Jen McCrea

Jen McCrea is a highly respected Careers & Leadership Coach in the STEM field, a compelling STEM speaker, and an accomplished mentor with over 15 years of experience in career education development and global leadership. Jen is a fervent advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), particularly focusing on empowering women of colour and those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to excel in their careers.

Business Profile:

Jen McCrea is the Founder of ‘Awesome You Academy,’ a professional development and careers coaching business deeply committed to producing positive social impact. With a career spanning international graduate recruitment, leadership development, and career education, Jen brings a wealth of expertise to her role as a Careers & Leadership Coach.

As an advocate for DEI, Jen has coached over 3,000 individuals and delivered 700+ professional development workshops globally. Her contributions to promoting diversity and inclusion in the STEM sector began in 2010, working with renowned tech giants such as Atlassian, Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware in the Asia-Pacific region. Jen’s intimate knowledge of the hiring process and industry expectations positions her as a valuable resource for both candidates and organizations.

Transitioning to the university sector, Jen became a pivotal figure in careers consultancy, hosting “Science Meets Industry” events, collaborating with the Australian Defence Force, and building industry relationships in engineering and medicine. Her passion for inclusive recruitment processes extends to her commitment to retaining women in STEM, having personally assisted many women from CALD backgrounds secure roles with industry leaders like Google, CSIRO, Rio Tinto, and Atlassian.

Recognized for her contributions, Jen has been invited by Engineers Australia and Young Engineers Australia to deliver talks in Sydney. She also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales Business School, earning her the distinction of UNSW Mentor of the Year Finalist in 2022. Jen McCrea is not just a coach; she is a catalyst for positive change, dedicated to empowering individuals and fostering diversity in the dynamic landscape of STEM careers.