FITT September Newsletter 2014

FITT newsletter 2014 – September

Dear Members,

September is upon us, the month where spring has well and truly sprung and it’s time to come out of hibernation and make the most of those extra hours of daylight! And whilst you’re pondering on what you might do with all these extra hours, consider joining the FITT Management Committee! We have a vacancy on the committee for the role of Learning and Development lead, this role is one of the most challenging and active on the committee with responsibility for the acclaimed FITT Mentoring program and our highly successful webinar series but who knows where you might take the role to next, check out the full job spec below.

Meanwhile, we are working hard on getting the word out about our ICT trends events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane coming up in October and we have an amazing line up of speakers, including the Minister responsible for technology in each state to give the opening address at each location. We also have presentations from IBM on cognitive computer IBM Watson and CSIRO talking about 3D printing to mention only a few. 

Don’t forget there is a compelling business case to attend these events with over 600 attendees expected across three states, you will find yourself sitting next to new and existing clients, partners and potential employers so don’t forget to register and bring your business cards!

FITT would like to personally thank Chris Tomlinson at 2CanDesign for his pro bono work on the new branding for ICT Trends 2014. The look and feel of the fliers, banners and logo really capture the essence of the event ‘Technology of Tomorrow’. To find out more about Chris’ design work you can check him out here

Coming up shortly we have our first business networking sessions sponsored by FITT partner Origin and the Hilton kicking off in all states on September 24th at the Hilton in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Sydney and Melbourne have sold out but there are still spots available for Brisbane so get yourself registered, it’s a free event made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. We hope to run these sessions every month so if you didn’t make it to the September series then keep your eyes peeled for the October ones which tickets will be released for shortly.

Finally we are delighted to welcome IBM to FITT as a corporate partner and thrilled to have Jennifer Moxon, VP - Industry Clients for IBM as our executive profile this month.

Until next month!

The FITT Management Committee

FITT – Executive Profile Jennifer Moxon Vice President, Industry Clients IBM Australia & New Zealand

  Jennifer Moxon Vice President, Industry Clients IBM Australia & New Zealand

What is your current role and what is your scope?
My primary role is leading the team that runs the industry client sector for IBM Australia and New Zealand. IBM’s industry clients represent the largest of our clients in terms of engagement and they represent the head growth for the business. They also have dedicated account teams associated with them and account for a large part of our business. I’m also the Diversity Chair for IBM Australia and New Zealand and I’m the Canberra location executive - so I play several key roles for IBM.

What attracted you to a career in ICT?
When I graduated from university, I had only the vaguest notion of where I was headed. Also back then, technology and I did not exactly have a great relationship. During my third year at university I took a holiday job at IBM, and it was suggested I should apply for the graduate program. This was the time where technology was really transforming industries and communications, not to mention changing lives across the world. I remember going through the numerous interviews at IBM and the psychology tests that were part of the program. Soon after being accepted into the program, I realised that IBM’s graduate program was the benchmark in the industry. 

Tell us about the highpoints and low points of your career?
There have been a lot of highs but I’ve been fortunate enough to not have too many lows. I’ve been very focused on my strengths and I believe strongly that positive leadership is directly linked to outcomes. I have always set myself personal goals for learning new skills and while we all have our personal strengths, I recognise there is always room to improve and grow. I’ve had many career advancement opportunities at IBM, including running IBM New Zealand for a number of years and being educated at Harvard University and Darden School of Business. Working at IBM, I have the ability to be part of an industry that is at the ‘pointy end’ of change, and this always brings new opportunities. Not everyone gets to work in a high-tech industry, but within any field there are jobs that have more potential for growth than others. 

What does work life balance mean to you?
Throughout my childhood, my parents emphasised the importance of having a meaningful life. As a child I never thought about what I wanted to be. When my Dad finished school he became an engineer in the aviation industry, which took him to the Middle East following WWII. Dad was an engineer all his life until he retired at 62, however work dominated my father’s life and this ultimately contributed to his death a year later when he was aged only 63. My father’s death is a defining factor in my attitude to work and my very strong belief in the importance of work-life balance.

IBM has built a strong reputation for helping our employees manage their work and personal priorities by providing a range of flexible work and leave options. In my role as Diversity Chair, and in every senior role I’ve had, I’ve tried to foster an environment of professionalism. When it was necessary to get the job done, I expected the team to work extra hours if needed. When it was not necessary I wanted them to work normal hours, go home and enjoy time with family and friends. That balance is incredibly important. I wanted them to have a life outside work; we pay our people for the quality of their work, not for the hours they work.

At IBM we believe that part of the solution for our nation’s sustained productivity will come from how businesses and government leverage our increasingly connected and networked world. New ‘horizontal’ organisations will aim to be flexible and responsive, turning their focus to ‘what’ and ‘how’ work is done instead of ‘where’. Location will be less important than skills and capabilities, which will open opportunities to engage talent no matter the location.

What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career?
I’ve had many opportunities to continue to develop my skills throughout my career at IBM, but what keeps me most engaged is that the business has continued to reinvent itself. At IBM, we’ve been innovating for more than 100 years. When IBM first started in 1911, we used to make punch cards and the time recording clocks. By the 1940s, we developed electronic calculating machines and magnetic tapes. Throughout its history, IBM has continued to invent and redefine the technology industry. Today we have refocused our business on the high value services segments with the most recent shift to the digital economy.

It is important to me to work for a company where we continue to look at ways to improve the way we work, improve the way the world thinks and enhance the productivity of the communities in which we live. 

What ambitions, personal or professional, do you still want to achieve?
I think you’ve always got to have a forward-looking plan about what you want to achieve. Those opportunities exist for me at IBM, whether it’s here in Australia or elsewhere in the world, so I’ll continue to progress my career through aligning my strengths to opportunities. I think it is important for everyone to have a long-term goal – it does not have to be too specific but a long-term goal provides purpose and direction. Some people may have a goal of having a certain amount of free time while others will take a more traditional career path. I also believe everyone should have shorter-term plans which are more immediate and focus us on what we need to accomplish in the short-term future. People ask me what is most important, talent or ambition. I believe ambition is more important, because this is key to attaining what we set out to achieve, both personally and professionally. I also believe that you cannot teach ambition.

What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career? 
Be willing to learn. We don’t know what work will look like in five years and therefore you need to ensure you continue to develop and accept new skills. I’ve continued to learn from people around me and as a result, I’ve had great opportunities put in front of me. Be willing to expand your skill sets, expertise and capabilities – this is what will keep your options open and allow you to take advantage of opportunities that arise. 

FITT Business Exchange - Update

At FITT we are passionate about offering our members support and tools to enable individual success and fulfilment. 

Welcome to the FITT Business Exchange - a professional yet relaxed forum that offers support, knowledge and fresh, relevant network connections. It is also informal, pleasurable and fun. 

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Origin and Hilton, FITT are pleased to announce that we will be launching our inaugural FITT Business Exchange event on the 24th September 2014. On this evening we will be exploring how to get the most out of networking effectively. These events will be held at Hilton Hotels across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with further chapters to be launched.

The Sydney and Melbourne events are now FULL, however we still have availability to register for our Brisbane event register here. If you are no longer able to attend your registered event, please inform us as we can then offer your space to our waitlist.
These events are scheduled to be held monthly, so please keep an eye out in the FITT newsletters and on our website for details

FITT is hiring – Learning and Development Lead on FITT Management Committee

For the first time in 3 years, FITT is looking to fill the committee position of Learning and Development Lead. This is a very exciting volunteer based role that holds responsibility for the FITT Mentoring program and our highly successful webinar series to name just two.

You will have a sub-committee to support you and you will have the support of the committee to shape the role and the future of FITT’s portfolio in the L&D space. Not only that but you have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of women working in the ICT industry and inspire them to thrive in their careers.

For further details check out the L&D section on the FITT website and view the job spec here.

ICT Trends 2014 – BOOK NOW!

VMWare and FITT present:
ICT Trends 2014 – Celebrating the Technology of Tomorrow

Please join us for a two-course lunch and drinks and prepare to be blown away by this year’s ICT Trends presenters, each of whom is working on some of Australia’s most incredible ICT innovations and technologies. During the event you will also have opportunity to network - with over 200 guests expected to attend, you will be sure to make some great connections on the day! Click here for more information and presenter bios

Melbourne – Thursday 30th October, 12:00 – 2:30pm
The Minister for Technology, Victorian State Government, the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, MLC, will deliver the Welcome Address at 2014 ICT Trends Melbourne. Gordon Rich-Phillips is the Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology and Minister for the Aviation Industry for the Victorian State Government.

Brisbane – Wednesday 22nd October, 12:00 – 2:30pm
Opening address by The Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Queensland State Government.

Sydney – Thursday 9th October, 12:00 – 2:30pm
Opening address by The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Finance and Services, NSW State Government.

FITT Webinar – Save the date

How to manage stress before it manages you - November 20th
Lisa Phillips

Stress is never going to completely disappear in our lives so in order to manage your stress, you need to take responsibility for it.

In this webinar, you will learn about why we get stressed, why it can be different for everyone; How to identify your personal stress triggers and how to change your mindset and take action in order to manage your own stress – before it manages you!

Lisa Phillips is a Life and Confidence Coach 


Divya Hemnani - Train Your Brain To Look For The Good

This month’s webinar took a different perspective to personal improvement – away from the recent skill based webinars regarding communicating effectively or managing financial strategy. 

The topic of practicing gratitude in all aspects of life to boost physical well-being, health and interpersonal relationships was a wonderful journey to understanding how to acknowledge goodness in your life. 
Divya spoke about 4 areas of benefit (physiological, physical, interpersonal and spiritual) and outlined how a gratitude plan can positively impact on yourself and those around. 
A two-minute gratitude meditation was also included, and helped bring the theory into reality.

Thanks to Divya and FGE for hosting the event.

Click HERE to view the recording

Maiden Voyage - Opportunity

Occasionally FITT will highlight links or offers we feel maybe of interest to our members. This month we bring you a special offer from Maiden Voyage.

Maiden Voyage is a global network that supports and connects professional women worldwide when they are travelling on business and would like to offer our free service to FITT Members.
Key member benefits are:
  • A secure and personal network, we call all new members to ensure that they are female and to give you a personal introduction to the service
  • Secure networking; log-in, register your travel dates and connect securely through the site with other women travelling around the world for coffee, dinner or to explore the city in like-minded company                                                     
  • Travel safety tips and advice 
  • A global network of City Ambassadors, a wonderful group of ladies who have written city guides with a focus on female travellers - you may contact our ambassadors with a specific question or even meet for coffee whilst you travel to their city (great for getting the low-down, top recommendations and help you to get quickly accustomed) 
  • Recommended Female-Friendly Hotels. All of our hotels have been physically inspected to ensure that they meet essential safety criteria such as double-locking doors, 24x7 security and all those items that make our stay a little bit more comfortable, including quality toiletries, salon standard hairdryers, removable coat hangers, plug sockets close to mirrors etc. 
  • Exclusive member offers at our female friendly hotels including upgrades, a welcome glass of champagne, spa treatments etc.
  • Interesting blogs and interviews  
  • Other benefits include events, exclusive fashion, beauty and travel offers.
You can find out more or register for free at 




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