Public speaking

Jen is an engaging public speaker who ensures that she connects with and encourages participation from her audience. She takes great care to customise her presentation to your event and context.

Public Speaking

Jen is an engaging public speaker, who ensures that she connects with and encourages participation from her audience. She has been invited to speak at conferences and universities all around the world and regularly speaks on a range of topics.

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Two new presentations

'Lean In': What men can do

 Drawing on the title of the recent and controversial book by Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, this presentation takes a look at why men should be interested in gender equality, and what they can do to 'lean in', at home and at work. While some men ask 'what has this got to do with me?', others don't want to put their foot in it and others don't know where to start. Covering everything from the importance of encouraging daughters and supporting wives, along with some do's and dont's in the workplace - this presentation will provide food for thought for all men. 

'Lean in' for Women: What women and organisations need to do to build gender equality

Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In : Women, Work and the Will to Lead has provoked controversy in the U.S. Rather than get caught up in taking sides, this presentation explores both sides of the coin. What can women do differently in their careers - the 'lean in' idea, combined with a realistic assessment of the responsibility organisations need to shoulder.  Rather than play the blame game, this presentation provides inspiration for men, women and organisations in progressing gender equality in the workplace.


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Key Speaking Engagements

A full list of Dr Jen de Vries's speaking engagements can be found here.

Keynote addresses

Melbourne, Australia - 2016

Looking back, looking forward: Reflections on two decades of mentoring research and practice in higher education. 
Keynote address Old time accomplices: Mentors and mentees conference, University of Melbourne.

Vienna, Austria - 2015

Advances in Mentoring: Strategic approaches to mentoring and sponsorship for diverse target groups
Mentoring – An Instrument to Promote Equality at Universities: Status Quo, New Developments, and Challenges, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

Perth, Australia - 2013

Lean In? You must be joking!
Women in Engineering WA AGM 

Melbourne, Australia - 2011

Key developments in research and conceptualisation of women’s career strategies
Universities Australia Executive Women Career Development Workshop for Women, LH Martin Institute

Lausanne, Switzerland - 2010

The bifocal approach: Designing mentoring to develop women and change the organisation
European Mentoring Network (eument-net) International Workshop




Speaking invitations

Perth, Australia - 2016 (with Tim Muirhead)

Men and women as partners for change: moving from commitment to action in working for gender equality.
HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia), The Shape of Higher Education

Prague, Czech Republic - 2015

Organizational Culture Change: a STEM case study.
National Contact Centre for Gender and Science and the University of Chemistry & Technology.

Innsbruck, Vienna  - 2014

Gender Inertia. Gender change processes in a STEM Faculty 
Innsbruck University, Austria

Perth, Australia - 2014

Mentoring...What's in it for me?
Australian Health Promotion Association WA Branch 

Perth, Australia - 2013

Moving Forward: Building more gender equitable, diverse, inclusive and innovative organisations  
Women in Resources Reference Group, Chamber of Minerals and Energy

Cambridge, United Kingdom - 2013

Creating and building the impetus for change: research informing practice 
Launch of the Network for ATHENA co-ordinators at Cambridge University


Conference presentations

Brisbane, Australia - 2015

Sponsorship exposed: Everyday gendered practices in building careers. So, what does gender and diversity at work look like? A one day symposium.
Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University.

Sydney, Australia - 2014 (with Marieke van den Brink)

Better than nothing? The detrimental effects of gender and diversity interventions
28th Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference 

Vienna, Austria - 2014

Chasing our tails: First mentoring, now sponsorship?  
8th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education

Perth, Australia - 2013

The ‘bifocal approach’ to mentoring for development and change
Equity Practitioners Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA) Conference

Helsinki, Finland - 2012

Gendered Executive Leaders of Gender Change
28th European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS)