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Achieving Excellence Through Diversity & Reskilling

ACS is excited to host our Diversity Panel Networking Event in Melbourne, Tuesday 23 October.

Registration End Date: Mon, 22 Oct, 07:01 AM

  • where

  • Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Mayfair Room
    123 Collins St
    Melbourne VIC 3000
  • when

  • Event Start: Tue, 23 Oct, 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Tue, 23 Oct, 07:30 PM
  • event price

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<img alt="User-added image" src=";feoid=00N9000000EVCh7&amp;refid=0EM90000001Frwm"></img><br><br>ACS is excited to host our Diversity Panel Networking Event in Melbourne, Tuesday 23 October. Join us to hear from industry thought leaders from the corporate, government and education sectors.<br> <br>It is no secret that Australia has a diversity gap across gender, age and culture. As an industry, we understand that maximising diversity in the workforce will ensure that we will continue to grow and evolve. Studies, such as the <i>ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2018</i>, have shown that a diverse workplace increases productivity and employee satisfaction. The obvious associated effect is a successful ICT market in Australia leading to increased economic growth. <br> <br>Recent predictions forecast that the Australian ICT workforce will need to increase by 100,000 jobs over the next few years to maintain business as usual, however, to maximise growth we will need 200,000. The number of skilled graduates and international talent coming into the Australian market is not enough to meet this demand. However, opportunity is on the horizon. With only 28% of ICT workers being female, this indicates that a large part of the population could be drawn to meet this demand. We are already actively taking steps to capitalise on this market according to the McKinsey&amp;Company diversity report with Australia currently leading the world in relation to female executive positions at 21%, but there is still a lot more to be done. For example, we know that we need to increase our age diversity with only 12% of ICT workers employed over the age of 55.  <br> <br>There are already a great number of published works on what needs to take place to bring about this change. We already know that creating flexible working environments, forming a culture of inclusion, developing mentorship programs, promoting role models and reassessing HR models and requirements are just some of the actions we need to take, not only in our workplaces but as an industry, to make ICT more competitive. The question then becomes, how? How do we lead from the top or entice people from other industries? How do we impact not only our current workforce but also start to shape the future?<br> <br>At this event, our panellists will dive deep into these issues, discussing from their own experiences what worked and what hasn’t. Some other topics that our panel will discuss include:<br>  <ul><li>What policies are having an impact on shaping future generations through education?</li><li>How is the diversity gap being addressed through our education system?</li><li>What are the impacts that targets and quotas are having on the success of diversity in the ICT industry?</li><li>In reviewing diversity in the supply chain, how can we make the changes that will usher in new processes and ideation?</li><li>How has the rise of the gig economy, offering flexibility for both contractors and employers, changed the landscape for employment models? And how can we capitalise on the diverse range of skill sets that it offers?</li><li>To lead from the top down is not enough. How do we go about creating a culture of empowerment to ensure that workers have the power to effect change?</li><li>What is the best practice for ensuring that we don’t become complacent and instead continuously exercise diversity assessments?</li><li>We know that there are several advantages in assimilating diversity into your brand. How do Australian companies ensure that this isn’t just an image exercise?</li></ul>  <br>The panel will close with Q&amp;A from the audience and a networking session, giving you a unique opportunity to connect and discuss these pertinent issues with your peers and other industry leaders. Please register below.<br> 

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Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup is a technology journalist with The Australian Financial Review , covering startups, innovation policy, venture capital, and listed tech companies. She is a two-time winner of StartCon's Australasian Startup Journalist of the Year.

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Maria Markman

Maria Markman

Maria Markman is the Chair of ACS in Victoria and also a member of the national ACS Management Committee. In the ICT industry, Maria has strong experience in professional networking, business development, project management, strategic advisory and business analysis. She has domain expertise across disruptive technology trends including cloud, mobile, big data and social media. Maria is a passionate advocate for increased representation of women in IT as well as broadening the general diversity of backgrounds for professionals working in the ICT industry.

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The Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC

The Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC

Philip Dalidakis was born in the Southern Metropolitan Region and has lived here all his life. His father was born in Greece. His mother was born in Shanghai, the daughter of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. As the son of immigrant parents, he shares the life stories of many families in his electorate. Philip now lives in McKinnon with his wife Debra and three young children, who attend local primary and secondary schools.

Philip was educated at Gardenvale Primary School, St Michael’s Grammar School, Monash University where he holds a double degree in Business (Management) and Arts (politics and Thai language) and UNSW, where he obtained a Master of Commerce.

Philip has worked in both the private sector and in government. He started at Deloitte, worked in the property and finance team with Centro Properties Group and as a financial controller of a small family group of companies. He was chief executive officer of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries from 2007 to 2011. In government, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, in 2011-12. From 2012 to 2014 he ran his own small consulting firm.

Philip has been active in many community organisations. He has been treasurer of the Jewish Museum of Australia, treasurer of FKA Children’s Services Inc, and a Homework Support volunteer with Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council.

In addition to his role as Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Philip holds the portfolio responsibilities of Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation and the Digital Economy and Small Business in the Andrews Labor Government.

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Danya Azzopardi

Danya Azzopardi

Danya is a Senior UX Designer, Researcher and Writer working at SEEK in Melbourne. Danya advocates for inclusive and accessible workplaces, products and services, with a focus on language and design processes. She also mentors fellow designers, teaches and facilitates workshops on inclusion and human-centred design. Danya has written and presented in Australia and internationally on a range of topics, including intersectional diversity in tech, how to be an effective ally in the workplace and global UX trends.

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Susan Wu

Susan Wu

Susan Wu is an entrepreneur and investor who splits her time between Australia and California. 

Susan is a co-founder of Project Include, an internationally recognized nonprofit organisation focused on accelerating diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Susan is a co-founder of Luminaria, a guild of educators, innovators, and scientists, who are reimagining our education systems to empower children to thrive in and build a future world that is anchored in humanity, and realized through invention. 

Susan has been an influential and early contributor to the early commercialization and development of the Internet and the Web. She is a member emeritus and former CMO of the Apache Software Foundation, one of the world’s most influential open source software organisations.

As an investor and advisor, she has worked with many leading tech companies, including Twitter, Square, reddit, Canva, Color Genomics, and others. As an entrepreneur, she has been co-founder of gaming startup ohai, co-founder of (one of the first on-demand labor platforms, NASDAQ IPO,) founding partner at Obvious Corporation, co-founder of Above all Human, founding producer of the Virtual Goods Summit, and a mentor to startup accelerators Startmate & Techstars.  She has been a board member of several organisations, including LaunchVIC, the Color Genomics Foundation, and Code Club Australia.  

Susan was an early employee at Stripe, and played a key role in launching Stripe's international operations, overseeing Stripe’s business in Australia and New Zealand, which she led from 0 to more than $1 billion in yearly turnover in its first year of operations. 

Fast Company named Susan as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and "Most Influential Women in Technology." She was named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the "10 Most Influential People in Silicon Valley." Susan is a writer and vocal leader of building a more human and humane technological future, and has been published or quoted in journals such as Wired Magazine, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and many others. 

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123 Collins St,Melbourne,VIC,Australia

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