Sheree is the co-founder and CEO of One Roof, expert in curating spaces and communities that nurture female entrepreneurs. One Roof has created female-centric co-working spaces across 4 cities, engaged 10,000 women and hosted 500+ educational workshops. Sheree was awarded the 2016 Victorian Young Achievers Leadership Award. In 2015, she was nominated one of Australia’s top young innovators by the Foundation for Young Australians.
Leena van Deventer is an award-winning writer, game developer, and educator. She has taught interactive storytelling at both RMIT and Swinburne University. In 2016, Leena published her first book Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, the fight for the future of video games with Dr Dan Golding (Affirm Press). Leena is co-founder and Director of WiDGET (Women In Development, Games & Everything Tech), a grassroots intersectional not-for-profit organisation supporting women game developers, with over 550 members.
Alana is a farmer and rural consultant. She was the Victorian Rural Woman of the Year in 2010. A founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture, Alana has worked extensively on behalf of rural women, nationally and internationally. She has served on a number of government and NGO boards and is currently the President of Voices 4 Indi, which initiated a democracy project in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election.
Nadina graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), and in 2017 was awarded a Women’s Board Leadership Program Scholarship. She is currently a Sales Analyst at BP Australia, and joined the VWT Board on 7 May 2019.
After an extensive public policy career, Mary became the Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust in 1996. She has designed and led ground-breaking community engagement initiatives, such as the Purple Sage Project and Our Watermark Australia. In June 2012, Mary was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, for her distinguished services to public policy and advocacy for the advancement of women. In 2016, Mary won the Public Policy category as part of the AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for her years of work in shaping public policy in Australia.
Rana is a diversity and inclusion leader, making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. Rana is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination through the vehicle of sports and media. Hussain’s desire to see more diversity in both media and sport sees her freelance writing, as well as podcasting and broadcasting for the ABC.
Christine is the Programming Manager for Readings, a role she has held for many years. Prior to realising the role of her dreams, Christine worked for many years in public women’s health. She is one of the founding board members of the Stella Prize, sits on the board of the Emerging Writers Festival and has been the recipient of two City of Literature international travel grants. In 2020 she completed a Women in Leadership certificate. Apart from a life -long devotion to feminism, Christine is an avid reader and gardener.
Cate is a lawyer, mediator and an academic researcher. Although she carries a swag of qualifications, including a PhD in law and decades of experience across a broad cross section of disciplines, Cate is best known for her expertise in trauma informed legal practice, particularly in multidisciplinary teams such as health justice partnerships. Cate has extensive experience working on the coal face of life where people experience precarious entanglements of their personal, legal, financial and social disadvantage. She has written extensively about social justice, law reform, family violence and intergenerational trauma. Cate has previous experience on boards, including her role as Chair of the Board of Ipswich Women’s Centre against Domestic Violence (now Domestic Violence Action Centre). Cate joined the Board on 5 May 2020.
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