The assisterhood

Linh Diep – Assisterhood VIC

Chief Executive Officer, 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 range of clients delivering brief-to-broadcast comms solutions that matter.

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 along the Yarra with a croissant (or bagel!) & coffee. She spends her spare ‘me’ time practicing yoga, journaling, or figuring out how to action her next world domination plan.

Polina Shilenina – Assisterhood QLD

Chief Product Officer, 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 – Assisterhood QLD

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 – Assisterhood QLD

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.

Anais Read – Assisterhood VIC

Resident Wordsmith & 2018 Assisterhood Alumni

Anais is a copywriter at Ogilvy Melbourne and was one of the five OG Assisterhood mentorship recipients in 2018. 

With more than a handful of industry awards under her belt, including the national 30 Under 30 Grand Prix and Creative titles, Anais’ tenacity and passion for giving back to the industry shines in her Assisterhood role.

She is looking forward to bringing her wealth of Assisterhood experience to the VIC program after her recent move from the Sunshine State.

Vanessa Pham – Assisterhood QLD

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.

Leticia Jenkins – Assisterhood VIC

Assistercast Producer

Leticia (affectionately, Tish) is known by many for her wide range of experience and skills in Film Production. Anywhere from client briefing in TVC land to the nitty-gritty accounting on Studio feature films, this woman is our champion chameleon! 

She started a production company from the ground, taught at university for many years, and has given her heart and soul to plenty of short films along the way.

In the last few years, Leticia has spent her time on location working in Brisbane, Byron Bay, and Melbourne on various US TV Shows and Hollywood Features. Her ideal lifestyle sees her working alongside her fiancé in various countries across the world. 

Leticia’s ongoing passion for Gender Equality & Fair Representation in film has led her happily into the hands of the Assisterhood SQUAD.

Jessie Roper – Assisterhood VIC

Community Manager – VIC

Jessie is joining the VIC team of Assisterhood, coming in off the back of her time as Chair of Vic Youngblood’s.

Committed to helping upcoming juniors and peers succeed in the industry, Jessie takes a particular interest in finding avenues to support others and helping to give everyone a platform to succeed. With a keen passion and love for the industry, Jessie has worked on a number of large brands throughout the last few years. She currently works at Saatchi & Saatchi as the Senior Business Manager on Toyota.

You might also recognise her from her two stints on Gruen, competing in the Pitch segment.

On her days off, you’ll find Jessie walking around Albert Park Lake or at the MCG watching her beloved Tiges.

Ella Papilion – Assisterhood VIC

Event Manager – VIC

Ella joined Assisterhood this year making up the OG VIC squad. Outside of her Assisterhood life, Ella works as a Business Manager at Special Group. Ella is the go-to, safe pair of hands, who has a strong history of enthusiastically delivering campaigns for a range of top-tier brands including ANZ, David Jones, BCF, Rebel Sport and The Australian Grand Prix Cooperation.

Outside of her agency life, you’ll find Ella with friends, playing tennis, traveling (when possible) or finding new ways to exercise to close her Apple Watch rings.

Colleen Gao – Assisterhood QLD

Community Manager – QLD

Colleen feels pretty weird about being discussed in the third person but she also recognises that is in the nature of these bios. Col loves to grow things. Plants, people, products, hand it over to her and she’ll grow em. Very on brand to her role at Askable as Growth Manager where she gets to work with Australia and NZ’s best UX teams.

Molly Atkinson – Assisterhood QLD

Digital Producer – QLD

Whilst still relatively early in her career, Molly has had experience in both Media and Marketing, with a particular interest in the creativity and insight behind awesome campaigns.

Molly joins the Assisterhood squad after being in 2021’s cohort, having an amazing experience that she didn’t want to end.

Molly is the ultimate organiser – planning her weekends months in advance as she loves to always have something to look forward to. This skill translates perfectly in her current role, where she dabbles in all areas of marketing from campaign planning to event organisation, social media and paid advertising, all the way to sponsorship management, digital execution and design.

If she isn’t on a weekend away, Molly has most recently been on a quest to find Brisbane’s best French Martini 🍸

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