Importance of Women in IT

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Importance of Women in IT

From IT nerd to making #BOLDMoves – shining a light on the path Do you want to hear how an introvert learnt how to  present in front of 100 people? How understanding and using your strengths can help you excel in your job?  How building self-esteem can help you become confident in your job and put your hand up for #BOLDMoves? Hear about how a shy, quiet kid who fell into the world of IT as a Developer became a senior leader within IT in a global company, passionate about diversity, leadership and continuous learning. Speaker: Caroline Stainkamph Caroline leads the Business Management & Transformation team within Global Development at Computershare (CPU).  Among many other things, she is responsible for the Leadership & Culture strategy across 400+ staff and leads a global Talent Management initiative in Technology Services. Caroline is the founder and sponsor for CPU’s Women in Technology program and  participates in Vic ICT for Women’s #BOLDMoves initiative. Join us to hear about Caroline’s transition from Nerd to #BoldMoves. Cost:    $40.00   ($15.00 for members of Vic ICT for Women, ACS and PMI Melbourne Chapter) Light refreshments provided on arrival. Proudly supported by: And hosted by:

#TechDiversity – amplifying the voice for change


Vic ICT for Women are a proud and active contributor to the #TechDiversity initiative and the Awards that will be recognised on 4th August.

I urge you to get involved and gain recognition for the efforts you, as an individual, or as a company, are making to the IT industry in Victoria. You play a role in making the number of women in IT count by promoting Gender Diversity in IT, so turn the dial up – nominate and be noticed!

The words “maybe”, “second best”, and “too hard” don’t feature in my vocabulary…

I come from a small town in South Africa, a place with amazing diversity but with an unacceptable racial divide.  I learnt at an early age to aspire to change what I thought was wrong – and if roadblocks appeared, find a way to go around. My parents were English Catholic migrants desperate to fit in. I was always different.  I made my decision to leave family, friends and a cushy job as Assistant Accountant for Mercedes Benz in Johannesburg before I let myself conform to fit in! I travelled, did a range of jobs overseas that would never have fitted the mould back home and met an Aussie, came to Australia and became the mother of 2 amazing children who brought a new dimension to my life – gave up the rebel and settled down – but only for a while.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

How I turned my back on crime

I am by nature a competitive being, not sure if it was something instilled in me, or just something I felt growing up. It was simply that I had to do well, excel and be better than others. This was not in a bad way, but rather I measured my success on where others were at. This was to also play a part during my career. I often felt that women had to go above and beyond what men did or over achieve to be seen as successful. I started my IT journey in the 90s – it was a time of high interest rates, high unemployment rates – the recession hits hard, families start to lose jobs and their homes. One morning I began the process of looking for work. Failing to find a role suitable to my qualifications (BA (Hons), Post Grad in Criminology, ) I became a bit despondent. I held two degrees but no role to be found, yet there was water everywhere (in a vast pond called Information Technology), but not a drop to drink for me.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row]So Today, I have been –        Board member –        Mentor –        Blogger –        Go Girl Program Director –        Senior IT leader –        A mother –        A wife, a friend, a colleague Tomorrow, I want to –        Leave a legacy behind, that I have made a difference to those coming after me