IT ALL STARTED WHEN
In the pursuit of her own professional development, Stefani Janson (the Director) discovered there was little relevant content available to young professional women in Australia. Henceforth, Navigator was born: a free, fun and informative space providing practical advice to support women thrive in the Australian workforce. Part of Navigator's purpose is to provide a voice to young Australian women in a landscape where it can be undervalued or silenced. Navigator equally exists to increase mentoring, support and pathways available to emerging young women in order to facilitate a bottoms-up approach to gender diversity in Australia's workforce.
Stefani is proactive, motivated and passionate. She coached University students to achieve their goals for over half a decade and has completed bachelor degrees in Arts (Chinese) and Business (Management). Stefani's articles have been published by the likes of Thomson Reuters, Mamamia, The Law Institute of Victoria and Survive Law.
With a passion for women's issues, fashion, professional development, community and entrepreneurialism, Stefani created Navigator to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with other young Australian women with a view to collectively smashing the glass ceiling.
Jermaine is in the final year of her Bachelors of Education (Honours) and Arts. Having majored in Communication and Media Studies, she is passionate about social media, particularly for companies and schools. As a pre-service teacher, she is currently researching the ways that media technologies can be best utilised to engage young learners.
In her spare time, Jermaine enjoys listening to international pop music, looking at images of sushi and relaxing with an audiobook. Jermaine joins the Navigator team to connect our audiences through social media.
Georgia is a disciplined and driven individual, working as a paralegal whilst completing her final semester of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). Having accepted a 2019 graduate role at Minter Ellison, she is working towards her goal of practising law.
With a passion for leadership, Georgia sits on the LIV Young Lawyers Executive as a Co-Chair of the Community Issues Committee. She sits on various student advisory groups at La Trobe and has been recognised by the University, Law and Business Schools for achievement in extra-curricular activities and excellence in academic achievement.
Georgia loves travel and has worked in Tokyo, volunteered in Madagascar and studied in China, yet can say with conviction that Melbourne is home. A true blue Melburnian, Georgia plays football, netball, basketball and tennis.
Georgia looks forward to joining the Navigator team to add extra polish to publications that support young professional women.
This group of amazing individuals fuels Navigator to be its best. Ben, Hannah, Kelsey and Brendan each bring unique perspectives to Navigator, providing their time and expertise voluntarily. Each member sits on the board for a 12 month term and assists in shaping the content, style and direction of the project.
Ben is interested in technology, venture capital and business strategy. Currently working in finance, Ben has also practiced as a lawyer, working at a commercial law firm in the Melbourne CBD. His tertiary education includes the Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce.
In his spare time, Ben is engaged in start-up business development, adding to the myriad skills and experiences he brings to Navigator.
Hannah works in science communication with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre and Scienceworks Museum. She holds an undergraduate degree in Advanced Science with First Class Honours and conducts research at the interface of plant ecology and geoscience. In her spare time, Hannah also works on her 'nerdy' science blog (we think this is super cool, Hannah!).
Hannah joins Navigator to advise on inclusive feminism and LGBTIQ+ issues. She also brings a unique perspective on womens experiences in STEM.
Most recently, Kelsey worked for Sonder Consultants (Sydney), specialising in recruitment (although she has since ventured home to New Zealand to break back into law). She also worked in dispute resolution for a leading international law firm in Melbourne. Kelsey is qualified to practice law in both Australia and New Zealand, having gained her undergraduate degree and Honours in Law and Pharmacology from the University of Auckland.
Kelsey is also passionate about sport and health, and is a triathlete and marathon runner! She brings to Navigator an inspired commitment to support young professional women in reaching their goals.
Brendan originally hails from Gippsland, but now calls Melbourne home. Since completing his law degree, Brendan has practised extensively and currently is the principal lawyer at the Moonee Valley Legal Service. Brendan is also the 2018 Law Institute of Victoria's Young Lawyers President.
Brendan has championed the adoption of human centered design in the development of innovative legal services. Brendan is the co-founder of LifeDocs (www.onlinewillkit.com), a start-up technology unlocking the law for those unable to afford traditional legal services, and Fine Fixer (finefixer.org.au), a web tool helping Victorians understand infringements to take action.
Brendan joins the Navigator team to advise on corporate strategy, business development and social inclusion.
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