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Jan Archer

Location: Queensland

 

Jan ArcherBefore leaving the Public Service Jan Archer was the Deputy Commissioner for Fair Trading in Queensland. She had previously completed significant reform agendas within the criminal justice system, most recently with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, but also with the Department of Corrective Services and the Queensland Police Service.

 

To date Jan’s consultancy services have included executive facilitation, change strategy, community and stakeholder consultation, leadership development and professional coaching. Needs assessment, reviews and reports as well as project management have also played a part in Jan’s recent projects. Some of this work has had a very local focus working with local councils as well as local communities to develop visions for their futures and action planning to better achieve those visions.

 

Jan has published and produced materials in the area of relationship education, change management, and community action planning. As well she partnered with Queensland theatre company La Boite, to develop Corporate Theatre productions on issues of relevance to the workplace such as Work/Life Balance and Integrity in the workplace.

 

Much of Jan’s work in the university, public and community sectors has focused on innovation, reform and the ways in which leaders of public, private and community organisations can engage in adding value to their enterprises.

As Deputy Chair of Qeli (Queensland Educational Leadership Institute) I have continued my commitment to social justice - in particular gender justice - in all work we undertake personally and professionally as a Leadership Institute. My own leadership programs through Executive Challenge Academies continue this commitment.

Areas of expertise:

  • Leadership for social change
  • Relationships and sexuality

 

Mobile: 0410 637 072

Email: jan@archersfield.com

Web: http://www.archersfield.com

 

 

Pushpa Bakshi

Location: Ipswich–Queensland

 

Pushpa BakshiPushpa Bakshi is an experienced business professional who has honed her skills on the international stage in government and multinational companies around the UK, Europe, New Zealand, India and Australia. Strong in leadership management skills, Pushpa has been associated with large, complex projects in education, finance, corporate and government sectors. She has delivered at institutions, wrote for the media and worked in social performance.

 

Pushpa’s mission in life is to serve and support others in improving their lives. As a yoga teacher and neuro-strategist, Pushpa has been blessed to have influenced many communities for improved well-being.

I welcome the development of monitoring gender inequalities in education, employment, civil society, anti-discrimination procedures, anti-sexist teachings and extensive programmes to raise awareness on gender justice and education. This separation within developed/developing nations prevents the gender and education projects from becoming a strong identity as distinctive in times where its awareness is desperately necessary. This involves crossing the bridge to development studies to gender and education supporting what has developed nationally. My aim is to stimulate gender self-awareness in education providers as these contradictions help them see and support gender diversity in the classroom and overcome the masculine-feminine dualism.

Mobile: 0419 603 457

Email: Pushpa.bakshi@actegroup.edu.au

Web: http://www.acte.com.au

 

 

Ronit Baras

Location: BrisbaneQueensland

 

Ronit BarasRonit Baras is an author, educator, life coach, journalist, blogger and justice of the peace. She is the founder of Be Happy in LIFE and the Queensland State Director of the Together for Humanity Foundation. For over 27 years, Ronit has worked around the world developing educational programs specialising in emotional intelligence to enhance academic, social and cultural excellence. She is a member of staff at the University of Queensland, Cultural Presenter for the Institute of Public Administrators Australia (IPAA) and was the Schools' Program Director at the Global Learning Centre, developing the Global Citizenship Program

 

Ronit runs professional development workshops for students, parents, teachers, corporate and government employees and members of community organisations. Her motivational presentation, books and articles send a message of inspiration, acceptance, social justice, harmony and happiness.

 

For her community work, Ronit has been nominated for an International Women's Day Peace Award and twice for the Australian of the Year Award.

Education is the most powerful tool to lead our society towards gender equality and justice. Every educator is an activist of social justice and requires leadership skills in order to inspire and empower students, men and women alike, to have fulfilling life, take a stand and be an advocate of human rights. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Women and education careers
  • Leadership for social change
  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • Girls and self esteem/body image
  • Parenting
  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Relationships and sexuality 
  • Teaching boys
  • Parenting for social justice
  • Cultural thinking 
  • Social and emotional intelligence 
  • Education for empathy 
  • Motivation and activism 
  • Women’s health and well-being
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Needs and human rights in education 
  • Global citizenship 

 

Phone: (07) 3343 2237

Mobile: 0427 765 014

Email: Ronit@behappyinlife.com

Web: www.behappyinlife.com

Web: www.ronitbaras.com

 

 

Catherine Davis

Location: MelbourneVictoria

 

Catherine Davis

 Catherine Davis is passionate about encouraging and empowering women to become activists (including in their union) and particularly to achieve the right feminist policy responses to the challenges of work and family responsibilities, job insecurity and challenging the backlash against gender equity/anti-discrimination.

 

As a woman on the cusp of Generations X and Y, Catherine is proud to call herself a feminist despite the rhetoric that 'young' women refuse to do so and is keen to promote the activism being undertaken in dynamic ways by other women her age (and younger).

I believe that gender is socially constructed and that there are multiple femininities and masculinities being expressed, as well as gender identities that do not fit a hegemonic 'norm'. Gender justice in education is about the system recognising the negative impact of constraining gender expression, about supporting diversity and about inviting a critique of how systemic disadvantage affects educational and life opportunities.

Areas of expertise:

  • Women and education careers
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Girls and career choice
  • Girls and self-esteem/body image
  • Relationships and sexuality

 

Email: cdavis@actu.org.au

 

 

Maria Delaney

Location: School of Education, The University of QueenslandQueensland

 

Maria DelaneyA former primary school teacher, Maria Delaney has worked in the area of learning and teaching for inclusion and social justice for over 20 years. She has a degree in Education and a degree in Gender Studies and Study of Religion, and is currently undertaking PhD research in the area of policy agency for social justice education.

 

Some of Maria's roles have been as Senior Project Officer for the national Safe and Supportive School Communities project and the Bullying. No Way! website, Project Leader for the Federal Government’s Success for Boys Professional Learning Program, Project Officer in the Education Queensland Gender Equity Unit and as a Board Member and Workshop Facilitator for the Eating Disorders Association of Queensland.

 

Maria was honoured to receive the 2009 Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity for her work as an Executive Member and Project Officer for the Association of Women Educators’ Leading Social Change and White Ribbon Day Every Day projects. She also represents the AWE on the Advisory Group for the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance.

My passion and business is supporting teachers, administrators and policy workers in their learning, teaching and leadership for inclusion and social justice, to increase participation and prevent bullying and violence in schools and the broader community.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Girls and self esteem/body image
  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Teaching Boys

 

Email: delaneymt@gmail.com

Web: http://www.teachjustice.com.au

 

 

Dr Michael Flood

Location: University of Wollongong, WollongongNew South Wales

 

Michael FloodDr Michael Flood is a researcher, educator, and activist. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and his research focuses on the primary prevention of violence against women, men and gender, and young men’s heterosexual relations.

 

Michael has had a long involvement in men’s antiviolence work and profeminist activism more generally. He has worked with sporting organisations, community services and governments, participating in international expert meetings, and contributing to social change campaigns.

I have a passionate commitment to social justice. My research and advocacy have addressed gender and sexual inequalities in particular, and their intersections with other forms of difference and inequality.

Areas of expertise:

  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Teaching boys

 

Phone: (02) 4221 4063

Email: mflood@uow.edu.au

Web: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/ssmac/staff/UOW084229
Web: http://www.xyonline.net/category/authors/michael-flood

 

 

Jan Gillies

Location: BrisbaneQueensland

 

Jan GilliesSince 1997, Jan Gillies has supported visionary leaders of schools, professional and community groups with values-based strategic planning, review, mentoring, mediation and career development.

 

In 2004-6, she led a Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian team delivering statewide training programs in risk management for child protection.

 

Previously, as Assistant Director, Studies (Social Justice) and Director, Quality Assurance and School Review in Education Queensland, Jan led initiatives in curriculum, assessment, school and system management and accountability to help achieve equitable educational outcomes for students, especially the least advantaged.

 

Jan was also a Secondary teacher, DP, Principal and Inspector of Schools.

Educators play a vital role in awakening the power of the feminine, helping women and girls evolve fully, recognising and fearlessly hurdling constructed barriers, living, communicating and leading authentically from a place of equality and respect. This requires gender-conscious design and delivery of curriculum, professional development and leadership support.

Areas of expertise:

  • Women and education careers
  • Leadership for social change
  • Girls and career choice

 

Phone: (07) 317 8812

Mobile: 0417 704 651

Email: janette19@optusnet.com.au

 

 

Susan Harwood

PhD, AFAIM; Gender Equity Strategist/Independent Researcher/Company Director
Location: Perth–Western Australia

 

Susan HarwoodSusan Harwood is a gender equity strategist, coach and trainer with extensive experience in improving the profile and progress of women in masculinist workplaces. She has been delivering management consultancy services to mining companies, universities and the private sector since 1994.

 

After completing her PhD on “Gendering Change” in 2006 Susan was appointed National Program Director for Women’s Executive Development for five Australian universities. She conducts gender equity audits, delivers leadership programs for women, training in the prevention of workplace bullying and harassment and works as a gender equity consultant in the Pacific and for UN Women.

 

Susan presents her research at international conferences and has consummate public speaking skills. 

The excess of men in positions of power has diminished little since the introduction of equal opportunity legislation; as an advocate, trainer and researcher for gender equity I have worked on a number of innovative local, national and international projects to challenge the myth of “merit”-based selection and promotion practices that favour men and disadvantage women. My recent paper on “Gendered Justice” to an international conference in New York argued that the quality of justice dispensed in our communities will not improve until, and unless, there is a critical mass of women in decision-making roles in policing, justice and education.

Areas of expertise: 

  • Women and education careers 
  • Leadership for social change 
  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum 
  • Girls and career choice 
  • Bullying, harassment and violence 
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Engaging men/boys in a gender dialogue
  • Men/[boys] and masculinities
  • UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

 

Phone: (08) 9227 5359

Mobile: 0419 906 625

Email: susan.harwood@iinet.net.au

Web: http://www.susanharwood.com.au

 

 

Dr Eileen Honan

Location: School of Education, The University of QueenslandQueensland

 

Eileen HonanEileen Honan is Senior Lecturer in English and Literacy Education at The University of Queensland. Her research interests include the uses of popular culture and new technologies in literacy classrooms and working with teachers as critical co-researchers.

 

 

I am committed to disrupting the stereotypical assumptions associated with the social construction of gender.

Areas of expertise:

  • Gender/media/critical literacy

 

Mobile: 0400 907 681

Email: e.honan@uq.edu.au

 

 

Debbie Hutchings

Location: Sunshine CoastQueensland

 

Debbie HutchingsDebbie Hutchings is a long-standing Finance Professional of 25 years. As the youngest ever manager of a financial institution at the age of 22, Debbie worked hard to gain the confidence of her hierarchy and peers. Working her way through and up the corporate ladder, Debbie worked hard to achieve the level she desired at a very early age. Understanding age or gender was no barrier Debbie strived to exceed the expectations of her management team and succeeded to be further promoted in her role.

 

Debbie's point of difference is her belief that age is no barrier and determination will get you to the position or promotion you desire. Twenty-five years on, Debbie is the owner of two very successful finance franchises and is determined to offer young people the same opportunity and mentorship she was given.

My education in the position I desired included only a Year 12 certificate. No formal university degree was compulsory for me to earn my title as a Branch Manager of a financial institution at the age of 22. Understanding my role, displaying the passion, drive and ability to learn my role enabled me to strive for my desired position. Further studying while earning and working full-time was achievable and recognised as an important attribute to my further promotion. Being young and female had meant that I had to work hard to achieve the confidence of my managers and my team and I felt I was less supported at the time. That was ok, my determination was to prove that being young and female was no barrier and I employed a young, motivated team of women to assist me as support. As a team we became the most dynamic group within the region displaying as a team the motivation, drive and determination needed to succeed. My chosen staff also had no 'formal' university degrees, but went on in their future careers to be successful, confident ambassadors within their chosen careers.

Areas of expertise:

  • Women and education careers
  • Leadership for social change
  • Girls and career choice

 

Mobile: 0407 314 287

Email: dhutchings.finance@ljh.com.au

Web: https://au.linkedin.com/in/debbie-hutchings-7227015a

 

 

Vicki Knopke

Location: BrisbaneQueensland

 

Vicki KnopkeVicki Knopke worked with Education Queensland for many years in the role of teacher, administrator and then regional curriculum officer and Principal education officer. These roles were in Ipswich and in the Central West of Qld. Her Masters research was in Technology education in Qld Primary schools and she has spoken at many conferences both national and international on Technology and literacy. She is currently undertaking PhD in Technology, gender and values with a focus on secondary education. She has spoken at an International Technology Conference on gender in Technology education in 2012.

 

Vicki works as a mentor to students at Griffith University and trains in leadership of youth (15–18 year olds) with Scouts Australia in intensive 5 days courses.

I am currently researching on the topic of Technology Education and gender and am interested in language positioning and the ecology of classrooms with respect to gender.

Areas of expertise:

  • Women and education careers
  • Leadership for social change
  • Girls and career choice (especially in STEM areas – research area)
  • Girls and self esteem/body image

 

Mobile: 0408 888 901

Email: Vicki.knopke@griffithuni.edu.au

 

 

Tracey Meyer

Location: Gold CoastQueensland

 

Tracey MeyerTracey Meyer is an online course designer, e-course consultant, educator, trainer, and blogger. She has been training in the vocational industry for close to eight years and has developed several accredited online courses and programs for various training organisations.


Tracey is passionate about creating engaging online courses that motivate students and inspire them to complete their courses. 

Tracey Meyer is a single mum and hopes to inspire other young single mums and women to start their own online businesses to gain financial freedom and flexibility. She hopes to use her skills to educate other women on technology thereby hoping to change the negative societal stigma attached to single mums.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • Girls and career choice
  • Pregnancy and parenting

 

Mobile: 0448 612 947

Email: tracey@coursedezine.com

Web: www.coursedezine.com

 

 

Dr Debbie Ollis

Location: Deakin University, Melbourne–Victoria

 

Debbie OllisDebbie Ollis is currently a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at Deakin University. Her teaching and research areas and interests focus heavily on capacity building in health and sexuality education, with particular focus on gender, violence and respectful relationships education; sexually inclusive education and changing teacher practice. She has a long history in gender equity education, policy, research and the development of educational resources that translate research into practice in school and teacher education settings.

 

Debbie has proven expertise in curriculum development and teacher professional development having written, or co-written, a number of nationally recognised teaching and learning, and professional development resources in line with State and National Curriculum guidelines in gender and sexuality education. Currently, she is working on approaches to gender-based violence education and on two projects researching capacity building in sexuality education in pre-service teacher education and in a large 5-campus P-12 college in regional Victoria.

Understanding gender justice and education means understanding social relations of power, whether structural, institutional or personal. Over time I have shifted my theoretical thinking to one aligned with a feminist, post-structural understanding, in which ideas about gender are not fixed and unitary, but rather dynamic and multi-dimensional. Education therefore needs to acknowledge and foster the idea that there is not one masculinity and femininity, but rather a range of ways of performing gender, some afforded more status and power than others. To bring about gender justice, we need to work from this premise, and on ways to acknowledge and support this. The 'strengths-based approach' advocated by the Australian curriculum in Health and Physical Education might be a good place to start.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Teacher education

 

Phone: (03) 9244 6409

Mobile: 0417 939 109

Email: Debbie.ollis@deakin.edu.au

Web: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/staff-directory2.php?username=debbieo

 

 

Maureen Owen

Location: Brisbane

 

Maureen Owen

Maureen Owen has taught in high schools for over 20 years and at Griffith University on a sessional basis for over 10 years in English, FTV, Drama and Curriculum. In between teaching Maureen has worked in the Curriculum Division of DETE as Principal Education Officer and Senior Project Writer for the Curriculum into the Classroom project.

 

Maureen holds a B Arts in English/Drama, Post Grad Dip Ed in Secondary Teaching, Masters in Literary Studies and PhD in Education.

I support children’s rights and feel strongly about any violence against children. Consequently, I have been attracted to Charles Dickens’ novels (my Masters study) and toward anti-bullying strategies (my PhD research and thesis). Currently, I am also particularly interested in why girls bully each other and in analysing the culture in which this is accepted.

Areas of expertise:

  • Bullying, harassment and violence

 

Mobile: 0422 696 259

Email: maureen397@gmail.com

 

 

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Location: Deakin University, Melbourne–Victoria

 

Maria Pallotta-ChiarolliAs Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli writes and researches on social justice, diversity and equity issues in education and health. Her primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. Maria is also a Founding Member of AGMC Inc (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), which is a member of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia).

 

Apart from academic chapters, research monographs and journal articles, Maria's publications include: Someone You Know, Australia’s first AIDS biography; Girls Talk: Young Women Speak Their Hearts And Minds, which involved researching with culturally and sexually diverse girls and young women; Tapestry, a biographical narrative on five generations of her Italian family (Tapestry was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Award in the Ethnic Affairs Commission category and in the Children’s Book Council Non-Fiction Award); When Our Children Come Out: How to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered young people, which is being translated into Spanish; and the following three books co-researched and written with Dr Wayne Martino: Boys’ Stuff: Boys Talking About What Matters, which was shortlisted for four awards (a Western Australian Premier’s Award; the Australian Book Design Award; a Human Rights Award; and was Highly Commended in The Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing); So What’s A Boy? Issues of Masculinity and Schooling, which has been translated into Spanish; and "Being Normal is the Only Thing To Be": Adolescent Perspectives on Gender in Schools.

 

Maria's latest publication is a young adult novel, Love You Two (Random House, Australia) which is a US Lambda Literary Award winner in 2010, and which explores sexual and family diversity.

A feminist postcolonial queer perspective on gender justice, education and sexuality.

Areas of expertise:

  • Inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Teaching boys

 

Phone: 0414 804 529

Email: mariapc@deakin.edu.au

Web: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~chiar/mariabooks.htm

 

 

Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey

Location: WollongongNew South Wales

 

Diann Rodgers-HealeyDr Diann Rodgers-Healey is the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW), Adjunct Professor in The Cairns Institute of JCU and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business Well-Being at UOW. She has held positions of leadership in Sydney and London.

 

In 2009 Diann received The World of Difference 100 Award from The International Alliance of Women and was the 2013 Finalist in the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award.

 

Diann is the author of Abandoning Leadership for a better way of being for women and men and Women’s Activism.

Gender equality is attainable and education is the key to achieving this. Gender justice must explicitly and implicitly imbue educator’s and leader’s attitudes, actions and reflections so that it is lived, visible and exemplified for young and old. Social and cultural scripts need to be challenged to advance each individual.

Areas of expertise:

  • Leadership for social change
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Girls and career choice

                                                   

Phone: 0431 423 747

Email: diann@leadershipforwomen.com.au

Web: http://www.leadershipforwomen.com.au

 

 

Shannon Spriggs

Location: Brisbane–Queensland

 

Shannon Spriggs

Shannon Spriggs is the convenor for the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which is a leadership program focused on the prevention of men’s violence against women. The interactive, discussion-based program views all people as bystanders who can be empowered to prevent, confront or interrupt violent situations involving their peers. MVP encourages all individuals to take responsibility for being part of the solution and seeks to engage people in the process by increasing their knowledge about violence issues and developing their skills and confidence to intervene in effective ways. MVP believes the more options a person has available to them, the less likely he or she is to choose violence or do nothing.

MVP believes it is important to understand the ways gender and patriarchy contribute to the issues of men’s violence against women. We seek to educate participants about sexism as the root of the issue.

Areas of expertise:

  • Leadership for social change
  • Gender/media/critical literacy
  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Bystander Intervention

 

Phone: (07) 3735 1104

Email: s.spriggs@griffith.edu.au

Web: http://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-law/key-centre-ethics-law-justice-governance/research/violence-research-prevention/you-can-prevent-violence-program