Winners of the 2022 WID Awards

The Women in Digital Awards were founded based on the idea ‘you can’t be what you can’t see.’ The awards are a celebration of incredible women and non-binary folk within the digital industries and the organisations that support them.

This year for Women in Digital’s fifth Women in Digital Awards, we received a record number of nominations and submissions from incredible women in digital, organisations and diversity champions all across Australia. It was not an easy task for our panel of industry expert judges but we are thrilled to announce the WINNERS for the 2022 Women in Digital Awards.


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Meet the 2022 WID Award Winners


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Founder of the Year

Juliette Murphy


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Executive Leader of the Year

Stevie-Ann Dovico


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Digital Marketer of the Year

Bailey Wilde


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Employer of the Year

GLASS


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Rising Star of the Year

April Phillips


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Software Engineer of the Year

Sasha Morrissey


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Innovator of the Year

Emily Bobis


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Customer Experience Leader of the Year

Rebecca Mitrevski


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Data Leader of the Year

Tamara Mirkovic


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Technical Leader of the Year

Caitlin Donaldson


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UX Leader of the Year

Elisa Chan


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Champion of Change

Kate Kirwin


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Digital Transformation Leader of the Year

Tamara Mirkovic


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Indigenous Leader of the Year

Lisa Sarago


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Get to know the 2022 WID Award Winners


The 2022 Founder of the Year, powered by BDO Australia, is… Juliette Murphy


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Juliette Murphy
CEO & Co-Founder
FloodMapp


Juliette Murphy is the CEO and Co-Founder of FloodMapp – a world-first flood modelling solution purpose-built for impact-based flood forecasting and emergency management.

The judges were nothing short of inspired by Juliette’s journey as a founder and the triumphant success of FloodMapp, particularly in the wake of Brisbane’s 2021 flood disaster. Her ability to overcome a number of technical and human challenges as a deep tech start-up to achieve 1,370% growth in sales revenue from FY21 is a credit to her tenacity, grit and resilience as a leader.

Whilst the other finalist’s entries were incredibly impressive, Juliette’s vision, real-world impact and leadership ultimately landed her Women in Digital’s Founder of the Year title.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“A true innovator! What a journey; and hats off for the commercial validation and growth to date as deep tech is a tough place to play in Australia.”

“What a fantastic example of ‘If not me, then who? If not now, then when?’ With only a mission to use her technical expertise to help save homes and lives, I loved that Juliette also discovered a business.”


The 2022 Executive Leader of the Year, powered by Avanade, is… Stevie-Ann Dovico


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Stevie-Ann Dovico
Executive Digital, Customer & Colleague
NAB


Stevie-Ann Dovico is the Executive Digital, Customer and Colleague at NAB, where she leads the team who build and run the NAB enterprise digital channels including: NAB Mobile, Internet Banking, NAB Connect, NAB Connect Mobile, Digital Customer Establishment (Join NAB), Nab.com.au and related public sites, Conversational Banking and Chat Bots, and nabONE.

In a very compelling entry, Stevie-Ann detailed her leadership in migrating NAB Connect to the public cloud (the first major bank in Australia to do so), improving ratings across NAB’s mobile apps, delivering asynchronous live chat for personal digital platforms and achieving impressive results and accolades for NAB’s online banking platform.

The judges were particularly impressed with the scale of results achieved, Stevie-Ann’s transformational leadership as a philosophy and her ability to drive innovation and lead with influence.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“A very inspirational leader who shows great consideration for her team and their well-being. Seems very clear on how to get the best out of her people and how to shift the culture in a difficult environment.”

“Stevie has a clear formula for building high-performing teams, based on clarity, capability and motivation. She builds strong diverse, self-organising teams with high levels of trust that supports constructive dissent. Stevie’s approach to resilience is inspiring and practical.”



The 2022 Digital Marketer of the Year, powered by Salesforce, is… Bailey Wilde


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Bailey Wilde
Growth Marketer
Jumbo Interactive


Bailey Wilde is a Growth Marketer at Jumbo Interactive – an online solution for brands to operate and sell lotteries online.

At Jumbo, Bailey’s role is chasing opportunities, particularly in relation to customer acquisition, retention and re-activation. And that is exactly what she has done at Jumbo.

Utilising extensive research, data analytics, personalisation, AI and automation, Bailey illustrated marketing mastery in implementing a comprehensive and innovative retention campaign that achieved an impressive increase in new user retention, ROAs and app installs.

The judges were also highly impressed by Bailey’s innovative use of MarTech and personalisation to achieve business goals as well as her tenacity to fill skills gaps to be self-sufficient.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“Bailey is a quintessential growth marketer, testing and optimising to deliver results.”

“A high-performing marketer delivering in a tough vertical market, and one who is also not afraid to get into the logic and code.”


The 2022 Employer of the Year, powered by Hunt & Co. is… GLASS


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GLASS


GLASS is a future-focused management and technology consultancy that adopts a human-centred lens to innovatively solve business problems across digital transformation projects. They are driven by a desire to bring together a diverse range of people committed to changing the way the digital industry works.

The judges were incredibly impressed by GLASS’s commitment to championing diversity of all kinds. Demonstrating the importance of culture in everything they do from the top down.

With clear goals, plans and vision for DEI, GLASS have been highly deliberate and strategic in their recruitment strategy and achieved impressive and sustainable results in attracting more women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and members of the LGBTIQ+ community in senior consulting and leadership roles. It is not only what GLASS are doing to benefit their own organisation but also what they are doing to benefit the industry that sets this finalist apart.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“I was really impressed with the professionalism of GLASS’s submission. It’s evident that they value diversity and inclusion and prioritise it in all facets of their business. GLASS has a diverse range of policies and initiatives in place that all add to creating a diverse workplace.”

“Amazing achievements in building a culturally and gender diverse team with practical ways to continue this now and into the future.”


The 2022 Rising Star of the Year, powered by Entain, is… April Phillips


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April Phillips
First Nations Learning Designer
Australian Children’s Television Foundation


April Phillips is a First Nations Learning Designer at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and a proud Wiradjuri-Scottish woman of the Galari peoples of Regional NSW. In her role, April works to bring a learning lens to digital content creation, build the next generation of digital makers, and champion First Nations knowledge.

April’s nomination was extremely captivating. Her passion for visual storytelling, youth advocacy, approach to digital learning, First Nations digital art education, continuous professional development (including upskilling in augmented reality) and transformational leadership were deeply embedded in her submission and ultimately led her to be a stand-out finalist in our judge’s eyes.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“April’s story is so niche and this is why we have to shine a light on it. It’s so important to tell stories to the next generation. Her skill set connects two fields of digital and comms and to me, it’s such an exciting area that is typically quite siloed. Couple that with the importance of hero-ing First Nations and other underrepresented groups – I hope she’s the catalyst this area needs.”

“It is evident that April is selfless in the work she does day-to-day feeding the minds of the youth, but also in her time with all of the consulting and volunteering she does for organisations focusing on Women and other underrepresented groups.”


The 2022 Software Engineer of the Year, powered by Atlassian, is… Sasha Morrissey


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Sasha Morrissey
Senior Staff Engineer – EngPod
Paypa Plane


Sasha Morrissey is the Senior Staff Engineer at Paypa Plane, a financial services bank-grade platform powering the future of payments.

Throughout her nomination, Sasha demonstrated that she is a Software Engineer through and through. Her contribution to Paypa Plane’s tooling and deployment pipelines has been instrumental to the success of her engineering team and ultimately… their product.

Not only has Sasha shown excellent technical ability, but she has also demonstrated impressive leadership and tenacity in driving the growth of her team’s engineering productivity and effectiveness while overseeing and providing technical guidance across multiple teams.

The judges were also impressed by her heavy mentorship contributions to the community and passion for diversity in technology.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“Amazing contribution to the future of technology.”

“I am in awe of this achievement which has improved delivery time across the board for Paypa Plane. Sasha is also an incredible contributor to the Australian tech space, mentoring and tutoring a number of young engineers at a variety of events both for women in tech and more general events. She is an exceptional role model for everyone in the industry.”


The 2022 Innovator of the Year, powered by Auto & General, is… Emily Bobis


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Emily Bobis
Founder
Compass IoT


Emily Bobis is the Founder of Compass IoT, a road intelligence company using connected vehicle data to improve road safety, infrastructure and city planning.

Currently in its fourth year of operations, Emily has grown Compass IoT into a multi-award-winning organisation making an incredible impact in building safer cities and pushing the boundaries of transport planning. So far, Compass IoT has been used to map 20 million freight vehicle trips across Queensland, halve crashes on one of Sydney’s busiest roads, justify a $73 million bridge widening project, and measure a 50% deterioration of roads in Lismore caused by flooding to help prioritise relief efforts and asset maintenance.

The judges were particularly impressed by Emily’s ambition to solve a real pain point in the market, alongside impressive growth statistics. In her submission, innovation was core to Compass IoT and their future strategy.


Here’s what the judges had to say:

“She has come from a background of mobility-based companies, identified a real pain point in the market and produced an innovative product to help solve that pain – all whilst addressing real urban planning and road-safety challenges.”

“To have gotten this far along with the above results, and never taken investment or require VC funding is an amazing achievement. What an accomplishment for Women In Tech! Compass is officially marked on my compass.”


The 2022 Customer Experience Leader of the Year, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), is… Rebecca Mitrevski


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Rebecca Mitrevski
Product Lead, Creators
Canva


Rebecca Mitrevski is a Product Lead at Canva – an online design and publishing tool with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere.

Rebecca has been crowned the winner for her work on Canva’s Creator Marketplace, a space built for creators to give Canva users a truly localised experience when they come to Canva.

Executing such a global project of this scale was ambitious and bound to be challenging. Throughout this project led by Rebecca, she demonstrated a totally different level of thinking and creativity, brilliantly leveraging internal resources and talent across Canva to build an efficient, scalable solution to help creators create more local content faster.

The judges were really impressed by the project’s return on investment as well as Rebecca’s ambition, leadership, and mentorship of women in CX.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“The results of the projects are truly impressive. Rebecca and the team were able to build a marketplace that is inspiring for creators and gives Canva users a truly local experience when they come to Canva.”

“This is a really excellent project that provides value to end customers as well as content creators and provides a uniquely culturally inclusive solution. It has also proved to be an excellent scaling mechanism which reduces overheads for Canva and delivers a solution to end customer quicker.”


The 2022 Data Leader of the Year, powered by Shell Energy Australia, is… Tamara Mirkovic


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Tamara Mirkovic
Program Manager
Queensland Department of Environment & Science


Tamara Mirkovic is the former Program Manager, Accelerating Science Delivery Innovation (ASDI) Program / Government Science Program at the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Since her submission, she has joined University of New England as the Manager of the Data & Information Insights Program.

Tamara’s award submission was for her work leading an exciting data improvement and maturity uplift program to significantly modernise data management processes and tools across environment science.

Using data, AI/ML and cloud technology, Tamara was able to radically transform manual data processing and greatly improve insights and decision-making to protect the Queensland Government’s environmental assets. The program delivered:

  • Economic viability of future water resource developments and jobs in regional Queensland through enhanced water modelling for resource planning, new water infrastructure and water security assessments
  • Great Barrier Reef protection by enabling faster water quality modelling to better inform Reef and sediment management
  • Efficiencies in processes for environmental assessments and major infrastructure project approvals by improving the collection, management and delivery of Queensland’s biodiversity information
  • Emergency management and response by improving access to quality data and high-performance computing which is increasing our understanding of the complex interactions between climate change, fire regimes and biodiversity
  • Understanding of the risk and impacts of climate change by implementing AI/ML, enabling climate modellers to increase the scope, scale and frequency of the models for managing multi-year drought risk, heatwaves, tropical cyclone hazards, localised storms, and water security

The judges were also highly impressed by Tamara’s continuous professional development and industry contributions as a mentor and female data leader.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“Tamara’s work is truly inspiring where she is making tangible impacts to the community and the environment, using the power of data, AI/ML and cloud technology.”

“Impressive effort to modernise and democratise data in an important and impactful sector.”


The 2022 Technical Leader of the Year, powered by Women in Digital, is… Caitlin Donaldson


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Caitlin Donaldson
Senior Software Developer
HotDoc


Caitlin Donaldson is a Senior Software Developer at HotDoc – Australia’s largest patient engagement platform connecting clinics and clinicians with their patients.

Caitlin’s submission was based on a technical project she led in building a new integration with a cloud-based practice management system; Cliniko. The goal of the project was to build a robust integration that would allow HotDoc to sync practitioners, appointment types and availability to create a seamless experience for patients. The project was a success, exceeding the initial deadline by six weeks and creating a new profitable revenue stream for HotDoc – a testament to Caitlin’s excellent people and technical leadership.

The judges were also impressed by Caitlin’s involvement in the Australian tech community and leadership growth.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“A well-explained challenging integration problem. I enjoyed reading about Caitlin’s leadership challenges and how she set about to alleviate them.”

“A very meaningful use case for a space where the seamless delivery of digital services is increasingly relevant.”


The 2022 UX Leader of the Year, powered by Symplicit, is… Elisa Chan


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Elisa Chan
Global Head of UX Research & Beta
Amazon Music


Elisa Chan is the Global Head of UX Research & Beta at Amazon Music – Amazon’s music streaming platform and online music store.

Elisa and her team are pushing the limits of what it means to be ‘customer-obsessed’ and innovate on doing ‘more with less’ to give customers the loudest voice through development. Elisa’s entry demonstrated outstanding growth and deep understanding of customer needs, driven by strong design principles and backed by research.

The judges were particularly impressed by Elisa’s excellent stakeholder management, customer advocacy and ability to keep a finger on the pulse of user experience innovation. Her submission was a great read on how to democratise research while doing it in a lean, yet high impact way.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“Surfacing customer sentiment with minimal resourcing in a scaleable way – Nice!”

“Her growth in 12 months alone is outstanding; I’m a fan! Buying design is hard, selling it even harder. Elisa knows the value of design for a business and can convince her stakeholders, achieving exceptional rewards”


The 2022 Champion of Change of the Year, powered by COSOL, is… Kate Kirwin


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Kate Kirwin
Founder
She Codes


Kate Kirwin is the Founder of She Codes – a for-purpose organisation connecting women to career pathways in technology through coding workshops and programs.

Kate is clearly a passionate advocate for women in STEM. Having founded She Codes (then Perth{web}Girls) in 2015 when she was just 21. Kate has ambitious goals to create an inclusive community of 100,000 women in tech by 2025. So far Kate has:

  • Created a community of over 11,000 individuals, teaching over 6,000 women to code
  • Since 2019, She Codes has run 7 cohorts of She Codes Plus programs impacting over 120 women in Perth, Brisbane and Port Hedland
  • Of those She Codes Plus alumni, 70% now have jobs in tech
  • Created a mentor pool of 168 people (from all genders) who have the opportunity to upskill, meet inspirational leaders and grow their careers
  • Helped to invest over $1 million from government and corporates into women in STEM education
  • And, they are currently trialling part-paid scholarships with a focus on diversity to expand impact

Our judges were impressed with Kate’s passion, determination and impact, helping to build a pipeline of talented women in tech to fill the technical jobs of the future.

Here’s what our judges had to say…

“This was a fun submission to read! The start-up journey felt very relatable.”

“Strong application. This ‘coding for women’ initiative fills a niche in terms of already working women but not in tech.”


The 2022 Digital Transformation Leader of the Year, powered by TechnologyOne, is… Tamara Mirkovic


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Tamara Mirkovic
Program Manager
Queensland Department of Environment & Science


Tamara Mirkovic is the former Program Manager, Accelerating Science Delivery Innovation (ASDI) Program / Government Science Program at the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES).

Tamara may be a familiar face as this is her second win in the 2022 Women in Digital Awards having also taken home the trophy for the 2022 Data Leader of the Year. Unbeknownst to our industry judging panel for this category, Tamara had also been decided as the 2022 Data Leader of the Year by an independent judging panel. Through the judging process, finalists for these two categories were judged on different criteria. Ultimately, the judges could not look past the impact of Tamara’s digital transformation project.

Tamara’s contribution towards the uplift of the Queensland Government’s cloud-based data platform made Tamara a stand-out winner to our judges.

Managing a team of 26-40 team members, Tamara’s transformational project delivered the Government Science Platform to lift Data Maturity Management to enable better policy and decision-making by the government in the protection and use of our natural assets and in response to climate change and natural disasters.

The benefits to the environment, the community, landholders, commercial operations for agriculture and development and the collective well-being of Queenslanders are greatly enhanced through the enabling capability of the ASDI Program.

Here’s what our judges had to say…

“I am inspired by how she managed a program with so much complexity and a large and diverse stakeholder group to deliver truly transformational digital outcomes, which all Queenslanders will benefit from.”

“Tamara’s submission was very impressive. I was impressed by the way she described how she navigated the human elements of any large program of work, with respect and consideration for her stakeholders.”


The 2022 Indigenous Leader of the Year, powered by Women in Digital, is… Lisa Sarago


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Lisa Sarago
CEO
Goanna Group


Lisa Sarago is a proud Yidinji/Yalanji woman and the CEO of Goanna Group (which includes Goanna Solutions and Goanna Education).

Although having dipped her toes across many industries, a focus across all of Lisa’s roles has always been strong leadership and advocating for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to access services and opportunities. Bringing this passion to the digital sector, Lisa is currently focusing her efforts on ensuring disadvantaged and marginalised groups have access to training and employment opportunities through Goanna Group.

Lisa’s vision through a place-based model is to change the narrative and highlights the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be engaged. Her work to increase the pipeline of Indigenous talent in job-entry positions within the digital sector has:

  • Built the capability of Indigenous communities in digital participation
  • Increased the knowledge and understanding of the digital sector and its career opportunities
  • Increased participation of Indigenous people in digital jobs across an array of positions and levels
  • Facilitated and fostered a strong, positive relationship between the Indigenous communities and the digital sector
  • Increased the levels of digital literacy across Indigenous communities

The judges were wowed by Lisa’s passion for continuous learning and education, her strategic and visionary leadership and the impact of Goanna Group, evidenced by the 7,000 students who have experienced the program.

Here’s what the judges had to say…

“Lisa clearly dreams big and seems to see her work as having an impact well beyond the tech sector.”

“Lisa has created an alternate career pathway for disadvantaged Indigenous people within the digital sector, leading the development of a pipeline of Job-entry talent.”


The 2022 Digital Workforce: Skills for the Future, powered by the Queensland Government – Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy, is… WithYouWithMe


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WithYouWithMe


WithYouWithMe (WYWM) is a social impact, profit-with-purpose organisation working towards a future where underrepresented people are offered the opportunity to find meaningful careers. Challenging traditional hiring practices, WYWM focuses on a jobseeker’s potential to learn and grow over their previous work experience.

WYWM won due to their incredible impact in assisting 20,000 individuals to find work in IT roles through free digital skills training with a focus on hiring from underrepresented and underemployed communities including Veterans, neurodivergent talent, military spouses, Indigenous communities, refugees and young people at the very start of their careers.

WYWM has recognised its talented and diverse workforce is a key component of their competitive advantage. The judges were thoroughly impressed by their mission and outstanding impact, tackling the global digital skill shortage while creating a more equitable future.

Here’s what our judges had to say…

“The passion for their work is clear from the first sentence. WYWM took me on their digital “north star” journey, and clearly articulated their purpose, intent and process and their intent to build pathways to careers.”

“An absolute stand out. A business built to address the critical need of digital skills for Australia’s prosperity with a social consciousness to enable access for all.”

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