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Science & Futurists Speakers for International Women's Day (IWD Events)

Dhiyana Varsani
01 Feb. 2022

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March offering an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Saxton Speakers works with a range of science and futurist speakers whose presentations are guaranteed to enlighten and open your team's mind to a whole new range of possibilities.

Engage one of our science/futurist speakers for your next school, conference, or business event, and join the movement to #BreakTheBias

Co-founder and CEO of Emotiv

Tan Le was named Young Australian of the Year in 1998. Several years later, Tan is a technology entrepreneur and business executive and her work at Emotiv is groundbreaking. Tan is fantastic speaker on the future and innovation but she can also share her immigration story: she tells the story of her family across three generations of women. She recounts her family's journey from Vietnam as refugees and how she made her own path in an uncertain world.

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Award-Winning STEM Journalist & first ever Science and Technology Editor for NITV

Rae Johnston is a proud Wiradjuri woman, and Australia's leading commentator on all things technology, science and pop culture. A multi-award-winning journalist, Rae is the first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS.

Rae is passionate about Indigenous science, diverse representation in STEM, and the important role of mentorship. Rae volunteers as a mentor for both Science Media Centre Australia‘s Indigenous Science program and Indigitek.

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Breaking stereotypes through science

Michelle thinks that science should be open, transparent and a topic of conversation over the dinner table, not just the lab bench. Her vision is to create positive role models in the world that our children can aspire to be like and ensuring that everyone has access to learning about science and how things work, no-matter what your age or education level.

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Young Inventor, Award Winning STEM Leader and 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year

Macinley Butson is one of Australia’s foremost young inventors who devotes herself to improving the world through STEM and, being an inspirational voice to youth and industry urging them to work towards solutions for global challenges by asking big questions.

Macinley has developed many devices which have aided humanity across a number of sectors including, cancer treatment, water sanitation and, renewable energy. She is Recognised as one of Australia’s top young scientists, Macinley is a passionate ambassador for STEM education amongst girls and representative for the inclusion of young generations. Alongside studying at university, she brings a personal understanding when speaking to students encouraging the pursuit of STEM and their own curiosity.

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Alicia is a thought leader in Technology, Change and Culture, igniting Purpose, inspiring innovation and driving collaboration.

As a young female executive in the technology industry, Alicia empowers others to embrace change where culture meets technology. She is recognised as an intellectual and cultural leader, with experience building a vibrant and extended community of allies, supporters and champions. Based in Canberra, Australia, Alicia works as a Change and Communications Lead on high-profile projects across the Australian Public Service. She has delivered speeches to 40 agencies across the Commonwealth and all ministerial offices, having even received a letter from former Australian Prime Minister John Howard for exceptional service delivery. In addition to her impressive career, Alicia has mentored over 300 individuals, delivered more than 240 speeches and provided corporate training to over 27,250 people across high-profile organisations. Alicia is passionate about the importance of diversity and how you can use your point of difference to develop a compelling personal brand. With an ever-evolving digital landscape, her ethos is to keep studying, understanding and learning about technology.

Alicia’s expertise lies in Change Management, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Technology, Leadership and Strategic Communications

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Innovation, future trends and technology expert

Sarah Murray has developed and pioneered a brand new tech category 'gamified living', which stands to revolutionize how we build, buy and experience our homes, while also giving back to those in need through their partnership with Head Start Homes and Westpac Group.

Sarah has been widely recognized for her thought leadership, combining computer game engine tech with game theory, behavioural economics, AI, data science, and applying this to residential and housing affordability alike. Sarah's approach to sustainable and affordable housing has captured the world's attention with her recent TED Talk which has surpassed 1 million views and is featured on the TED site.

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Multi-award-winning creator, researcher, innovation columnist & Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®

As a multi award-winning designer, researcher, futurist and innovation columnist Kate helps organisations supercharge their most powerful resource - the humans who work for them. Curiosity has sparked the biggest breakthroughs in history. So, when you foster it in the workplace, it connects people back to each other and empowers teams to unlock new approaches, create out-of-the-box solutions, and overcome longstanding roadblocks. Most of Kate’s sessions incorporate LEGO® Serious Play®, a methodology used by global brands like IKEA, Virgin and Samsung to boost innovation, creativity and connectivity.

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Engineering visionary and 2012 Young Australian of the Year

Marita Cheng is founder and CEO of about and the founder of Robogals a student-run organisation that provides free engineering and technology workshops to encourage primary and secondary school girls.

Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year and in Marita was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to science and technology, particularly to robotics. her company aubot makes a telepresence robot, Teleport, for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. As well as telepresence robots, Aubot does research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation.

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Global leader on the applications & ethics of emerging technologies

Catherine is an author, founder, executive director, and ethics advocate working across global projects where emerging technologies meet business, humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine will challenge your traditional ideas on what technology is and how it can be used to support your business goals. She will inspire you by drawing parallels from her passion in engineering, science and the use of drone technology for humanitarian relief with cultivating your business.

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Co-Founder of Girl Geek Academy

Lisy is a videogames producer currently making waves in the industry. In 2017, Lisy was recognised by Forbes in its prestigious top 30 list: Forbes 30 Under 30 2017: Games. Ranked alongside the world’s best game makers, Lisy was the only Australian to make the who’s who of the global gaming industry.

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Social researcher and Head of Communications at McCrindle

Ashley Fell is a Social Researcher, Author, TEDx Speaker and Director of Advisory at the internationally recognised McCrindle. From topics including future trends, business insights, leadership and communication skills, Ashley delivers over 50 visually engaging, tailored, and research-based presentations annually for corporate, government and not-for-profit clients in Australia and overseas. From Ashley’s experience in creating engaging research-based content, strategising public relations, managing social media platforms and coordinating industry events, she is well positioned to advise on how to achieve cut through in these message-saturated times.

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Generation Z, social trends, demographics

Claire Madden is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator, Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics and implications of generational change. Claire is the author of Hello Gen Z: Engaging the Generation of Post-Millennials.

Claire is highly regarded for her dynamic and engaging presentations where she translates robust, research-based content into strategic applications for educators, managers and business leaders. Claire is commissioned by some of the largest companies and leading brands to interpret the changing landscape and communicate the implications for business and society.

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