Sally Ann Williams/Heather Catchpole

BIO Sally-Ann Williams (Google Australia)
Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community & Outreach Manager for Google Australia.

She is responsible for a broad portfolio of programs including leading Google’s efforts in CS and STEM education & outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities and entrepreneurship and startup engagement.

In her role leading Google’s CS/STEM education engagement she manages over 55 partnerships & programs designed to inspire students, equip teachers, and connect the community to the possibilities careers in CS can lead to. Most recently this work has included national implementation strategies to support ACARA’s Digital Technology curriculum and help position Australia as a nation of innovators.

In her role with the startup community she manages partnerships and collaborates with co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, universities and the public sector to build and grow the ecosystem.

Prior to joining Google 9 years ago, Sally-Ann worked at several Australian tertiary institutions in a range of academic and academic administration roles spanning executive education, public sector management, research and postgraduate degrees and tertiary management. A life long learner she holds an undergraduate and research masters degree and several other postgraduate qualifications.

BIO Heather Catchpole (Refraction Media)

Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. Heather previously worked for over a decade as an editor, science news journalist and producer at the ABC, Cosmos and CSIRO. Refraction Media have distributed over 1 million magazines to students across the USA, Australia and New Zealand through the Careers with STEM brand. In 2015 the company was awarded as Publish Australia’s best small publisher and was twice shortlisted best startup in the Telstra Business Awards.


Securing and Sustaining Successful STEM Partnerships

Target Audiance: Educational Leaders (Primary and Secondary)

This workshop, team presented by Google’s Engineering Community & Outreach Program Manager and Refraction Media’s head of content, looks at strategies to approach, secure and nourish successful partnerships to push your initiatives further. It involves a short presentation (15 min), followed by an interactive workshop to develop a pitch deck, approach and facilitate your meeting, and follow up methods.