Inspiring the next generation of female ICT leaders

According to a report by Australia’s Chief Scientist, women comprise just 16% of the total STEM workforce, a glaring statistic that has resulted in an increased focus to improve gender parity from leaders and organisations across society. In a bid to turn this around, a new initiative has been launched with the aim of inspiring more women to take up roles in ICT and disrupt what has traditionally been a male dominated industry. The Click List, which was unveiled by Vic ICT for Women – a professional organisation for women in IT – is a national list of highly qualified and engaging female speakers who work in the field of technology. Read the full article in The Educator Online here: https://www.theeducatoronline.com/au/technology/innovation/inspiring-the-next-generation-of-female-ict-leaders/247155

AFR talks to The Click List

The Click List Row Murray Chris Skipper Conway

“A group of women in the Victorian technology industry have joined forces to bring more exposure to female leaders in the sector, and attempt to combat the endemic problem of “manels” (male-only panels) at tech conferences.” “Vic ICT 4 Women board member Rowena Murray told The Australian Financial Review she had been to so many conferences with manels she had lost count, so it was launching The Click List as an online directory for events organisers to discover top female speakers and experts.” Read more: http://www.afr.com/technology/tired-of-menonly-tech-conference-panels-vic-ict-4-women-creates-the-click-list-20180219-h0wcb3#ixzz58EGrd0qC Thanks to Yolanda Redrup for speaking to us about something we’re so passionate about.

Nomination News

The Click List and VIC ICT for Women teams are absolutely thrilled with the nominations that have been coming in since we started inviting people to become a part of a movement to gain a female, POC and non-binary share of voice in the STEM industry. We wanted to post and let people know that we have received over 150 nominations in the past week or so, and we have another list of over 200 speakers that we already know and love, to invite to be a part of The Click List. So if you have nominated, or have spoken with VICT4W in the past and are wondering if your invitation is coming by carrier pigeon, please bear with us! We’re so thrilled with the response and are getting through the nominations as quickly as we can. If you’d like to nominate someone for The Click List, please head over here and do so! Thank you for your patience everyone; we’re blown away.

Importance of Women in IT – Diversity in Technology: Two perspectives

Diversity in Technology: Two perspectives Join us to hear from Gerard Florian, Group Executive Technology at ANZ and Stephanie Stevenson, Senior Manager Technology at ANZ, as they each share their experiences working to support and promote women in technology. Thursday 15 February 7:30am – 8:45am ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 inc. GST for non-members $15.00 inc. GST for Members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Registrations close 5 pm Tuesday 13 February Gerard has worked in technology for more than 30 years. He is responsible for defining ANZ’s technology strategy, and building and managing ANZ’s technology infrastructure. Stephanie has most recently worked on ANZ’s IT Strategy to assist with the delivery of the Digital banking agenda (ITaaS), translating strategy into action through initiatives supporting “as a Service” initiatives across the bank. Gerard and Stephanie are both passionate about creating a diverse Technology workforce and will be able to provide you with two different perspectives on what we can do to work towards achieving this goal. Light refreshments on arrival ABOUT GERARD FLORIAN Gerard is currently a Group Executive Technology at ANZ with over 30 years’ experience working in the technology industry. Gerard is responsible for defining ANZ’s technology strategy, and building and managing ANZ’s technology infrastructure. This includes overseeing the development of new technologies, implementing existing technologies to help the Bank reach their strategic goals and creating systems and processes to make the best use of ANZ’s resources. He was previously Chief Strategy Officer for the Global Cloud Business Unit at Dimension Data where he was instrumental in the establishment of a portfolio of cloud-enabled managed services operating on a global platform. Prior to that, Gerard was Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Dimension Data’s Australian division. He has also been a member of ANZ’s Technology and Digital Business Advisory Panel since it was established in 2015. ABOUT STEPHANIE STEVENSON Stephanie is currently Senior Manager Technology at ANZ. She has most recently worked on ANZ’s IT Strategy to assist with the delivery of the Digital banking agenda (ITaaS), translating strategy into action through initiatives supporting “as a Service” initiatives across the bank. As a technology leader, Stephanie believes strongly in collaboration, empowering and enabling teams, focusing on the customer and leveraging technology to provide better experiences for customers and employees. In support of this, she recently implemented a framework for distributed communications to empower teams to be visible and collaborative across a dispersed geography. Stephanie holds a diverse network of strong relationships at leadership level across the enterprise. She actively works to support and promote female leader by providing both 1-on1 as well as group mentoring and coaching for emerging female leaders in technology. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW Hosted by Sponsored by

2017 Annual Report

The Board of VIC ICT for Women is pleased to present our Annual Report for 2017. You can download a PDF here or view the slideshow below. We wanted to extend our thanks to the Board for their tireless work over the past year to deliver programs and support women in tech careers, and especially wanted to extend our thanks to our many volunteers who truly make great things happen. Thank you. Vic ICT for Women 2017 Annual Report from Row Murray

Importance of Women in IT

Laws of Attraction Find out what really attracts Australian candidates to the workplace and discover what women in the workforce are really looking for Thursday 16 November 7:30am – 8:45am ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 inc. GST for non-members $15.00 inc. GST for Members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Registrations close 5 pm Tuesday 14 November Join us to hear from Caroline North, Marketing and Research Specialist with over 15 years’ experience working in leading research agencies and commercial companies across the globe. Caroline spent her early career in the UK before moving to Australia in 2006. She is currently Research Manager at SEEK.com.au, where she provides research guidance and insights to better understand the SEEK customer needs and to ensure effective insight driven communications are developed. Caroline has experience with both Qualitative and Quantitative research techniques across many different markets (B2B, FMCG, Pharma, Not for Profit/Social Enterprise, Govt.). She also has extensive experience in Brand and Communication Management, developing and executing effective brand strategies and communication programs. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW Hosted by Sponsored by

Australian businesses warned to prepare now for legislative changes on way

Australian businesses have been warned that they need to start preparing for legislative changes that will be introduced early next year. The long-awaited Notifiable Data Breaches Bill legislates that from February 2018, businesses can no longer keep quiet about cyber security breaches.  The Bill legislates that any organisation that is accountable to the Privacy Act will be required to inform the Australian Information Commissioner and members of the public if their data has been compromised. The new legislation mandates that businesses must notify government authorities as soon as is practical of a business being aware, or ought to reasonably be aware, that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a serious data breach. The Bill brings Australia into alignment with other countries and will provide Australians with greater clarity about the privacy of their personal information. There have been a number of highly publicised breaches in Australia, and plenty of evidence that organisations haven’t had effective process or procedures in place to prevent the breaches. Not informing affected parties has also been an ongoing trend among companies. Australian cyber-security provider Alanta-Group CEO Rodd Cunico said there were an estimated 14,800 cybersecurity incidents affecting Australian businesses in 2015/16. These have resulted in significant direct and indirect costs, relating both to resources to investigate the extent of the intrusion, understanding the harm and the legal costs when impacted third parties may sue for negligence or breach of contract. Cyber attacks include information warfare, cyber espionage, cyber crime, cracking and cyber terror. Motivations include military or political dominance, gaining intellectual property, economic gain, ego and political change, he says. Cyber security is the responsibility of every single person within an organisation, he says. “The threat from cyber and terrorist acts has never been greater. Almost daily we hear of organisations and nation states that have been compromised, lost critical business or customer data, held to ransom or suffered material damage to their reputations,” Cunico says. “I’ve watched these risks amplify in line with the adoption of mobile devices, social applications, cloud computing and the ever-increasing range of internet and digital services including IOT connected devices.” Preventing your organisation requires coordinated efforts throughout an information system. These includes looking at application security, information security, network security, disaster recovery, operational security and end-user education, Cunico says. “Your organisation is only as strong as your weakest link. It’s paramount that employees understand the importance of avoiding phishy emails, keeping software updated, using secure internet connections and multiple strong passwords or multi-factor authentication. Chris Skipper-Conway is the CEO of Melbourne specialist IT recruitment firm GMT People. She has noticed a rapid increase in the number of employers seeking specialist IT experts with a demonstrated understanding of cyber security. “Cyber security is big business in Australia, and employers are constantly approaching us with specialist requests for IT experts with experience in the IT space. It’s not surprising given that cyber breaches result in billions of dollars’ worth of financial gain around the world every single …

Good luck to Board Member Kellee Ireland

Kellee Ireland

VICT4W is absolutely thrilled for our Board Member, Kellee Ireland, on being a 2017 finalist for the Telstra Business Women of the Year (Corporate and Private). With over 600 applicants, we’re thrilled she’s made it this far. You can read the press release here: https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/news/2017/victorian-finalists-with-generous-intentions-announced-in-telstra-business-womens-awards/ Kellee Ireland is no stranger to hard work. She was already employed full-time in the spatial industries and raising three children when she added part-time study to her load. She was then promoted to the role of Executive Director of the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and after 9 years has recently taken up the challenge at Spookfish, a cutting edge spatial industries tech start-up. Kellee works with some of Australia’s finest thinkers in geospatial information systems – the technology that uses data to show where, why and how things happen. This technology is now available to consumers via their smartphones. Having state and federal governments regularly engage with SIBA events to shape policy around digital transformation and data, Kellee has been a crucial bridge between the various stakeholders in this growing industry. As an advocate for women in business and leadership, Kellee was appointed to the Board of Victorian Women for ICT.

Importance of Women in IT

Be your best in technology – two perspectives Join us to hear from Susan Entwisle, Head of Odecee and Natasja Laurie, Technical Recruiter at Odecee, as they each share their journeys and lessons learnt. Susan builds highly engaged and high-performing teams that work with clients to help them get the best out of technology for their businesses. Natasja leads Odecee’s involvement with Code Like a Girl, speaking about how to land your dream job in IT. She is also up skilling herself in software development. Susan and Natasja are both passionate about helping others to be their best, driving diversity and inclusion and using technology to make a difference at work and home.  Thursday 19 October ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 inc. GST for non-members $15.00 inc. GST for Members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Note: We are now using Eventbrite, a user-friendly well-established ticketing system, for our events.  Eventbrite’s booking fee will be added to all ticket purchases. Registrations close 5 pm Tuesday 17 October Dr Susan Entwisle is Head of Odecee, A Cognizant Digital Business.  She has worked primarily in senior roles leading IT teams, IT strategy, innovation, and solutions to meet business needs of large corporate clients. Susan has extensive experience across IT management, this includes; leading globally distributed teams, building trusted client partnerships, mentoring and motivating, collaborating with senior leaders, and delivering transformational IT programs across the globe using distributed agile teams. Susan is an accomplished speaker on digital strategy and innovation at major industry conferences in Australia.     Natasja Laurie is a software development focused recruiter, having spent the last 4 years hiring within the IT industry. She graduated from the London College of Music in 2013, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Audio Engineering. After University she continued to live in London for another 2 years, working as a recording engineer and recruiter for audio and IT brands.  Early 2016, she relocated to sunny Melbourne and is now working as a Technical Recruiter for Odecee, A Cognizant Digital Business. Through hiring many developers as part of her role, her growing curiosity turned into a desire to be able to code herself, and so Natasja has dedicated the past 6 months to up-skilling herself and is a recent graduate of General Assembly’s Front End Web Development and JavaScript courses. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW Proudly sponsored by: Proudly hosted by

Importance of Women in IT

Up your game through conversation – An important skill for women in IT EVENT SOLD OUT – WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING BOOKINGS Maree Burgess is a collaboration and change expert with an obsession for helping leaders, teams and organisations to communicate more effectively.  She will provide us with some of her tips.  Maree has a passion for working with women and building a pipeline of females ready to step up into more senior roles.  Thursday 21 September ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 inc. GST for non-members $15.00 inc. GST for Members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter Note: Employees of our Corporate and Education Sector Members also qualify for the discounted Member rate Registrations close 5 pm Tuesday 19 September Maree brings out the best in individuals and teams, to create mindset shifts, and to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone. As a people, project and change expert, Maree is obsessed with helping others collaborate, work and play well together. She helps leaders, teams and organisations communicate more effectively so that they get the results they are looking for around engagement, performance and change. As a coach, trainer, facilitator and author, Maree has spent the last couple of decades developing others and helping them bring out their best. Her ‘Calm Culture through Conversation’ program helps leaders, teams and individuals communicate more effectively and thrive through change. Maree is Certified in Conversational Intelligence; accredited to administer of MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and GENOS (Emotional Intelligence) instruments; a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming); holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Project Management Certificate.  Her book ‘The XX Project – Giving women the skills and confidence to step up in corporate’ was published in 2015. Hosted by

Vale Fiona Richardson, Victorian Government Minister

We were greatly saddened to hear that Fiona Richardson, Victoria’s Minister for Family Violence Prevention, has died a day after announcing she was taking more time off after further cancer diagnoses. Fiona is survived by two children, Marcus and Catherine, and husband, Stephen. The Chair of Vic ICT for Women, Chris Skipper-Conway, said this morning, “She was so influential and the strongest advocate in Government I have ever met when it came to women’s rights.” “To someone who has made such a difference to the lives of so many women here in Victoria – you will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to your family. You will not be forgotten.” In a statement on Tuesday, Ms Richardson said she had intended to work part-time next week, however she added: “My recovery is not going the way I planned”. “I remain passionately committed to the vision shared by myself and other victim-survivors to eradicate violence in the home within a generation and to end its dangerous and costly impact on families and children,” Ms Richardson said. Her family has released a statement and said she had passed away “bravely”. “Fiona’s had a significant impact on public issues at a local, state and national level,” the statement said. “Fiona had unfinished business. She wanted violence in the home to stop and she knew for that to happen, it would take dedication and leadership over the course of a generation.” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said, “In one of her first speeches as minister she said ‘we can do more and we must’. In her memory, we will,” he said. Devastated at friend Fiona Richardson’s passing. Huge support to me during my journey & for all victims. Thoughts with family, staff & all — Rosie Batty (@RosieBatty1) August 23, 2017 We’ve lost a remarkable, brave and inspirational woman. This is so sad. Thinking tonight of everything Fiona Richardson achieved. — Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 23, 2017 Vale Fiona Richardson. A warrior for her causes, a woman of outstanding ability, an MP of conviction. Rest in peace. #springst — Louise Staley MP (@LouiseStaley) August 23, 2017 A strong advocate for working people & tireless in her determination to end family violence. Vale Fiona Richardson. Very sad news. #springst — Vic Trades Hall (@VicUnions) August 23, 2017