Welcome to the latest edition of the FITT newsletter.
This is my first Editor’s welcome, having recently taken on the role of marketing lead for FITT. I am very excited about joining the FITT team. Having worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, I am looking forward to playing more of a role in helping building awareness, engagement and opportunity for females in pursuing their careers in the technology space. If you have ideas or feedback you would like to share please don’t hesitate to reach out via email@example.com
This month’s newsletter begins with some FITT history from founder Ann Moffatt and looks at how and why she built the network back in the 1990’s. It’s an interesting look at where we have come from and the similar challenges and objectives we have today compared to the group’s origins.
Our FITT Management Committee and FITT Events team are very pleased to be sharing news of our forthcoming, inaugural, FITT Executive Forum Lunch event. Featuring a keynote address by David Thodey, this exciting new event for the FITT calendar will explore the topic 'Why we need to encourage Australia’s Future STEAM Leaders’. Make sure you read more about this event - and more importantly, book your tickets to be part of the day and the conversation. Put Tuesday 29 November in your diaries now!
In this issue, we also congratulate FITT Gold Sponsor, Avanade, for being awarded Overall Tech Diversity Champion at the recent #TechDiversity Gala Dinner.
There have also been a host of great events held recently involving our FITT sponsors. SAP has had an active month with events. Its IgNight event is an excellent example of developing our future leaders, engaging University students across a variety of disciplines and connecting them with executives and interns alike. SAP also ran the successful SAP Business Women’s Network in Sydney, looking specifically at gender equity.
Cisco’s involvement in ‘Go Girl Go for ICT’ at Deakin University was another great event resulting in over 2000 female school students taking part in interactive workshops and hearing about numerous possibilities open to them with careers in the ICT industry.
The FITT team continues to grow and we currently have a vacancy for a volunteer IT Manager. Take a look at the job description and please get in touch with us if it sounds like you.
Finally, I would like to thank Kerryn Nelson, our previous Marketing Lead and Editor for her work in building the communications platform over the past year. Kerryn will still be playing a vital role in FITT, focusing on our events which are so important to our member base.
Newsletter Editor and FITT Marketing Lead
On Behalf of the FITT Management Committee
with Anne Moffatt
In the late 1980s I had quite a high profile in the ICT industries. I had just taken the position of Director of the Institute of Information Technology at UNSW, where I was responsible for the delivery of all IBM’s customer and internal education in Australia when, under Minister John Button’s Partnerships for development initiative, IBM gave responsibility for delivery of their education to the universities. I had been national development manager at ASX and Chairman of the NSW branch of the ACS.
Many women in the industry were contacting me about their frustration about not being taken seriously and being 'passed over’ for promotion, watching male colleagues getting the recognition and promotion they thought they deserved.
There were secondary issues such as balancing work and home duties and especially being a working mum.
I was struck by the fact that so many women thought they were the only one with these issues. I was also struck by the variety of strategies these women had developed to address their concerns. Some strategies were successful, some were not. I could share my own stories, but I thought how much more powerful it would be if these women could be encouraged to share their stories with each other.
In January 1990, I wrote to 16 top women who I knew would be willing to share their own experiences and establish a ‘self help’ network of women helping each other to address these issues.
I also wanted to address the issue of getting more women into our industry and helping those in the industry to reach their potential. I had had a fabulous career in our profession and I wanted other women to share the joys I had had.
This image shows me writing the programs to analyse the black box of the Concorde, working on my dining room table. See slide rule used for engineering calcs. Coding in pencil on paper.
Not a computer in sight.
The one year old peeping over the edge of the table was 51 this year!!
Retiree, Chair of Hervey Bay Computer Club and early adopter of ICT
FITT 2016 Executive Forum
Why we need to encourage Australia’s Future STEAM Leaders
Tuesday 29 November, 2016
The fundamental issue facing Australia’s IT market today is the distinct lack of students taking on IT studies and pursuing careers in the IT and digital spaces… and in doing so, keeping Australia at the forefront of innovation nationally and internationally.
Come and join with like-minded STEAM professionals at FITT’s Inaugural ‘FITT Executive Forum’ to start the conversation about how we can encourage today’s students and graduates to become the future STEAM leaders of our nation – and the world.
This event will feature a keynote presentation by David Thodey, Chair of the Commonwealth Science, Industry & Research Organisation, Chair of Jobs NSW and former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Telstra.
Date: Tuesday 29 November, 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 12.30pm – Registrations & networking
12.30pm – 2.30pm – Lunch and keynote presentation by David Thodey
2.30pm – Close
Doltone House, Hyde Park - Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
$150.00 + GST (early bird price, available until Friday 21 October)
$165.00 + GST (standard price, available from Saturday 22 October)
Table tickets (tables of 10):
$1450.00 + GST (early bird price, available until Friday 21 October)
$1600.00 + GST (standard price, available from Saturday 22 October)
Ticket bookings close at 5.00pm AEST on Wednesday 23 November, 2016
The FITT Management Committee and FITT Family would like to congratulate Sarah Adam-Gedge, Debra Underwood and the team at Avanade for being recognised as the Inaugural TechDiversity Champion at the recent #TechDiversity Gala Dinner
Award winners pictured above from Avanade at the #Tech Diversity Awards.
IgNight strengthens SAP’s brand
Millennials future hiring pipeline
SAP’s IgNight event was held in August at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney, designed specifically to attract students studying a variety of different degrees in marketing, business, engineering and science to SAP.
The evening featured an action-packed agenda, including presentations, a panel discussion, Q&A session and speed networking.
The IgNight event facebook album captures the course of the evening, where students had the chance to meet SAP executives, recent graduates and interns, as well as learn about the exciting career possibilities SAP has to offer.
Student feedback expressed, “SAP IgNight gave us a unique insight into the extensive possibilities at SAP – I now understand where my own degree fits within SAP’s technological landscape and how the company is pushing the boundaries of software.”
The event also provided the SAP HR team with a fantastic opportunity to engage with potential candidates from various universities.
“It was a pleasure meeting so much high-calibre talent and to see such enthusiasm and interest from them in SAP,” said Maurice Fernandes, talent acquisition consultant.
IgNight was led by three of SAP’s interns – Ryder Cao, Julie Gerodias and Valerie Xie – with wonderful support from HR senior consultant, Hui Yiang Tay, Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Perry Manross - head of global corporate affairs for ANZ, panelists - Annalise Christoforatos - customer success specialist, Gina McNamara - CFO ANZ and Kevin D’Cunha – head of practice unit HANA consulting, and SAP’s technology showcase led by Malcolm Yeoman and Thorsten Freitag – solution architects.
“The event really encapsulates what SAP stands for in terms of diversity and inclusiveness,” said Hui Yiang, HR business partner. “Not only did we have a diverse attendance across the business units, but the full spectrum of age groups was also represented.”
Tracey Drew, HR solutions consultant, agrees, “The combined effort of the younger team members with the ‘old folks’ sharing their stories was impactful to demonstrate the journey for early talent through to senior.
The night was a testament to our ‘super awesome people’ and we undoubtedly bolstered our brand through authentic sharing of our collective SAP stories and experiences.”
Gina McNamara, CFO ANZ, was also grateful to all those involved. “It is all of you that make SAP a great place to work. I'm sure the students could see your enthusiasm and passion and will want to come and work with you,” she enthused.
Lisa Christy, HR director, summed up the evening by saying, “This was our first IgNight and it came off beautifully! My team are keen to host IgNight events in Melbourne or Brisbane in 2017 following the success of the Sydney program.”
Cisco @ Go Girl, Go for ICT
Cisco participated in the Go Girl Go for ICT event at Deakin University on the 16th of August. This is a great initiative organised by Vic ICT for Women, with the core goal being to better inform, educate and inspire female students on the wide range of careers available within the IT industry.
Over 2000 girls from years 7 – 12 attended the event, from regional and metropolitan schools.
Cisco hosted interactive workshops throughout the day, which allowed the girls to get up close and personal with the Cisco Spark app and explore some of the possibilities when integrating API’s with popular apps like Sound Cloud and EBay.
At the Cisco booth, girls were able to learn about the careers at Cisco and hear first-hand stories from successful women who have built careers at Cisco. We also showcased some of our leading Collaboration technology with live demos throughout the day.
Avanade Australia have opened up applications for their 2017 Graduate Program! If you are passionate about technology and are interested in a career in consulting, then please click on the link for more info and to apply. http://bit.ly/2bQEf46
FITT Volunteer Role
Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
The feedback from the event has been terrific! Some anecdotal feedback examples:
“… I never thought about the difference between equality and equity. Claire has showed me whole new perspective through which to evaluate whether we are making a difference!”
“… I learned so many new aspects as to what it takes to drive gender equity and how our economic environment should support it, I never thought of it before…”
“… The speaker was so insightful, interesting and knowledgeable - thanks for a great event!”
“… Loved Claire as the speaker today – such energy and wealth of information and insight!”
“… Awesome speaker, great content and statistics … loved the equity vs equality point!”
On the afternoon of Wednesday 27 July, fifty-five SAP employees, SAP customers, partners, friends and CSR partners attended the SAP Business Women’s Network event at the University of Sydney Business School.
The topic of Gender Equity - The Economic, Legislative and Political Framework - was presented by guest speaker Claire Braund, executive director from Women on Boards, Churchill Fellow and sought after board director in the small and not-for-profit sector.
The presentation and ensuing discussion covered:
1. Women and the economy
2. Women in politics
3. Women and the workplace
Many great points were made during the presentation, some key learnings to mention are:
1. The difference between ‘equality’ and ‘equity’, which is explained in the image below.
2. While women’s paid work has increased significantly since the 1970s, this increase is in part-time not full-time work - and trend lines are flat, not increasing.
Australia’s current combination of tax, family payment and childcare policies means that women face significant costs if they want to increase their work hours.
3. Gina McNamara, SAP ANZ CFO & BWN Executive Sponsor joined Claire for a lively Q&A Panel discussion with the audience. Another special guest to this event Anne Fulwood, well-known and highly respected Australian news anchor, added to the conversation with interesting and thought provoking questions for the panel.
SAP’s next Sydney Business Women’s Network Chapter event will be held in October 2016.
If you would like to receive an invitation, please contact:
Co-chairs, SAP Business Women’s Network, Sydney Chapter, SAP Australia.
A summary of the month’s social media posts
FITT’s social media guru, Louisa Partridge has found that the top 3 ‘FITT Friendly’ posts from Facebook in August were:
1. LinkedIn data shows Australian tech still has a gender diversity problem