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.
KAYE FOX, TREASURER
Kaye is the Chief Operations Officer for the Royal Commission into Family Violence. She has over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors including food, manufacturing, equipment and logistics for both listed and non-listed enterprises. Her robust financial background has provided a sound basis for the continued delivery of creative and innovative solutions that meet the strategic needs of the organisations for which she has worked.
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.
SARA OGSTEN, BOARD MEMBER
I am an ex-neuroscience researcher turned IT Project Manager at the University of Melbourne Infrastructure Services – Research Platforms team. I am a huge believer and supporter for ways to improve gender equality and diversity in STEM. As an Associate Board Member I am currently assigned to:– the Go Girl Focus Group as the Communications sub-committee lead– the Whats Hot in IT program
REBECCA GRANT, ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Rebecca is the Executive Director of icourts – a law firm specializing in managing and presenting digital evidence and working within the public and private sectors solving complex electronic discovery and information management issues. Rebecca has extensive experience and expertise in the setup and management of Royal Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry and the largest litigation matters heard using technology across Australia. Rebecca has been actively involved with Vic ICT for Women over a number of years and in July 2015 she was appointed as Ambassador for our Mentoring Program.
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.
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.
KELLEE IRELAND, BOARD MEMBER
Kellee Ireland is the Executive Director for Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA). As a senior executive Kellee has the vision and experience needed to set strategic direction and lead an organisation to achieve successful business outcomes. She has worked with NFP peak industry associations, established working relationships with government organisations and key industry stakeholders. Kellee harnesses resources to develop and drive corporate participation in relevant industry and government groups and committees.
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 GirlGo GradMentoringIOWWhat’s Hot in ITBold MovesMarketingGovernanceCRMFinanceMembershipIf 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.
IRENE EVGENIADIS, BOARD MEMBER
As a Board Member of Vic ICT for Women, Irene has lead various programs and projects including Go Girl, Go for IT, Importance of Women in IT and Stakeholder Management while working closely with government, ACS and other groups in support of attraction, retention and progression of women in ICT.
JESSICA BIRCSAK, BOARD MEMBER
I’ve worked in the IT industry for 13 years as a technical consultant and trainer. I currently work as a manager for Computer Power Institute. I enjoy working in education as it allows me to share my knowledge and skills with others who are willing to learn and seek employment in the industry, its challenging, rewarding and vibrant. My commitment to the attraction of women in IT is a primary focus at Computer Power Institute.
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.
SUMONA BHATTACHARYA, BOARD MEMBER
(Currently on Leave of Absence) Sumona is passionate about issues with women in the technology field and has been engaged in numerous volunteering activities such as Go Girl Go for IT as well as mentoring with organisations such as the The Smith Family, Fit for Work etc. As a Board Member, Sumona will take ownership of the What’s Hot in IT program and manage the delivery of two events in 2016.
LIZ DOHERTY, ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Liz Doherty is a Creative Director and Strategist who applies her passion for data and new technology in marketing and advertising for a wide range of clients. She has a deep and rounded understanding of digital, interactive, SEO & SEM, mobile and new technology as well as social media. In 2015 Liz applied her talents in presenting #BOLDMoves to drive change in gender diversity across our industry.
ROW MURRAY, BOARD MEMBER
Organised creative, writer, digital nerd, freelance voice artist. Now focussing on writing for a range of brands, businesses, online publications and digital outlets of all kinds, including apps. Founder, and Digital & UX Director of Kenobi, a Melbourne based creative digital agency. Also a frequent senior strategic digital & social collaborator with agencies such as Publicity Works and Carrspace. I also write, having authored For Foxes’ Sake, am a regular contributor to Siren Empire, and was recently a published contributor in a business anthology, “Running Your Online Business”. I have over 20 years of corporate copywriting experience. I have 20 years of marketing experience – 15 of those years senior – and have been a digital marketer for over ten of those years.
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.
TANIA SHARP, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER
Tania Sharp is Commercial Manager at GE Digital Energy. As a Marketing and Commercial professional with 15 years field marketing experience, Tania specialises in event management within the software, energy and travel industries. She has a leadership role on GE Women’s Network Committee and is involved in overseeing a program of 62 events per year. Tania was Deputy Leader for the Event Program sub-committee for the 2016 Go Girl, Go for IT event.
YASMIN SHAFI, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER
Yasmin Shafi is Telstra Partner Account Manager for Cisco Systems in Australia. Yasmin is an active member of the Cisco Connected Women and has launched an outreach program which is aimed at engaging the parents of young women early in their schooling and creating an interest in following careers in STEM subjects. Yasmin is the Cisco lead for the VIC Women in ICT partnership and managed Cisco’s participation in the 2016 Go Girl, Go for IT event.