Throughout the year St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA) hosts a series of career specific mentoring events to facilitate networking among our members and the School community.

Mentor Program

The SCOGA Mentor Program provides Old Girls with the incredible opportunity to sit down with key people of various industries to discuss their career paths, make the most from their studies, strategies for moving forward, and to network.

2019 Mentor Events

Industry – LAW
Mentor – Jane Hodder, Partner Herbert Smith Freehills (see bio below)
Date – Friday 25 October
Time – 8.00am – 9.30am

Jane Hodder is currently a Partner in the real estate group of Herbert Smith Freehills. Jane has a depth of commercial experience in professional services and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Law from Monash University.

She possesses knowledge of, and familiarity with, the building and real estate industries acquired over the last twenty-five plus years through advising clients and bringing together parties on a range of transactions and is committed to the betterment of those industries.

Jane has significant expertise serving on boards. She is currently the Chair of the St Catherine’s Girls School Council (and member of the Building and Property sub-committee), Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, a board member of the Queen Victoria Market, a board member of the Committee for Melbourne, a member of the Advisory Board to the Dean of Monash University Law School and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as a Williamson fellow and Cranlana fellow. She is also a past member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Council and Australian Freehills Board prior to the merger with Herbert Smith, former Global Partner Head of Diversity and former chair of the Monash Law School Foundation.

Jane is a proud and passionate Melbournian with a strong interest in our education community and the arts, current business issues and matters affecting Melbourne, the State of Victoria and Australia. (Sept 2018)

Past 2017 networking events included:

Women in Education and Women in Design and Construction Networking event was held at St Catherine’s School on Tuesday 5 September 2017 and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Alexandra Brownlow (’96) – Director, Brownlow Interior Design
  • Georgina Mahony (Brain ’92) – Infrastructure Leader VIC / SA, Aurecon
  • Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79) – Interior Designer & Interior Decorator
  • Lisa Ritchie (’85) – Secondary Teacher, St Kevin’s College
  • Philippa Elder (’99) – Secondary Teacher, Fintona Grammar School
  • Claire de Crespigny (’95) – Educator Leader, Guardian Early Learning Group
  • Prudence Herron (Lording ’96) – Primary Teacher
Past 2016 networking events included:

Women in Banking and Financial Services Networking Cocktail Party was held at The Academy, National Australia Bank on Wednesday 17 August 2016 and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Fiona Rowland (’88) – Non-Executive Director
  • Katrina Blair (Middleton ’90) – Vice President Reporting, Marketing and Minerals Australia, BHP Billiton
  • Penny Collicoat (’95) – Principal, Edge Financial Planning
  • Jaimee Salmon (’05) – Manager, Performance Alignment, NAB Strategy, National Australia

Women in Creative Industries: Fashion Networking Cocktail Party was held at Ellis Street Studios on Tuesday 7 June 2016 and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Clementine Lilley (’02) – Senior Textile/Graphic Designer Product Development, Voyager Solo Distribution
  • Bridget McCall (’98) – Director, LIFEwithBIRD
  • Jill Clegg (’64) – HUSK
Past 2015 networking events included:

Women in Marketing and Communications Networking Cocktail Party was held at Ellis Street Studios on Tuesday 25 August and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Genevieve Brammall (Lally ’89) – National Head of Media Relations and Communications, News Corp Australia Association
  • Caroline Viska (’95) – Director, Caroline Viska Consulting
  • Phoebe Norman (Olsen ’95) – Event Marketing and Sponsorship Consultant
  • Zoe Carr (’96) – Director, Major Events & Special Projects, Bastion EBA and Director, Crawf TV Productions

Women in Medicine and Allied Health Networking Breakfast was held at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club on Wednesday 17 June and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Louise Lampard (’79) – Physiotherapist, Epworth Hospital. B. App. Sc (Physio)
  • Assoc. Prof. Melinda Truesdale (’81) – Director, Royal Women’s Emergency Department and Senior Emergency Physician, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Dr Sarah Dahlenburg (’83) – Consultant Psychiatrist,.MB BS, BMedSci, MMedPsych, FRANZCP
  • Fiona Kay (Irvine ’93) – Nursing and Hospital Manager, Royal Children’s Hospital – Melbourne

Women in Creative Industries Networking Cocktail Party was held at Leonard Joel on Monday 20 April and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • Jane Clark (’72) – Senior Research Curator, MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
  • Lisa Roet (’84) – Internationally renowned artist
  • Rowena Martinich (’97) – Internationally renowned artist

Women in Law Networking Breakfast was held at the RACV Club on Wednesday 11 March and featured the following panel of speakers:

  • The Honourable Linda Dessau AM (’69)
  • Katherine Sampson (’76) – Managing Director, Mahlab Recruitment
  • Sally Macindoe (’84) – Partner and Global Head of Diversity, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Kate Barber (’96) – Associate Director, Management Consulting, KPMG