Meet Vic ICT for Women
At Vic ICT for Women we are passionate about getting more women into ICT and encouraging them excel, keep exploring and expanding their potential. We believe ICT offers great career opportunities and options for women and we seek to actively demonstrate this to all ages, starting with schoolgirls all the way to working with industry leaders to shape the future and the thinking. Our vision is “More women in the tech World”. Click Here to find out more about our programs.
To attract young women into STEAM careers, Go Girl Go For IT is our record-breaking program for high-school age girls. We deliver a showcase of tech careers designed to put stars in their eyes and future salaries in their pockets
When it comes to starting careers, Go Grad helps STEAM grads with career planning and networking. Women are often the only ‘chick on the crew’ in their careers so we give them a network that will have their backs
We’re all about keeping women in their chosen careers. Our programmes, Importance of Women in IT and What’s Hot in IT provide career insights and networking to give them the edge
When you’re steaming along (see what we did there?!?) in your career, mentors are key. Our Go Grow mentoring programme connects mentors and mentees to really move careers along
Get bold. Our #BOLDmoves program is where we deliver on the big picture. Our groundbreaking White Paper told the real story of diversity in STEAM careers
About Vic ICT 4 Women
Vic ICT for Women is the professional organisation that is putting a rocket up the industry and creating epic pathways for women in tech leadership. We are the voice of leadership.
How do we do this? We are working the diversity agenda from the top down. We are mentoring, training and connecting our individual members. We have pioneered award-winning and record-breaking programs that mean we’re rolling our sleeves up and getting seriously dirty about diversity in tech.
Our full name is The Victorian Information Communication Technology for Women Network (Vic ICT for Women), we are inclusive and out to make change.
Why so important?
Despite 70% growth of ICT jobs since 1996, women account for only 16% of ICT roles and only 1% of the total female employed population are employed in ICT roles. The percentage of female technology graduates has also been in decline since 1989.
We are about facilitating entry, holding up retention and driving progression for women working in ICT.
We are a critical link between government, business, the education sector and other industry associations to collaborate, and influence the direction of ICT in Victoria.
Victorian Women in ICT Network Incorporated is an incorporated association registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.
We provide annual information statements and financial reports to Consumer Affairs Victoria, and to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC).
Our Australian Business Number (ABN) is 65 996 228 535
Read our constitution here:
CHRIS SKIPPER-CONWAY, CHAIR
My agenda is to see Australia have access to a more balanced and diverse workforce to ensure we have an IT industry in the future. I am a passionate advocate of equal opportunity having grown up in South Africa at a time when minority groups were privileged and an overwhelming proportion of the general population was discriminated against.
FI SLAVEN, SECRETARY
Fi is passionate about women and diversity within the workforce and particularly the IT industry. After advancing IT leadership roles in healthcare, Fi was appointed as the first Australian CIO for a large professional services firm and subsequently the first female IT APAC regional coordinator and representative on the international IT Advisory committee for the international firm.
HAZELL HONOUR, BOARD MEMBER
Hazell is a Board Member and Director of VicICT4Women. She is a qualified lawyer and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors (GAICD). After completing her university degrees in law and in business in South Africa Hazell moved to the UK, initially to travel and later to practice law in London. She now lives in Melbourne. The legal aspects of technology have always been a focus for Hazell in her study and practice of law because of its fast-changing nature and the opportunities for learning and problem solving. Hazell has extensive experience in leading complex negotiations, particularly in relation to technology licensing, development and outsourcing. From her experience of often being the only woman in these meetings and negotiations, Hazell is keen to encourage diversity in the IT industry and to support women who are in technology.
SARA OGSTON, BOARD MEMBER
Sara is an ex-neuroscience researcher turned IT Project, Program and Operations Manager at the University of Melbourne Infrastructure Services – Research Platforms team. Sara worked on the team that build the first cloud computing service for researchers in Australia, managed the team that built the first Australian multi-omics data management system, and helped build and manage the research data management service for the University of Melbourne. Sara has been on the board of Vic ICT for Women since 2015. She was the Communications lead for Go Girl, Go for IT from 2014 – 2017, the deputy lead for Whats Hot in IT in 2015, and is now the Director of Grad Girls.
CAROLINE STAINKAMPH, BOARD MEMBER
Caroline Stainkamph is Head of Business Management & Transformation at Computershare Technology Services where she leads a Transformation Program across the Global Development team of 450 people with a focus on leadership and culture, organisational development and diversity and inclusion. Caroline was an active participant in #BOLDMoves throughout 2016, leading experiments in the hiring space which involved running two internally at Computershare. She was inspired by being involved in this group and connecting with many of the people involved, tapping into two of her strengths – building relationships and learning new things.
NATHAN WHEAT, BOARD MEMBER
Nathan is an experienced tech director and business solutions strategist, with a background in cloud computing and data centre technologies. Nathan has been involved in several global businesses including Amazon Web Services, VMware and Deloitte Consulting. He uses his collaborative style, and deep understanding of technology, to connect with the human challenges that drive business transformation and digital innovation in large enterprises. Nathan offers solid experience across many aspects of large-scale business, including financial analysis, partnerships & channel structures, technology strategy & solution architecture, product marketing, and social advocacy. He believes in diversity of thought, through diversity in people, as a great driver of sustainable business and industry leadership. Nathan is a board member and the lead for sponsorship with Vic ICT for Women.
STEPHANIE CHAN, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER
Steph joined Australia Post in 2013 and has worked in a variety of roles within IT. Throughout her career, Steph has actively engaged in programs that encourage diversity and the promotion and support of women in IT. Reflecting on her career in IT, Steph remembers all who gave her career opportunities and believed in her, and wants to create and provide the same opportunity for others. Now with a young family herself, Steph is passionate about reintegrating women re-entering the workforce after extended leave, and mentoring those who are early in their IT career.
KOULA TSIAPLIAS, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER
Koula has worked in a variety of IT roles spanning over 15 years, predominantly in the energy and higher education sectors. She’s currently working as a Project Manager in the Infrastructure Services – Research Platform Services division at The University of Melbourne. Koula is passionate about giving back to the community and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Each program would not exist without working committees of volunteers helping in all aspects of event and program delivery. We have lots of fun along with the work and make new friends. It’s a great opportunity to put your skills to work for a good cause or even to stretch yourself into new areas and learn. The committees we currently run are: Go Girl, Grad Girls, Mentoring, IOW, What’s Hot in IT, Bold Moves, Marketing, Governance, CRM, Finance, Membership. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these committees please email [email protected] with your details, including phone number and which committee you are interested in.
AYTEN OZENC, DEPUTY CHAIR
Ayten is an innovative leader who focuses on culture to deliver enduring business results, she works collaboratively to build high performing teams, pioneer new ways of working, and turn around problem areas. Ayten challenges traditional thinking in organisations and believes that the most successful organisations will be those that learn how to continuously evolve and adapt and are effective at connecting with the creative and innovative potential of their people.
FRED HALLIDAY, TREASURER
Fred is VICT4W’s Treasurer. Fred’s professional background is as an accountant and he works with not for profit agencies in the health ageing and human services sectors: to redesign and implement governance systems; and the restructure of business models and business supports in response to sector reforms such as the NDIS. Fred is also currently managing the oversight of firm-wide technology projects and business resilience for a big-4 accounting firm.
LOUIZA NUTT, BOARD MEMBER
Louiza is a Board Member for Vic ICT for Women, Director of our “Go Girl, Go for IT” program and also the Head of Technology Practices and Capability for MLC Life Insurance. She is passionate about creating positive team environments to deliver high quality, human centric solutions. Raised by parents who were ‘gender blind’, she feels passionate about gender diversity and equality. Louiza has been working in the IT industry for over 12 years and is frequently the only woman in the meeting room. She is strongly committed to being part of the solution, raising awareness within the workforce and amongst her social groups. She is an enthusiastic innovator and problem solver and enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to new problems. Louiza spends her spare time participating in fitness activities such as going to the gym, cycling, hiking, running and anything else fun and/or challenging which comes her way. Louiza is also the co-owner of TripFit Adventures, a company which takes Melbournians and visitors out for team building, social events or exploration adventures for fun, active days around Melbourne and surrounds.
JESSICA BIRCSAK, BOARD MEMBER
Jess is a tech savvy business consultant with over 15 years of experience and an MBA in Leadership and Innovation. Jess has worked as a Senior Technical Consultant, a Microsoft Systems Engineer, a Technical Trainer, a Program Manager, Business Development Consultant and a Chief Parenting Officer. Jess is committed to a more gender balanced workforce in the technology sector and is VIC ICT for Women’s Mentor Program Director. Jess currently works at Accenture consulting with clients on delivering technology infrastructure solutions in the cloud providing service excellence.
ELIZABETH MULHALL, BOARD MEMBER
Elizabeth Mulhall is Planning and Development Manager for Business Improvement Capital Investment initiatives for Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC), a privately owned company that is responsible for the management of Melbourne and Launceston Airports and their associated operations.
VANESSA CURTIS, BOARD MEMBER
Vanessa is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Radial Consulting, a strategic business and marketing consultancy for technology companies. She works across the industry with a number of global vendors, technology distributors, managed service providers, start-ups, tech consultancies and social enterprises. She enables these organisations to invest smarter in business and marketing strategies by translating and articulating their technical expertise into actionable business solutions for their customers. Since 2003, she has been maximising returns by delivering high impact campaigns on lean investments. Vanessa has written for Australian Reseller News (ARN) and was a finalist at the ARN 2016 Emerging Leaders Forum in the Vendor category. Within VICICT4.WOMEN, Vanessa is the Board Member for Marketing & Communications.
JULIE WALKER, BOARD MEMBER
Julie takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively uncovers the opportunities that live in an organization, brings them together in a compelling ‘big picture’, helps others extend their thinking, and drives tangible business advantage. She tells stories that inspire action, while being grounded in commercial fundamentals for long term, sustainable growth. Currently the Head of Marketing APAC for San Francisco-based technology company Slack, Julie oversees the awareness and growth of the company across its fastest growing region. Over her career, Julie has led Marketing, Sales, Product and Customer Care functions for technical companies both in Australia and in the USA. She has consulted to some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations in sectors including retail, technology, education, and financial services. Julie has a passion for the promotion of talented women into influential roles in technology industries, having been influenced heavily by the people that encouraged her (and some that marginalised her!) over the course of her career. Julie holds B.Eng (Electrical and Electronic) from The University of Melbourne and completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.
PRITIDA VINOD, INTERIM BOARD MEMBER
Pritida Vinod is a senior executive in operations management in Australia. She has a proven record of making substantial contributions, at the executive level, to improve quality, bottom line results and manage change in multi partner complex environments. Pritida is an active member of Women in Technology at NAB and strong promoter of diversity and inclusion. She also manages The Click List program for Vic ICT for Women..
NICKY ALLEN, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER
Nicky is a Vic ICT for Women Associate Board Member and Co-Director of the ‘What’s Hot in IT’ Program. Nicky utilises her background in consulting and technology as well as her MBA as founder and Director of Work Management Australia a technology consultancy and solutions partner for Agencies, Marketing and IT project teams.