#TechDiversity Foundation welcomes returning partner Vic ICT 4 Women

#TechDiversity and Vic ICT 4 Women are proud to announce their continuing partnership in support of the 2017 #TechDiversity Awards program. Vic ICT 4 Women is Victoria’s leading industry association dedicated to diversity in tech careers, with a specific focus on supporting women through the stages of entry, progression and retention. With programs that inform and support women right from school age all the way to the C-Suite, Vic ICT 4 Women ensures that female enthusiasm for ICT is encouraged, nurtured and passed along to the next generation of women. Notable programs include #BOLDMoves, which delivered a groundbreaking White Paper in late 2016, and Go Girl, a record-breaking program that successfully introduces the world of technology and its career paths to girls from years 7 to 11. This partnership enables the #TechDiversity Awards to better showcase the ongoing achievements of Vic ICT 4 Women in the gender diversity space, and to foster ideas and learning across the industry from these achievements. Chris Skipper-Conway, Chairperson for Vic ICT for Women, said: “Through Vic ICT 4 Women we showcase brave innovators and strong men and women and at the same time deliver regular programs that support and encourage women throughout their career. ” “We amplify the message and walk the talk by supporting others through their journey in Tech and Digital. The #TechDiversity Awards gives us all a collaborative platform for sharing those stories, ideas, courage, and passion, which will pave the way for technology innovation and business success.” Co-founder of the #TechDiversity Foundation and convener of the awards, Deirdre Diamante, believes rewarding these efforts is essential to promoting inclusion within STEM. “Our vision for #TechDiversity is to help others and ourselves to be courageous and committed enough to take initiative and demonstrate leadership, with the long-term view to achieving true equality and a voice for all,” Diamante said. “The #TechDiversity Foundation is proud to collaborate with leading organisations and anticipates a sustained partnership effort that spearheads diversity within technology.” Award nominations from individuals and groups are now open via the #TechDiversity Awards website and will close midnight Friday 23 June 2017. Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on 2 August 2017, culminating in the announcement of the #TechDiversity Champion and Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award.

Victorian Honour Roll of Women – 2017 Inductees

Vic ICT for Women extends congratulations to the latest Inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women which recognises outstanding achievements of women past and present across a broad range of communities and endeavours. We are particularly pleased to see Wendy Steendam, Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police and Karen Hayes, CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria amongst those honoured this year. Both Wendy and Karen have shared their stories with members of Vic ICT for Women as speakers at our Importance of Women events in recent years and impressed all with their passion and unfailing commitment to making a difference in the lives of many women across Victoria.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 – #BeBoldForChange

On behalf of Vic ICT for Women we wish each and every one of you a happy International Women’s Day. It’s up to each of us, not just today but every day, to do our part in living the message of International Women’s Day 2017 and “Be Bold For Change”. We thank you all for your support and active involvement in participating in our programs aimed at turning the tide and gaining a balanced workplace for women who work in the IT and Digital space that allows all genders to reach their potential. Chris Skipper-Conway Chair of Vic ICT for Women

Call for Volunteers

Vic ICT for Women is seeking expressions of interest from persons who may be able to provide pro-bono services as volunteers to support particular programs or initiatives in 2017. If you are able to make yourself available for a few hours per month to work as part of a program support team, or provide expert advice or assistance areas such as marketing & communications, membership, or administration, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the form below to provide some information for to program managers and portfolio owners who are in need of assistance. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

Introducing our new Board Members

An election was conducted at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 7th December with results as follows: Rowena Murray will continue in the role of Board Member with responsibility for Marketing and Communications Jessica Bircsak and Sara Ogston, formerly Associate Board Members will assume roles of Board Members Caroline Stainkamph, Conrad Harvey, Craig Wishart, Elizabeth Mulhall and Kellee Ireland have been appointed as Board Members Asheley Jones, Tania Sharp and Yasmin Shafi have been appointed as Associate Board Members All of the above appointments are for a two-year term commencing 7th December 2016. Congratulations to all! Learn more about our Board here. We also welcome Catherine Lockstone and Robyn Webb who will join committees driving specific initiatives or programs in 2017.

Annual Report 2015-2016

Victorian Women in ICT Network Inc conducted its Annual General Meeting this morning (7th December 2016). Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 was tabled at the AGM and is now available online – click here to view or download this report.

Vic ICT for Women Rebrands

Vic ICT for Women are pleased to launch our new brand today. Effective immediately, our new brand elements, from our new logo, to new colourways, images and identities, will be rolling out across the organisation. Members, sponsors and partners will see the new brand for the first time tonight at the launch of the #BOLDmoves White Paper. We have a new logo, banners, brochures, presentations, updated social media channels and we’re very excited by our new website which will be launching shortly, with the finishing touches being completed now. Special thanks to Board Advisor, Liz Doherty, for her amazing creative direction on this project. Statement from the Chair: The new brand and website for Vic ICT for Women has landed!! And with it the reflection of more of who we are, what we stand for and do, what we are aiming to address but most important what actions we are taking. It echoes the diversity, colour, vitality and inclusion we are aiming to deliver within and for technology and digital. It’s exciting, reflecting the impact and influence women have on the industry. From my perspective for the first time in a long time our brand reflects our real face to the world. We are now telling the real story of what we are doing with and for you, the members, and how we are working with you to make the changes needed to upturn the current imbalance in gender diversity in the Digital/Information Technology space. This new website reflects the energy and the action we embrace and need to drive and reach our goal of a more inclusive Digital world for us all for the future. Thank you to all who have worked to make this change of Vic ICT for Women to the outside world, reflecting the vibrant and expansive opportunities that Digital and Technology brings to all of us. It’s also about ensuring we include and reach out to those of you already participating in our events and programs today, acknowledging what the amazing teams are doing in delivering the programs and the getting out to those who will drive the future industry. At last our brand reflects our goal – to expand and enhance the opportunities for women in technology and digital today, to give companies the bandwidth and brilliance they are seeking so they drive business growth while we keep an eye on the future encouraging and improving the options for those who will make our industry even greater tomorrow. Through the Marketing and Communications team I feel we are at last letting our true brand shine – thank you. Regards Chris Skipper-Conway Chair, Vic ICT for Women

#BOLDMoves White Paper Launches Today

We are delighted to announce the launch and release of the #BOLDmoves White Paper on Wednesday 16th November 2016. This White Paper was the culmination of a year of work, events, think tanks and research to create a blueprint to drive diversity and equality in the tech industries. Click here to get your copy of the #BOLDMoves White Paper and read more about the stunning findings.

Importance of Women in IT

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR EVENT DETAILS AND REGISTRATION Why Importance of Women? Vic ICT for Women sees the importance of creating a community that allows men and women to share their career and personal journeys with others, with aims of fostering a positive community that inspire, encourage and to also give permission for others to dream about what is possible in their careers. Many young women who are starting out in their careers look to those who have been in the industry for a long time and wonder about the journey that they been on, what choices were made, and how they tackled the challenges. This forum allows these issues to be discussed and explored openly. What is Importance of Women? Breakfast sessions are held monthly from February through to November featuring inspiring leaders in Information Technology or related fields, who share their experiences about their current job, their career and the personal choices they made along the way, the challenges they have faced, the pitfalls they have experienced and the successes they have celebrated. The series is designed to: Provide an opportunity to our participants to gain an understanding of what is possible Get ideas on how to progress your career Consider different career opportunities and alternatives Hear real life experiences on how to deal with some of the challenges you face as a woman in the workforce Meet people and expand your network About the events Importance of Women in IT events are held on Thursday mornings from 7:30am to 9:00am – see our Events Calendar for details of 2017 events. Light refreshments are provided on arrival with the formal session kicking off at 7:45am.

Go Girl, Go for IT – 2016 report card

More than 1,600 teenage girls, age 13-17, and 136 teachers from 61 schools, attended our 2016 Go Girl, Go For IT event at Deakin University in Melbourne. This event was aimed at inspiring and encouraging girls to pursue a career in IT.   Find out more about this fantastic event and look at the pictures to see what fun it was for all concerned.

Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2017

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding achievements of women in Victoria. Since 2001, 582 inductees have been honoured for their significant and lasting contributions to Victoria, Australia and beyond. Each year the Victorian’s Women’s Honour Roll gives recognition to women in our state who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their field.  Nominations for the 2017 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll close at 5:00pm on Friday 7 October. Find out more and submit your nomination.