On the 8th of October Vic ICT for Women in partnership with ACS and AIIA hosted #BOLDMoves Dinner Spectacular. It was a night of “showcasing the real heroes of diversity -the ones who are getting on with leading powerful change” (Chris Skipper-Conway, Chair Vic ICT for Women). #BOLDMoves was held in The Pavilion at Arts Centre Melbourne and showcased industry leaders sharing their bold stories:
- Wendy McCarthy AO (Chair, CircusOz & Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation; Non-Executive Director, Goodstart Early Learning & IMF Bentham; Founder & Mentor, McCarthy Mentoring; Ambassador, One Million Women; Patron, Sydney Women’s Fund; Adviser, Grace Papers) opened BOLDTalks with a speech on juggling leadership, mentorship and diversity.
- Michelle Sherwood (Head, Red Planet Commercial at Qantas) spoke about creating an innovation space to drive results.
- Dayle Stevens (General Manager, Support Services Technology at NAB) talked about NAB’s Women in Technology Program, which was established in early 2014 and designed to support women throughout their technology career.
- Jim Cassidy (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Rampersand; Founder & Director, Little Fish to Big Fish; Board Member, Vic ICT for Women) was called a male champion of change. His topic was “Local Hero. Dispatches from 25 years in International Entrepreneurship”.
- Fiona Triaca (Co-Founder & Managing Director, Naked Ambition) spoke about innovation.
Throughout the night the audience was also energised by BOLDIdeas, two-minute conversation-starters with other invited thought leaders, Twitter competitions and jaw dropping circus acts by strong women of CircusOz. However, more than anything else, the imagination of the attendees was clearly captured by Wendy McCarthy’s inspirational “50/50 by 2020” vision as demonstrated by Twitter feeds.
#BOLDMoves was designed and led by Seonaid Porter (the founder of #Leadership Hacks & Vic ICT for Women board member) and Liz Doherty (Creative + Strategy) sharing and inspiring real action in the diversity agenda.