Go Girl is run and organised by a group of incredibly talented, and dedicated volunteers who make up the Steering Committee and 7 corresponding streams. The leads and deputy for each stream are
Fi Slaven – Go Girl, Go For IT Co- Director
General Manager, William Buck
Fi Slaven is a business strategist and service orientated transformational executive who is the General Manager for William Buck Victoria and also a member and secretary of the Victorian ICT for Women network. Fi was also was named 2014 National and Victorian ICT Woman of the Year, for her contributions to the industry and is passionate about encouraging and promoting women in IT. Fi has been a Go Girl Director since 2014 and loves that this program identifies opportunities within technology for all who attend and also provides a potential pipeline for new entrants into the industry.
Founder & CEO – iCourts
Rebecca is a lawyer and technology artisan. She is the founder & CEO of icourts, a legal technology consultancy specialising in data and evidence management. Servicing legal, corporate and government sectors, icourts applies machine learning and data analytics to solve complex business and legal problems and is transforming the traditional practice of law. After participating in the 2012 Go Girl event as the deputy program lead; Rebecca joined the Board of the Victorian ICT for Women network in 2013 and is currently their Legal Advisory Member. She also sits on the Victorian BEC of the Australian Computer Society and the NSW Law Society’s Legal Technology Committee and their Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is incredibly committed to challenging barriers to women’s participation; in particular in the legal and technology arenas. Rebecca is excited that the Go Girl program showcases incredible role models to young women so they can imagine a future career path for themselves involving technology.
Communications and Marketing
Sara Ogston – Communications Acting Lead
Research Data Storage Manager – The University of Melbourne
Sara is the University of Melbourne Research Data Service Manager. She helped successfully deliver the first cloud computing service for researchers in Australia, and has managed several eResearch Infrastructure projects related to high performance computing, storage, and data management and analysis platforms. Sara started her career as a neuroscience researcher but moved to IT when she moved to Australia in 2009. Sara has been involved with the Go Girl team since 2014 as the Communications lead for the 2014 and 2016 events and is now supporting a new Communications lead for the 2018 event. She is a Board member of the Vic ICT for Women and is the lead for the Grad Girls program.
Commercial Manager – GE
Tania Sharp is a Commercial Manager at GE Digital for the APAC region working with industrial customers on digital transformation. Tania has extensive event experience being the volunteer Event Manager of GE’s Asia Pacific Software Summit 2007-2015 and working in a number of Sales & Marketing roles in Australia, the USA, UK, Canada and NZ prior to GE. Tania’s passion for diversity has her currently positioned as the APAC leader for the Women in Commercial stream of the GE Women’s Network and she has previously co-lead their VIC Hub overseeing a program of 62 events per year in 2013-14 as well as being the ANZ Hub Communications Co-Lead in 2015-2016. Tania was Deputy Leader for the Event Program sub-committee for the 2016 Go Girl, Go for IT event and is leading the Event Program sub-committee for the 2018 event. She is also an Associate Board Member for Vic ICT for Women.
Amani Ibrahim – Facilities Lead
Lecturer, Deakin University
Amani is a lecturer in computer networks with 12 years of experience in a variety of ICT industries including IT consultation, scientific research, higher education teaching, network and security engineering, and software development. Amani holds PhD and MSc degrees in computer science, in addition to a number of industrial certifications including CCNP, CCANS, CCNA and CCAI.
Amani has many years of experience in higher education and ICT industry and this helps her in producing graduates who have the required skills and abilities in the real industry work market. Amani is also passionate about how technology can support special-needs children to participate in mainstream life.
Lyn Windsor – Program Management Lead
Lyn has worked in ICT for over 20 years in both public and private sectors. Starting her career as a software developer Lyn then moved into management roles. These roles have given her the opportunity to live and work in a number of different countries and experience their diverse cultures and lifestyles. Lyn also considers herself fortunate to have been able to mentor a number of others and assist them with progressing their careers in ICT. Her ICT career has given Lyn the opportunity to hold a number of voluntary roles which have required her to work with peers in different countries. These include working with the ISO to develop a standard for Societal Security, and for the Project Management Institute as a Board member and a member of a team developing a globally recognised Project Management Standard. Lyn currently holds 2 voluntary roles within the Project Management community.
Dan Vucic (BMIS, PMP, PRINCE2, AgilePM) is IT professional with over 16 years of success across various levels of ICT industry.
He is currently responsible for the implementation of Skype for Business, video conferencing and collaboration solutions for various clients Australia and worldwide including Jetstar Airways, Viva Energy (formally Shell), Tabcorp and many others.
Dan also managed and delivered Information Technology projects necessary to drive improvement across the business including migration to Azure Cloud, Office365, MPLS networks, upgrade of business critical applications like MS Dynamics AX2012 as well as desktop and laptop upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Dan is grateful for an opportunity to work on a program that is assisting new talent to enter IT industry.
Chief Information Security Officer – BlueScope.
Catherine is a passionate Cyber Security and Risk Professional and an accomplished executive skilled in providing security and risk advice in a digitally connected world. Catherine’s expertise spans the development of risk and cyber security strategy and its operational implementation and is combined with the successful integration of security and risk practices into complex multi-stakeholder environments. In her role Catherine is focused on implementing forward thinking mechanisms to protect sensitive assets against cyber threats and information extrusion utilizing a creative combination of internal expertise and vendor services.
Tradeshow and Competition
Founder – Reesby IT
Jessica is the Founder of Reesby IT Recruitment an agency that specialises in sourcing talented IT Staff, and specialising in female IT Talent for enterprise businesses and also IoT Talent. Jessica is a women in technology advocate and has been a panelist on varying diversity discussions. Reesby Recruitment also run Melbourne’s largest IoT and Emerging technology meetup and has collaborated with Kaspersky Lab to run a premier Cyber Security Events with Kaspersky Lab. She is now part of the Go Girl Steering Committee to help promote the cause of gender equality.