Jaclyn has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector, with a focus on the performing arts and literary events. She was previously the Senior Producer for Talks & Ideas at Sydney Opera House where she oversaw its two annual festivals: All About Women and Antidote. Prior to that, Jaclyn spent four years as General Manager of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, leadings its business strategies and event operations. She has also held senior management positions with Arena Theatre Company, Back to Back Theatre and Circus Oz, and served on the boards of Express Media and SYN Media.
Jaclyn holds a BA (Hons) in Performance Studies and Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, where she spent several years teaching a range of undergraduate programs and conducting research on large-scale community events. She is a life-long bookworm and sees no contradiction in being both an NRL fan and a lover of literature.
Daniela has worked for a number of Sydney’s prominent arts venues and festivals over the last decade; most recently at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, as part of the programming team on four consecutive festivals. Prior to this Daniela held a variety of roles at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Film Festival. Her work focuses on centring and celebrating a diversity of voices and bringing readers, writers and audiences together in meaningful ways. Daniela previously ran The Fresh Meat Project, an emerging artist community, within which she self-published Fresh Meat – an interview anthology undertaken with a variety of emerging Sydney artists. Daniela holds a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) and a Master of Education (English/Drama).
Rebecca is an arts and publishing professional based in Sydney. She has worked in a variety of capacities at organisations both in Australia and the UK including Allen & Unwin, Left Bank Literary, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Festival and the Southbank Centre. She is an active member of the emerging writers’ community and has worked and volunteered with journals such as Overland, Seizure and The Suburban Review. She holds a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.
Connor runs Studio Sometimes, a design studio devoted to working with non-profits, and was previously the Wheeler Centre’s Digital Content Producer and founder of the Digital Writers’ Festival.
Keren is an experienced lawyer, policy advisor and non-executive director. She is Principal of K Murray Consulting, a legal policy advisory service. Previously, Keren was Principal Lawyer at the Law Institute of Victoria, and worked in law reform at the Department of Justice, Victoria, and law reform commissions in England and Wales. Keren is currently a Director and Company Secretary of WAM – Women and Mentoring, and was previously a board member of the YWCA Victoria.
With over 25 years of taxation experience, Dianne is a tax partner at EY and leads the Melbourne Private Clients Services Team. She specialises in accounting, taxation and related business services advice to high net worth individuals, their private wealth structures, entrepreneurs and family owned businesses. Dianne is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia.
Abbey is a Senior Associate at Russell Kennedy Lawyers, specialising in workplace relations, employment and discrimination matters. Abbey is also the Deputy Co-Convenor of the Russell Kennedy Women’s Network, which creates opportunities to empower women through connection and development. Abbey loves reading and is passionate about gender equality. She has lead training on discrimination and active bystander action and has provided pro-bono assistance to organisations in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Lisa is Chief Executive of the Ideology Group. She has spent the past 15 years connecting executives to social purpose and is a respected leader in philanthropy and the non-profit sectors. Prior to establishing the Ideology Group, she co-founded and was the CEO of The Funding Network (TFN), a national award-winning social enterprise that builds the capacity of non-profit entities. In 2017, she was named Third Sector CEO of the Year, and was included in Pro-Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list of people.
Nicole is a Senior Associate in the Corporate M&A team at Landerer & Company with broad-ranging experience in corporate and commercial matters, prior to which she worked as a lawyer at Clayton Utz. Nicole is a member of the AGNSW Atelier Foundation and the JCA Jumpstart Committee. She previously served as a director of YWCA Australia, a leading feminist organisation working to achieve real change through advocacy and programs for women, young women, and girls and as a committee member of NEXUS Australia, a youth-based group movement aiming to improve philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and impact investment.
Elly is an education specialist with a unique mix of experiences working in the Victorian public sector for the last 17 years. She has taught English and history in a secondary school and has spent most of her career working as a lawyer focusing on education and equality law issues. She now holds a senior leadership role overseeing school policy development and supporting principals in Victorian government schools.
Louise is a passionate advocate for literature and literacy and a board member of Fremantle Press, a not-for-profit publisher of Australian fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. She is also an enthusiastic co-host of the book-centric Diving In podcast. Louise is an experienced lawyer, working for 20 years in Western Australia and London, before setting up The Write Business in 2011, providing writing and content development for businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.
Claire is an experienced non-executive director, lawyer and entrepreneur with a lifelong passion for literature and the arts. She spent most of her 40 year career as a practising lawyer – since 2002 in her own law firm, The Fold Legal providing diverse financial services, regulatory and commercial advice to SME businesses. She now chairs the boards of The Fold Legal and StatePlus and serves as a non-executive director of Youi and Athena Financial. She is also a member of PinchGut Opera’s Development Committee. Claire was instrumental in the early development of Australia’s fintech sector, and was nominated Fintech Mentor of the Year and Thought Leader of the Year in 2017.
A passionate reader and gender equality advocate, Beth is an Associate Director at KPMG, advising organisations on change, culture, diversity and inclusion. Beth is a qualified lawyer and company director and is the Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA. She has worked across a number of industries to advance gender equality and has led pro-bono work for the Male Champions of Change and the Australian Institute of Company Director’s 30% Club.
‘All countries have a public imagination, a set of stories by which they know themselves. In Australia these stories have been largely male, for a raft of reasons. The Stella Prize is an opportunity to add to and fill out this picture, and create a fuller, richer, more accurate Australian story – one that represents us all.’
‘Equality is not negotiable and must be sought in all industries across the country. We want our children to read the words of our men and women. Women writers have been marginalised for too long. The Stella starts to even the score.’
‘Creating the Stella Prize for women writers will acknowledge women as inspiring literary role models for other women (as well as for literary audiences generally), for years to come. This is a really significant and much needed advance in the world of literature.’