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Meet the OATSIEE team
Melissa Williams, Director, Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement
Melissa Williams believes that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. Melissa envisages a future where Western Sydney University - as a major public asset and premier educational institution in Greater Western Sydney - creates a mutual engagement model which promotes prosperity, rapprochement between cultures and successful mutual engagement.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business from UTS, Project Management qualifications from the Australian Institute of Project Management, an Innovation Patent (Medical Mechanical), a Graduate Certificate in Research from Western Sydney University and is currently enrolled in a PHD.
Melissa Williams worked in the IT and telecommunications industries for 20 years before taking on the role of Director Indigenous Employment and Engagement at Western Sydney University. She joined the original Marketing Team at Optus in 1992 where she undertook research and development which underpinned Optus' entry to the Australian telecommunications market. She was headhunted again – this time by Telstra - in 1995. During 2005 to 2006, she was on the judging panel for the Australian Information Industry Association's iAwards, Australia's premier technology innovation awards program. By 2006, she became Telstra's Industry Director (Media, Entertainment and Hospitality).
In 2008, she moved from Telstra to Western Sydney University so she could "make a difference and give back to the community".
"It's about changing people's lives. We're in a position to give potential leaders the tools to help them today. We're about building strong communication networks and partnerships and embedding that into the culture here," says Melissa.
It's a move that connects her head with her heart. As a result of her corporate experience, Melissa brings big picture thinking to her role at the University. Melissa has put the University firmly at the centre of Indigenous Affairs and creating opportunities with a collectively bright future for all.
Terri Keating, Administration Assistant
Terri's role at Western Sydney University focuses on contributing to achieving administration effectiveness and efficiencies within the office. Terri is the first point of contact for the Office within the University and the communities of Greater Western Sydney. Terri completed a Certificate in Business Administration at Western Sydney Institute and continues to enhance administration and cultural competency skills to ensure best practice for the office. Terri is a role model and her wisdom and insights are valued. Terri plays a critical role in the mentoring program.