Leading women in business and education

Posted by iscd@admin on March 8

Last month iscd posted a blog on Women in Design in the lead up to celebrating International Women’s Day, the 8th March!

Today we focus on Women in Business and Education. iscd is part of the RedHill Education group, along with a number of other specialist businesses in the private tertiary education market in Australia.

RedHill was recently announced in the Financial Times as the highest growth education company in Australia and 5th highest growth education company in Asia-Pacific.

We speak with three key women from RedHill Education’s Senior Management team, who play a significant role in championing women in business and education.


Wendy Greenhalf

Wendy Greenhalf is the General Manager at iscd, and has been involved with the school for over 8 years.

With extensive experience and knowledge in the business and education industries, Wendy’s career successes in senior roles in tourism, sales and marketing, through to founding her own design business, has seen Wendy working with corporations and individuals on a range of leading campaigns, design briefs and projects.

Wendy became involved with the education side of business when working in London, where amongst many other things, was responsible for developing an online training program for travel businesses promoting Australia, and more recently as an educator and now the General Manager at iscd.

Photo: Wendy Greenhalf with the management team at iscd.

“Women make up a large percentage of our students at iscd. I am so proud to be part of a team who play a leading role in creating opportunities for women in design.”

A common theme that some of our iscd female students share, is that it has taken them years to take the leap to study and upskill, having put their own careers and personal goals on hold due to family and other commitments.

iscd offers flexible learning platforms and industry relevant courses for people wanting a creative outlet or to seek a career in design. I love welcoming students to the start of their new journey, through to seeing them graduate fully empowered, qualified and confident; ready to start their own business, work in the design industry or to simply apply their learnings to their own home or design project.”

iscd supports this year’s theme for International Women’s Day #pressforprogress and will continue to back the Design and Education industries in striving for gender parity to deliver quality graduates and the next generation of leading designers.


Gizelle Rezende 

Gizelle Fassbender de Rezende is the General Manager at Greenwich College. Greenwich offers a range of English and Management courses to international students.

“We host over 4000 students from more than 50 countries per year. It is an exciting and dynamic environment. International Education is the second largest industry in Australia and the team at Greenwich are very proud to be part of this enriching and diverse industry. At Greenwich we deeply care about our students and fully believe that education is the only way forward as it has an enormous power to change lives. We love what we do and we enjoy seeing our students grow and strive in Australia.”

Gizelle has 12 years of professional experience in the international education sector and is also an embodiment of an Australian International English student success story.

“I am from Brazil and I arrived in Australia 21 years ago. My main aim was to study English and to pass the Cambridge test, a decision that turned out to be the best possible move for my future. My career trajectory keenly demonstrates the life-changing influence the international education can have on our students’ personal and professional lives.”

Gizelle gave us 7 tips for anyone wanting to work their way up in the business industry

  •    As cliché as it may seem, being authentic and genuine is the key.
  •    Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  •    Don’t dwell on what you can’t do, focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses.
  •    Even if you don’t fulfil every single line of a job description go for it anyway.
  •    Demonstrate how much you can offer and how willing you are to learn and expand.
  •    Don’t underestimate the value of continuous professional and personal development.
  •    Surround yourself with good mentors.

Gizelle is a passionate leading female figure that has worked her way to achieving many successes. Through her involvement in education, Gizelle openly shares her knowledge and experience to help others achieve their goals.


Sally Browner

Sally Browner was recently appointed General Manager of Coder Academy (CA). After working in banking, advertising and education, Sally is passionate about positively disrupting the education space and ensuring that everyone has access to vital 21st century skills.

Coder Academy’s mission is to reduce inequality and drive innovation via high quality technology training. The Coder Academy team is  driven to increase the number of women in the technology sector for several reasons:

  • because they believe the people who can control and create with technology will be the ones with power in the future jobs market.
  • because algorithms are increasingly dictating who gets hired, fired, arrested, rewarded etc. and society needs the people devising, writing and checking those algorithms to be as diverse as possible.

“Coder Academy runs the largest and only accredited Coding Bootcamps in Australia. They have just launched their new GenTech Bootcamp for 18-24 year olds that is specifically designed to target women who have never coded before and help them become proficient at solving problems using code.”

Women in Tech scholarships are offered in every market for the Fast Track Bootcamp and there is a Diversity Scholarship on offer for GenTech. Coder Academy also provides a range of short workshops, NESA approved teacher training and school training for everyone from beginners to experts. A key focus is to drive teacher skills in order to ensure low SES students and more female students get access to in-demand coding and technology skills.

“ In the last 6 months Coder Academy has gone from a business with men in all the leadership positions and almost all the coding educator positions, to a company run by women and with at least one female educator in all the Bootcamp classrooms. This is a deliberate strategy to provide amazing role models and ensure that the business is as innovative as possible. They don’t just pay lip service to diversity, they live it, breathe it and act on it!”

On top of all their other initiatives Coder Academy have also co-hosted and organised a variety of events designed to improve diversity in the technology space. These include:

  • Supporting and hosting Node Girls meetups.
  • Together with AIT (Academy of Information Technology),  they have also organised and run a recent Girls in Tech meetup.
  • In partnership with MYOB and Mamamia, Coder Academy ran Cocktails, Coding and Creating an event designed to drive awareness of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills amongst corporate women.
  • In partnership with Vodafone, Coder Academy have run the Connect, Code and Create events for corporate women and Bring Your Daughter to Work Day.

There is a strong need to push for progress. Digital literacy is the new literacy and it is critical that women are not held back, as they were in previous generations, by poor access to or poor quality education. Coder Academy is on the front lines every day teaching, providing mentors, linking with industry to provide real examples and increase understanding. Coder Academy knows that young women need to see it to believe it, so they try to “be it” every single second of every single day.