WiT is 25 years young in 2022!

We are excited to be celebrating 25 years of our incredible community and impact.

WiT is the first organisation to bring women from all STEM disciplines, all ages and all career levels together in a single, inclusive community.

This year we bring to life not only the last 25 years but to shine a light forward to the future of WiT.

25 years of the WiT Awards

Over the last 25 years our flagship event, the annual WiT Awards, has grown to become Queensland’s largest and longest-running premier awards event for the STEM community. Last year, we had 830 guests in attendance at the 2021 WiT Awards.

Our theme for the 25th Annual WiT Awards is “Writing the Future” and ties in with our 25 Year Anniversary celebrations.

Find out how you can be part of our biggest WiT Awards celebration yet!

Our humble, grassroots beginnings

Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes to the trailblazing women who came together 25 years ago to form a community of Women In Technology.

Each of them had personally experienced the challenges of being female in a largely male-dominated IT sector and recognised that collaboration, friendship and support were crucial if women were to overcome the challenges of gender inequality and take their rightful place in the STEM sector.

Thank you to Sonja Bernhardt OAM, Jenny Beresford, Anne McGill, Carolyn Hill, Bernadette Hyland-Wood, Ph.D. Liz Manning, Yvonne Packbier, Joanne Sherman, Glenda Slingsby and Ann Uldridge, who were later joined by Sonya Trau (formerly D’Aoust) and Jeanette McLeod.

We also show our heartfelt appreciation to Anne-Marie Birkill, Carrie Hillyard AM and Jane Andrews who were instrumental in establishing the first Life Sciences Chapter.

Thank you ladies for being champions of change, for lifting others up as you climb, and for paving the path towards diversity, inclusion and gender equality in the world of STEM.

For 25 years, we’ve been empowering women in STEM to unlock their potential

2008 WiT Board and committee members

Since 1997, WiT has been advocating for gender equality in STEM. We help women find the inspiration and support they need to achieve their aspirations and, in doing so, we empower our community to take full advantage of the outstanding talent, diverse perspectives, and capacity they bring to our emerging digital economy.

How a tragic life event led to Sonja to create meaningful change for women in technology
Sonja Bernhardt OAM

“A life-threatening bout of Meningococcal Meningitis in late 1996 resulted in me thinking of the fascinating women I knew who were involved in technology, yet did not know each other. I promised myself that, on recovery, I would do something about it.”

Sonja Bernhardt, Founder and inaugural President (aka ‘the mother of WiT’)

Tell us your WiT Story

We’re collecting stories, reflections and memories from our diverse community of women and champions of change. We’re curious to learn how being part of the WiT community has supported you to expand your network and build thriving relationships, enhance your skills, strengthen your confidence and achieve excellence in your field.

We’d love to hear from you about what makes the WiT community a warm, welcoming, and uplifting group to be a part of.

In 100 words or less, we’d love to hear your stories, memories and experiences of being part of the WiT community.

Use our online form to contribute your story and memories.

Without you, there is no us

Thank you to all our individual and corporate members, valued partners, event sponsors, educators and event speakers from the last 25 years. We are grateful for your generous financial support, your expertise and insights, your engagement, your passion and zest, and most importantly, for standing alongside us on this ongoing journey.

Together, we can continue the challenging, yet rewarding, journey towards creating a fair and equitable society, where everyone has the opportunity to participate in and benefit from Australia’s growing digital economy and thriving STEM fields.