About Women in Voice ANZ
Welcome to the Australian & New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter of Women In Voice. The WiV ANZ chapter was founded by a group of highly experienced and passionate women from across the Tasman looking to expand their networks and talk about all the exciting things happening down here in Voice.
Our mission is simple, we want to connect with, build and support an inclusive community of talented humans who work or aspire to work in and with, this exciting technology.
Through online meet-ups, fireside chats and networking events (COVID safe) we are looking forward to welcoming new members, fostering connections and generally having fun.
Driving engagement within Australia’s smart speaker landscape
Women in Voice ANZ are pumped to be able to introduce you to the amazing ladies behind The Locals’ Guide voice apps.
The Locals’ Guide was created and built in Brisbane. Check it out by saying “Hey Google, Ask The Locals’ Guide, Brisbane” or “Alexa, open The Locals Guide”, or at thelocals.guide
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Would you like to find out more? Speak at an event or just say hi! Feel free to send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to know the WiV ANZ core team!
Based in Sydney, Australia Lesley’s background is in talent management and audio post production. She has worked as a Theatrical and Voice-over Agent at some of Australia’s top acting and voice agencies, and as an Audio Post Producer/Voice Casting Professional across several of Australia’s leading sound post houses. Founder of voice casting agency, The Casting Chambers Lesley strongly believes having a brand voice is paramount, particularly as we move towards a future with voice technology at the fore. Her ultimate goal is to make sure every brand finds their unique brand voice.
Outside of work, Lesley can be found at the theatre, at the bar or at home arguing with her 2 Siamese cats over who is boss.
Kirrily is Head of Conversation and Persona Design at Soul Machines. Kirrily plays a pivotal role in helping to shape the direction Soul Machines takes in evolving truly compelling digital interactions by creating engaging personalities and conversational experiences for state-of-the-art Digital People. Her career has covered creative direction, award-winning campaigns and television production for prestigious companies around the world including Mediaworks, Television New Zealand, Nickelodeon Australia and National Geographic Channel Europe.
Passionate about personality and crafting compelling conversations, Kirrily approaches technology from a creative perspective. When not working, she loves rambling along empty beaches and come nightfall, watching a good movie with a single malt whisky in hand!
Nikki is a multi-tasking creative with a background in fine art, design, technology and writing. For the past 20 years she has worked between these disciplines collaborating on projects with artists, museums, design studios and technologists finally finding her niche as co-founder and Head of Partnerships at IVOW.ai, a pioneering startup that combines deeply inclusive data with traditional storytelling to create more culturally intelligent AI. Their current project is a conversational storytelling assistant called Sina. In 2019 Nikki co-founded the AIGrrls network in Washington D.C. She has spoken at the United Nations AI for Good Summit in Geneva, the Women in AI Global Summit 2020 and various tech and design workshops. Outside of work she has a soft spot for old things, good people and drinking wine on the beach (weather permitting).
Kathryn is a VUI & UX Designer with a background in languages and linguistics. She spent several years with Appen–leading providers of machine learning training data–during their early years of growth, before moving into VUI Design back in 2005, working on the “first wave” of voice–IVR (interactive voice response) applications. She returned to VUI Design in 2019 working on smart speaker applications with Nova Entertainment.
Kathryn is currently working with the team at Alkira Software, a voice tech company with a pioneering voice platform and a portfolio of award winning client projects. Originally from the UK, Kathryn lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her husband and their two black rescue cats. Outside work, she’s generally outdoors and loves ocean swimming, trail running and splitboarding.
All though often wearing a multitude of hats Jennie is a Developer at heart. Her happy place is exploring emerging tech solutions and creating tools that delight in everyday life, empowering others to do their best work and find creative solutions to all sorts of problems. Jennie works as a developer advocate for Neosensory.
Jennie is passionate about the ways that we can use voice technology to develop experiences that enable and amplify. At the moment she is exploring context/situational awareness in voice combined with flawless multimodality (more than just voice+ screen) can lead to new ways of interaction through our data experiences, with the machines in our lives and with each other.
Aygul moved into being a freelance Voice Assistants developer after ten years of software engineering and SCRUM-ing.
Now settled in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aygul previously had a chance to live and work in four other countries – Russia, India, France and Australia. Having spent at least two years in each country, she’s got a great multicultural experience and diversity in mind.
At the moment Aygul is excited about plenty of opportunities to engage voice assistants in our daily life and exploring a few business ideas. Outside of work Aygul is a yoga teacher, bachata dancer and astrology student, and loves charcoal drawing!