Women of Influence

Women of Influence

Join us for an evening of inspiration as we share in the stories of four prominent Loreto Normanhurst ex-students to gain an insight into how they established their successful careers.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

6:30 – 8:30pm

Curran Theatre, Loreto Normanhurst
91-93 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst

Light refreshments will be served. Please register your attendance for catering purposes via www.trybooking.com/ZEIV.


Jane Stanton (Class of ’88)

Jane is President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), which has a global membership of approximately 140,000. Jane is a past recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia President’s Prize which rewards outstanding service to the accounting profession. During her period as an Office Bearer of CAANZ, she focussed on raising awareness of mental health issues in the profession, including speaking about her own experiences with anxiety and depression.


Professor Arlie Loughnan (Class of ’93)

Arlie is an academic at the University of Sydney, specialising in criminal law. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at New York University and completed her PhD at the London School of Economics.
Professionally, amongst other posts, Arlie mentors young women students and junior colleagues, supporting them to realise their goals, and encouraging them to aim high but to always pause for reflection on their achievements. Arlie is passionate about ideas, history and the role of the law in creating a more just society.


Claire Velasco  (née Whyntie, Class of ’02)

Claire is currently the General Manager of Marketing and Communications at Achieve Australia, supporting people with disability to achieve the extraordinary. She is a highly regarded leader, having established a number of successful teams and mentored emerging professionals. With over 10 years’ experience in marketing, communications and strategy, Claire works closely with senior executives to understand and articulate business challenges, identifying opportunities for growth and innovation.


Neerja Irene Fernandez (Class of ’04)

Irene graduted with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from UNSW where only five percent of graduates were women. In 2009 she joined a mining services company, working in various locations across Australia. During this period, she advocated to increase female graduate intake, resulting in growth from 10 percent to 40 percent in subsequent years. In 2015 Irene completed an MBA at MGSM/University of Edinburgh and at 28 years old was appointed Site Leader (the only female in the operations management team) of two manufacturing plants, managing over 30 employees.


Please view the invitation  for more information about our speakers.

There is no cost to attend this event, however, a donation to the school’s Bursary Program at the event will be greatly appreciated to support students currently on bursaries at Loreto Normanhurst and others to come in the future.


Enquiries: Ms Lauren Kirkby, Events Coordinator