The assisterhood

Linh Diep

Chief Executive Organiser & Get-Sh!t-Done Queen, Co-host of Assistercast.

Linh hones her ‘get sh!t done’ skills in her day job as Business Manager at Special Group Australia, where she works across a diverse range of clients delivering brief-to-broadcast communication solutions.

A winner in B&T’s 30 Under 30 Sales/Account manager category in 2021, Linh is a self-diagnosed Yes-Woman, having founded and co-runs the Assisterhood program.

Her perfect morning starts with walking the ‘The Tan’ with an almond croissant & coffee (FW please!). She spends her spare ‘me’ time practicing yoga, journaling or figuring out how to action her next world domination plan.

Polina Shilenina

Chief Executive Dreamer & Co-organiser of Assisterhood, Co-host of Assistercast.

Polina jumped on the Assisterhood train in February 2020 – and we just cannot get her to get off! On the daily she supports the team in strategic decisions and all things techy. She also has a tendency to come up with Big Ideas (that are sometimes even good!).

During her 9 to 5 (does anyone actually work those hours?!), Polina is managing digital projects at Publicis Worldwide. With a super-team of fellow nerds, she gets through piles of strategic brainstorms, sprits, bugs, and standups – and manages to keep a smile on, the energy up and the local coffee joints well supported!

Polina can be found lurking in fabric stores in search of inspiration for her next sewing project. Her idea of a party is getting lost in a book in her local park. She also sometimes tortures a guitar and makes sounds with her mouth – she might even do it in front of you (but bring bribes).


Isabelle Debnam

Queensland Lead

With 8+ years in the marketing industry, Belle has plenty of experience in the strategy and execution of integrated marketing solutions. Her passions lie in marketing strategy, video production, brand marketing, content creation, social media marketing, and of course, sharing her knowledge and experiences through her podcast.

On the weekends you’ll likely find Belle in her garden, with her friends and family, or travelling somewhere along the coast with her partner in their trusty van “Yoko”.


Liz Ballantyne

Queensland Lead

Liz has over 10 years experience in marketing and communications roles within a variety of industries – from agency, to automotive, to agricultural and now non-profit. No matter the industry, Liz is passionate about helping organisations build long-term, profitable relationships with their stakeholders by executing planned, relevant marketing strategies. 

Liz is a self-claimed life-long learner and enjoys helping others grow in their career through personal development, mentorship and her podcast, Your Marketing Mates. When she’s not listening to podcasts or chatting to other comms professionals, Liz is busy hanging with her two small kids, her husband and her puppy Morris.

Vanessa Pham

Chief Ray of Sunshine & Art Director

Vanessa is an Account Manager at Arc Australia, where she manages multiple advertising campaigns from client briefing to rollout and dispatch across Pharmaceutical and FMCG clients.

Specialising in Shopper Marketing, you’ll often hear her mumbling about die-cuts and keylines – you may even find her making miniature versions of her campaign assets to ensure all the pieces align (‘Bring Back Origami 2020’). When’s she not at work, Vanessa dabbles in design by creating graphics for Assisterhood and attempting to update her very outdated student design portfolio.

In her down time, Vanessa enjoys a good ol’ movie + game night with friends (Anomia is a heart-stopper), is a proud plant mum and enjoys her weekend browsing the local markets and a picnic feed at the park. She can also quote 100% of She’s The Man. That’s a skill.

Clare Farrugia

Chief Cheerleader & Content Strategist

As an OG mentee (back in 2018), Clare brings her first hand experience to the Assisterhood squad. Specialising in performance marketing, she has a passion for strategy, planning and all things digital. Most recently, she won the Rising Star category for the B&T Women in Media Awards 2021. 

Clare spends her weekdays crafting kick-ass campaigns at Ultra Violette, a leading gen of sunscreen making waves in the beauty industry. At work, Clare is known as the office hype woman, always primed to pump up the team. 

Clare’s favourite things in life include op-shops, Bonsoy and animals. Outside of work, you’ll find Clare drinking coffee, dogspotting or getting back to nature in and around the Gold Coast.

Leticia Jenkins

Chief Community Fairy & Producer

Inspired by her mentor from the 2018 foundation year Leticia (affectionately known as Tish by many) finds herself not saying ‘no’ to any challenge. Her wide range of experience and skills in Film Production are spread anywhere from Client briefing in the land of TVC’s to the nitty-gritty accounting on Studio feature films.

Commonly described as the laughter in the office, Leticia can almost always be found with a cup of tea and the nearest possible sweet (You’d never suspect she was from Finance!). Her ideal lifestyle has her working on International Productions between both Australia and the USA.

Her persistent drive for Gender Equality & Fair Representation has led her happily into the hands of the Assisterhood SQUAD.

Anais Read

Anais Read

Resident Wordsmith & 2018 Assisterhood Alumni

Anais is a copywriter at Publicis Worldwide and was one of the five OG Assisterhood mentorship recipients. Anais was recently crowned the 30 Under 30 Grand Prix and Creative winner, and is one of eight Australians selected for the London International Awards Creative LIAisons program. Her tenacity as a creative and passion for the industry shines in her Assisterhood role.

As a part of the Squad, Anais enjoys working on Assisterhood comms, events, and ensuring others get the same opportunities she did.

Indy Lynch

Indy Lynch

Creative Bean & 2020 Assisterhood Grad

Jack of all trades creative and master of fun, Indy spends her days copywriting, designing and developing websites as the Head of Marketing at Sonder. Since entering the industry Indy has enjoyed a wealth of female mentorship, both formal and informal. A 2020 Assisterhood graduate who, under the legendary care of Jessamy Ross, was accepted into the 2021 AWARD School cohort. 

She sees the value in developing a strong support network in a career’s early stages. Indy loves to be able to facilitate the same guidance that can help other women progress in their career. 

Podcast Producer: become a part of the Squad!

You’ll be our go-to person for all things podcasting – overseeing the pre / during and post-production of each show. We need someone who loves the podcast/audio space and is keen to be in the nitty-gritty of bringing our show to life & to our audience. 


Community Manager: become a part of the Squad!

If you are a self-driven and ambitious tech-savvy professional, we would love to meet you! Ultimately, you should be able to act as the face and voice of our brand and manage all community communications (Assisterhood Alumni Group, Owned Channels). 


Web Dev / UX: become a part of the Squad!

We need a website designer with the knowledge of WordPress to help take the Assisterhood site to the next level by updating and evolving our online presence.


Event Manager: become a part of the Squad!

Our events are core to our program and deliver on ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. This role involves project managing our events from start to finish, juggling different tasks and deadlines, and ensuring smooth event operations with our stakeholders and audience. 


PR Strategist: become a part of the Squad!

Join our dream team and help us enhance a favorable image of Assisterhood within our community, potential partners, influencers, and the public. You’ll be developing our positive reputation with the community through various unpaid or earned forms of communication, like placements online, social media, and blogs.