Jo is former Chief Executive Officer of The Parenthood and has over a decade of experience in advocacy, strategy, policy development, stakeholder engagement and political campaigning. Under her guidance The Parenthood grew to a community of over 65,000 members. We’re so pleased to have Jo’s continued support and guidance.
Georgina Dent| Journalist, editor and former lawyer
Georgina Dent is a journalist, editor, former lawyer and advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equality. She is the contributing editor of Women's Agenda, Australia's leading publication for career-minded women and has a fortnightly column in The Sun Herald & The Age on Sunday.
Georgie has appeared on ABC’s Lateline, The Drum, ABC Weekend Breakfast, Channel 9’s Today Show and Sky News, and has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter who enjoy her commentary on women, money, politics and everything in between.
She was recognised for her advocacy in the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Journalism Awards in Singapore in 2014, where she was a finalist in the journalist of the year category. In 2015 she was a finalist in the inaugural Our Watch Walkley Awards to recognise excellent reporting of domestic violence.
She lives in Sydney with her husband and their three daughters. Her first book, Breaking Badly, was published in May 2018 by Affirm Press.
Nicola Hazell l International Advisor & Champion of Women in Leadership
Nicola Hazell is a leading voice on gender equality and social innovation. With a career spanning journalism, politics, public affairs, and tech, she is a driving force for women in leadership; working across the startup, corporate and public sectors to build investment in inclusion and diversity.
Recognised as one of Australia’s Top Business Thinkers, Nicola is a sought-after international speaker and advisor, holding roles on the OECD’s Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Transformation; Sydney School of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board; Not in My Workplace Summit Committee; and CEBIT Women in Tech Committee.
The former founding director of the award-winning SheStarts accelerator for women-led startups, Nicola now works with a wide range of companies – from global tech giants to emerging startups and social enterprises – to design and accelerate innovative programs and campaigns to boost the empowerment of women.
Nicola lives in Sydney with her husband and their young daughter.
Owen Wareham l Strategic campaigns and communications
Owen is the Supporter Engagement Manager at WWF-Australia where his role is to coordinate strategic communications campaigns that deliver conservation outcomes. His past roles have included working as an advisor to the Premier of Queensland, establishing an education campaigning organisation in Pakistan and working as a strategic campaigns advisor at change.org, the world's biggest petition platform.
Megan O'Connell l Education policy expert
Megan is one of Australia’s leading policy experts, with experience across the entire education spectrum – early childhood, schooling and vocational and higher education. Megan has spent more than two decades dedicated to developing policy and programs to support children and young people to thrive through education. Her work frequently underpins policy that improves outcomes for young Australians.
As former director of the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, Megan lead the Institute’s highly influential foray into early childhood development and youth transitions.
Megan is now an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a passionate advocate for equity in education and a highly regarded education policy consultant. She continues to work with schools, early childhood organisations and academics to develop policy that improves access to quality early childhood development, education and training.
Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and two rapidly growing boys.