Science & Technology Australia (STA) has announced that 60 senior women leaders from a range of industries, sectors and backgrounds will join its Superstars of STEM program as mentors.
STA’s Superstars of STEM program seeks to change perceptions about scientific careers by supporting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the skills, opportunities and networks to become very public role models.
Each mentor will be matched with a program participant, helping to guide them through their growing media, social media and stage presence as they start to realise their potential as Superstars of STEM.
Mentors include Chief Scientists from Victoria and South Australia, Dr Amanda Caples and Professor Caroline McMillen; Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club and Ovarian Cancer Australia, Marina Go; CEO of Universities Australia Catriona Jackson; and senior politicians such as the Hon Karen Andrews MP and Deborah O’Neill MP.
President of STA, Professor Emma Johnston AO, welcomed the new mentors and highlighted the important role they played in the program.
“Senior leaders from a huge breadth of Australian business, government and research have volunteered to support our 60 Superstars of STEM, to share their expertise and experience and to help them achieve great success as role models for science and technology,” Professor Johnston said.
“I’m particularly excited by the diversity of roles and professional backgrounds represented in this group of successful women. We are honoured to have their support, and are very grateful for the time they are committing to this program, which inspires so many.”