Nicola Hazell


Nicola Hazell

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Nicola Hazell is one of Australia's leading voices on women in leadership, gender equality and social innovation.

With a career spanning media, politics, public affairs, and tech, she is a driving force for women in leadership; working with companies and organisations around the world to build investment in inclusion and diversity across the startup, corporate and public sectors.

Recognised as one of Australia’s Top Business Thinkers, Nicola is a sought-after international speaker and advisor,</b> holding roles on the OECD’s Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Transformation; Australian advocacy organisation The Parenthood; The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship; CEBIT Women in Tech Committee; and the Not in My Workplace Summit committee. She’s worked with a wide range of companies – from global tech giants like Twitter, Google and Microsoft, to emerging tech startups – to design and accelerate innovative solutions to boosting the inclusion and empowerment of women.

Nicola is a passionate believer in a collective effort to achieve gender equality,</b> and is a mentor, judge and activator for a range of programs including Telstra Business Women's Awards, Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, Walkley Awards and SheEO Australia. She is regularly approached by national media for commentary on gender equality, women in business, social policy, startups and innovation, and is a highly sought after MC, interviewer and panel moderator, with a passion for drawing out the unique stories and experiences those she interviews, so their stories can inspire others and change the world.

Nicola has presented on leadership and inclusion to global audiences, at multiple OECD Forums on Inclusive Growth and Digital Transformation in Paris, the APEC Women Business Leaders’ Summit in Seoul, International Women's Forum Australian Symposium, Tech Inclusion, Myriad, Pause Fest and Vogue Codes.

A champion for women in tech and entrepreneurship, Nicola was the founding director and designer of the SheStarts accelerator for female-led startups. Under her leadership, SheStarts was named Australasian Accelerator of the Year and attracted significant international backing, including Google for Startups as their flagship diversity partnership, connecting female entrepreneurs from all over Australia to an international network of mentors and advisors to help turn their ideas into globally scalable, high-impact tech companies.

Nicola executive produced the award-winning SheStarts documentary series, which reached more than half a million views in its first season and secured a world-first distribution partnership with LinkedIn for season two; showing women that you don’t have to be a bloke in a hoodie and sneakers to be a tech entrepreneur.

Nicola holds significant pedigree in media and social affairs, and has worked with leading political journalist Laurie Oakes, as senior advisor to Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, and as a senior leader with national NGOs Mission Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians.

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