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ACS Panel Session: Addressing Australia's ICT Skills Shortage - a Diversity & Inclusion Approach #ACS #BreakTheBias #IWD22

At this panel session, our panelists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, will share their insights on how our profession can take new approaches to broaden the pipeline of ICT workers to addressing Australia's ICT skills shortage through a diversity & inclusion mindset.

Registration End Date: Mon, 07 Mar, 01:00 PM

  • where

  • National Portrait Gallery
    King Edward Terrace, Parkes
    Parkes ACT 2600
  • when

  • Event Start: Tue, 08 Mar, 07:15 AM
    Event Finish: Tue, 08 Mar, 09:00 AM
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<img alt="2022.03.08 Event banner" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1642392156000"></img><br>ACS Canberra is hosting a Diversity &amp; Inclusion panel session on Tuesday 8 March 2022 at the National Portrait Gallery to discuss &quot;<i><b>Addressing <b>Au</b>stralia&#39;s ICT Skills Shortage - a Diversity &amp; Inclusion Approach</b></i>&quot; as part of International Women&#39;s Day celebrations.<br><br>According to the 2021 ACS Digital Pulse, only 29% of the technology workforce are female, almost half of the workforce does not have a formal technology qualification, there is a heavy reliance on skilled migration by the sector and there is a low number of indigenous tech workers.  Yet, there is an expectation that across Australia there will be a need for over 1.1 million technology workers by 2026.<br><br>At this panel session, our panelists from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, will share their insights on how our profession can take new approaches to broaden the pipeline of ICT workers to addressing Australia&#39;s ICT skills shortage through a diversity &amp; inclusion mindset.<br><br><b><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Our panelist include:</span></span></b> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Kate Pounder</a>, CEO, Tech Council of Australia</li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="" target="_blank">Professor Paddy Nixon</a>, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Canberra</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="" target="_blank">Emma Davidson</a>, ACT Greens MLA for Murrumbidgee</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><a href="" target="_blank">Charles Woodall</a>, Senior Vice President Alliances and Channel Sales APAC, Salesforce</span></span></li></ul> <span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span>This panel discussion is open to the wider professional community and seats are limited, we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.</span></span><br><br><b>Registration:</b><br><b><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><span>* </span></span></b><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span>Tickets are available $65 incl GST </span></span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span>(ACS Member) and $95 (Non-member)</span></span><br><b><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><span>* </span></span></b><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span>Group bookings are available and Table (of 8) seating.<br>* If you are intent to book a table but don’t have the contact details of attendees at the time of registering, you can enter it as Guest 1, guest 2, so on and send me the completed table booking form <b>by 20 Feb</b>. Click <a href="" target="_blank"><b>here</b></a> for a copy of the table booking form.</span></span><br><br><b>*Please contact if you require an invoice or have difficulties with the online registration process.</b><br><br><b><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;"><span>Registration closes 1st March 2022 9:30 AM AEDT</span></span></b><br><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>* <i>International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to challenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let&#39;s all choose to challenge. <br>IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias<br>Imagine a gender equal world.<br>A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.<br>A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.<br>A world where difference is valued and celebrated.<br>Together we can forge women&#39;s equality.<br>Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.</i></span></span></span></span></span><br><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;">#ACSCanberraIWD22 <span><i>#BreakTheBias</i></span><br>#SynergyGroupAustralia #Salesforce</span></span></span></span><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt;"><span>This event is proudly sponsored by <b><a href="" target="_blank">Synergy Group Australia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Salesforce</a>.</b></span></span></span></span></span><br><br><b>Draft of event agenda :  </b><br>7:15 AM – 7:30 AM (Registration, arrival tea &amp; coffee, networking)<br><b>7:30 AM – 8:00 AM (MC, Welcome, breakfast and sponsor&#39;s speech)</b><br>8:00 AM -  8:50 AM (Panel discussion and Q &amp;A)<br>8:58 AM - 9:00 AM (Thanks to sponsors, speakers, guests and announce ACS upcoming events)<br>9:00 AM (Event concluded)<br><br><b>IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ATTENDEES - COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN (Events):<br>1) Face mask: </b>Wearing a mask when entering the venue and event room. Facemasks do not need to be worn when consuming food, drink or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth (*<i>Face masks will be available for guests while on site at the NPG</i>)<br><br><b>2) Check-in CBR QR code:</b> Due to the importance of contact tracing for COVID-19 purposes if required, it is important to have your attendance registered and scan the Check-in CBR QR code.<br><br><b>3) ACS event registration QR code:</b> Upon your arrival, please make sure to have your ACS event registration QR code visible and ready for scan at the registration desk where your attendance will be recorded. You can find your QR code in your ACS event confirmation email and a reminder sent to you three days before the event; you can provide the QR code via your phone or a printed copy or a screenshot of your email etc.<br><br><b>4) Event Cancellation &amp; Refund:</b> All cancellations must be processed through the website, a refund will only be considered if it is <b>at least 7 working days prior to the event</b>.<br><br><b>5) Photography and/or filming</b> may take place during this event, by accepting these terms you consent to this. Please let the ACS event manager know if you do not want your picture taken.


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Kate Pounder

Kate Pounder

Kate Pounder, CEO | Tech Council of Australia

Kate is an experienced tech sector leader and senior executive who has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors.

She is the CEO of the Tech Council of Australia, the peak body representing the Australian tech sector.

She was formerly a Partner at Australian strategy and data analytics consulting company, AlphaBeta Advisers, founding and growing their Canberra office over four years until their acquisition by Accenture, when she became an Accenture MD and Global Strategy Lead for Data Analytics. 

Prior to AlphaBeta, Kate worked for McKinsey & Company specialising in their digital and public sector practices.

She has also spent 15 years working in technology policy roles with the Australian Industry Group, National ICT Australia (now Data61), Network Ten, and the Federal Government.

Kate is passionate about growing Australia's tech sector, creating new jobs and businesses, and increasing the diversity of workers in the sector.  

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Paddy Nixon

Paddy Nixon

Vice-Chancellor and President 
Professor Paddy Nixon
BSc(Hons) Liv, MA Dub, PhD Shef, FBCS FRSA FRSN

Professor Nixon holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Sheffield University. A technologist and computer scientist, Professor Nixon was previously the Vice-Chancellor of the multi-campus Ulster University in Northern Ireland. No stranger to Australian shores, he moved to Tasmania in 2010 where he was  Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research — delivering significant growth in both rankings and research funding—before returning to the United Kingdom.

Professor Nixon has a deep understanding of the nexus between industry and university research having had significant industrial and commercial experience through collaborations with INTEL, Microsoft Research, HP, Oracle and IBM as well as being involved in start-ups and establishing the Irish national early stage technology incubator.

He is deeply committed to the civic obligations of a university and recognises the critical and unique role the University of Canberra plays in the ACT. Professor Nixon believes that modern universities need meaningful engagement with their students, their staff, industry partners and the community to deliver consistent and compelling impact.

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Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson

Emma Davidson MLA

Emma Davidson is the ACT's Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Assistant Minister for Seniors, Veterans, Families and Community Services, and Member for Murrumbidgee.

She holds one of the six Greens seats in the 10th Legislative Assembly.
Emma is a former Woden Valley Community Council committee member and former Secretary at Pearce Community Centre. She was the former Convenor, and is now a member, of the Women's Electoral Lobby.

Emma has previously worked in social research and advocacy at the Women's Centre for Health Matters and at Equality Rights Alliance, managed online communications for the Australian Medical Association, was Director of Information Management with the Navy, worked in private sector software development, owned and managed a small retail business, and worked at Centrelink for seven years.

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Charles Woodall

Charles Woodall

Charles Woodall, Senior Vice President Alliances and Channel Sales APAC at Salesforce

Charles has 25 years of Sales experience with the last 20 years focused on the Information & Technology sector. The last 15 years have seen Charles privileged to lead teams in a diverse range of Global and Asia Pacific Management roles. Charles experienced great success in building both direct sales, indirect sales, and partner teams. Having grown established partner teams and markets to establishing greenfields teams Charles enjoys implementing both the sales and operational rigor required to be successful in these markets. Having most recently built teams in APAC/APJ he has also built and managed businesses in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, GCR, Korea and Japan.

Whilst having a collaborative and direct management style, Charles sees the importance of being able to expand and adapt sales methodologies across international divisions of a business.
Whilst not detracting from global goals and targets, it is a focus of Charles to understand the cultural and commercial complexities of each region. Having a societal impact and giving back to the community is at the core of Charles's belief system. His core values being Trust, Family and Authenticity.

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