Skip to content

About HerTechPath 

Our 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. 

Our Why

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.

By sharing the stories of women improving the world through tech we want to inspire girls to explore a career in technology, cyber security or STEM more broadly.

Girls in Microsoft's Make What's Next Video

Can you name a female inventor or leader in tech off the top of your head?

Neither could these girls

FAQs

Please visit each page to read the frequently asked questions and answers. Welcome to contact us if you are unable to find the answer to your question and we will be happy to help.

thinking woman with question mark on gray wall background

Volunteer or Work with Us

We welcome enquiries from schools for internships and work experience placements through partnership, sponsorships and committee sources. People wishing to volunteer their time and support our mission as a committee member, workshop panellist, at our events or to share your story of your career in tech in inspire other girls and women. 

Working opportunities are advertised through our partnership with Harrison McMillan on Seek. Welcome to register your interest to Volunteer or work with HerTechPath. 

Young business person working with a notebook

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.  

eva

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Founder

Executive Director | Government Chief Information Officer, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA
 

"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."

 

Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson

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!"

 

 

Kathrine Andersen

Kathrine Andersen

Committee Member - Partnerships

Senior Executive, Gartner

"My 20+ years in tech industry has given me a fulfilling career and flexible lifestyle, yet I still see a lack of inclusion and diversity. That’s why I’m passionate about HTP and my focus will have two lenses:
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

Kirsten Lolk Rillo

Committee Member _Compliance & Risk

Chief Executive Officer, Mitimes
 
"My ambition having had a rewarding career in technology spanning over 25 years to give back through Hertechpath and advocate for the sector as a great career choice for girls.

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."
 
 
Laura Mercurio

Laura Mercurio

Committee Member - Strategy & Planning

Strategic, Organisational & Technology Transformation Advisor

 

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.    

Alex Schutz

Alex Schutz

Committee Member

Rapid Prototyping Engineer at Myriota
 

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!

 
kathy-wooller-headshot-web-5483 (1)-1
Hannah
Monique green

Kathy Wooller

Senior Project Officer

Chief Evolving Officer, Evolve Pro Australia
 
"Technology is part of the future of learning and working with opportunities not even invented yet for our children and grandchildren.
 
I love scoping, designing, delivering career and learning projects that are people focussed. Every project I do for HerTechPath enables people to discover their career and learning super powers in technology. To be part of a group of trailblazers who are shaping a future for every girl to "see what she can be" by listening to the stories of women in technology is exciting. This opportunity aligns to my purpose to evolve people as I enable others to be open to a world of possibility, curiosity and wonder." 
 

Hannah Bottos 

Committee Member - Events

Head of Enterprise Services
 
"I am a results-driven Technology Leader that has experience delivering business/technology transformations and mentoring high performing teams to achieve optimal outcomes. Throughout my journey in tech, I've felt the impact of the lack of diversity specifically female representation in technology organisations/project teams which has sparked my passion to help forge pathways that encourages and empowers young women to be inspired to choose a career in tech. 
 
 

Monique Green

Committee Member

Assistant Head of Digital Technologies - Pembroke School
 
"I am passionate about engaging all girls in hands on tech experiences. I am an early career teacher and my teaching pedagogy is heavily centered around bringing industry into the classroom whether it is through units of work, guest speakers or excursions. I like to innovate and challenge the norm when it comes to subject offerings to cater for different interests and levels of confidence. I love to collaborate with other teachers and industry alike"
 
RachelDavey-1
Nicole Chapman

Rachel Davey

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!

Nicole Chapman

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!

Sarah McHugh

Company Treasurer

 

Bio coming soon