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April 3, 2023 Women in Digital

Women in Digital is excited to announce the launch of its new Women in Digital Memberships. Whether you are a digital-loving, career-driven, gender-diversity-championing human or an organisation passionate about achieving greater gender diversity in the digital and technology fields, there is a membership for you!

Over the past 12 months, Women in Digital has been working with our community to better understand how we can support their careers and company goals. The overwhelming response was the desire for more regular, relaxed and in-person events to connect! This feedback led to the creation of the Women in Digital Memberships to provide a platform for members to connect with like-minded, career-driven humans and advance their careers.

“We are thrilled to launch our Women in Digital Memberships and offer our community even more opportunities to connect, learn, and grow,” said Holly Hunt, Founder & CEO of Women in Digital. “The Women in Digital community is incredibly special. Filled with industry leaders that truly want the best for their fellow women in digital, I’m excited to fulfil our potential as a community body by facilitating connections that lead to life-changing outcomes.”

Women in Digital’s Membership program offers two types of memberships: Individual Memberships and Corporate Memberships. With our new Individual Memberships, we are excited to create an even stronger network of digital professionals who are committed to advancing their careers and supporting each other along the way. Whether you’re looking to expand your circle, score your next promotion, build professional recognition, return to the workforce, make a pivot in your career, shape the future for women in digital or more broadly, the future of technology, we want to help you achieve your goals with the support of our welcoming community. On the other hand, Women in Digital’s Corporate Memberships have been designed for organisations that are passionate about achieving greater gender diversity in the digital and technology fields. Aligning your organisation to Women in Digital directly connects your company to a community of women passionate about achieving career excellence and showcases your company as a diversity employer of choice that believes technology should be built by all people, for all people. By signing up for a Corporate Membership, employees will receive access to meaningful networking opportunities, discounts to signature Women in Digital events* (such as the Women in Digital Awards), and greater career success through community connectedness and support.

To learn more about Women in Digital’s Memberships – click here!

Please note: At this stage, Women in Digital will be hosting in-person events in South East Queensland only. We intend to expand these events nationally in the coming year. Stay tuned!


February 20, 2020 Women in Digital

New decade, new board! That’s the saying, right? Our past board members have each achieved great success in their careers and have moved onto international opportunities and broader remits. As we farewell and thank them for their great contribution, we are thrilled to announce Women in Digital’s new Advisory Board!

Our Advisory Board is made up of passionate industry leaders who want to contribute to the future of Women in Digital, ensuring that the organisation meets the needs of the community and society more broadly. Women in Digital has a responsibility to create long lasting change in the industry, and this is only possible through the input, energy and collaborative strategic direction provided by these industry leaders.

Introducing our Women in Digital Advisory Board for 2020…

Mandy Ross – CIO of Tabcorp

Mandy is one of the digital & IT industry’s most successful and grounded leaders. Mandy has been asked to join the advisory board to speak on behalf of senior leaders in technology about how Women in Digital can serve its community.

Anne Marron, Enterprise Account Manager at AWS

Anne is the QLD Enterprise Sales Manager at AWS. Her career in Cloud and ICT within the Australian Market spans over 15 years.  She is known as a detail orientated leader who is skilled in assisting large, complex enterprises transform to adopt new technology enabling them to deliver on their strategic outcomes.

Anne is also an active ambassador for girls and women in technology and goes above and beyond in her role to champion the community.

Ran Heimann – Founder of Haystack

Ran is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, having launched Haystack six years ago he now has over 100,000 companies around the world using his software. With a truly global business yet local roots Ran provides a unique voice and perspective on how Women in Digital can create a legacy of change and drive equality for men and women.

Gemma Alker – Head of Engagement & Partnerships at QUT Chair in Digital Economy

A long standing supporter of Women in Digital, Gemma brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in partnership strategy. Gemma is passionate about supporting women to reach the peaks of their careers and sees Women in Digital’s events, partner network and community as the perfect facilitator for ambitious professionals.

Terry Weber – Regional Manager (QLD, NT & PNG) of Cisco

Terry is also a long standing supporter of Women in Digital. He is incredibly passionate about ensuring more women join technology and digital. He has been an internal champion of the Mentor Me program at Cisco which provides young female IT graduates with an opportunity to gain work experience within their office. He sees his role with Women in Digital as a way of extending his IT industry impact.

Gavin Douglas – Enterprise Account Manager at AWS

Gavin continues on the Women in Digital board as a strong advocate for Women in Digital. Gavin’s career has been extensive. Working for companies including Ogilvy, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and now Amazon Web Services. In the words of Stephen Covey, Gavin always thinks with the “begin with the end in mind’ philosophy.

Bernadette Stone – Chief Information Officer of Brisbane City Council

Bernadette is the CIO of Brisbane City Council and is the quintessential woman in digital. She has built an impressive career in male dominated industries. Companies on her resume include Accenture, Rio Tinto, Queensland Rail, Aurizon, Virgin and now Brisbane City Council. She presents a distinctive value proposition with over 20 years’ experience in IT whilst also holding senior management positions in Enterprise Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Rowena Samaraweera – Director of Customer Experience for the Department of Housing and Public Works (QLD)

Rowena is the Director of Customer Experience for the Department of Housing and Public Works (QLD) and one of Women in Digital’s earliest and biggest supporters. You might not see her as she often as she works in the background but she has played a pivotal role in getting the Women in Digital Awards off the ground. With a background in Marketing, Communication and Innovation, Rowena has worn many hats throughout her career including Senior Customer Strategy Specialist at Suncorp Bank, Global head of Marketing, CX and Digital at Flight Centre Travel Group and Chief Marketing Officer at Console Group.

Jane Humphreys (Coe) – Group Director, People & Culture at TechnologyOne

Jane has joined the Women in Digital board and with it brings her commercial acumen and experience with organisational psychology. She has built a strong reputation for devising and executing human resource, organisational development and broader business strategies through influential leadership, technical capability. Her experience spans across 15 years and has seen her manage the culture and people at Virgin, Aurizon, QUT and now Technology One.

What an incredible, accomplished and diverse advisory board. We look forward to working with these members in 2020 and beyond.


October 30, 2018 Women in Digital

MEDIA RELEASE: Women in Digital Awards
Tuesday 30 October 2018

The brave and the bold: Women in Digital winners announced

Australia’s most innovative female creative minds have been presented with the 2018 Women in Digital Awards across nine different categories, at the W Hotel in Brisbane last Friday.

The widely supported event brought recognition to the successful and inspiring women who have built careers in the digital industry as developers, leaders, marketers, innovators, and founders.

Among the supporters and guests were the notable QLD Minister for Innovation Kate Jones, and former QLD Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter.

Women in Digital Founder, Holly Tattersall said she was delighted by the support from industry leaders, and proud of the talent and passion of Friday night’s winners and award nominees.

“The Awards Gala has been absolutely incredible,” Ms Tattersall said.

“The event has exceeded all expectations.

Friday was evidence that nationally there are some incredible role models in the Digital industry, and we need to acknowledge their talent and achievements more often.

“Thank you to the speakers, sponsors, judges, and corporate partners, without whom the event would not have been possible.

“They have helped empower us to foster change in the Digital Industry through improving diversity, championing role models, and giving us the opportunity to make our core values a reality.”

Ms Tattersall said she encourages support for the winners by buying from their businesses, offering messages of support, and looks forward to seeing the increase in nominations next year.

Congratulations to the 2018 Women in Digital award winners in the respective categories:

ERM Power Software Developer of the Year: Sarah Smith, CTO of Sortal

Columbus Digital Producer of the Year: Candace Marshall, Executive Producer at Josephmark

CISCO Sales Excellence: Elizabeth Gibbons, Director of Client Services at ZeroSeven

UQ Business School Leader of the Year: Julie Trell, Global Head of Muru-D

Videopro Digital Marketer of the Year: Brynley King, Managing Director of

QLD Urban Utilities Making a difference: Rachel Downie, Founder of Stymie

AWS Community Champion of the Year: Ally Watson, Code Like a Girl

Suncorp Innovator of the Year: Sharon Melamed, Founder of Matchboard

QUT Bluebox Founder of the Year: Julie Stevanja, Founder of StyleRunner

The 2018 Awards Gala also recognised companies which have distinguished themselves by paving the way for an inclusive workforce.

Congratulations to the following companies for being awarded in the respective categories:

ARQ Group Educational Leadership: Tech Girls Movement

AWS Board Diversity: AV Technology

CUA Incubator of the Year: The Women’s Business School

AICD Employer of the Year: CISCO QLD

The Women in Digital Awards are an annual celebration of women, disruptors, and advocates inspiring gender diversity in the technology industry. For more information, please visit