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Dr Jillian Kenny is a creator at heart and constantly on the lookout for opportunities to create value in the world, both for and through business. As a result of her work she was named as one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017 and as one of Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2014.
Her tendency to challenge traditional ways of thinking coupled with a commitment to providing opportunities for non-traditional entrants into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions has led her to establish two organisations serving this space.
As Founding Director of Machinam, Jillian led the company to develop innovative digital high school mathematics resources that are engaging and relevant to real life, answering that age-old question, "Why do I have to learn this?" In 2012, she co-founded the non-profit organisation Power of Engineering, which runs nationwide events for female and regional Year 9 and 10 students to inspire them about the engineering profession; showcasing its diversity, creativity, and most importantly that it is an avenue to making a real difference in the world.
Since completing a PhD exploring innovation in the Australian water sector, Jillian has applied the insight and experience gained through this process to a range of sectors including education, health and water.
As a keynote, graduand and conference speaker she has spoken on topics such as creativity in leadership, creativity in STEM fields, gender in STEM, youth entrepreneurship, and diversity. She has been invited to present her research outcomes to international audiences in the UK, USA and South Korea, and to learn from and bring back knowledge to share with the Australian community.