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Allyship in Action

Join SteM Sisters for an empowering and thought-provoking event, “Allyship in Action: Panel Discussion & Networking Event.” This engaging gathering fosters dialogue, inspires action, and cultivates a community of allies within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

September 7 @ 5:00 pm 7:30 pm

🔬 About the Event:

At SteM Sisters, we recognize allyship’s critical role in creating inclusive and equitable environments. With this event, we aim to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds passionate about championing underrepresented groups in STEM.

🎙️ Panel Discussion

The event’s centrepiece is a fascinating panel discussion featuring prominent voices in the field of STEM, including industry leaders, researchers, educators, and advocates. Through their personal experiences and professional insights, our esteemed panellists will explore the many facets of allyship, discussing strategies for fostering inclusivity, dismantling systemic barriers, and amplifying underrepresented voices within STEM.

Key Event Highlights:

  • Engaging in panel discussions featuring influential voices in STEM
  • Insights into practical allyship strategies and best practices
  • Networking opportunities to connect with industry professionals, advocates, and aspiring allies
  • Collaboration and mentorship opportunities to further inclusivity within STEM

🎙️ Meet our panellist:

The following speakers will be sharing their invaluable insights and experiences:

Warren Hill – With an impressive background in technology and entrepreneurship, Warren Hill has been a driving force in promoting diversity and inclusion in the STEM industry. As a mentor and advocate, Warren has empowered aspiring professionals and worked to create inclusive spaces where all individuals can thrive.

Leigh Gibson – Leigh Gibson is a prominent figure in the technology field and has been instrumental in creating inclusive environments within STEM. As an advocate for gender equality and diversity, Leigh has led initiatives that empower women and underrepresented groups to thrive in STEM careers.

Zach Ghirardello – Zach Ghirardello is an accomplished researcher and advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the sciences. Through his work, Zach has been actively breaking down barriers and promoting underrepresented voices in STEM. With a passion for equity and social justice, Zach’s contributions have impacted significantly.

Caroline Hartnett – Caroline Hartnett has an extensive policy, advisory, and analytics background within the Australian education sector. With over a decade of experience, Caroline’s career has encompassed significant roles at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Victorian higher education. Having worked in international education for the Victorian Government, Caroline is passionate about supporting education providers and businesses to access global markets and maintaining Victoria’s position as a preferred destination for international students.

🎤 And our fabulous Master of Ceremonies (MC):Dr Shaz Sivanesan 

Shaz will guide us through this incredible event, keeping the energy and conversations flowing. Her engaging presence and expertise will ensure a memorable experience for all attendees.

Special Speech by Dr Ruwangi Fernando, Founder & Director of STEM Sisters

She will discuss not just the ‘why’ but the ‘how’ of allyship in the realm of STEM. She is a renowned advocate for women of colour in STEM, and her speech will inspire attendees with her personal journey, insights on leadership, and the importance of fostering inclusive communities in STEM.

🤝 Networking Activity

Following the panel discussion, we will provide ample networking opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and build meaningful relationships. This event aims to facilitate collaboration, mentorship, and the formation of alliances that can drive meaningful change within STEM communities.

📅 Date and Venue:

7th of September 2023, from 5 pm to 7.30 pm, at the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Victoria

The ACS Victoria office is at Level 14, 839 Collins St Docklands. When you arrive, please go to the building reception near where you walk in, and they will advise you where to go.

🎯 Who Should Attend:

This event is open to all women of colour who are students, professionals, or enthusiasts in STEM fields. However, anyone interested in championing diversity and inclusion in STEM is more than welcome to join.

📢 Important Considerations:

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of a supportive and empowering environment that encourages the growth and success of women of colour in STEM.

Register today and take a step towards a more diverse and inclusive future for the STEM industry.

Kindly refrain from booking if you are uncertain about attending since this may prevent others who can benefit from participating.