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Here are lists of upcoming events organized by FITT and others that may be of interest to our members. These events are themed around topics that provide education in the ICT industry, how to effectively manage career and support women to thrive in all workplaces.
    
March 2016


International Women's Day - 2016

Melbourne - Friday 4th March 2016        Sydney - Wednesday 16th March 2016

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Once again, FITT are proud to host the International Women's Day 2016 luncheons in Melbourne and Sydney. 

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Empowerment for women within the ICT sector begins with education.  This in turn becomes a catalyst for change in the work place and beyond.  However, there are many external barriers in place within the ICT sector which make it challenging for women to ‘shine’ - with often the biggest barrier being our own thinking.  

Traditionally, women have not been promoted to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.  In the past few decades, there has been a continued, marked drop in enrolments in STEM subjects in universities, along with lower participation rates in schools –despite the fact that STEM skills are increasingly becoming a requirement for careers in every industry, not just the ICT sector. 

With this alarming trend comes an opportunity to promote and empower young women to step up, take risks with less doubt and succeed within the ICT sector.

We invite you to join with hundreds of other women (and men) in ICT to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016. Not only will you enjoy a delicious lunch, you will also have the chance to hear a range of inspirational stories from industry leaders who will each share their life experiences and knowledge within the ICT sector – and shine a light on the range of opportunities that exist to make a difference

There will also be opportunities to network with your peers and share your own personal stories of success – and encouragement.  This event is not to be missed - so get your tickets before they sell out!

FITT is delighted to have the support of the following wonderful speakers for our 2016 International Women’s Day event series. We’re sure you will be entertained and inspired by their stories and insights.

Click on each speaker to see their bio

IWD 2016 Melbourne Speakers– Friday 4 March, 2016

IWD Master of Ceremonies & Panel facilitator: Sarah Adam Gedge -

 Managing Director and Corporate Vice President, Australia, Avanade

Keynote speaker Lynwen Connick - First Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy & Intelligence Division, Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Sue Bailey - Vice President, Future of Yes, Optus

Joanna Batstone – Head of Research, IBM

Sharryn Napier - Vice President & Regional Director Australia & NZ , Qlik

Vanessa Sulikowski – Distinguished System Engineer, Cisco

Margie Warrell – Author, Speaker & Forbes Columnist


IWD 2016 Sydney Speakers – Wednesday 16 March, 2016

IWD Master of Ceremonies & panel Facilitator: Sarah Adam Gedge -

Managing Director and Corporate Vie President, Australia, Avanade

Keynote speaker Lynwen Connick - First Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy & Intelligence Division, Dept of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Kate Burleigh – Managing Director, Intel Australia

Tara Commerford – Managing Director, GoDaddy

Pip Marlow - Managing Director, Microsoft

Sharryn Napier - Vice President & Regional Director Australia & NZ , Qlik

Dr Susan Pond - Steering Committee Co-Chair, SAGE 

(Science in Australia Gender Equity)