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Michelle Sandford (stepup)

Profile Blurb:

Tedx Speaker, Tech Girl Superhero, Microsoftie and 1 of MCV’s 100 Most Influential Women in Games 2016 – Michelle Sandford is a popular choice for speaking on diversity in Tech, women and young people into the Tech Industry, and the benefits of Games – all delivered with an inspirational and motivational flair. Michelle is the Vice Chair of the Australian Computer Society in WA, and one of their Executive Board Members. Michelle is also a member of the WAITTA Organising Committee. Her Tech Industry experience includes working for IBM Global Business Services and Microsoft.  Michelle lives life by running to stay one jump ahead of the Gameboy and by striving to think outside the Xbox. She surfs waves and webs. Michelle is the Founder and Global President of TechOutsiders.

Catch-Phrase or Quote to Live By:

Stand-Up, Step-Up, Level-Up

Speaking Experience:

ABC Radio Interview: The challenge of attracting more women to information and communication technology

Michelle has also spoken at Microsoft TechReady in Seattle (United States), Microsoft Ignite on the Gold Coast (Australia QLD), Microsoft MAX 2015 in Sydney (Australia NSW),The Big Day in Perth (2014, 2015), The International Women’s Day Keynote Address 2016 for Landgate, Bankwest, BHP, Datacom, Velrada, Diversus / Starlight Foundation High iTea, ACS and many more.

Keynote’s include:

“Where Have All the Girls Gone?”  – A Diversity in Tech Talk

“How to Level Up on Life by Thinking Outside the Xbox” – A motivational message on living your best life through the power of gamification

“The Dream of STEAM” – A message encouraging parents and teachers to advice the next generation to go into a career in Tech

Mentoring:

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I am a Mentor and Role Model in the Tech Girls are Superheroes Program. I actively encourage young women and girls to pursue careers in tech and STEM.

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