ASPI and Monash GPS Cohosting WDSN Speed Mentoring Event in Melbourne

Monash GPS is delighted to be co-hosting with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), this year's Women in Defence and Security Network (WDSN) Speed Mentoring Event in Melbourne.

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Registration: This is a free event. Please register here.

Participants will have access to women mentors working across several different fields, including intelligence and national security, cyber security and STEM, academia, international aid and foreign policy, politics, media and journalism, international trade policy, NGO’s and civil society organisations, industry and defence.

A number of prominent women confirmed as mentors, including:

  • Professor Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies, Georgia State University
  • Susan Coles, Deputy State Director, DFAT VIC State Office
  • Dr Melissa Johnston, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash GPS Centre
  • Senator Kimberly Kitching, Chair of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee
  • Dr Carrie McDougall, Senior Lecturer, Melbourne University Law School
  • Dr Sara Meger, Lecturer, UniMelb
  • Clare Murphy, Resources and Energy Adviser, Austrade
  • Dr Alexandra Phelan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash GPS Centre
  • Dr Avery Poole, Senior Fellow, ANZOG; and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Sally Richardson, Senior Policy Adviser, Department of Premier & Cabinet
  • Dr Jenna Sapiano, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash GPS Centre
  • Lisa Sharland, Head of International Program, ASPI
  • Marika Sosnowski, Researcher, Melbourne University
  • Fiona Torline, HR Manager, ASPI
  • Professor Jacqui True, Director, GPS Monash
  • Natasha Whitelaw, Formally worked for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • CMDR Jennifer Wittwer, CSM, RAN, Project Coordinator, Women in the ADF Report, Directorate of People Intelligence & Reserch, Department of Defence

Mentoring sessions will be structured, and we will provide sufficient guidelines to all participants prior to the event.

Spread the word amongst your networks! We sincerely hope that you are available to participate in this exciting event, which aims to showcase the work of prominent women in the broad field of defence and national security and learn from their diverse experiences.

ASPI supports and promotes furthering the careers of women in the defence and security community. They do this partly through their Women in Defence and Security Network (WDSN) which aims to enhance the professional skills and abilities of women and increase their professional networks.

Monash GPS Centre is focused on issues of gender, peace and security. Our vision is to provide research evidence to support the integration of gender perspectives into peace and security policies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and globally.