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.

2021 Mentor Events

Industry  – MARKETING
Mentor – Sarah O’Brien (’02) Events and Project Manager, MECCA Brands
Date – Monday 19 April 2021
Time – 7.00am – 8.30am

Sarah O’Brien is a dynamic and dedicated event professional with a passion for delivering world class events by managing multiple internal and external stakeholders to create memorable experiences.

Offering 10+ years’ experience within the industry. Sarah is committed to premium execution and continuous improvement, while delivering on time and within budget. Sarah understands the pressure of events and the additional hours that come with delivering projects.

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