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ACS Panel: ACS Qld and RCL present Qld Women’s Week Showcase - Diversity and Inclusion in Tech

Open free of charge for students, graduates, through to ICT executives and those who may be considering a second career pathway in technology, this event aims to create awareness about diversity and inclusion and emerging opportunities in technology, and pathways available for those interested in pursuing a career or reskilling within ICT. The event will also explore examples of organisations who have implemented forward-thinking diversity and inclusion policies to support flexible and inclusive employment practices.  

Registration End Date: Thu, 04 Mar, 01:59 PM

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  • where

  • RCL, The Precinct, TC Beirne Building
    Level 3/315 Brunswick Street
    Fortitude Valley QLD 4000
  • when

  • Event Start: Mon, 08 Mar, 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Mon, 08 Mar, 07:30 PM
  • event price

  • Member: $0.00
  • Member-Concessional: $0.00
  • Non-Member: $0.00

<span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">The 2020 ACS Digital Pulse Report tells us that women in technology represent only 29% of the entire technology workforce and there are significant barriers for older workers within technology. Open free of charge (for students, graduates, through to ICT executives and those who may be considering a second career pathway in technology), this event aims to create awareness about emerging roles in technology, and pathways available for those interested in pursuing a career or reskilling within ICT. This event will also explore wider issues around diversity and inclusion more generally, and examples of organisations who have embraced forward-thinking policies to support diversity and inclusion, along with the recent ACS Diversity and Inclusion Guides launched.<br><br>Please note registration is 5.30pm for 6:00pm start. Light refreshments will be provided.</span></span></span><br>  <div style="text-align: center;"> </div> <br> 

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  • River City Labs

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Panellist

Johnny Manfredo Serrano

Johnny Manfredo Serrano

Across my career I have worked in many areas of IT acquiring and practicing these skills. I am the global head of IT at GroundProbe managing the IT team through record growth and innovation, transforming IT from backend focused to be more business-focused and the team engaging more as technology consultants in the business. In 2018 and 2019, GroundProbe was voted the most innovative company in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian Financial Review. GroundProbe is a global technology leader that provides advanced hardware and software solutions to the mining industry. After completing my e-commerce degree from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), I started my career as a software engineer, creating databases and systems for finance, marketing, and insurance industries. This led to an opportunity to be on the ground at Innisfail in North Queensland, just days after Cyclone Larry had ravaged the town, to set up a network and systems for insurance processing. From here, I was fortunate enough to work at Raytheon Australia which allowed me to work with global large-scale systems. This exposed me to Defence standards that support Defence services such as the F1-11 and FA-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, and other security-sensitive areas.

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Nicola Steel

Nicola Steel

Since 1999, I have connected over 1000 IT professionals with leading startups, SMEs and corporates in both Australia and the UK. Over 99% of candidates I place pass their probation period and become highly valued team members thus avoiding the pain and cost of a bad hire.My passion is connecting tech start-ups with software experts. A major barrier to growth for start-ups is finding the right balance of exceptional technical skills with the right cultural fit. Over the last 20+ years, I have gained a thorough understanding of what kind of person thrives in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of start-ups. Based on my expertise with start-ups, I have been selected as the Preferred Recruitment Partner for ACS QLD and River City Labs. I am also a volunteer mentor at River City Labs to advise and help start-ups grow and succeed.

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Pauline Fetaui

Pauline Fetaui

Pauline Fetaui is an independent Program Consultant servicing Global and National Tier 1 companies, delivering innovative business and IT solutions backed by her extensive experience in the Finance, IT, Insurance, Superannuation and Government industries.Pauline played a major role in the business growth and optimisation of the operations of Hewlett-Packard, Bupa Australia, MBF, Australian Taxation Office, i4bright, QSuper Group, and Allianz Partners Australia. She applied her expertise on IT, Operations, Customer Service, Marketing, and Branding to take these companies to the next level, streamlining their systems and increasing their overall efficiency. She has helped Hewlett-Packard in developing and enhancing solutions and technologies for Digitisation Services, Lending Operations, Call Centre, People and Change Communications, and Operational Finance.  Pauline’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit has allowed her to build her first start-up, CheeHoo, a fully integrated life and virtual personal assistant app, designed to help people hustle smarter and stay connected to people in their lives. She hopes that this app will enable users to reduce social media noise in their lives so they can do things that are important to them and connecting with people they value the most. Her analytical, pragmatic, and strategic approach to business has made her a trusted advisor by local and international organizations. In her years working as a Program Consultant, she has consistently delivered progressive business outcomes. Her highly accountable, results-driven work ethic has not only earned her a good reputation but also made her services in demand by various companies.   When not growing her business or transforming other businesses, Pauline spends time in her advocacies. She promotes children’s wellness through charity and research. She supports women’s causes, helps small businesses in developing countries, and would like to move her endeavors more towards awareness on domestic violence both in Australia and in the Pacific Islands. For Pauline, success comes full circle when she’s able to contribute and leave any situation better than when she arrived.  

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Rene Chappel

Rene Chappel

Rene Chappel has been working in the Technology industry for over 15 years.  Rene is currently working as a Product Owner in the BHP Digital Factory, working collaboratively with business and technology stakeholders to identify opportunities to improve end user experience and productivity through digital solutions.

Throughout her career Rene has been an advocate of women in technology, understanding the richness that diversity can bring to a team and not just from a gender perspective but also from a background, cultural and experience perspective.  Rene has actively been involved in internal and external initiatives giving her the opportunity to share her own experiences and insights into navigating a successful and diverse career in Technology. 

Personally Rene has a wonderfully supportive family, with two beautiful children, is studying her Masters of Technology at QUT, and loves to run - with marathons being the yearly signature running event. 

A quote from Richard Branson that has been a consistent theme throughout Rene’s career is “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
 

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Padma Gadiyar

Padma Gadiyar

Dr Padma Gadiyar is a dentist, practice owner, Artificial Intelligence enthusiast, and healthcare consultant to the dental and medical industries. An experienced clinician, Dr Gadiyar launched her first dental practice in Australia 9 years ago.Dr Gadiyar has developed a strong reputation as an innovative and results-oriented disruptor with the ability to transform bottom line profitability and practice owner lifestyle – whilst still delivering best cost effective care to patients. An advocate for bringing entrepreneurship and technology into dentistry, driven by a desire for practice owners to create a business supporting both for dentists and their patients using AI and Remote Patient Monitoring Dr Gadiyar founded Smilo.ai on 2020Smilo.ai is a virtual care platform powered by AI that drives profitability and productivity of dental practices by reimaging patient experience. It gives real-time insights instantly anytime anyplace with a click of a button using smartphones.From being an industry entrepreneur to a health tech start up founder, Dr Gadiyar believes AI has the ability to transform oral healthcare and patient education. 

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Linda Eng

Linda Eng

Linda Eng is a Solution Analyst at 4impact and thrives on being an advocate for continuous improvement and change at both a business and a team level. Priding herself on leading successful projects, Linda combines her extensive technical experience with the ability to connect best practice process. Her breadth of experience extends from small-scale process analysis and design to end-to-end enterprise technology and business projects in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

By applying her ‘boots on ground’ approach to leadership and inclusion, Linda brings candour and intelligence to all of her stakeholder relationships. She applies the initiative to move a project forward by listening to her team, considering the diversity and opinion of each person involved.

On a personal level, Linda is passionate about supporting women in tech. She has firsthand experience at the challenges faced and is excited to see improvements to diversity and inclusion being made across the whole industry through education, training and development.

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Joanna Killalea-Walford

Joanna Killalea-Walford

Jo Killalea-Walford went back to school and studied technology in the early 1990s after the birth of her daughter. As a solo mum she wanted to ensure she set a strong example for her daughter and, in doing so, found she was pretty good at it too. This started an IT career that has spanned over 25 years, working in multiple industries and several continents.

Jo moved away from being hands on technical quite some time ago when she found her talent at management people and relationships. She is currently an Account Director at Datacom where she looks after some of the company’s largest Queensland customers. Forming strong, long lasting relationships with customers, while promoting expansion, and assisting them to confront their digital challenges through the right selection of technology and strategy.

As a mother, grandmother, aunt, and mentor, Jo is passionate about ensuring those that come after her know they can succeed in the technology industry, regardless of circumstance. In New Zealand Jo joined an organization who presented at secondary schools encouraging girls to think about a career in STEM. She is currently a Women in Technology Queensland committee member.

Jo is reasonably new to Australia, having moved to Sydney for a short stint before settling in Brisbane 2 years ago. She is hoping her daughter and grandchildren will see the light and move here soon.
 

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Level 3/315 Brunswick Street,Fortitude Valley,QLD,Australia

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