Meet your Mentors

Throughout the year, the Principal invites to the college a number of academics from UNSW and other Australian and international institutions and other notable personalities.  The main aim of these events is to expose the residents to role models, women and men who in their own way are ‘leaders’ in their endeavours.  It is also a way for them to meet women, in particular, who have managed a good work-family balance, and to explore how they got where they are now.

 These events take any of two formats:

  • Formal Dinners – held 2-3 times a semester
  • Informal discussions followed by  light refreshments

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Recent Guests:

Dr Ximena ‘Nina’ O’valle Educator, Board Member Reledev Australia ‘Beginnings of Creston College…’

Associate Professor Muireann Irish ARC Future Fellow  School of Psychology and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney   ‘Finding your voice – challenges and opportunities as women in academia’

Associate Professor LOUISE-LUTZE MANN, Deputy Head of School  Director of Teaching  School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences  The University of NSW

Professor Emerita SUZANNE RUTLAND  OAM, Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies, University of Sydney   ‘At the Edge of the Diaspora: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Mr David BEALE, Entrepreneur and Engineer,  Benefactor for the UNSW Women in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship: https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/news/new-engineering-scholarship-for-women

Mrs AGNES BARNARD, International Market Strategist and Community Development Volunteer, ‘Young Australians working with Refugees:  D.R.E.A.M. Australia  Developing, Rebuilding, Educating And Mentoring Australia’

Professor MINOTI APTE OAM, 2015 NSW Woman of the Year, Director, Pancreatic Research Group, Faculty of Medicine UNSW;  Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool Hospital ‘When Opportunity Knocks…Adapting to Life’s Twists and Turns’

Dr URSULA SANSOM-DALY, PhD, Clinical Psychology Registrar & Post-doctoral Research Fellow. ‘Ten things I have learnt about “work-life balance” – with a little help from my (real and fictional) friends’

Dr VALENTINE MUKURIA, PhD MBA, International Business, Curriculum Advisor, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, University of Western Sydney, ‘Dare to dream…’

Ms KAREN YAGER, Dean of Studies, Knox Grammar School; English Method Lecturer, UNSW, Living life as if everything is a miracle…’

Professor WAI FONG CHUA,  UNSW Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students), BA and  PhD, Sheffield   FCA   FCPA, Plan a Little & Live a Lot

Dr MICHELLE SANSON, International Lawyer & Humanitarian, Protecting Civilians: Humanitarian Stories from the Field

Scientia Professor VEENA SAHAJWALLA, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT); Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia “Green Materials: Our New Resource via Recycling End-of-Life Polymers in Steelmaking – An example of successful translation of research and innovation into industry”

Ms SELENA HOOPER, BSc LLB UNSW, Director Kenvale College, “Where does a complete university education take you?”

Professor SIMONE DEGELING, Co-Director – Private Law Research & Policy Group, UNSW,  BCom (with Merit) LLB UNSW., LLM (with Merit) UCL., DPhil Oxon “Trust your Talents”

Dr ANNE ZAHRA, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Waikato Business School, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand; Adjunct Professor, The University of Notre Dame, Sydney “Indigenous Worldviews: Why and how indigenous peoples are claiming their voice”

Dr ELENA DE JUAN-PARDO, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland “Biomedical Engineering & Cancer Therapy”

Professor MARIA A. FIATARONE SINGH, MD FRACP, John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, Exercise,  Health and Performance Research Group, The University of Sydney   “How to Find the Meaning in your Life’s Work”

Dr MICHELE MADIGAN, Senior Lecturer, School of Optometry & Vision Science, UNSW “Optometry and Pathology: Eye Wonder (and Still Do)”

Professor DENISE DOIRON, Head of School, Australian School of Business, UNSW  “A not so dismal view of the dismal science”

Dr GRACE WARREN A.M. S.Pk.M.D. (Syd)., M.S., F.R.C.S., F.R.A.C.S. F.AOrthA. D.T.M.& H.(Syd) “ Broadened horizons: a professional and personal perspective”

Dr CARMEN SOFIA BRENES, Professor, Faculty of Communications, University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile  “How to watch the First 10 Minutes of a Film”

Ms CLARE CANNON, BA, MA, Editor of the Good Reading Guide and Manager of Portico Books located in Sydney CBD “Completing your education through good reading”

Dr MELANIE WEBB, Medical doctor, World Champion Wind-surfer, Olympiad  “The highs and lows of managing work-life balance”

Ms MARIE-CHANTAL BERTINAZZO, BMus Hons, Harpist/Soprano  “A Short History of Music: a Harp’s Perspective”

Dr LOUISE LUTZE-MANN, Senior Lecturer, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) UNSW   “Everything I needed to know, I found in magazines”

Dr  ROBERTA AUGIMERI, MB BS Honours (Syd) Dip Obs, Family GP,  “Personal and professional insights of a wife, mum and doctor”

Ms SOPHIE YORK, DHS, BA, LLB, GDLP, Barrister, Member of the Naval Legal Reserve Panel, Law Lecturer in Advocacy and Jurisprudence and Author “Take advantage of just being in the right place at right time”

Ms KATRINA GEORGE, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Western Sydney “Equality? To what end?  Forum on the concept of marriage in contemporary Australia”

Dr CATHERINE BOND, Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of Research, School of Law, UNSW. “The 5 things you need to know about intellectual property before you graduate”

Ms MICHELLE DEYOUNG, Head of Organisational Development, Guardian Childcare Alliance “Who is following you and where exactly are you leading them?”

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