The HerTechPath story...
HerTechPath started in 2016 as a grass-roots community of women in South Australia working in the tech sector who wanted more girls to consider careers in our exciting and influential sector.
We have two focus areas:
(1) We nurture a welcoming and safe community for women working in the tech sector to support and inspire each other to progress our careers and make a difference; and
(2) We give back by volunteering as visible role models in classrooms to show high school girls that they can aspire to a career in tech.
We experimented with school workshops in 2016 to 2018, reaching almost 2000 girls across Adelaide, as well as teachers and parents. We became an Incorporated Association in 2018 and had our formal launch in 2019 with more than 100 guests, 12 corporate partners and representatives from schools. HerTechPath was a finalist in the #TechDiversity Awards in 2019.
Our community runs free interactive school workshops for high schools (currently in South Australia) to showcase amazing women making an impact through tech with a panel of women working in the sector. Fill out the form above to schedule a school workshop for your school.
We are a people focussed, flexible, remotely based not for profit organisation in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Our approach is to work smarter with technology that is cloud based, with personable software, tools and applications that align to our mission. We love to work with people who have an interest in technology related careers across all industries.
Our future vision includes to expand the programs and memberships nationally. We are currently getting ready to scale for impact.
Girls can't be what they can't see.
The Australian Academy of Science released the Women in STEM Decadal Plan in 2019. Opportunity 4 states: Visibility: Seeing women in diverse STEM careers, and equally represented in the media, in public events, and in other forums like boardrooms and classrooms will provide role models for girls and women and inspire a nation.
We welcome enquiries from schools for internships and work experience placements through partnership, sponsorships and committee sources.
Members are encouraged to volunteer time and support our mission and inspire other girls and women.
Working opportunities are advertised through our partnership with Harrison McMillan on Seek.
The women powering HerTechPath
HerTechPath is a not for profit organisation that operates through the support of partners, sponsors, members and grants. Discover the profiles of the women behind HerTechPath. A huge thank you to all the past Committee Members who have shared in this journey and contributed to HerTechPath's growth and success, with a special acknowledgement to Mr Dino Rossi, Inaugural Committee Member, who in his role as Chief Technologist for DXC Technology, developed our first professional website in 2018.
Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk
Founder - HerTechPath
"We all use technology in different ways every day to get things done. The technology industry is changing the way we live, work and play.
It is critical that girls are inspired and supported to pursue careers in technology so they can bring diversity, creativity and curiosity to make our world a better place."
Committee Member - Company Secretary
Manager, IS&T Quality and Assurance - SA Police
"I love the tech industry for the way it is providing innovation and improvements every day across every sector, the quality of people that I have had the good fortune to work with and the incredible range of options for a career path in this field. Add to that, I attended a school that instilled a strong belief in the importance of diversity, inclusivity and equality into my core values. I think it is immensely important that more young females get a better understanding of how broad the opportunities are for them to find a rewarding career with options, flexibility and many ways to be a valuable contributor to the change that they wish to see in the world!"
Committee Member - Partnerships
Senior Executive - Gartner
Diversity: Technology underpins every industry and sector around us. This calls for diversifying the thinking within the industry and with more diverse leadership, comes more welcoming & accommodating environments where young women can carve career paths for themselves.
Awareness: I’d like female students to be aware of the opportunities in IT and actively choose it as a career path. The famous quote by Marian Write Edelman “You can't be what you can't see" rings true here. It is easier to pursue ambitions and have confidence in yourself when you see other women do it successfully."
Kirsten Lolk Rillo
Committee Member - Compliance & Risk
I seek to inspire girls in practical ways, help them see how critical it is for women to have a seat at the table and solve some of the challenges we are faced with globally.
We know that technology will be the solution to many global issues, and that as a consequence technology is where many future job opportunities will exist.
We need girls to have the right skills and knowledge, through subjects such as STEM to tap into those future opportunities and ensure they want to contribute to an equal future for all."
Committee Member - Strategy & Planning
"I truly believe in the vision of HerTechPath. Having been a woman in tech for many years there is clearly a need to empower more women to pursue a career in tech. The world is being designed by men for men and we need more women at the top table driving change for the future.
We need to encourage, educate and design the roadmap for girls early in the career paths to understand there is a world of opportunity in the technology sphere, which is the future. Why I love the concept of HTP is because it goes to the root cause of the issue - that there are not enough women in tech. There is a need in the early years to educated young aspiring woman for a path in technology because unfortunately in some areas it’s too late once you have entered the workforce."
Senior Project Officer - HerTechPath
Committee Member - Partner & Member Events
Committee Member - Membership Community
Service Delivery Manager – Datacom
I’ve worked in various roles in IT for my entire career so far and have absolutely loved it, so the fact that I accidentally fell into it is a little scary for me! I’d love girls to understand there are a huge variety of roles available in a tech career which are exciting and fulfilling as well as being flexible. I’m very excited to be part of HerTechPath and engage with our wonderful community members to continue to build a support network and see all the amazing things women are able to achieve in a career in Tech!"
"I am super passionate about involving women and girls in tech, and giving them a better journey through STEM. Throughout my education it became clear to me that STEM has a culture that needs to change. I believe that the key to long-lasting change is through raising women's voices.
I currently work as an engineer at Myriota, where I get to have fun solving problems every day. Some of the software I have written is currently orbiting the Earth!"
Committee Member - Membership Community
Senior Service Delivery Manager - Datacom
"Over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology, having work in various Service Delivery Roles and being organised by nature, I discovered working to solve problems and willing to take the lead, being collaborative, can work to make a difference. During my journey, I noted the difference in working in organisations that had greater gender diversity, discovering different mindsets created a more rounded view when working to deliver solutions to customers. When you work in such an environment you wish everyone could hence the reason, I’m passionate to be part of HerTechPath to engage and encourage the community of girls to make a difference through a technical career in the future and beyond!"
Bio coming soon
Teacher Advisor - HerTechPath Supporter