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Mar 8 2024

Australian women representing diplomacy, entrepreneurship, performing arts and technology

International Women’s Day at UIC In conjunction with the Australian Consulate-General Chicago

March 8, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


UIC Innovation Center


1240 West Harrison St., Select

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In conjunction with the Australian Consulate-General Chicago

Australian women representing diplomacy, entrepreneurship, performing arts and technology.

Innovation Center + Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Friday, March 8 (12:00 to 1:30 pm)
Panel discussion + Q&A Followed by lunch

UIC Innovation Center
1240 West Harrison St.

Panel Participants:

Suzanne McCourt
Suzanne is the Chief Congressional Liaison Officer at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. She is a career diplomat and was Australia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, with non-resident accreditation to the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2015 to 2018. She has also served as an Australian diplomat in Timor Leste and The Hague.

Debbie Sharpe
Debbie is the owner of The Goddess and Grocer and The Goddess Rocks! Catering. Debbie travelled the globe for several years touring with and cooking for the likes of Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, and The Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney before establishing her successful business in Chicago in 2005, which has since extended to multiple
locations across the city.

Carolyn Watson
Carolyn is a Kansas City-based conductor of opera, ballet and orchestral music. She is currently Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. A committed music educator, Carolyn currently serves as Director of Orchestras at the University of Illinois whilst continuing to enjoy an active freelance career internationally. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney.

Emily Wilcox
Emily is the Chief Operating Officer of Practifi, a financial technology company which started in Sydney, Australia and expanded to North America (headquartered in Chicago) in 2018. Emily leads Practifi’s operations across Australia and the United States, and was the third employee at the tech start up, which now employs 80 people across the world.


UIC Innovation Center

Date posted

Mar 4, 2024

Date updated

Mar 5, 2024