Importance of Women in IT

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.

IBM is the major sponsor of Importance of Women in IT supporting the program since its inception in 2009.  In 2016 PwC and Medibank hosted events.  ANZ will host our events in 2017.

More than 700 people participated in our 2016 events from a variety of organisations across the IT industry including banking, government, start-ups, consulting, telecommunications and universities. Key speakers included Dayle Stevens (NAB), Kim Alexander (ANZ), Helena Hamilton (Deloittes), Adam Fennesy (Victorian Government), Susan Gilbert-Koska (Australia Post), Jackie Korhonen (SMS), Leonie Walsh (Victorian Government), Tim Fawcett (Cisco) and Caroline Stainkamph (Computer Share) along with panels from PwC and IBM.

Participants over the past year have commented on how the open and honest presentations have assisted them personally:

  • I really enjoy hearing the speaker – an honest and interesting presentation.”
  • “Very well organised and relevant, I will definitely be back…”
  • “Very welcoming atmosphere…”
  • “Great event… It’s a forum that I wish was around 25 years ago. Keep up the good work.”
  • “Please promote more about this initiative within organisations – so much more women in IT need to know about these sessions.”
  • “Thank you Vic ICT for inviting this speaker. I would never have listened to a presentation like this in any other way – thank you.”