Welcome to the Digital Women's Network

Melbourne Speakers

Our Speakers


Our speakers are carefully selected to ensure you walk away inspired, with new skills or insights you didn’t have before you arrived. So whether your ambition is to climb the jungle gym of success in your workplace or launch an industry disrupting Start Up, join our meet ups and surround yourself with success oriented and driven Digital leaders.


Sarita Johan
Executive Coach, Facilitator

Dr Mei Ling Döéry
MBBS, B.Med.Sci, MPH Founder & Physician Entrepreneur

Chloé Oestreich
Executive Coaching I Impactful Presentations I Non Verbal Communications I Body Language and Voice

Rae Bonney
Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Speaker/Radio Presenter

Rugare Gomo
Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Jon Yeo
TEDx Melbourne Founder, Presenter coach

Sandy Mc Donald
CEO of CreateCare Global

Tony McGinn OMA
OMA, Chair Global CEO Mentoring Program

Mahamoud Fahour

CAITLIN ISLES

Emma Yee
CEO Peter Rowland Catering

Maria Duta
Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Graham Mc Corkill
Co-Founder, Buzinga App Development

Adam Schwab
Managing Director, Lux Group

Thomas Mahon
CEO, Peazie

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth
Customer Success Consultant, Linkedin

Jason Olive
Head of Strategy and Content at IPG Mediabrands (Society)

Dr Nicholas Duck
Organisational Psychologist & Founder, Opposite

Conor O'Brien
Organisational Psychologist, Director & Principal Consultant, White Bear

Amanda Blesing
Founder of The Ambition Revolution

Bernadette McClelland
Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited

Avrill D’Costa
co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr

Vanessa Wong
Native Manager from SOCiETY

Denise Wyer
Head of Strategic Accounts at AdRoll
Denise Wyer

Denise Wyer

Head of Strategic Accounts at AdRoll
Denise joined AdRoll in 2014 and is responsible for developing AdRolls Agency and Strategic Accounts business. She is currently managing a team of senior sales and relationship managers. She has over nine years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining AdRoll, she worked in Google Australia where she managed relationships with some of Australia’s key agencies. She’s also held positions with Informa and the IMI.

Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Native Manager from SOCiETY
Vanessa maye Wong In her role as Native Manager, Vanessa leads the development of the native offering within SOCiETY and the wider IPG Mediabrands business in Melbourne. She has been always been at the forefront of branded content’s evolution, having earned her stripes in influencer outreach and sponsored content at Nuffnang, the world’s first blog advertising agency. She then moved agency-side to Dentsu Aegis Network, where she realised a gap in the market between social media and branded content. Her broad background and extensive digital knowledge gives her the ability to position native as a true cross-platform solution. She is passionate about leveraging native to drive insights, shift perceptions and deliver business results.

Avrill D’Costa

Avrill D’Costa

co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr
Avrill D’Costa is the co-founder and Head of Data Analytics at BigDatr, a technology company specialising in marketing and advertising. The BigDatr mission is to make it simple for businesses to make data-driven decisions to be more efficient and successful. The Melbourne-based company works with over 100 major brands including Toyota, Suncorp, Bupa and Westpac to optimise the effectiveness of their marketing strategies by better understanding themselves, competitors and the impact of market trends. Avrill has over a decade of experience in IT and advertising technology, and is involved in the design, implementation and commercialisation of BigDatr. July 20th 2016· 6:00 PM

Bernadette McClelland

Bernadette McClelland

Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited
Bernadette McClelland is the Head of Sales Transformation and Enablement at Sales Leaders Global Pty Limited Bernadette is one of Australia’s leading sales experts. Her work on Belief, Persistence and Resourcefulness is world class...She is great!” - Matt Church, CSP, Top25 most influential people in the global speaking profession, 2014 Australian Speaker of the Year

Amanda Blesing

Amanda Blesing

Founder of The Ambition Revolution
As the creator of The Ambition Revolution program, Amanda is an engaging speaker who gets right to the heart of the issue with statistics, stories and insights as to what the problem is and what you can do about it. For the past 20 years Amanda has walked her own talk as she worked her own way through the ranks of the association world with her last role as Chief Executive Officer of SOCAP Australia - and all this in addition to working part time as a yoga instructor, inspiring others to achieve a healthier and more balanced life along the way.

Conor O'Brien

Conor O'Brien

Organisational Psychologist, Director & Principal Consultant, White Bear
Conor is a registered organisational psychologist who is passionate about successfully executing projects in the areas of resilience, human factors, leadership, talent management (including psychometric assessment and coaching), learning and development, culture assessment, change and wellbeing programs. Conor also has a background in career management services and team building programs. Conor has a broad educational background and has completed multiple tertiary qualifications, including a Master of Organisational Psychology. This extensive theoretical and research knowledge is coupled with a breadth of experience gained across public and private sectors and numerous industries including aviation, banking and financial services, emergency services, government departments (state and federal), maritime, mining services, oil and gas, rail, road, telecommunications and utilities. Conor has been embedded with clients across Australia and overseas to deliver high value project outcomes.

Dr Nicholas Duck

Dr Nicholas Duck

Organisational Psychologist & Founder, Opposite
Nicholas is a registered organisational psychologist, who has specialised in the areas of business improvement and Human Factors specifically Diagnosing and fixing complex business problems Setting clear, concise and memorable visions and strategies Disrupting and challenging thinking through applied psychology Simplifying and improving the quality of work Improving employee engagement through process improvement

Jason Olive

Jason Olive

Head of Strategy and Content at IPG Mediabrands (Society)
Jason Olive is an experienced digital strategist, specialising in social media in both the UK and Australia. Jason has worked for a number of brands helping solve problems that drive commercial results. Clients past and present include Westfarmers brands, including Bunnings and Coles, plus Medibank, JB HiFi Treasury Wine Estates brands, Bank of Melbourne, Novartis, Victorian Government and WEX. Check out Jason's LinkedIn Profile .

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Danielle Dacunha-Howarth

Customer Success Consultant, Linkedin
Danielle is a Customer Success Consultant for LinkedIn in Sydney and is travelling down to Melbourne specifically to present to us! She has been with LinkedIn for a little over two years, following a move to Australia after selling her business in the United Kingdom. Danielle's career has grown organically and as a result of her diverse experience and entrepreneurial background, she is able to leverage her experience and knowledge to help other businesses become successful in a tumultuous market. Danielle is passionate about demonstrating the diverse benefits that organisations experience when they embrace and adopt technology and changing consumer behaviors and believes that this is key to continued success and growth.

Thomas Mahon

Thomas Mahon

CEO, Peazie

Thomas is an engaging leader with a reputation for bringing agility, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to businesses of all shapes and size. Tom has successfully built high-performing teams and growth systems in industry-leading enterprise organisations such as Wesfamers and Salmat. Tom is the CEO of Peazie where he has been busy driving business and customer success with a dynamic, and passionate forward-thinking team of entrepreneurs.


Adam Schwab

Adam Schwab

Managing Director, Lux Group
Since 2004, Adam has been a financial journalist and business commentator specialising in corporate governance, economics and legal affairs for Crikey and BRW. Adam is a regular commentator on Business View and the Perrett Report on Sky Business and has appeared on Today Tonight and Channel Seven News nationally. Lux Group was #1in the 2013 BRW Fast 100 list (and on the Fast 100 Lists in 2014 and 2015), and Adam was named Young Executive of the Year in the CEO Magazine Executive awards 2015 and was nominated for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.  

Graham Mc Corkill

Graham Mc Corkill

Co-Founder, Buzinga App Development
Graham McCorkill, Co-Founder & Director at Buzinga App Development. Graham has over 35 years experience as a global business manager, entrepreneur and CEO in public and private companies.  His experience spans across a range of industries including enterprise software implementation, next generational marketing solutions and international retail management,  at companies including SISS Business Systems, Miiy Pty Ltd and Kendo.

Graham manages the technical aspect of the end-to-end service solution that our business provides.


Maria Duta

Maria Duta

Managing Director at FTI Consulting
Maria Duta- Managing Director of global leading business FTI Consulting Maria is a Managing Director at global business advisory firm FTI Consulting in its Corporate Finance and Restructuring practice. Born in Romania, Maria arrived in Australia as the daughter of a refugee at age 15 speaking almost no English. After completing university, Maria qualified as a Chartered Accountant holding leadership positions with advisory firms Ferrier Hodgson and KordaMentha and Australia’s regulator - the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. A mother of four amazing children aged 11 to 2 Maria is also a board member of Early Childhood Management Services, a leading Melbourne based NFP early childhood services provider, with 70+ early care centers, positively influencing 6,000+ children weekly. Maria has over 20 years of leadership experience across operational and commercial environments, governance, regulation and financial and turnaround management. She is an excellent collaborator who delivers record results, driven, focused and committed to making a difference.

Emma Yee

Emma Yee

CEO Peter Rowland Catering
Emma Yee- CEO of Peter Rowland Catering  Emma is one of the youngest people within the Executive Team of Peter Rowland's, since joining this iconic business in 2010 she has quickly progressed through the business to the position of General Manager - Operations in 2013 and in 2017 is the current CEO. Emma has gained a wealth of experience within the hospitality industry in both operational and management positions. She has worked within a diverse range of businesses including hotels, sporting stadiums, restaurants and corporate catering in Australia and the UK. Her operational, result oriented and strategic mind set has seen her excel. Emma thrives in a highly competitive, energetic and flexible environment whilst leading a dynamic and highly motivated team with conviction.

CAITLIN ISLES

CAITLIN ISLES

Caitlin Iles (Cait), has been described by Australia’s former Prime Minister The Honorable Julia Gillard, as “an inspiring and powerful role model for women”, while Sir Richard Branson has called her “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”.
She’s an entrepreneur with international experience (United Arab Emirates, USA & Europe) and as a venture capitalist and active angel investor; Cait has received pitches from hundreds of start-ups over the last couple of years. As a result, she knows what drives individuals and businesses to succeed or fail. The stats consistently illustrate that women represent the most valuable talent in the world & are the key to unlocking a better world for all.

Mahamoud Fahour

Mahamoud Fahour


Tony McGinn OMA

Tony McGinn OMA

OMA, Chair Global CEO Mentoring Program
Tony McGinn OAM: He founded MCM Entertainment Group Limited in 1983. Over more than 3 decades he has acquired considerable experience in building and leading businesses in Australia, Europe, and Asia, including listing on the ASX via an IPO. MCM’s operating businesses were sold in 2016 and now the delisted holding company is in an investment phase. At is peak MCM ran three different subsidiary companies across 6 offices in 5 countries, with 130 staff and $50M in Group turnover. In 2002 due to personal experience, Tony became involved in a growing children’s cancer charity and driving associated fund raising activities. In 2004, he was instrumental in creating the ‘Million Dollar Lunch’ and took on the voluntary event Executive Producer and Committee Chairmanship for ten years. To this day the Million Dollar Lunch thrives as Australia’s most spectacular and fruitful corporate fundraising event ($15M+ raised as @ 2016) benefiting the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF). Today, alongside being the Chairman of MCM Entertainment and Deputy Chairman of CCF Tony harness his extensive experience, knowledge, and networks to provide two distinct services to business leaders:
  1. Melbourne Chair for Global CEO peer mentoring company, The Executive Connection (TEC), and currently building in Melbourne a select group of 16 SME CEO's/Business Owners where he provides 1:1 CEO coaching and facilitates monthly group meetings.
The principal of The McGinn Partnership which consults and provides services for business leaders and their teams to Transform Sales and Business Development to Achieve Goals.

Sandy Mc Donald

Sandy Mc Donald

CEO of CreateCare Global

Sandy is known for converting a complex digital world into clear and life-changing steps to supercharge the business experience. 

She is a facilitator, clarity and communications coach, author and speaker. After 22 years of running a successful marketing communications company, Sandy used intentional blogging to start and build a vast global community that works to help children orphaned in Africa. As CEO of CreateCare Global, she continues this work today.

Sandy’s TEDx talk, 'Tell Your Story, Save A Life', for which she received a standing ovation, is based on this experience and explains how story can enrich, change or even save lives. Her book, 'Get it right online', details the framework to do this. 

Now Sandy speaks about the power of clarity to define a business's purpose and principles and how that works to inform their culture, future and the key messages to support that. 

She also helps businesses bring clarity of intention into their complex on and offline world through facilitation and coaching programs.


Jon Yeo

Jon Yeo

TEDx Melbourne Founder, Presenter coach
Jon Yeo is the Intelligence behind the art and science of what it is to be a public speaker. He helps Executives and Leaders to articulate and present the sophistication of their content with a message simplicity that guides and inspires their teams. Jon is the Curator of TEDxMelbourne

Rugare Gomo

Rugare Gomo

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Founder at Gomo Foundation & Co-Founder + Principal at Simbisa Law

Lawyer | Entrepreneur | Business Advisor & Coach | Philanthropist I am an Australian lawyer that helps entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses. My commercial experience, leadership roles and community engagements in Australia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe have exposed me to work with startups, venture capitalists, CEO’s of big business, billionaire families, prime ministers and more. The past 16 years of my life and the incredibly diverse range of experiences has led me to focusing on what I love to do: having entrepreneurs WIN at growing and scaling their business. In addition, I am the Founder of the Gomo Foundation which exists to empower young African women to enable them to take control of their own lives and reach their potential. Our first programs are in Zimbabwe where we provide scholarships for young women to attend Secondary School and University.   Specialties: commercial law, startups, capital raising, corporate governance, global entrepreneurship, joint venture negotiation, intellectual property, deal making, networking and relationship building.

Rae Bonney

Rae Bonney

Integrated Wellbeing Specialist/Speaker/Radio Presenter
Integrated Wellbeing Specialist, working with organisations developing and delivering bespoke workplace mental health initiatives:
  • developing and designing best practice interventions (programs, strategy, policy)
  • training & facilitation (workshops, seminars)
  • informing (group awareness raising sessions)
  • supporting (suicide, grief and loss, change, ethical transition, personal support)
  • advising, developing and implementing best practice (programs, policy and strategy)
  • consulting (coaching, mentoring and developing)
Industry Spokesperson
  • Speaker – Return to Work Summit – 2017
  • Presenter – Mental Health and Wellbeing Expo (Wellness at Work) – 2016
  • Chairperson – Konnect Learning - Workplace Health & Wellbeing Forum 2016
  • Keynote Speaker – Safety Institute Australia - Sydney Safety Symposium -  2015
  • Participant - beyondblue - AIPP Charity Video – 2015

Chloé Oestreich

Chloé Oestreich

Executive Coaching I Impactful Presentations I Non Verbal Communications I Body Language and Voice
Chloé grew up bilingual in Switzerland, Germany and England. Throughout her acting career in Australia and Europe, Chloé grew to understand the true importance of presence to both personal and business success. As a trained actor and journalist, she is adept at analysing the array of information our bodies project when presenting. Chloé is a coach, facilitator, and speaker. She works with leading organizations and individuals internationally to help companies generate more work, build stronger client relationships and improve staff’s communication skills. Whether focusing on storytelling and delivery or tone, breath and posture, Chloé helps people become part of their pitch. In her interactive workshops, Chloé helps you identify and work on the key elements, including managing nerves, to help you influence people’s perceptions and to develop a confident, proactive presence. Passionate about helping people achieve their full potential, Chloé leads development programs, coaches senior executives, and delivers keynotes to global businesses across Australia and Europe. Working from Start ups to businesses including Pacific Brands, BPM, Peddle Thorp,PTID, HSPC, Bates Smart, COX, Whybin TBWA, DDB, McCANN and Havas Worldwide.

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

Dr Mei Ling Döéry

MBBS, B.Med.Sci, MPH Founder & Physician Entrepreneur

Sarita Johan

Sarita Johan

Executive Coach, Facilitator