UNE SMART Region Incubator: Boots on the Ground – Regional & Global Entrepreneurs
July 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Boots on the Ground – Regional & Global Entrepreneurs
A conversation with AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year, Jillian Kilby and design thinking expert, Natalya Thakur.
Join us at Charlie’s Last Stand for a conversation with two inspiring business leaders. Jillian and Natalya will share their stories and encourage you to share your own during this inspiring and insightful conversation.
About the speakers:
Jillian Kilby, CEO and Founder of The Infrastructure Collaborative
Jillian approaches life optimistically with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble, and an altruistic passion for driving change.
Jillian is the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures™ Rural Woman of the Year, an Industry Advisor for the Engineering Degree at CSU Bathurst, and a John Monash Scholar holding an MBA and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University.
Jillian’s company, The Infrastructure Collaborative, specialises in shifting infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready. Her company has served Local Governments across NSW since 2009, and she is unique for having her boots-on-the-ground in both regional Australia and the USA.
Natalya Thakur, Design Thinker
Natalya has trained in Design Thinking through the D-School at Stanford University. She currently works at BlackRock in San Francisco and is passionate about the intersection of financial inclusion, innovation and women’s empowerment. At BlackRock she has worked in their ETF division (iShares) and now currently works on their Digital Wealth team helping make investing more accessible through roboadvisors.
Natalya runs the design thinking program at BlackRock, and serves on the firm’s Blockchain Working Group and is Co-Head of the Crypto Forum.
Natalya is also co-founder of Girls Driving for a Difference (a design and leadership non-profit), a public speaker, a design thinking consultant, and holds a chair position for a women leaders incubator in the Bay Area. She earned a BA (Honors) in International Relations focusing on social-entrepreneurship from Stanford University
Location: Charlie’s Last Stand, Cnr Beardy/Jessie Street Armidale
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start