“We were recommended Dr Jillian Kenny for addressing the 2017 graduates of the Defence Science Technology Group’s Graduate Program in Scientific Leadership. It became clear to us why Jillian was named in the inaugural Superstars of STEM and one of 2014's 100 Most Influential Australian Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac; Jillian didn’t just deliver a passionate speech, she captivated her audiences with her expressive energy and compelling storytelling of her journey to develop social enterprises to provide opportunities for non-traditional entrants into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions.
Jillian artfully weaved her description of the “Five Pillars of Leadership” into her storytelling. Her story inspired the audience, and her openness in sharing her vulnerable and challenging moments in her journey spoke of authenticity. The impact of Jillian’s message continues to be felt amongst those of us who were lucky to hear her speech.”