Oh, hi!
Welcome to my page.

I'm Jeanette, and I'm into startups, the future of work, corporate innovation, diversity and community building.

A bit about me.

I'm a speaker and education innovator based in Melbourne - occasionally San Francisco - and was raised across the US, Australia, Malaysia and Japan.

Don't let my youthful features fool you (thanks, Mum!), I've spent many years building things in corporate Australia before co-founding The Hacker Exchange, a tertiary-accredited entrepreneurship program connecting the next generation of leaders to global innovation cities. 

Today, blending the excitement of the startup world with the power of the corporate world is kind of my jam. You can find me speaking, teaching, and creating experiences in this space every day.

Recently, I was honoured as a Finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, was listed in Smart Company’s 2018 International Women's Day Showcase, and represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina.

Let's chat about your next event or project. I'd love to help! 

Jeanette presented at our team offsite earlier this year. It was, hands down, the best presentation we had. It left a lasting impression, with learnings referenced by the team even as the months passed by. Jeanette’s presentation focused on unleashing our entrepreneurial spirit, unpacking what corporates can learn from the start-ups. She was able to create a personalised session, that both engaged and educated. Jeanette won over her audience through her warm, personable style and the quality content delivered with energy and insight.
— Head of Marketing, Bennelong Funds Management
“You rocked the room, and we really love you bringing your energy and expertise to General Assembly!”
— Programming Lead, General Assembly
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MC duties at the Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Competition Final for the City of Melbourne & Nanjing, China. Venue: RMIT Media Room

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Fireside chat with Instagram Queen, Gretta Van Reil, at The League of Extraordinary Women's "Run The World Techformation" conference.

2019 Finalist, Telstra Business Women’s Awards ‘Public Sector & Academia’.

2019 Finalist, Telstra Business Women’s Awards ‘Public Sector & Academia’.

At the Golden Gate Bridge with a group of Hacker Exchange university students from around Australia.

At the Golden Gate Bridge with a group of Hacker Exchange university students from around Australia.


Regular speaker, panelist and workshop instructor.


Industry mentor for RMIT's Fastrack Program & guest lecturer.

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Presenting winning startup 'Choovie' with a boarding pass to Silicon Valley at Pause Fest 2018.

'Australia House' at SXSW 2018 with G'Day USA, speaking on a 'Tech4Good' panel.

'Australia House' at SXSW 2018 with G'Day USA, speaking on a 'Tech4Good' panel.

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Mid-smash at the Gingerbread Demolition, raising funds for Save The Children Australia (with Co-creator, Will Wightman).

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Launching 'The Hacker Exchange' before the maiden trip to Silicon Valley.

Thoroughly enjoyed attending last night. Jeanette was really insightful and enjoyable.
— Belinda, Entrepreneurs & Co

Sharing "My Year of Fail" at Zendesk.

Returning speaker for Melbourne Knowledge Week 2015 and 2016.

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Panellist tor "Millennials and Engagement" at the Financial Services Council Leaders Forum.

Guest speaker for the Melbourne Business School Student Association, sharing "Loud and Proud, Improving your Presentation Game" with 300 students.


Moderator & Fireside Chat host for 'Run The World Tech-formation' 2017 and 2018


Hosting the Startup Expo at Pause Fest 2018, Melbourne.


Melbourne Ambassador for the entrepreneurial women of Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine - 45,000+ members worldwide.


MC @ Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine (LMBDW), "Wine & Women in Food".

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Delivering "Nailing Your Elevator Pitch" for Melbourne Silicon Beach at 1000 Pound Bend.