About us

Sharon Warburton - Founder

sharon2Graduating as an Accountant, Sharon Warburton was the first person in her extended family to complete university. From early in her career she has thrived in cross-cultural leadership roles in multinational corporates despite feeling like, and more often than not, being one of the only females. Sharon has been smashing glass ceilings for many years now.

Today, Sharon works for a leading global construction company as Executive Director Strategy and Finance.

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Jen Fenlon - 2IC

Jen profile picJen Fenlon finally found a way to combine her background in both radio media and commercial accounting.

 She brings business knowledge, financial accounting experience and a first-hand understanding of the Steel Heel member. Having two gorgeous boys doesn’t mean that Jen is less career focused and is keen to support and advocate for women through Steel Heels.

Working with Sharon as her 2IC; Jen manages the advertising and is the first port of call for anyone wanting to collaborate with Steel Heels. She is also about to co-ordinate the upcoming podcast interview series.

Ms Papero - Chief Editor

ms paperoMs Papero is a girly girl who loves the arts, has an eye for detail and usually, a flat white in hand.

Frequently a rose amongst thorns in a career spanning more than one male dominated industry, she has worked in Finance, Property Development and Construction. A corporate minded creative, Ms Papero holds an Architectural degree and a Masters in Property Finance and Law.

Having been a long-time friend and colleague, Ms Papero is often able to grasp, articulate and bring Sharon’s concepts to life. And like a good wife, she sometimes finishes Sharon’s sentences and always knows when to bring chocolate.

Jacques Polomé – Graphic artist / Illustrator

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Jacques Polomé is a graphic designer and illustrator, whose 20 plus years in the design field, has been put to full use in the creation of the toolkits featured on this site.

As an artist, he takes great pleasure in putting pencil, paper, digital tablet and his trusty macs to great use in the creation of the illustrations featured on this site. No idea is too quirky or outlandish to be explored.

As a designer, he relishes the process of putting the information together in way that is sure to please the eye.

Yolanda Floro – Social Media / Interviewer

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Yolanda has travelled along many different paths over the years. She has most recently worked as a media lawyer specialising in film, television and digital media law, and recently completed a Masters degree in Law, Media and Journalism – focusing on new media; aka a Masters in Twitter and Facebook.

Yolanda holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Australian Popular Culture and Aboriginal Literature, as well as degrees in Education.

Linda Brown – Finance

lindabrownWhen Linda was approached by Sharon (Founder of Steel Heels) to take on the Finance Director role, Linda jumped at the opportunity. Not only are Sharon and Linda long-time friends but Linda truly believes in Steel Heels vision of providing a support structure for women working or wishing to work in traditionally non-female industries.

Early on in Linda’s career working for a company where women were a minority, Linda often found herself confronted with issues like not being heard by an all-male management team, the very issues which can sadly still be prevalent today.

The Steel Heel’s team strives to be leaders in advocating the eradication of gender pay issues and hope to see in the future that these words will be just that, words!

Tai Uong – Business Modelling / Researcher

Tai-uongTai is a Pricing Coordinator in Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety and a recent Macquarie University graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Finance.

He has volunteered for Enactus, a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower the disadvantaged people through implementing meaningful projects.

Tai is excited to be working alongside Sharon helping to contribute to increasing the self-confidence of women in the workplace.

Lacey Filipich – Blog & Toolkit Contributor

Lacey-FilipichLacey is a chemical engineer with ten years experience in the mining industry, mostly on site in operations. She started her career on shift as the only female among 40 operators and continued along the same vein until she was often the only female in meetings with the General Managers and Vice Presidents she worked with as a management consultant. She is an enthusiastic advocate for more women joining male-dominated industries like mining for the positive impact they can have economically and socially, and for the wonderful opportunities such workplaces can offer women.

Guest blogging for Steel Heels is Lacey’s way of offering support to women working in such environments everywhere.

After a few years of living her version of work-life balance (i.e. lots of mini-retirements), Lacey started a family with husband and fellow engineer Adam in 2013, then turned entrepreneur when she launched Money School in 2014. She is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Consumers of Mental Health WA and currently their Vice Chair.

Mr Fix-it – Website Administrator and General Fix-it Person

mr-fix-itSharon’s friend who has almost unlimited reserves of patience and the unenviable role of fixing whatever needs to be done with five minutes notice (if lucky!).

A Bachelor of Arts (Major Political Science) and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy provide perfect training for bringing Sharon’s never ending ‘ideas of the day’ to life.

Shannon Wren – Interviewer

Originally from New South Wales, Shannon has grown up in Perth, WA. Recently  graduating from the University of Western Australia with a Politics/International Relations and Communications degree, she is a keen reader and tea-drinking enthusiast.

Shannon is keen to put her Communications Degree skills into practice through interviewing and writing about amazing women for the #GirlsCanDoAnything campaign.

Vanessa Huron – Blog Contributor

vanessaVanessa is a biological scientist, university tutor and aspiring science communicator who wants to take the world by storm. She has extensive experience in laboratory research, with a passion for teaching university students and writing about the science of interesting things on her blog.

Vanessa also has experience with current career and graduate issues through her teaching roles at the University of NSW and writing for previous online publications. Working in a tough and demanding workplace has given Vanessa the motivation to tell other young women about her experiences in starting a new and exciting career path.

Vanessa holds a BSc (Hons) in Medical Microbiology and Immunology and a Diploma in Innovation Management from the University of New South Wales. She is currently finishing her PhD in Microbiology at UNSW. You can read her blog at www.eatsciencelove.com

Steel Heels is a platform to extend mentoring and support to all working women.  Many of us still today work in work environments that are male dominated. Hopefully you can take away some helpful advice on surviving the high levels of testosterone or at least have a giggle at some of the anecdotes.

So contact us – we would love to hear about any of your own challenges or stories.