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Find out more about HerTechPath and our mission to celebrate and inspire careers for women and girls in the tech sector.

About Us

What is the mission of HerTechPath?

HerTechPath's mission is to celebrate and inspire careers for women and girls in tech, cyber and STEM, and to show girls that there is a place for them in our sector. We are especially focused on reaching girls who may not have visible or readily accessible technology career role models in their family or network to ensure equity and equality to all girls to consider a career pathway in tech. HerTechPath is preparing to launch across Australia with the support of our sponsors and members, so that we can make an impact across the country. 

Does HerTechPath operate across Australia?

Currently HerTechPath operates in South Australia. In late 2023 HerTechPath became a Company Limited by Guarantee enabling us to operate across Australia with the support of our partners, sponsors and members who are willing to be part of our journey to bring HerTechPath to high schools, educators, school and parents/caregivers across Australia. Interested? Contact us to find out how to be involved in HerTechPath's national expansion across Australia.

How can I work with HerTechPath Team?

All vacancies are advertised via our corporate partner Harrison McMillan and advertised on seek. Interested in working with HerTechPath? Register via Harrison McMillan

Who are the women behind HerTechPath?

HerTechPath is led by Laura Mercurio, Chair, Sarah McHugh, Treasurer, and Founder Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, Company Secretary, and a volunteer committee of dedicated women in the tech industry. Find out more or connect with the team on our About page.

How can I support HerTechPath?

HerTechPath values the contributions of supporters, volunteers, interns through our partnership/sponsor relationships. Interested in supporting HerTechPath? Complete the contact us form.



Why become a member of HerTechPath?

Our lives are really busy, yet many of us want to contribute and give back. HerTechPath makes it easy for women working in the tech sector in two key ways:

1. To build a network with likeminded women and attend regular Community Calls online, inspiring "How She Got There" speaker events in a hybrid mode, and networking drinks in person.

2. To provide volunteering opportunities for members to visit schools and present a HerTechPath workshop to students. You choose which workshop you can attend based on the time, date and location. There is a prepared presentation with full speaker notes and we provide training sessions for all members. A valid Working With Children Check is essential. The content showcases women in tech, including you with your own slide to have a photo and bio. There is also a Q&A section for students to ask questions.

What are the membership costs?

HerTechPath has two membership tiers: (1) professional and (2) VET/Tertiary Student. Memberships are paid annually based on your sign up date. Professional memberships are $100 AUD excluding GST per annum. VET/Tertiary Memberships are $25 AUD excluding GST per annum. We are also working on a "pay it forward" membership option. Interested in become a HerTechPath Member? Visit our membership page.

Can I attend an event without being a member?

Yes, Non members are welcome to attend a HerTechPath event when invited by a member. Your first event is free when you come with a member, please join as a member to attend subsequent events. Interested in a HerTechPath membership or events? Please visit our memberships page or contact us to find out more.

What events does HerTechPath run?

HerTechPath has events to support our mission. Members can attend membership events to connect the community either online, hybrid or in person.
  • Online Community Calls throughout the year hosted by our Founder, Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk, have a "pick me up" energy where members share challenges, ideas and innovations virtually via video chat.
  • How She Got There fireside chats give member access to fantastic women making a difference through tech, and these are run as hybrid and/or online events. No additional cost to members.
  • A Professional Development Series is targeted at VET and university students and early career professionals with sessions dedicated to making the transition from study to work easier. Sessions include interview skills, personal branding and Q&A. No additional cost to members.
  • Quarterly Networking Drinks in person to catch up socially, expand and connect with other HerTechPath members. Members pay for their own food and beverage purchases.
  • Members are also welcome to refer others to our events with the first event attendance for non members free for each referral. Interested? Please visit the Membership page to find out more.

How can I be a school workshop panelist?

When members join HerTechPath you are invited to complete a form to indicate your interest in being a workshop panelist. Volunteering your time as a workshop panelist requires a short training session online, attendance at the nominated school for the workshop in person, supply of photo and biography in preparation of the event, willingness to support the workshop running smoothly with support from HerTechPath and the assigned school representative. Eligibility is dependent on the supply a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) including reference number and expiry date. Screening Unit SA offers this free of charge for volunteers and is valid for 5 years.  Interested to be a panelist at a school workshop near you? Jump to memberships to join and register.

What training is provided for panelists?

HerTechPath provides online training for members who wish to be a school workshop panelist. The training includes tips on how to be a presenter at a school workshop, speaking notes, access to past recorded workshops and background materials. This will be sent to your nominated email address with instructions upon completion of the form expressing your interest and submission of WWCC. Maintaining a high quality in our workshops is really important, so that every group of students has a great experience at the HerTechPath interactive school workshop. Support is available by contacting us.



How can I/we become a HerTechPath Sponsor?

HerTechPath is scaling for impact by planning and implementing a strong, streamlined and automated foundation of technology through financial support from our generous sponsors. HerTechPath has corporate partnership levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze, and enables your organisation to give back to a mission that aspires to grow the future workforce of women in tech, cyber and STEM. Interested in becoming a HerTechPath Sponsor? Please contact us.

Who can host a HerTechPath event?

HerTechPath's partners/sponsors have the option to share their event/meeting spaces. Host organisations provide light refreshments, a space for up to 30 people, as well audio/video/display for people wishing to participate remotely via video link. Interested in becoming a corporate partner or sponsor? Please contact us.

Programs/ Workshops

How do the student workshops work?

The interactive student workshop is designed to fit within a 45 minute school lesson (the panel time can be extended upon request). Short videos are shared to set context, students participate in the workshop via anonymous Slido polls and quizzes using a wifi enabled device. The workshop is presented by a panel of 2 to 4 women working or studying (VET/university) in the tech sector.

When can the student workshop be scheduled?

Feedback from schools is that this workshop is best held within school hours for maximum attendance and impact. This workshop can be for a specific cohort of students, for example with all girls from Year 8-12 in a pastoral care lesson or for girls within a particular year level during a regular tech or science lesson. In our experience, girls are more likely to ask questions and engage with the panelists if they are with their peers (other female students). We're also happy to present this workshop to male students, and co-ed groups.

How much does this student workshop cost?

There is no financial cost to your school to host this workshop, however a dedicated school contact is needed to ensure the workshop runs smoothly (including access to AV, wifi for Slido etc). All the women on the panel volunteer their time as a workshop panelist. 

Does HerTechPath run sessions for teachers/school staff?

Yes, HerTechPath offers sessions (in person, hybrid or online) for teachers and career counsellors to help raise awareness of career opportunities for girls in tech. Interested in booking a HerTechPath teachers/school staff session? Send us an enquiry via the Contact Us form.

Does HerTechPath run sessions for parents/caregivers?

Yes, HerTechPath offers information sessions (in person, hybrid or online) for parents/caregivers to raise awareness of career opportunity for girls in tech. Participants can ask questions about qualifications, career pathways and gain insight into working in tech. Interested in booking a HerTechPath Parent/Caregiver Workshop or Webinar? Send us an enquiry via the Contact Us form.

Who are the panel presenters?

The women who participate in the HerTechPath program to share their stories as a workshop panelist are passionate about sharing the rewarding, diverse and flexible technology industry career opportunities with young people, particularly girls as they navigate high school. All women are volunteering their time to be visible role models to girls in schools.

What type of tech careers do the panelists have?

When we say a career in tech is diverse, we mean it! Below is a sample of the careers the women on the workshop panel are in:

  • Business Analysts
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Consultants
  • Data Scientists
  • Entrepreneurs / Freelancers
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Lecturers and Academics
  • Recruitment Specialists
  • Sales and Business Managers
  • Software Architects
  • Video Game Designers
  • to name a few...

What resources are required?

  • An assigned school staff member to work with HerTechPath to ensure the workshop runs smoothly.
  • Appropriate workshop space at your school.
  • The workshops are ideal for a 30- 300 participants.
  • AV projector and screen, with audio capabilities (to show short videos).
  • Participants should have a wifi enabled device with Slido downloaded to respond to polls & quizzes during the workshop.
  • Guest WIFI for HerTechPath panelists so that the real time Slido poll and quiz responses display live.

Locate us

HerTechPath locate us

Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

We acknowledge that HerTechPath is founded on Kaurna Miyurna land, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge the cultural authority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people visiting or attending our events and programs from South Australia and around Australia.