential to replace government legacy systems to deliver efficiencies, stimulate innovation and build digital societies.

In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.

Tracey Evans
Head of Group Applications

Angela Goodsir
Chief Technology and Systems Operations Officer
Multi Channel Network

Angela Goodsir is a highly experienced executive with a proven track record in transformative industry and business change with a deep understanding of strategic and commercial drivers. She is a well-respected media technologist, operations executive and thought leader and is experienced across the core disciplines of marketing, sales, research, data, operations, technology and general management. Her domain knowledge extends across the media, data, technology and health sectors.

Angela brings a broad perspective to her current role as Chief Technology and Systems Operations Officer at Multi Channel Network and is a highly valued contributor to the executive team and trusted adviser to the board and CEO. She has delivered several large and complex business technology transformations to Multi Channel Network and the broader Australian media landscape. These initiatives have delivered powerful benefits to advertisers, huge operational efficiency, scalability, competitive advantage and revenue opportunities for MCN and its partners. Angela’s role sees her leading teams to manage digital disruption and operational complexity through harnessing and leveraging technology to drive business strategy and relentless innovation.

Angela has demonstrated leadership capability, a broad strategic mindset, resilience, inquisitiveness and agitates for change and thinking outside the box. She is passionate about leading business transformation towards a digital future.

Samantha Green
RCL Insurance Services

Samantha is the owner/director or RCL Insurance Services, based in Melbourne. After several positions as an Insurance Broker and moving interstate from Queensland to Victoria, Sam decided it was time to take the leap, invest in herself and start her own business as an Authorised Representative with PSC Connect. With a Career spanning over 12 years in the insurance industry and successfully launching her own business, Sam has a desire to help other women break the status quo and give them the confidence to step outside their comfort zone to pursue their career dreams. Ask Sam what keeps her up at night!

Holly Grofski
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Global Merces Absolute Return Fund

Founder  of  the  Global  Merces  Group  of  companies.  Holly  was  also  the  Founder  of  the  Global  Merces  Absolute  Return  Fund.  This  has  made  her  the  first  woman  in  Australia  to  start  a  100%  CFD  hedge  fund  with  a  focus  on  currency  as  an  asset  class.  Holly  has  a  Diploma  of  Financial  Planning,  Specialist  Foreign  Exchange,  Securities,  Derivatives  and  Superannuation.

Fiona Habermehl
Executive Director

Courtney Hall
The Pacific Pines Tech Girls 

Courtney  Hall  is  excited  to  have  been  introduced  to  the  STEM  world  at  such  a  young  age.  She  has  had  the  significant  privilege  of  understanding  technology  and  feels  the  skills  she  has  developed  will  drive  her  into  her  future  career.  Courtney  believes  that  half  of  the  careers  of  the  future  aren’t  invented  yet,  but  she  knows  for  a  fact  they  are  going  to  involve  STEM,  and  she  is  going  to  be  a  part  of  it!  When  Courtney  isn’t  at  the  beach  with  her  instafamous  dog,  she  is  learning  new  coding  skills.    Seeing  her  code  come  to  life  on  the  computer  screen  gives  her  a  feeling  she  doesn’t  get  anywhere  else.

Natalie Harris
Year 4 MyPad Teacher
The Pacific Pines Tech Girls

Natalie  Harris  is  an  educator,  a  lover  of  the  Performing  Arts,  a  STEAM  enthusiast  and  the  proud  coach  of  the  Pacific  Pines  Primary  School  #TechGirl  team.    Inspiring  her  students  into  the  world  of  technology  drives  her  teaching  practice.    Her  proudest  moment  was  watching  the  SunFun  team  win  the  National  Search  for  the  Next  Tech  Girl  Superhero  competition.

Ruth Hatherley
Founder  and  CEO
Moneycatcha Pty Ltd

Moneycatcha  Pty  Ltd  started  its  journey  developing  world-first  technology  to  revolutionise  how  financial  institutions  assess  risk  and  originate  loans.  Our  digital  platforms,  Homechain  and  Regchain,  use  blockchain  (DLT)  technology  to  deliver  improvements  in  speed,  security  and  compliance  for  financial  institutions  and  consumers.  HSBC  Australia  was  one  of  the  first  to  embrace  our  risk  review  blockchain  tool. We’re  already  winning  awards  for  our  technology  -  Compliance  Innovator  of  the  Year  by  Fintech  Business  and  Startup  Business  of  the  Year  by  Business  News  to  name  a  few  in  2018.  We’re  also  attracting  global  interest  in  Moneycatcha.Today,  our  patent-protected  solutions  hold  exciting  potential  not  only  for  banks,  but  for  industries  such  as  healthcare,  manufacturing,  retail  and  many  more  -  we  have  developed  an  industry  agnostic,  platform  agnostic  answer  to  address  pain  points  facing  many  of  these  businesses  (of  all  sizes).

I  regularly  present  at  seminars  to  help  educate  the  industry  and  share  learnings  about  the  exciting  potential  of  these  new  technologies.  Blockchain  offers  efficiency,  security  and  trust  -  critical  ingredients  for  compliance  and  competitive  advantage  in  any  business  looking  to  succeed.

Sharon Hunnybell
Chief Executive Officer
Gold Coast Hub

I have a passion for technology, innovation and collaboration and a keen interest in promoting and increasing youth participation in startups and technology.

I am the General Manager overseeing community and export activities at Opmantek. Opmantek is a leading global provider of IT Infrastructure Management and Audit software and was named the Australian ICT Exporter of the year in 2014. Opmantek software is becoming increasingly popular in the fields of network automation, compliance management and hybrid cloud management and is used by over 130,000 organisations in 130 countries worldwide.

I am an active contributor to the Gold Coast startup community and in late 2013 I co-founded Startup Apprentice, an organisation that delivers action based entrepreneurial education programs that teach the ‘Silicon Valley’ lean approach to starting a business to high-school students. Over 1000 Gold Coast students have participated in a Startup Apprentice programs since formation.

My contributions to the startup community were recognised at the Westpac Community Leaders Awards, where I was one of three finalists in the Start-up Leader category. I was also named by the Queensland Government as an ‘Innovation Champion’ under the Innovation and Science Champions program.

Tracey Kay
Co-Founder and Director

Karen Lay-Brew

Karen is a Board Member and Corporate Advisor, and presently holds the position President on the Australian Business Software Industry Association (ABSIA) Board.  She works closely with both Australian Government and the private sector.  Karen previously worked at Microsoft HQ in the USA as VP for delivering global software launches coordinating Marketing, Sales, Partners and Customer Service, and established Women in IT.  She also served as the VP of Six Sigma and CIO for BHP Billiton Base Metals division where she implemented a world-wide Six Sigma Operational Excellence programme.  As the CIO for Honeywell Asia-Pacific, she has worked across different cultures and geographies to successfully integrate the disparate IT organisations serving 14 different countries.

Karen has also consulted to various Government departments and SMEs.  With over 35 years’ professional experience, Karen specialises in changing the culture of organisations and communities, and is an avid diversity champion on women’s challenges.

Isabelle Matthews
The Pacific Pines Tech Girls

Isabelle  Matthews  loves  working  with  her  #techgirl  team. Whether it is coding an app or writing a business plan, this girl can do it all. Her most memorable moment creating the SunFun app was when the team first tested the coding and it worked! "We were so excited, we were screaming, shouting and jumping up and down!" Creating the SunFun initiative has opened her eyes to the amazing world of STEM and inspired her to continue her journey towards a STEM based career.

Milla McCashney
The Pacific Pines Tech Girls

Milla  McCashney  comes  from  a  performing  background  and  is  happiest  when  she’s  dancing.  Before  developing  her  first  app,  SunFun,  with  her  co-creators  she  had  not  considered  a  possible  career  in  STEM.    Learning  so  many  new  skills  has  encouraged  this  budding  entrepreneur  to  consider  this  career  path  in  the  future.

Samantha Mitchell
Chief Digital Officer
Coca-Cola Amatil
Sam has over 15 years’ experience in the FMCG industry, and currently holds the position of Chief Digital Officer for the Amatil group.

In this role Sam is responsible for the overall digital transformation strategy across the group, including devising new business models, taking a business-driven approach to generating competitive differentiation that will lead to revenue growth and increased profitability, providing the technological groundwork for new digital business models through technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, RPA, social media, AI/ML and advanced analytics, while improving efficiencies and enabling sustainable growth. Sam also leads and champions the internal organisational and cultural change management process.
Sam has held several key roles at CCA over the years covering Finance, Supply Chain Commercial, IT Solution Delivery, Business Transformation & Change Management, Sales Strategy & Execution as well as most recently the General Manager of Digital Transformation, Route to Market and the National Sales (Call) Centre for the Australian Beverages division.

Sam has a practical understanding of core business disciplines including process design and governance, program management, IT execution/implementation, business benchmarking, strategy development and transformation. She has a history of success with an unrelenting focus on delivering customer and business value.
Sam is an energetic and passionate leader with combined small business, corporate, and entrepreneurial experience in senior roles within Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, with over 15 years’ experience in leadership at CCA and ~22 years’ experience within her career.
Sam is a self-driven and innovative courageous professional with a track record of instilling a high-performance culture to deliver on strategic and operational goals. She is a results orientated leader, who has the proven ability to deliver and execute against agreed KPI’s and beyond.

Sam’s Specialties:
- Strategy Development and Execution - leading the business & change transformation to implementation for today and tomorrow
- People leadership and team development – ability to develop a high performing and engaged team with a focus on innovation for tomorrow as well as delivering for today
- Business Transformation - Organisational Design, RTM, Development and implementation
- Process and systems design / re-engineering
- Talent Management/Leadership coaching
- Business and Commercial acumen
- Technology and eCommerce enablement - Digital Transformation, build and implementation

Ayten Ozenc
Executive General Manager, Global Head of Engineering
Vic ICT for Women, Toll Group

An innovative leader who focuses on culture to deliover enduring business results. Ayten works collaboratively to build high performance teams, pioneer new ways of working and turn around problem areas. She partners with businesses to shape and deliver solutions that realise business strategy. 

Ayten is passionate about people, technology and change. Excited about driving impact at scale, solving problems, taking the less trodden path and bringing out the best in people. She challenges traditional thinking in organisations and believes that the most successful organisations will be those that learn how to continuously evolve and adpapt and are effective at connecting with the creative and innovative potential of thier people.

Passionate about people, technology and change. Excited about driving impact at scale, solving big problems and bringing out the best in people.

Ayten has experience across government, sport, entertainment, finance, utilities and mining sectors, having worked with Australian Post, Tabcorp, IAG, Victorian Government, Powercor and BHP. 

Specialties: Digital, Agile, SAFe, Scaled Agile, Lean, Adaptive and Responsive Leadership, Business Partnership, Collaboration, Offshore Delivery, Technology Delivery, Program Recovery, Portfolio Managment, CIO.

Madeline Price
National Director & Founder
One Woman Project 

Madeline  has  just  completed  her  Bachelor  of  Arts/Laws  (Honours)  at  the  University  of  Queensland,  majoring  in  Sociology  and  Journalism.  In  addition  to  working  full-time  at  The  University  of  Queensland,  she  is  the  National  Director  and  Founder  of  the  One  Woman  Project,  one  of  Australia's  fastest  growing,  youth-led,  non-for-profit  organisations.  Founded  in  2013,  the  One  Woman  Project  consists  of  a  team  of  40  volunteers  across  three  states  (Queensland,  South  Australia  and  Victoria),  a  National  Team  and  two  international  bases  (India  and  Tanzania)  who  provide  quality  educational  seminars  to  young  people,  biannual  conferences/festivals,  public  seminars,  engagement  events  and  state-wide  campaigns,  covering  various  topics  of  global  gender  inequality. 

The  philosophy  of  the  One  Woman  Project  –  and  a  burning  passion  of  Madeline's  –  is  that  education  about  global  gender  inequalities  can  empower  our  youth  to  create  active  change  in  their  local  communities  and  lead  to  a  more  equal  society  and  world.  For  her  work  with  the  One  Woman  Project,  she  was  lucky  enough  to  be  nominated  and  shortlisted  as  one  of  five  finalists  for  the  2016  Young  People’s  Human  Rights  Medal  awarded  by the  Human  Rights  Commission,  shortlisted  as  one  of  four  finalists  for  the  2015  Queensland  Young  Australian  of  the  Year  Award,  awarded  the  triple  J  Annual's  2015  25  Under  25  award,  and  present  a  talk  for  TEDxUQ  on  workplace  gender  certification.

Her  experience  in  the  non-for-profit  industry  spans  more  than  nine  years  of  management,  activism  and  social  movement  building.  Her  earliest  experience  in  the  non-for-profit  sector  was  the  founding  and  directorship  of  the  Alternative  to  Schoolies  Project  in  early  2009,  at  age  16.

Lynne Payne
Industry Portfolio Manager Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

A passionate Marketing Communications and Public Relations specialist Lynne connects industry and community and academia for a smarter future. Building on a long consulting career Lynne works with the Faculty of IT, Monash University as Industry Portfolio Manager. Lynne connects industry partners with the talent, innovation, creativity and smarts the Faculty has to offer. From research programs to student projects Lynne enjoys facilitating the collaboration opportunities that really can change and impact the way we live and contribute to our world. From Cybersecurity, Data Science, Computer Human Interaction and Creativity, and Organisational Social Informatics Lynne connects talent, capability and industry requirements to solve problems and drive change.

Gaayathri Periasami
Risk and Compliance Manager - Wealth Investment Products
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Gaayathri Periasami is a risk and compliance manager for wealth investment products at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited. She works in a highly dynamic environment with daily responsibilities including managing and monitoring the compliance framework for superannuation, assisting the business unit with its compliance obligations, and assessment of operational risk events. She is also a professional lawyer admitted to practise in Victoria and has held a number of diverse roles including a stint in politics where she was a legal research adviser for the Hon. Senator Bridget McKenzie, currently the Minister for Sport, Rural Health and Regional Communications and a media adviser for Dr. Sharman Stone, the former member for Murray. Gaayathri is very passionate about serving the communities she works with and has a special interest in projects and programmes affecting regional and rural communities and affairs. Gaayathri’s presentation will be thought-provoking and will provide a granular insight into the future of compliance and risk management in the digital era.

Emi Reed
The Pacific Pines Tech Girl

Emi  Reed  is  a  proud  #TechGirl  and  member  of  the  SunFun  development  team.  Representing  her  country  is  no  stranger  to  her.  In  2018  she  represented  her  country  at  the  Global  Technovation  in  San  Francisco.  In  2017  she  competed  in  the  GKR  a  Karate  World  Cup  and  placed  10th  in  her  division  in  the  world!  Emi  loves  music,  she  plays  alto  sax  and  violin,  and  when  she’s  not  kicking  goals  and  creating  tunes  she  is  smashing  out  code  as  a  #TechGirl.  To  make  her life  complete  there  is  nothing  more  Emi  wants more than  good  friends  laughter,  happy  songs  and  a  kitten  for  her  next  birthday.

Dr Mahsa Salehi
Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University

Mahsa’s main research area is big data analysis and data stream mining. She was a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Research Australia before she joined Monash University. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the Machine Learning research group in NICTA (2012-2016). She received her BSc double degree in Software Engineering and Information Technology in 2006 and 2008, and her Master’s degree in Software Engineering in 2009, all of which were completed at Tehran Polytechnique University, Iran.

In 2016 Mahsa was selected as the 'Top 200 Most Qualified Young Researchers in Computer Science and Mathematics' by the Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF). She is also the winner of multiple awards, such as winning the 'Australian 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup final', receiving the 'Excellence in Teaching award' from the CIS Department, and also the 'Staff Award for Teaching Excellence' from MSE at the University of Melbourne.

Research interests
Mahsa’s current research interests include anomaly detection in multi-dimensional time series, spatio-temporal data analysis and data stream mining.

EMOTIV -  A research collaboration with Monash Faculty of IT
EMOTIV is a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). EMOTIV has created “BrainWear”, whole brain measuring technology headsets to accelerate brain research globally.
Using these headsets, the IT Faculty partners with EMOTIV to monitor the human brain to detect distraction patterns, through the use of EEG signals collected by a wireless headset or “BrainWear”.
The research has many applications in the fields of Workplace and Road Safety.

Tracey Smith 
Health and Wellness Consultant
Energise You

Fuelled with a passion for people, happiness and wellbeing Tracey is driven by her own personal mission to Inspire, Connect and Empower, bringing an energy that simply radiates vitality and positivity; her commitment to others guiding each and everyone towards being the best version of themselves.

Empowering from within Tracey works with her clients to connect through trust, from a place of heart and vulnerability, allowing and facilitating change. Best performance is achieved by driving massive action that is consistent, focused and sustainable.

Tracey works with business owners who want to improve their life; gain a deeper and clearer understanding of themselves, and what may be holding them back from being the BEST version of them; and in turn holding back their business.

Having someone by your side to guide you, raise your energy to its highest levels and cheer you on Tracey will work with you to bring ultimate success to your business. Identifying and aligning your purpose with your passion, developing structures and systems to streamline your business and implementing these in a way that is inclusive to all stakeholders.

Tracey teaches regular BodyBalance classes (Yoga/Thai Chi/Pilates) at CityFit gym, is a certified instructor for Les Mills fantastic Dance Workout, Sh’bam and is completing her Cert IV in Fitness. She is continuing her studies as an Accredited Professional Coach through The Coaching Institute, Melbourne and is a certified Meta Dynamics PractitionerTM.

As a mum to three beautiful children, five, three and two years old Tracey knows the importance of organisation, routine and self-love. Life can be a crazy, hectic whirlwind at times and it is how we turn up, acknowledge and respond to these and other life situations that set us up for success.

Jasmine Sutton
The Pacific Pines Tech Girls
Jasmine  Sutton  is  extremely  proud  to  be  a  member  of  the  SunFun  team.  Through  her  experience  developing  the  app,  opened her  eyes  to  so  many  possibilities  and  really  changed  what  she  thought  technology  and  being  an  entrepreneur  was  all  about.    She  is  excited  for  future  opportunities  to  explore  being  a  Tech  Girl!


Karen Taylor-Brown
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Refraction Media

Karen is the co-founder and CEO of award-winning, STEM-specialist media company, Refraction Media. Publications and platforms produced under Refraction Media include Careers with STEM, a multimedia platform that seeks to inspire young Australians to pursue courses and careers in STEM and Science Meets Business, online news at the nexus of research and industry.

Two decades of experience in print, broadcast and digital media has helped Karen to apply a large-scale vision to developing strategic communications platforms as well as a host of custom solutions for clients.

With a focus on collective impact, Karen has brought together over two hundred champions of STEM, from industry, government and education, who share the Refraction vision: to inspire a smarter future.

In 2016 Karen was a finalist for Publishing Executive of the Year and in 2015 a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Jordan Tredinnick
Senior Manager, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
University of Queensland 
Jordan Tredinnick’s career objective is to use her excellent communication skills, policy development expertise, social change practices, development practices expertise, facilitation skills, training and educative skills, strategic planning expertise and multimedia skills to help create positive social change on local, national and global levels.
She has a particular interest and expertise in: gender equity, cultural and linguistic diversity, participatory communication practices in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples policy development, gender based violence, social impact assessments of program delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the development practices in post conflict societies.

Claudia Warwar
Digital Trust and Cyber Security Director

Claudia is an experienced Cyber Security Professional with extensive Security Consulting Services experience across large corporate environment. Recognised for leadership in driving large complex solutions across industries, overcoming challenges and solving problems with a consultative approach.

Ally Watson
Code Like a Girl 

The eSydney Morning Herald named Ally Watson one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs of 2017. After spending seven years working as a .NET developer across the UK and Australia her unique and refreshing insights into the life of a woman in a male-dominated industry led her to co-found the highly acclaimed ‘Code Like a Girl’ in 2015. Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter and flourish, in the world of coding. 

Ally is a values-led entrepreneur and at the heart of her work is a passion to create innovative and accessible learning pathways into technology where every girl, from any background, feels included, inspired and capable. Code Like a Girl's efforts in addressing the gender gap in tech has been commended numerously; receiving a Gold Disruptor award at 2016’s Australian Computer Society Awards, 2016’s B&T Women in Media Award for Technology and taking home an Education merit award at the City of Melbourne's 2017 & 2016 #TechDiversity Awards.

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