Outstanding Business School alumni win Women in Digital Awards

28 November 2022

University of Sydney graduates recognised for digital leadership

Alumni Emily Bobis, Stevie-Ann Dovico and Elisa Chan have been acknowledged as female role models in digital and technology by the 2022 Women in Digital Awards.

The Women in Digital Awards, founded in 2018, celebrate female role models in digital and technology and shine a light on career pathways and possibilities for women. 

The University of Sydney Business School alumni winners were recognised for their innovation and leadership, with achievements ranging from advancing the safety of cities with car data to transforming customer service with AI.

Elisa Chan

Elisa Chan
(Bachelor of Commerce '11, Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise '12)

UX Leader of the Year Award 

With over 10 years of industry experience in product operations, program management and UX, Elisa has made a name for herself by leading and supporting teams that create both practical and beautiful software products, services and process solutions at companies such as Electronic Arts, GoPro and Amazon Music.

Elisa is now the Global Head of UX Research & Beta at Amazon Music, a Guest Lecturer at both Harvard Graduate School of Design and Monash University., and a mentor with the Ocean Impact Organization.

She was awarded UX Leader of the Year Award for pushing the limits of what it means to be "customer obsessed" by using strong design principles backed by research.

I'm always thinking about how to evolve, elevate, and innovate the UX Research practice to give customers a louder voice in product development.
Elisa Chan

Emily Bobis
(Bachelor of Arts '15, Master of Commerce '19, Diploma of Languages '20)

Innovator of the Year Award 

Emily is a trailblazing young entrepreneur and the co-founder of Compass IoT, a Road Intelligence software company that helps transport professionals build better and safer cities. 

Compass IoT uses real-time data analysis of cars to detect trends and patterns, halving the number of car crashes on one of Sydney’s busiest roads. Out of a highly competitive field, Emily was recognised for creating the most forward-thinking, innovative and disruptive business enhancement of the year.  

"Two pieces of advice I have for female students looking to start out in digital business are one, to back yourself - self-doubt really is the enemy of opportunity - and two, when in doubt, do something," Emily says.

Doing something and failing is better than choosing to do nothing and never knowing what might have been.
Emily Bobis

Compass IoT was a runner-up in the University of Sydney Business School's 2019 Genesis program and in 2020 won the University of Sydney's Student Innovation Challenge Start-Up Prize.

Stevie-Ann Dovico
(MBA '15)

Executive Leader of the Year Award 

Stevie-Ann is the Executive Digital, Customer and Colleague for a global team who build and run the NAB enterprise digital channels. 

With over 15 years of industry experience in Banking & Financial Services across Asia Pacific, Stevie-Ann has led innovation, transformation, technology, risk and compliance advisory and product design and distribution teams across multiple channels. 

Stevie-Ann was commended by the Women in Digital Award judges for her transformational leadership and ability to drive innovation. 

"What's important about winning an award like this is being able to use the platform to encourage more women and girls working in digital and technology, to put themselves out there," Stevie-Ann says.

Women everywhere need to see other women succeeding, and where we are succeeding, it’s super critical that we are casting our net wide to bring others along with us on the way up.
Stevie-Ann Dovico

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