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“Diversity breeds creativity” – a snapshot of yesterday’s special diversity breakfast

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017

ACS has long been an advocate for advancing diversity in ICT to capture the full potential of the digital economy – projected by ACS to be worth $139b by 2020.

To achieve diversity in ICT, the ACS is continually taking measures to:

  • Foster the contribution of women
  • Up-skill and re-skill mature age workers
  • Actively support new graduates enter the profession
  • Embrace workers with various social and cultural backgrounds, as well as people with disabilities

140 individuals gathered at Zinc yesterday at Federation Square, for the ACS Victoria Diversity – How far have we come? breakfast.  

The event was led by Maria Markman, Chair of ACS Victoria who addressed ACS’ commitment to diversity which took off in 2015 with the release of our report The promise of Diversity in the ICT Profession. Following on from this, late last year ACS announced a national taskforce to address diversity - including the participation of women in ICT, mature-age workers, students, and those with disabilities – at our inaugural Diversity Summit in Canberra.

Joining us was Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples, who took the time out of her busy schedule to attend this special event.

After enjoying a bite to eat, guests eagerly tuned in to hear from a panel of diversity champions; Rohini Kappadath, Senior Adviser of India Business Practice, KPMG/ Chair, Multicultural Ministerial Business Advisory Council, Jackie Savage, Founder and Director of MedCorp Technologies, Matt Lee, Former COO of Qantas & current CEO OACIS and Ajay Bhatia, Chief Product and Information Officer, CarSales.Com.

If you want to know more about ACS the National Diversity, please contact Michelle.Bourke@acs.org.au.

Diversity breakfast panel

(From left to right): Rohini Kappadath, Martine Harte (panel emcee), Jacqueline Savage, Matt Lee, Maria Markman (Chair of ACS Victoria) & Ajay Bhatia.

Diversity breakfast
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