MTPConnect Leaders Join WILD Program 2023

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03 February 2023

The Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Program is a year-long leadership and career accelerator program designed to support the development of future female STEM leaders and growing Australia’s STEM economy.

It’s organised by WILD Women - a social enterprise, established in 2018 by STEM women for STEM women, to provide tangible solutions to address lack of diversity in leadership.

The founders, Dr Nadine Brew – Cincera Therapeutics, Dr Lauren Giorgio – GPN Vaccines, and Dr Udani Reets – Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, are all passionate about improving diversity in the STEM sector.

The WILD Program® is run once per year with up to 25 participants across Australia, and this year’s WILD cohort has just been announced.

We are delighted to announce that two members of MTPConnect’s team, Dr Tracey Wilkinson and Dr Dharmica Mistry, have been accepted to join the 2023 cohort.

Dr Tracey Wilkinson is MTPConnect’s Director of Stakeholder Engagement WA and leads the WA Life Sciences Innovation Hub in Perth, to accelerate growth of the MTP sector in WA and Australia. She is a scientific entrepreneur who co-founded an award-winning bioinformatics analysis start-up prior to completing a PhD in bioinformatics at the University of Melbourne.

“I’m thrilled to be completing the WILD program in 2022 to build my leadership and governance skills. I’m most looking forward to connecting with a national peer-to-peer support network to learn from and share with a cohort of current – and future - female STEM leaders,” said Tracey.

Dr Dharmica Mistry is MTPConnect’s Director Diagnostics Industry Engagement, leading our Australian Diagnostics Action Plan for sovereign capability, and based in Sydney. She’s co-founder and ex-Chief Scientist of BCAL Diagnostics where she spent over a decade taking research discovery through to commercialisation, developing a blood test for breast cancer detection. She was also Head of Medtech and Biotech at Cicada Innovations.

“I am excited to be taking part in the WILD Program this year along with some fabulous female colleagues in the industry. I am really looking forward to gaining new skills, experiences, and perspectives so that I can continue to contribute to our sector,” said Dharmica.

The program is delivered through a sophisticated blend of online and in person workshops, access to a globally recognized governance training course, interactive webinars, peer coaching and self-directed learning.

It is made possible with the support of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Women’s Leadership and Development Program Grant) and Brandon BioCatalyst.

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