Thursday the 6th of August marked a significant milestone in the calendar for Women in ICT, through the successful delivery of the Melbourne charity gala dinner ‘Innovation or Incubation – Women in Technology Driving for Change
The event saw an impressive array of key note speakers and panellists including Sarah Adam-Gedge
, Managing Director and Corporate Vice President of Avanade Australia; Susan Riley
, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne; and Peggy Renders
, Head of Presales at SAP Australia & New Zealand.AIIA
all joined hands in order to highlight the unified front and amplified voice for Women in ICT when it comes to equality within the workforce.
Susan Riley, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne addressed the audience with “I'm over it. Quite frankly I thought gender diversity would have happened by now. Let’s just do it!”
The event was made possible through the tireless effort of the AIIA team and their immaculate coordination of key note speakers and panellists across government, corporates, angel investors and not for profit organisations. More than 250 IT industry leaders and their delegates attended the event at the Plaza Ballroom in style to celebrate and promote the importance of women in ICT.
Chris Skipper-Conway, Chair of VicICTforWomen said “Diversity is a powerful
competitive advantage. It’s about embracing many different types of people, who stand for different things and represent different cultures, generations, ideas and thinking.” Chris went on to state that not only was there was an issue with the pipeline, but also the gender gap in middle to senior roles which have resulted in too few women receiving promotions. There is a lack of female role models that exacerbated the issue. “More women at the top is important to retaining women, and students are looking for role models they can relate to or aspire to be”. She highlighted that less talk and more action was needed in order to create a positive cycle. With VicICTforWomen and all that were present, the intention was to disrupt the business-as-usual mindset and provide the action so many individuals and businesses are seeking.
Deirdre Diamante, Deputy Chair of Victoria Council was the master mind behind this collaborative event, that launched the three different organisations working together.
“We all bring our strengths to the table” said Mehrnoush Salehpour, Chair of ACS for Women in Victoria, “and through our partnership with the Government, Business and Education sector, we are committed to creating a long lasting change in the promotion of women in ICT”.
The night wasn’t just about celebration but also supporting Infoxchange
, a charity that work towards increasing digital inclusion and assisting individuals and communities to improve their digital literacy. From each registration, $10.00 was donated to supporting Infoxchange. An auction was held on the night which generated an additional $600 towards the charity.
The next event in the organisations’ collective calendar will be #BOLDMoves Dinner Spectacular
, designed and led by the founder of #Leadership Hacks & VicICTforWomen board member Seonaid Porter, to share and inspire real action in the diversity agenda
It is a great time to be ‘Women in ICT’! Working together our voice is louder, our reach is wider and our message is amplified like never before.
Chris Skipper-Conway, Chair of VicICTforWomen & Mehrnoush
Salehpour, Chair of ACS for Women in Victoria.