Presenters at WiT events and programs

Trish Springsteen

Trish Springsteen is a multi international award winning speaker, mentor, author and radio host specialising in speaker training. Clients work with Trish because they know she can help them leverage their business with speaking and communication. Typically Trish mentors introverts, authors and advocates helping them to have the self-belief and confidence to step up and share their message with those who need to hear it.Trish speaks on communication, public speaking the key to success, conquering the fear of public speaking, personal development and positive thinking, networking, leadership and gender communication. She believes that when you Believe Act Share you become empowered & build foundations for success. 

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith is an Associate in Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Law Section and assists clients with a broad range of industrial & employment issues including complex contract issues, dismissals, adverse action complaints, workplace investigations, disputes, discrimination, defamation and disciplinary proceedings

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn and manages the firm’s Queensland medical negligence practice.  Sarah has successfully represented hundreds of people and has achieved multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of some of her clients. Sarah has wide experience in medical negligence claims, including cerebral palsy claims, delays in diagnosis and surgical errors. 

Naomi Hatcher

Naomi Hatcher is an employment and industrial relations lawyer providing legal services to employees throughout Queensland.  She is a passionate and committed lawyer with a keen interest in social justice. She has excellent critical thinking and legal research skills which enable her to provide legal and strategic advice to ensure clients achieve their preferred outcome.

Sonia McDonald

Sonia has over 20 years human resource management and organisational development experience. She has held senior roles in organisational development, learning and development, strategic recruitment and talent management fields. She has worked in various industries such as retail, education, construction and engineering, consulting, executive search and the public sector around Australia and around the globe.

She is a talented, innovative, high energy and passionate leadership and organisational development consultant dedicated to delivering exceptional outcomes for her client’s organisations and their people.
She is passionate about cutting edge research in her industry as well as innovative tools and strategies around Leadership, Organisational Development, Executive Search and Talent Management.

Sarah Baster

Sarah is the General Manager, CITEC ICT, DSITI

Maree Adshead 

Maree is the CEO of Open Data Institute Queensland

Lisa Kenwright

Lisa is a  former A/Director, Education Support Systems, DET (recently moved into Director, Business Solutions and Advisory Team, DNRM)

Elizabeth Kingston

Elizabeth is the founder of Kingston Human Capital, one of Australia’s most respected recruitment firms.  Having conducted over 7000 interviews in her career, she takes a candid approach to helping job seekers perform at their best: From interview-preparedness, to handling tough interview questions through to managing nerves - Elizabeth breaks down the interview game into a tangible and practical process to help you perform at your best when stakes are high.

Dr Richi Nayak

Dr Nayak is an Associate Professor and Higher Degree Research Director in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT.
She is an internationally recognized expert in data mining, text mining and web intelligence and we are also proud to have her as our ICT Ambassador for 2016 and winner of our Infotech Outstanding Achievement Award.

Adam Broadbent

Adam has over 11 years recruitment experience within global and boutique technology recruitment agencies in Australia.  In this time, he has developed an impressive national and international network of contacts and talent throughout the technology industry and is well-placed to provide career advice and market insights you can rely on.


Wendie Lee

From starting her career in retail selling shoes at age 16 to a General Management position at one of Australia's top 10 retailers, her own career transformation and journey has taught her, amongst other things, that working with customers is enjoyable, hard work results in reward and exceptional communication will help you succeed.   Her experience over 20 years includes building a career from leading IT training, change management, IT help desk to systems engineering, software development, consulting then Project, Program and General Management.  Organisations include Westpac NZ, NZ Department of Labour, and working with multiple customers at systems integrator Datacom.

Caroline McGuire

Caroline has built a career on supporting, developing and challenging individuals within the workplace, and throughout wider networks and associations.Caroline is a qualified and certified human resources specialist and coach, with a broad background across industries and organisations over 18 years. Her background incorporates human resources, operational and management experience

Laura Chong

Laura from 400C will help you to understand your professional context and translate this into a professional look that will help you on your way to landing that dream job or taking the next step up the career ladder.

Kristie Gooden

Navigate your way through the professional style jungle Kristi Gooden Certified Image Consultant from Style Liberation

Linda Edwards

Linda is an experienced and accomplished Business Leader with over twenty five years industry experience in a variety of corporate cultures both locally and abroad.  A skilled Shared Services professional, her passion is for inspirational leadership, strategy execution and people development.  She has led large teams across the globe and delivered multi-million dollar programmes across the technology and financial services sectors.

Rhonda Brighton

Rhonda is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources, specialising in leadership, diversity and future of work. Her fundamental belief is that inclusion and good leadership are not only foundational for good people practices in organisations, but equally of more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.

Yvette Adams

ICT Woman of the Year 2013, Yvette Adams from The Creative Collective is an experienced speaker & trainer who will share with us some key insights on how to determine the right content for your audience, which networks are right for your message, how to engage people online & how you can leverage social media opportunities for the purpose of brand development, positioning & personal professional outcomes.

Vanessa Garrard

Vanessa founded consumer products group of companies in 2006 which is now Australia’s leading supplier of youth electronics and private label tech gadgets.  1 in 2 Australians owns a product that Vanessa’s company has produced.  The business is now global.  Walmart, Best Buy, Argos, Kmart, Target are just some of the retail giants stocking product created by her company. 

Monica Bradley

Monica has a remarkable innovation mindset.  As a Non-Executive Director and adviser, she helps design strategies that deliver growth.. Her portfolio of directorships & advisory roles include corporate, government, social enterprises and startups.  Monica is an engaging talent with exceptional strategy and global advisory experience. She returned to Brisbane in 2012 after impressive career in US and Middle East. Monica is a sought-after NED, adviser, mentor and investor, who uses innovation to grow and adapt ventures to create globally competitive organisations. 

   Steven York

With over 20 years experience at senior levels in national and international organisations as a specialist in AML, corporate  security, enterprise risk management, legislative compliance, risk mitigation and business continuity. He has led major cultural change programs, optimized business processes and ensured continued and sustainable revenue growth in consulting companies and within industry. Steven established the negotiations team with Police Service and developed it with predominately female staff.

Heidi Uytendaal

With more than 20 years' experience, Heidi Uytendaal, is Rio Tinto's Manager Global Programme Services and also the Chairperson of the Rio Tinto Inclusion and Diversity Network in Brisbane.  Navigating through a giant, global organisation, Heidi has managed teams in geographical and culturally diverse arenas.

Sonya Trau

Sonya Trau is a Senior Business Leadership Coach with AltusQ & involved in design & delivery of numerous corporate mentoring programs nationally for over 4yrs, including the first industry wide mentoring program in Australia.  She believes passionately about the power of effective mentoring skills & relationships both for individuals involved & organisations to which they belong.  She has spent much of the last 15 years consulting, advising & coaching in corporates, NFPs & mid-sized businesses across numerous industries.


Linda Obrien

As Pro Vice Chancellor Linda is a member of the University executive with responsibility for development and implementation of Griffith’s information strategy and management of the University's information services; including the e-learning and e-research services, the Library and University-wide information and communication technology services, systems and infrastructure.


Dr Melissa Agnew

With almost 30 year's experience as a voice teacher and coach, Dr Melissa Agnew is one of Australia's most sought-after experts in her field.  She consults on voice, speech and dialect in the theatre, broadcast, film and television industries, the in the corporate sector and in education at all levels, from Preschool through university.

Dr Catherine Ball

Dr Catherine Ball is a renowned environmental scientist with business credentials to match. Inspired by a childhood love of the natural world, her breakthrough work focused on sending Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to remote areas of coastline to observe endangered turtle colonies.  Dr Ball is today at the absolute forefront of RPAS technology.  Her work at engineering consultancy URS put Australia on the world stage.  

Dr. Barbara George-Jaeggli

Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli is working for the University of Queensland as part of the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence in Translational Photosynthesis, and working for DAF on GRDC-funded agronomy projects. The main objective of her previous and current work is to increase crop yields in variable environments, be it through pushing the yield ceiling genetically or identifying optimal agronomic practices to ensure yield potentials are achieved in growers’ paddocks  

Dr Angela Daly

Dr Angela Daly is Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at QUT Faculty of Law and Australian Privacy Foundation board member. She is a socio-legal scholar of technology and a digital rights activist. Angela has previously worked for the Swinburne Institute for Social Research (Australia), Electronic Frontier Foundation (US) and OFC.

Donell Davis

Donnell brings 20 years of policy direction, education, and advocacy in sustainable water practice to her presentation, covering the Ethical Water Futures, role Model International Women who lead the way, and the Pathways to Careers.

Dimity Dornan AO

Founder and Director of the Hear&Say Centre achieving exceptional outcomes for hearing impaired children.

Stacey Tomasoni

Stacey is GM of BPO & Contact Centres at Datacom & works with companies to help them navigate through the ever evolving channels of customer engagement & sources of business intelligence.  Acknowledging that to be embraced, social media must first be understood, Stacey has worked with over 30 organisations to help them understand the social media landscape & how it relates to them, carving out & executing on a social media strategy that always begins with the simple step of harnessing the power of effective listening strategies.

Scott Ward

Scott has extensive background in technology having worked with Microsoft, Sun Microsystems & Deloitte.  He sits as a founding industry member of Sydney Universities Digital Disruption Panel.  A frequent speaker on effective use of Social media & Gamification to drive business outcomes, Scott presents at numerous conferences & industry functions.  He is a passionate advocate of social technologies & his clients are from diverse industry groups such as education, mining, travel, real estate, legal & financial institutions.

Dr Kim Mackenzie

Dr Kim MacKenzie is an accomplished author & independent researcher in internet innovation.  With a PhD in Business Technologies & Social Networking Services & as a Member of the Australian Government Community of Innovation Academics & Researchers, Kim will present some compelling reasons for all industry professionals to understand the broad scope that social media has to offer.  She will also deliver practical tips for creating better social media strategies & policies to effectively align your objectives & target audience.

Selena Bartlett

Professor Bartlett’s research interests are in the translation of basic research in clinical practice with the mission to improve the lives of individuals and families suffering mental health disorders. Professor Selena Bartlett is a Group Leader in Addiction Neuroscience and Obesity at the Translational Research Institute and in the Cells and Tissues Domain at IHBI and is a Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences in the Faculty of Health at QUT and an ARC Future Fellow.

Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth joined GHD in 2010 as Chief Information Officer.  Her focus is driving efficiency & effectiveness across technical & business applications with the core intent of delivering consistent service to GHD's people & clients.  Prior to joining GHD Elizabeth was General Manager Corporate Services at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, where she was responsible for IT, HR, PR/Communications & Business Improvement.  Elizabeth is a member of QUT School of Information Systems Industry Advisory Group & a member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee of the Australian Computer Society.

Dianne Jeans

Dianne is Assistant Director-General, Shared Corporate Services Division of DSITIA including the Corporate Administration Agency. Before this Dianne was General Manager of Smart Service Queensland.  She has worked across a number of government agencies covering criminal justice policy, human services policy & service delivery, economic development issues, community engagement and integrated service delivery & has qualifications in law, commerce, policy, management & corporate governance.  Her public service career spans over 30 years in Queensland & Victoria.

Jodie Scmidt

Jodi was appointed as the first CEO of the newly created TAFE Qld statutory body. TAFE Qld was created in legislation on 1 July 2013 as a parent body to drive the strategic direction for all TAFE delivery in Queensland.  In her role Jodi will continue to lead reform of TAFE in Queensland commenced in her former role of Deputy Director-General, Training & Employment in the Department of Education, Training & Employment.

Daniel Flood

Daniel is from The Edge at the State Library of Queensland is part of the 3D printing at the Edge and the Open Hand Project.

Mia Woodruff

Associate Professor Mia Woodruff from QUT presented on “Biofabrication”  and 3D printing of bone and tissue replacement.

Katie Green

Katie Green from 3D Orthotics presented on 3D printing in practice, demonstrating the uses of 3D printing in the preparation of Orthotics.

Olga Panagiotopoulou

Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou from University of Queensland spoke on integrative 3D analysis to study body motion especially in animals and the use of 3D printing in this field.

Anne-Marie Birkill

WiT Life Science Ambassador 2014 Anne-Marie is a General Partner and Executive Director of OneVentures, a $40 million venture capital Fund backing innovative companies with global relevance in healthcare, education, mobile, cloud computing & new media.  She is also a Director for portfolio companies Paloma Mobile, TheBestDay, Charm Health & Peak3.

Jennifer Burrows

Born and raised in Scotland, Jennifer delivered her first presentation at the ripe old age of eight, motivating her similarly aged ‘sales force’ to sell painted stones to the neighbours.  This was also her first entrepreneurial venture & did a roaring trade until her mum found out.
Jen has made it her mission to overhaul corporate communications from lacklustre to the remarkable. She has a knack for converting uneasy speakers into brilliant presenters by working closely with them to increase their confidence, authority and presence when addressing any audience.

Julie Bale

Julie Bale joined BOQ as Chief Information Officer in December 2012 responsible for strategy, development and maintenance of the infrastructure and technology solutions that support BOQ.  Julie has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, primarily within Financial Services, Telecommunications and Utilities sectors, across UK & Australia.  Before joining BOQ, she was at ING Direct, responsible for delivery of all technical solutions.  Before joining ING Direct, she was Head of Solutions Delivery at Bendigo Bank, where she guided the IT systems integration activities during the merger with Adelaide Bank

Linda Price

Linda is Group Vice President, Asia Pacific at Gartner.  She is a senior IT executive with 20 years' experience in media, manufacturing, distribution & service organizations.  Before joining Gartner, she was a key member of the executive management team of an iconic Australian ASX100 organization, working directly with board members.  She was responsible for IT strategy development & organizational development in a rapidly transforming media environment.  She led several successful IT & organizational change programs aligning people, process and technology to deliver strategic outcomes. She has a track record of managing and motivating large teams, engendering an ethic of energy and drive.

Michelle Tredenick

Michelle has served on the Board of BOQ since February 2011. She has more than 30 yrs experience in banking, insurance & wealth management industries across Australia & NZ.  She has held senior executive roles & been a member of the Executive Committee at NAB, MLC & Suncorp-Metway Ltd, as well as serving as an Executive Director for NAB & MLC companies. During her career, she has held various roles as Chief Information Officer, Head of Strategy as well as line responsibility for corporate superannuation, insurance and wealth management businesses.

Fiona Craig

The job for life has gone.......the world of work has changed forever.  It's more important than ever to harness and hone your own personal skills, and forge your career.  I work with individuals and organisations to educate and get results in the areas of personal branding and profile building; strengths identification and use; client and business development; networking skills; influencing and communication skills and career management.

Sam Kennedy

Sam is a dynamic, driven and highly energetic executive with extensive experience in sales, marketing, customer service, public relations, media, legal and human resources.  Sam has recently been appointed as the Director of Strategy and Innovation for Optus Business. In this newly created role Sam’s passion and energy will be focused in creating new innovative partnerships between Optus and its customers.  For the past 4 years Sam has been Optus State Director for Queensland, managing all Optus Business customers in the region, as well as corporate affairs and government relations.

Carolyn Mountford

Professor Carolyn Mountford is a world-leading expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Her work has resulted in techniques and therapies used by research centres and hospitals for patients with cancer, brain tumors, and neurologic and psychological disorders.  To date Professor Mountford has secured approximately $39 million in funding grants.  She is the author or co-author of more than 180 peer-review articles and the holder of five significant patents in the areas of cancer, chronic pain, head injury and MR, with a further five patents in the pipeline.

Sarah Yip

Since 2004, Sarah has been creating productive & positive workplaces through sharing  practical transformational leadership practices. She is consistently described as exciting, engaging, knowledgeable, approachable and “BRILLIANT!” Sarah is highly sought after for her consultancy & facilitation skills. With clients requesting her services throughout Australia and overseas.

Kim Volp

Kym is a degree qualified scientist and Innovations and Strategic Manager at Evolve Scientific Recruitment, market leader in scientific & technical recruitment in Australia and has also been instrumental in founding the Casual and Temporary Employees Association of Australia, offering free online job seeking resources to temporary employees and job-seekers.She is passionate about helping maximise your job prospects by giving you an insider’s view. 

Jennifer Loy

A/Prof Jennifer Loy, Griffith University, Deputy Director Griffith Centre for Creative Arts ResearPhD (Industrial Design). Scholarship from Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, CRC Wood Innovations, National Institute of Design, Swinburne University. Master of Arts (Textile and Product Design). Manchester Metropolitan University & Liverpool John Moores Uni, UK.

Peter Tatham

Prof Peter Tatham, Griffith University, Professor of Humanitarian Logistics and Deputy Head, Department of International Business and Asian Studies.

Wayne Gerard

Co-founder and CEO of RedEye, a Brisbane based Tech startup.  I'm passionate about growing our business into a leading global internet company and contributing to the development of our startup ecosystem.  I believe that startups and entrepreneurialism are cornerstones of the new economy. As the world moves more and more to a connected economy, a city's ability to encourage and foster digital innovation and commercialisation will have a large impact on its economic prosperity.  The goal of a startup ecosystem is to develop globally relevant high growth companies, these companies develop products and services that impact everyone and create jobs and support the development of associated startups and other industries locally.

Sarah Timmerman

Director and Founder of Beginning Boutique - Australia's raddest online store. Beginning Boutique is one of Australia's fastest growing fashion e-commerce pure play stores. BB is backed with huge social media followings on instagram and facebook.

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