2021 Recipients

Deanella Mack

Deanella Mack

2021 Chief Executive Women Roberta Sykes Bursary Recipient

Deanella (Dee) Mack is the Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader at EY Australia (EY). Since November 2018, she has been providing cultural support and advice to EY staff and teams Australia wide to develop culturally safe workplace practices, increase staff cultural capability, and assist in implementing a culturally intelligent approach to working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Prior to joining EY Dee worked in several roles within Aboriginal organisations, NGO’s and Government departments across health, mental health, legal, education and community services. Then in 2014, started her own business, Cultural Connections NT, to provide local cultural awareness training in her community and cultural tourism at Angkerle Atwatye, Standley Chasm. In 2017 she received the NT Indigenous Person’s Award from the Australian Association of Social Workers and is currently a board member for the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT). Dee is an Arrernte woman, born and raised in Alice Springs, Central Australia currently living and working in Brisbane, Queensland. She credits her maternal grandparents for influencing the work she does today and is passionate about creating systemic changes by embedding Indigenous cultural capability standards to inform workplace policy, processes, and practices.

Katrina Johnson

Katrina Johnson

2021 Chief Executive Women Roberta Sykes Bursary Recipient

A proud Gooreng Gooreng woman, Katrina Johnson was raised on my traditional lands located along the Burnett River from Cania Gorge to Bundaberg in South-East Queensland, Australia. I am a direct descendant of Granny Betsy, Granny Lexie, Lena Horton and Phyllis Appo. Katrina lived and worked on Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton, Victoria, for over 30 years and used her extensive journalism, media management and communication skills to carve out a career serving her community. Under the leadership of Yorta Yorta leader Paul Briggs OAM and driven by a commitment to empower others, her work has influenced various sectors including media, education, business, employment, youth and families, leadership, not-for-profit and community governance. An active contributor to my family and community, Katrina continues to lead in various roles outside her work commitments. A 2019 Executive Master of Business Administration graduate at Melbourne Business School, her next venture is tackling corporate, government, education and business domains to pursue avenues that will drive economic parity, cultural affirmation, and self-determination for First Australians and First Nations’ Peoples of the world. Using a rights-based approach, she believes moving from intervention to investment will transform prosperity for both First Nations’ people and non-Indigenous peoples.

Katrina is an experienced corporate executive with a demonstrated history of working in leadership, people and culture, organisational development, media relations, management, strategy, business, engagement, and community organising. Katrina is a highly skilled journalist with newspaper publishing, editing and newsroom management skills.

Work and life has taken Katrina abroad and she currently enjoys doing business globally.

Katrina is currently based in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. She is married to Mark Johnson with four children and three grandchildren.

Scholarship participants

Deanella Mack

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2021

Katrina Johnson

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2021

Kristy Masella

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2020

Leanne Holt

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2020

Michelle Dickson

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2020

Cathy Duncan

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2019

Donna Bridge

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2019

Hayley Mansfield

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2019

Jacinta Elston

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2019

Krista Dunstan

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2019

Robert McPhee

Institution
Harvard Business School

Year
2019

Donna Turvey

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2018

Jen Day

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2018

Jenni Collard

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2018

Kia Dowell

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2018

Lesley Nelson

Institution
Stanford University

Year
2018

Andrea Kelly

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2017

Cheryl Godwell-Pepper

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Hayley Mansfield

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Helen Milroy

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Jahna Cedar

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2017

Selwyn Button

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Teela Reid

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Tracey Bunda

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Yanis Bates

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2017

Amara Barnes

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2016

Casey Millward

Mob
Kalkadoon

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2016

Cheryl Harrison

Institution
Nechi Institute

Year
2016

Pennie Weedon

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2016

Seraphine Bray

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2016

Skye Akbar

Institution
Columbia University

Year
2016

Carly O’Brien

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Chelsea Briggs

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Dan McAullay

Institution
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Year
2015

Fiona Jose

Institution
Harvard Business School

Year
2015

Glen Brennan

Institution
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Year
2015

Jeremiah Riley

Institution
University of Dundee

Year
2015

Kate Thomann

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Katrina Fanning

Institution
Harvard Business School

Year
2015

Robyn Forester

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Samantha Blis

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Sandra Creamer

Institution
Columbia University

Year
2015

Sarah McEwan

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Sean Taylor

Institution
University of California, Berkeley (UC)

Year
2015

Sonia Minniecon

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2015

Anna Jovanovic

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2014

Kate Chapman

Institution
London School of Economics (LSE)

Year
2014

Lesley Nelson

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2014

Stacey Broadbent

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2014

Venessa Curnow

Institution
INSEAD

Year
2014

Duane Vickery

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2013

Hans Bokelund

Institution
Harvard Business School

Year
2013

Kevin Smith

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2013

Merredy Quinn-Bates

Institution
Parsons School of Design

Year
2013

Suzanne Ingram

Institution
BANFF Centre

Year
2013

Cecelia Gore-Birch

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2012

Damein Bell

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2012

Donisha Duff

Institution
Harvard Kennedy School

Year
2011

Robyn Ridgeway

Year
2002

Loretta Kelly

Year
1993