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ACS Victoria 2019 Diversity Breakfast: Insights into creating a diverse ICT team

Join us to hear unique insights from our expert panellists on how to accelerate your move to an equal opportunity workplace.

Registration End Date: Fri, 15 Feb, 12:00 PM

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  • where

  • ZINC Federation Square
    Swanston Street & Flinders Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
  • when

  • Event Start: Tue, 19 Feb, 07:00 AM
    Event Finish: Tue, 19 Feb, 09:15 AM
  • event price

  • Member: $80.00
  • Member-Concessional: $80.00
  • Non-Member: $100.00

  • * Your price may vary on registration depending on your membership type.

<p><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1542925307000"></img></p> <p>At a time when Australia is facing a serious shortage of ICT professionals, women represent only 28% of ICT workforce in Australia compared to 43% in the wider professional workforce. This underutilization of human capital in ICT looms as a major constraint on Australia’s national growth. <br><br>In addition, ACS’s recent event ‘Achieving Diversity through Reskilling’, held in October 2018 identified the need for fundamental change in the way that we approach diversity, citing that workforce participation and pay equality will be achieved in 212 years if current strategies and approaches remain the same. ACS Victoria argues that a key element to this fundamental change is to approach diversity from a ‘whole of population’ point of view, that is, that a truly diverse workforce closely reflects the diversity of the broader population. <br><br>At this breakfast our expert panellists will discuss different approaches to diversity, and will identify real, tangible actions that organisations can take to create a positive impact in regards to diversity and inclusion within the workforce.<br><br>Panellists include:</p> <ul><li>Helen Kapalos - Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission</li><li>Geoff Purcell - CTO, Melbourne Water</li><li>Kelly Taylor - Head of Strategic Growth – Digital iD, Australia Post</li><li>Gerard Holland - Co-Founder and CEO, Outcome.Life</li></ul> <p><b>Standard Registration </b></p> <ul><li>ACS Members  -   $80.00 (inc. GST)</li><li>Non-Members  -   $100.00 (inc. GST)</li></ul> <p><b>Corporate tables of 8</b></p> <ul><li>ACS Members  -  $520.00 (inc. GST)</li><li>Non-Members -   $625.00 (inc. GST)</li></ul> <p><b>For corporate table bookings and sponsorship enquiries, please contact T&#39;arne Whelan at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br><br><i>This event is proudly sponsored by the Victorian Government.</i><br><br>Professional Year students please note: This event does not contribute to your Professional Year Program CPD. Please refer back to the ACS events calendar to register for an eligible event.</b></p>


 07:00 AM - 07:30 AM  Registration                          
 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM  Presentations and Panel discussion                          
 09:00 AM - 09:15 AM  Event Close                          

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  1. Cancellations must be processed through the website or directly to A refund will only be considered if it is 5 working days prior to the event.
  2. To avoid disappointment, ensure you pay for your booking(s) before the registration closing date. Anyone that has not received a confirmation email will not be on the event attendance list and therefore will not be admitted to the event.
  3. ACS reserves the right to change the program at any time. Every effort will be made to ensure a program of equivalent standard and members are updated with changes.
  4. Payment in full is required 5 working days prior to the event date in order to attend.
  5. ACS reserves the right to prohibit entry of any person to an ACS event, or eject any person from an ACS event based on behaviour deemed inappropriate by ACS staff and/or its agents and others working under its authority.
  6. Professional Year students please note: This event does not contribute to your Professional Year Program CPD. Please refer back to the ACS events calendar to register for an eligible event.

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Geoff Purcell

Geoff Purcell

I am the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Victorian State Government owned Melbourne Water. In my 25 year career as an accomplished Senior Executive, I have delivered tangible contributions to organisations through technology transformation to support business strategy and growth. Core to my success has been my ability to create a shared technology vision, delivered through the development and leadership of high performing teams. 

I am a member of the Australian Computer Society's Professional Education Governance Committee and am passionate about rectifying the gender diversity imbalance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathemetics (STEM). I maintain an active interest in the not-for-profit sector.I speak by invitation nationally in the areas of eCommerce, Technology Transformation and IT Leadership.

I hold a Masters in Business Administration [MBA Executive] from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), I am Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, past Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the AGSM Alumni.

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Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor


Helen Kapalos

Helen Kapalos

An accomplished journalist, presenter, executive producer and filmmaker, Helen Kapalos began at the VMC in 2015, leading a team of 12 Commissioners to champion the full participation of all people in all aspects of Victorian life, promoting community harmony, respect and unity. 

Helen’s successful media career as an award-winning journalist has included working for all three Australian commercial television networks as well as the two public broadcasters. In 2015, prior to joining the Commission she directed and produced a feature-length documentary ‘A Life of Its Own’, on the Medicinal Cannabis debate which has aired on SBS Television and is one of a handful of Australian-produced documentaries acquired by Netflix. 

Helen is also a Director with the Usman Khawaja Foundation which promotes the active participation of youth from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

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Gerard Holland

Gerard Holland

Gerard is a chartered accountant and has been a business advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the middle market and startup sectors over a decade. Gerard has also completed his Masters in Entrepreneurship & Innovation which inspired him to quit his comfortable corporate job to become an entrepreneur.

Gerard founded in 2016 to solve the problem of employability for international students and also through other founded businesses, GADA technology, Pleased.Property and PCSS Gerard has employed over 30 internationals living in Melbourne.

Outcome.Life has received funding from LaunchVic, was a winner at the 2018 TechDiversity awards and equal second in the 2018 StartUpSmart Awards.

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Swanston Street & Flinders Street,Melbourne,VIC,Australia

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