#TechDiversity Champions Announced

On Wednesday 2 August, 400 members of Victoria’s digital technology industry gathered at the #TechDiversity Awards and Gala Dinner to celebrate the people and programs that are making a difference in the world of tech diversity. Vic ICT for Women was, again, a proud sponsor and supported of the #TechDiversity Awards in 2017. We are regular collaborators with Fabian Dattner and Dattner Grant, and we were absoutely delighed to be able to present them with the Awards for overall 2017 #TechDiversity Champion for the company’s Compass Program and affiliated global Homeward Bound program. Summary of 2017 winners #TechDiversity Champion: Dattner Grant for Homeward Bound and Compass Program Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award: DCC Jobs for empowerment of women in careers Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award (runner up): Cultural Infusion for Joko’s World apps #TechDiversity Winner – Business: Vodafone Hutchison Australia for a series of ‘Power to Her’ initiatives #TechDiversity Winner – Education: Dattner Grant for Homeward Bound #TechDiversity Winner – Government: Seamless for its Seamless Web Accessibility Group (focused on local government) #TechDiversity Winner – Media and Advertising: DCC Jobs for empowerment of women in careers Homeward Bound is a global strategic outreach for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine), taking the form of transformational scientific voyages to Antarctica that equip women with the leadership, influencing and visibility skills required for key decision-making roles. The program aims to address the small number of female scientists in such roles across government, academia and the commercial sphere. Dattner Grant’s Compass Program is a women’s leadership and personal transformation program. In accepting the award for 2017 #TechDiversity Champion, Dattner Grant founder, Fabian Dattner, cited a parable where a sparrow tries to hold up the sky: “One does what one can.” The other major award of the night was the Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award, selected by the Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation & Trade, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis. This was awarded to DCC Jobs(formerly Diverse City Careers) for the company’s ongoing efforts to empower women to pursue rewarding careers and fast-track gender equality. DCC Jobs is the only jobs platform in Australia which pre-screens employers based on their policies and initiatives around supporting women in the workplace. Runner up for the Victorian Innovation Minister’s Diversity Award award was app developer Cultural Infusion for its Joko’s World series of interactive learning apps, which blend global folk music, geography and culture to broaden understanding and acceptance of different cultures in children aged 7-14. #TechDiversity Award winners were also named in the four categories of Business, Education, Government and Media and Advertising. Like the #TechDiversity Champion, these groups demonstrated outstanding expressions of behaviour, initiatives, commitment and courage in the pursuit of inclusion. The winner in the Government category was web developer Seamless for its Seamless Web Accessibility Group – a working group of subject matter experts who drive accessible web design practices across the company, leading to improved accessibility standards of more than 50 local government websites. The winner in the Business category was Vodafone Hutchison Australia for a series of initiatives designed to attract and retain diverse talent, as well as foster a diverse talent …

Importance of Women in IT

Thor Essman, CEO & Founder of Versent, will discuss how you can accelerate your digital career, the types of roles needed now and in the future, and the skills you can build now to help get you there Digital Careers – Roles of the future and skills to build today Thursday 17 August 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 Thor Essman is the CEO and Founder of Versent, a technology transformation consultancy delivering Security, Automation & Cloud services for enterprise clients.  Thor has over 24 years of experience in business leadership, technology transformation, culture change and enterprise delivery.  Thor is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, who is known for his leadership, business acumen and is a passionate, energetic, creative agent of change. About Versent Proudly sponsored by Hosted by


Mentees signed up to Vic ICT for Women’s 2017 Mentoring Program are meeting for an informal lunch at  Mr Mason, 10/530 Collins St Melbourne to network – to talk about their successes, learn from one another’s challenges and share ideas around getting the most out of their mentoring experience.


Mentors signed up to Vic ICT for Women’s 2017 Mentoring Program are meeting for an early informal breakfast at Henry and the Fox, 525 Little Collins Street Melbourne to network and share their successes and also learn from the challenges one another may be facing.

Importance of Women in IT

Join us to hear from Melissa Verner Green, Head of Melbourne at Facebook and Instagram share with us her experiences managing a large digital team with a sales background.  With over 25 years in the media industry, Melissa will discuss how she made the transition into a senior leadership role with digital giant Facebook and Instagram just over 2 years ago. Traditional to Digital: Life @ Facebook Thursday 20 July ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING BOOKINGS Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 incl GST $15.00 incl 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   Melissa is Head of Melbourne at Facebook and Instagram, and a member of their ANZ Leadership team. Her primary responsibility is facilitating and building the business strategy with a particular focus on developing deeper partnerships with key clients and their agencies. Melissa’s goal is to help marketers understand the opportunity of mobile in delivering powerful media and marketing solutions utilising the Facebook family of apps and services. Melissa has worked in the media industry for over 25 years across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Prior to joining Facebook Melissa spent 5 years at Fairfax Media in the roles Agency Sales Director (VIC) and States Sales Manager Farirfax Digital (VIC) respectively. Prior to this she had a successful 15 year career in radio, holding senior sales roles at Southern Cross Austereo, Nova and The Australian Radio Network.   Proudly sponsored by Hosted by

#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.

Quietly Powerful Women

On March 30, Megumi Miki presented to a packed house at our Importance of Women in IT event at ANZ on “Becoming Quietly Powerful at work”. If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend this event, or if you want to pass on Megumi’s message please read and share her whitepaper and other articles listed below: Quietly Powerful: Get your talents recognised and succeed on your own terms as a quieter professional woman Are you ‘covering’ your quieter self? Don’t tell me to “Be more confident” Do you have to be an extrovert to get ahead? Bias towards style over substance is keeping your real talent hidden Melbourne Quietly Powerful Women’s Introductory Breakfast Melbourne – Tuesday 23rd May If you and your friends or colleagues would like to hear more from Megumi book for her next breakfast event at https://www.trybooking.com/220688

Importance of Women in IT

Join us to learn from one of Australian’s best-known female entrepreneurs, speakers and leadership commentators Fabian Dattner who will share her ideas on: How to hold your s#@t together in a leadership vacuum Thursday, 15th June ANZ Centre, ​833 Collins Street, Docklands Upper Ground Floor Conference Suites 7:30am – 8:45am Light refreshments provided on arrival $40.00 incl GST $15.00 incl 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 Fabian Dattner is a highly regarded leadership expert, ethicist and advocate for women globally. She will share something of her journey – her multiple reinventions, including the now global Homeward Bound initiative for women in STEM. Her interest in women and supporting them has emerged from 30 years of work with leaders in all parts of the world (‘most of whom were men’) and the emerging awareness of the cost of women’s absence. She’s an expert who cares deeply about the shape of things to come. She is a significant leader whose actions back her words. Listen to what Fabian had to say at  TEDxSouthBankWomen Proudly sponsored by Hosted by

Women in Leadership Masterclass

Thursday 25th May 2017 – 9:00am to 5:00pm VU Convention Centre, Victoria University Level 12, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne, 3000 Cost: $1320 (incl GST) – bookings close on 18th May 2017 Go to https://www.trybooking.com/OMUT for details and registration BONUS for VIC ICT4Women members As a member of VICICT4Women you will also receive exclusive access to a group mentoring session after the program. This session is designed to help embed the learning back at work and ensure you are on track to consolidate your personal leadership strategy. Try before you buy – a free webinar download for you! This program is a follow-on from the session on Credible Communication which Anneli Blundell delivered last December to participants in the 2016 Mentoring Program. If you missed this highly energetic and engaging session then you can still get a sneak peak at the material as Anneli has generously included a link to a webinar recording of a similar session. This is yours to keep for free, whether you join her in the program or not.  If you like what you hear, then the one-day masterclass will take you even further! Click here to access The Do’s and Don’t’s of Credible Communication webinar.

Programming Challenge 4 Girls

Programming Challenge 4 Girls Deakin University Burwood Campus Thursday 17th August 2017 PC4G is an event designed to introduce computer programming to Year 9/10 secondary school girls. It seeks to provide an opportunity for girls to experience programming and to understand the rewarding challenges that are provided through the combination of logic, problem-solving and creativity. Teams of 2 girls will complete a tutorial on the innovative 3D programming environment Alice (http://www.alice.org) and use their new found skills developing some fun animations in the morning. In the afternoon they will then create their own storyboard and develop their own animation. Schools are encouraged to send at least two teams who should be accompanied by a teacher. Whilst the challenge is underway, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and familiarisation activities. The Programming Challenge 4 Girls was first conducted in 2008 in Auckland New Zealand.  Based on an earlier (1988) initiative Young Women’s Programming Contest (YWPC),  it has grown to become a nationwide and international event.  Read more about the history of this event. Vic ICT for Women encourages all of its members to promote participation by students from secondary colleges across metropolitan and regional areas. Visit the PC4G website at http://pc4g.org.nz to ‘Register Competitors’ by selecting the ‘Deakin University-Burwood‘ challenge site.

Women in Tech 2017

13-15 June 2017 Aerial UTS Function Centre Sydney Women in Tech is not an event about women in tech, it is for women in tech. Alongside the national push to bring the next age of economic prosperity for Australia, comes a collective effort to drive innovation across public and private sectors by increasing diversity. For organisations to remain competitive they must build the right conditions to encourage more women into, and advance those within the tech sector. VIC ICT for Women are proud to support Women in Tech, an event that brings together senior female ICT professionals from across all industries to facilitate opportunities to network, share experiences and discuss strategic solutions to the key challenges facing the sector. Full details on the event program can be found by downloading the conference brochure VIC ICT for Women members receive an additional 10% discount using promo code VICICT_10 when you register to attend.  

What’s Hot in IT

Living in the Cloud Tuesday, 30th May 2017 Deloitte, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne 5:30pm to 8:00pm Cloud Technology has revolutionised the way modern enterprises work. The agility, back-end efficacy, resource efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of cloud technology have made it a permanent part of the IT infrastructure. According to MIT, ‘Cloud Technology’ is the hottest buzzword in the industry. It appears 48 million times on the internet. What’s Hot in IT is an evening of networking & discussion in a friendly and informative atmosphere, to connect with Technology leaders who are utilising Cloud in many innovative ways. In a ‘round table’ format, our panel of Technology specialists will lead discussions to showcase wide range of technology topics associated with Cloud in its many forms. Our panel members include Raghavendra Bhat, Head of Technology – Digital Channels at ANZ Bank Marti Chance, Senior Product Specialist at Telstra Irene Evgeniadis, Senior Manager Standards Framework and Governance at NBN Co Paul Jones, CEO at Boolean – Technology Architect for Melbourne Airport and Victoria SES Eric Keser, CEO at Certitude Technology Risk Services – Cyber Security & Cloud Murad Khan, Director, Analytics & Information at Deloitte Wayne Morrison, Partner – Interactive Experience and Mobile (IX&M) Services at IBM Sara Ogston, Research Data Storage Manager, University of Melbourne Rajitha Rajasingham, Co-founder & Director of Oreta Nathan Wheat, Director, Cloud & Infrastructure Solutions at Deloitte Click here to find out more about our panel members Light supper and drinks will be served COST:   $65.00   ($35.00 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 Proudly sponsored by Hosted by