VALA Events 2022: Leaning In (to) Running Events & Conferences

Have you ever gone to a conference or an event and wondered how it all works in the background? Interested in running a conference or an event but want to ask some seasoned conference organisers for some advice?

Well this session is exactly for you! We are here to answer any and all questions around running a conference.

This 1-hour Leaning In event will be run as a Zoom Meeting and will be a conversational, inclusive and personal discussion in a Chatham House rules environment. This event will not be recorded.

Topic: Leaning In (to) Running Events & Conferences

Hosted by Sae Ra Germaine – VALA Acting President and conference chair for many conferences, and joined by Tech Camp extraordinaire Amy Miniter and VALA Conference backbone Michelle McLean, who will take you through the highs and lows of running events.

This is a great opportunity for you to take a peek behind the curtain and see what happens backstage!

This Leaning In event is free to attend for members and non-members. Registration is essential and will be confirmed via email.


Sae Ra Germaine – Manager Member & Academic Services at CAVAL

Sae Ra is Manager of Member & Academic Services at CAVAL, Acting President of VALA and previously President of Linux Australia. She has been running many conferences (that she cares to admit, ok it’s 10) on and offline since 2012 and has reviewed and presented sessions for even more conferences. Sae Ra recently ran the Online conference, and helped many speakers move from the face to face environment to the online world. During any awake hours she has left, Sae Ra is a lover of all things Tech, Lego and is an avid cross-stitcher.

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Michelle McLean  – Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries

Michelle is passionate about library services and the online world, two things she has combined well with her role as Information Services Coordinator at Casey Cardinia Libraries. She is a past-recipient of a Ramsay Reid Scholarship (State Library of Victoria), alumni of the Aurora Institute, is a published author and has presented at many conferences and seminars around Australia, as well as in the US. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) and a Master of Business (Information Technology).

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Amy Miniter – Computer Science Student

Amy is a Librarian at the pointy end of a Computer Science degree at RMIT University. She graduated with a Masters of Information Management in 2020 and in a previous life she worked in administration and customer service. Amy is interested in the technology that we use to manage information and is working towards a career that combines Librarianship and Software Development.

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Online Zoom Meeting

FREE to attend for VALA members and non-members.

Registration is essential and will be confirmed via email. VALA reserves the right to cancel registrations at any time.


Those seeking to cancel a registration are encouraged to contact the VALA Secretariat asap – registration numbers are limited for this event, and we appreciate prior advice if you are unable to attend. Please Email: or Tel: 03 9844 2933.


Wednesday 14 December, 12.00 midday -1.00pm AEDT.