FITT May Newsletter 2015
 
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FITT newsletter 2015 - May

Dear Members,

As we hurtle towards the mid-year point and dust off our winter coats (a fait accompli if you live in Melbourne!) the FITT team has plenty to warm your cockles over the coming month.

For those who haven’t had a chance, take some time to read the FITT 2015 Corporate Diversity report and find out what our members think about female role models, establishing gender quotas and generally how they feel about being a woman in ICT in 2015, it’s an extremely insightful report and something we’ve already shared with our corporate partners to make positive changes to your workplaces.
 
Following up from a hugely successful March event series we have the next in our business networking series on June 10th across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It’s the perfect antidote to a stressful day at the office, join some like-minded people for a drink and a chat, the theme for the June event series is ‘Building Your Personal Brand’ and the links to register are below. I will be at the Melbourne event with my FITT colleagues Valeria and Semra and look forward to welcoming you in person. There will also be FITT committee members at the Sydney and Brisbane events.
 
For those who can’t face leaving their desk, we have another exciting webinar coming up on June 18th, delivered by Stacey Ashley, MD of Ashley Consulting. In this ground breaking session, you’ll discover the latest neuroscience findings about your multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains) and what they have to offer for increasing intuitive abilities and for immediately generating wiser decision-making in your daily life.
 
We also have a special thank you piece for two very special FITT volunteers, Sophie Langford and Charlotte Ong-Wisener, without whom the marketing of all FITTs programs would be very difficult! 
 
Finally we have our exec profile this month from Fang Chen at our partner NICTA. Fang’s career advice is to ‘be patient and take in all lessons given to you on your way’. Check out the full profile below.




Regards
Catriona Walkerden
Newsletter Editor and FITT Marketing Lead
On Behalf of the FITT Management Committee

 












Exec Profile – Fang Chen – NICTA

FITT Corporate Diversity report – Headlines

FITT Business Exchange – Book now

FITT Webinar – Book now 

FITT Volunteers – Celebrating Success

New website – Jobs site/gender diversity

FITT Promotion – Special FITT rate for workshops

Volunteer roles – Timor Leste

 

FITT – Executive Profile – Fang Chen – NICTA 


What is your current role and what is your scope? 


1. What is your current role and what is your scope? I am currently a Research Group Manager in NICTA. My work scope is to create not just a vision but also a research roadmap for the group - leading in the creation of major inventions and solutions to research problems, as well as in their real-life applications. 


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FITT Corporate Diversity report

FITT Research highlights women want more senior female role models to thrive in a male dominated environment


See ARN Release 


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FITT Business Exchange – June 2015 Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne


In partnership with Origin 

Building Your Personal Brand Sydney June 9th, Melbourne & Brisbane - June 10th


Read More >

FITT Webinar – Book now


mBraining, Wiser Decision Making using your Intuition June 18th 12pm-1pm


Read More >

FITT Volunteers - Celebrating Success



Did you know FITT runs entirely on volunteers alone? With the exception of a paid admin assistant all of the events, mentoring, webinars, newsletters and community building that goes on at FITT is delivered through the hard work of volunteers, both those serving on the Management Committee at FITT and those on the Subcommittee who bring our programs to life.

Read More >

New website – Jobs site/ gender diversity


Launched on the 15th May, 2015, Diverse City Careers is a niche jobs site- only advertising roles at Australia’s top companies, which have demonstrated a commitment to creating ideal workplaces for women.


Read More >

FITT Promotion – Special FITT rate for workshops


Mark Bramwell is a skilled coach, trainer, facilitator and performance feedback provider. Mark is the founder and principal consultant of Bramwell Solutions, and has more than 15 years experience in designing and delivering coaching and development programs across a diverse range of industries and organisations.


Read More >

Volunteer roles – Timor Leste


Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVI) program, an Australian Government initiative, is supporting three assignments to be based in Timor’s National University (UNTL) with FedUni as the Australian Partner Organisation.


Read More >

FITT - Executive Profile - Fang Chen - NICTA
 

What is your current role and what is your scope?  
I am currently a Research Group Manager in NICTA. My work scope is to create not just a vision but also a research roadmap for the group - leading in the creation of major inventions and solutions to research problems, as well as in their real-life applications.
 
What attracted you to a career in ICT? 
The attraction I found in this career was the challenging problem space, alongside the innovative aspects of the daily routine work practice.
 
Tell us about the highpoints and lowpoints of your career? 
The high points of the career are instances when my inventions finally became products, used by millions of people. The awards we receive are also points of pride, such as when our team won the major industrial award for making impacts.

The low points are times like when the innovation didn’t create the expected solution, times when it was hard to validate that the solution was better than others, or times when the solution was not taken up due to political or other organisational issues.

 
What does work life balance mean to you?
The work-life balance is crucial to me. Although it can be difficult to achieve the perfect balance, it is often my family and loved ones who give me support and strength in continuing to create.
 
What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career? 
The most important factors are the challenging nature of the work, and the enormous rewards from seeing the practical usage of the knowledge or innovation I achieved.
 
What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve? 
I would like to see more industries utilising data science to revolutionise their business and operations through our world-class innovations.
 
What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career?
Be patient and take in all lessons given to you on your way. Good things will eventually come around.

FITT Corporate Diversity report



FITT Research highlights women want more senior female role models to thrive in a male dominated environment

See ARN Release 

Last month FITT released its Corporate Diversity report, the annual report taken from the FITT member survey has some interesting findings this year.

The report found over 50% of women surveyed did not plan their career in IT; they ‘fell into it’. Although half fell into the industry, 92% of respondents wish to stay in ICT or IT for at least the next 5 years. The top challenge faced by 71% of the women in the ICT industry is achieving a work life balance. Another problematic area for women in the IT industry as indicated by the respondents is the lack of female role models and mentors.

The motivation for when women change jobs in the ICT industry is mostly due to the role itself and the company culture, rather than an increase in salary or flexible work practices. Though when it comes to enabling women to more senior positions, flexible work options was voted the most effective program.

What can organisations do to provide support to women in the ICT industry and enable them to senior ICT positions?

88% of women indicated that it was highly important to have visible senior female role models in their organisations. Also the most important attributes in a prospective employer for women is the development opportunities and evidence of career paths.

FITT members want to raise the profiles of the senior women in their organisations and provide effective female mentoring programs, as well as providing development opportunities for women with defined career paths.

Encouragingly, this diversity report has highlighted an increase in women’s satisfaction with programs provided by their employers to encourage them to progress, with almost half (42%) of respondents being satisfied.

There is more awareness and interest in gender diversity than ever before, however, in an industry where we’re supposed to be moving forwards, little progress is being made for women. 

Read the full report here


 

FITT Business Exchange – June 2015 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane


In partnership with Origin  

Building your Personal Brand Sydney June 9th, Melbourne & Brisbane June 10th


Following on from recent engaging, inspiring Business Exchange events across VIC, QLD and NSW, Origin and FITT have finalised our next informal networking event.

The theme for the evening is ‘Building your Personal Brand’. We will be exploring how best we can enhance, develop and elevate your personal brand in the interests of professional career development and satisfaction outcomes.

On the evening, we will be sharing practical ideas, practices and experiences that we can all apply to support our success in achieving this. No matter who you are, or where you are going; the quality, authenticity and clarity your own personal brand is truly linked to your overall success in today’s world.

We plan to look at this theme in completeness and consider external and internal opportunities and options for us to consider.

The event will be held simultaneously across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Please use the links below to book and for location details:

Sydney - Tuesday June 9th, Zeta Bar BOOK HERE  
Melbourne - Wednesday June 10th 
BOOK HERE 
Brisbane - Wednesday June 10th BOOK HERE 

Numbers are strictly limited, so please book early. We are looking forward to facilitating this exciting networking evening.

FITT Webinar – Book now



mBraining, Wiser Decision Making using your Intuition June 18th 12pm-1pm

We live in times of massively accelerating changes in social/business/economic spaces making the decision landscape far more complex and volatile. The impacts of globalisation, social interconnectivity, technical complexity and higher expectations in Governance, Risk Management, Legal and Compliance, and Customer and Employee Expectations have combined to create challenges for organisational leadership and decision-making.

Science has proven you have a brain in your heart and your gut, and the implications for decision making, for leadership and for success in life are profound!

In this ground breaking session, you’ll discover the latest neuroscience findings about your multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains) and what they have to offer for increasing intuitive abilities and for immediately generating wiser decision-making in your daily life.

INTRODUCING STACEY ASHLEY

Nominated for the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s awards, Stacey Ashley is the Managing Director of Ashley Coaching and Consulting.

Stacey is a Master Coach and leader within the Australian coaching community and holds an impressive array of national and international accreditations. Stacey is also a certified trainer and she regularly shares her expertise with others by delivering the most highly accredited workplace & business coaching programs in Australia. She works with executives, senior management and teams from many of Australia’s leading corporations, along with private clients.

Stacey believes we can all achieve our potential and focuses more and more on the creation of Coaching Cultures in organisations, and Happiness at Work, enabling leaders and individuals to bring out the best in themselves and the people around them.

Her passion lies in the personal and professional development field, where she utilises the latest thinking in neuroscience and positive psychology combined with ancient wisdom to support the development of authentic leadership. As part of her on-going self-development she is also the only coach within Australia to hold three specialised practitioner qualifications in the emerging fields of The Science of Happiness at work, Story Coaching and mBraining.

FITT Volunteers - Celebrating success



Did you know FITT runs entirely on volunteers alone? With the exception of a paid admin assistant all of the events, mentoring, webinars, newsletters and community building that goes on at FITT is delivered through the hard work of volunteers, both those serving on the Management Committee at FITT and those on the Subcommittee who bring our programs to life.

The FITT committee would like to acknowledge the stand out performances of two key volunteers this month, working in the marketing team. Charlotte Ong-Wisener and Sophie Langford.

Charlotte, who joined us in Feb 2015 was responsible for getting the word out for our International Women’s Day event in March and did a fantastic job of ensuring social media was ablaze with all of the speaker information and key messages around the event which resulted in our biggest events to date and Sydney being sold out at 460 attendees! Charlotte also keeps our FITT communities engaged with regular articles and publications of interest to women in ICT.

Sophie Langford has also been a FITT volunteer since early 2015 and in a short space of time has developed the 2015 Corporate Diversity report, promoted our new business networking events and is now working on innovative ways to enhance the ‘social experience’ in the FITT mentoring program through online communities and blogs.

Marketing Lead, Cat Walkerden has been constantly impressed with the standard of work delivered by both volunteers in her team and wishes to thank them both for their huge efforts that come at a sacrifice to their personal time.

If you’d like to give back and volunteer with FITT we have a couple of vacancies in the Committee and Subcommittee, check out the FITT website for more details.


 

New website - Job site/gender diversity



Niche jobs site takes a unique approach to helping women pick a great place to work.

Launched on the 15th May, 2015, Diverse City Careers is a niche jobs site- only advertising roles at Australia’s top companies, which have demonstrated a commitment to creating ideal workplaces for women.

DCC is shaking up the traditional job search process and the way employers differentiate themselves. This is a key priority for forward thinking organisations, during a time when talented women are being more and more selective of where they work.

A platform for Australia’s ambassadors for gender equality, DCC proudly showcases their clients’ available opportunities along with various internal initiatives. Job seekers can be sure that when they search for jobs on the DCC site, they will be applying for positions with organisations that are committed to supporting women throughout the lifecycle of their careers.

FITT are proud to showcase this new initiative - co-founded by Gemma Lloyd and Valeria Ignatieva, who are very active in the diversity and inclusion community. Gemma is a board member of IT Queensland and both founders sit on the Females in IT & Telecommunications (FITT) Management Committee.

For more information, please visit www.diversecitycareers.com
For media enquiries, please contact Valeria Ignatieva

 

FITT Promotion – Special FITT rate for workshops



Mark Bramwell is a skilled coach, trainer, facilitator and performance feedback provider. Mark is the founder and principal consultant of Bramwell Solutions, and has more than 15 years experience in designing and delivering coaching and development programs across a diverse range of industries and organisations. He has extensive expertise in interpersonal communications, organisational dynamics, leadership, and employee engagement.

Mark is offering FITT members a discount on 2 upcoming workshops:

Assertive Communications Skills - 1 day workshop 17th June, Sydney NSW

Assertive communication builds a sense of self-confidence. It develops inspired and motivated individuals, and underpins the development of empathy, trust, a strong sense of ownership, and high levels of accountability and purpose. Our course will empower you to become an expert communicator and influencer.

Reduced for FITT Members from $490 +GST to $350 +GST

Click HERE for course details
Contact Mark directly to register and access the FITT discounted rate.  

Conflict Resolution Skills - 1 day workshop 18th June
, Sydney NSW

Well-managed conflict drives positive change, innovation, personal and professional growth, and increased team cohesion and performance. Poorly managed conflict leads to a decline in morale, demotivated staff and team friction. Our course will enhance your ability to recognise conflict drivers, and to proactively achieve beneficial outcomes.

Reduced for FITT Members from $490 +GST to $350 +GST

Click HERE for course details
Contact Mark directly to register and access the FITT discounted rate. 


 

Volunteer roles - Timor Leste



Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVI) program, an Australian Government initiative, is supporting three assignments to be based in Timor’s National University (UNTL) with FedUni as the Australian Partner Organisation.

It is hoped these positions would provide support for the development of systems and services for RDM. Every nation needs to have its important data identifiable, accessible and re-usable – both to support local decision making and address so called ‘wicked’ problems.

UNTL, Timor’s National University, is looking to strengthen its ability to manage its research data, which is a tremendously important but under utilised national resource.

The three assignments are:

- Research Data Management Mentor (to be located in the Gender Studies Centre) 
- Database Programming Mentor (to be located in the ICT Directorate)  
- Website Development Mentor (to be located in the ICT Directorate) 

For more information on Federation University's Timor Leste Project