FITT August Newsletter 2014
 


                                                    
FITT newsletter 2014 – August

Dear Members,

It’s August! We’ve almost made it through winter and the desire to hide under the doona and hibernate till spring! As you dust yourself off in preparation for the new season, we have so many exciting programs planned that will enable our members to connect; there is something for everyone to participate in no matter how time or budget conscious you are.

But before we go into what’s coming up, we’re delighted to have an exec profile from our corporate partner Optus this month. Marketing Director at Optus Business, Hayley Clarke has recently returned to her demanding job after maternity leave and shares with us her new definition of work life balance and exchanging ‘outstanding’ for an effort vs return model that allows her to balance work with family time.

Staying with Optus for a moment we are delighted to firm up a date with Optus on a joint event with FITT in NSW so save the date 19th November, more details to follow.

If you can’t wait that long for your next FITT event then we have two exciting opportunities to network and make new connections coming up. In September we are kick starting our FITT business networking events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, the events are totally free and a great chance to mingle, have a drink and make some new contacts or just reconnect with old ones, here’s to the girls club! (Although men are welcome too!)

Our next major event on the FITT calendar is ICT Trends, where you’ll join the FITT committee and esteemed panel of speakers to discuss the next trends in ICT. Taking a step outside the usual cloud and apps space, we have an outstanding agenda of the most fascinating technology and experts to tell us all about what’s coming next, check out the article below for details and how to register. Keep your eyes peeled on LinkedIn and Facebook for a taster of what’s coming and to get to know our speakers a little better.

If you’re time poor and getting to an event is tricky with your commitments, check out the next FITT webinar in September on training your brain to look for the good. You can also watch recordings of previous webinars on the FITT website here.
 
Finally we are delighted to welcome IBM to the growing list of FITT corporate partners! The team at IBM Watson are also joining us for ICT trends so we are very excited to have them onboard to jointly promote the aims of women in ICT.

Regards
The FITT Management Committee


FITT – Executive Profile: Hayley Clarke - Director, Marketing, Optus

 
Hayley Clarke - Director, Marketing, Optus




















What is your current role and what is your scope?
I am a mother of a beautiful little girl Riley as well as Marketing Director for Optus Business. My scope is all things to do with being the best mum I can for Riley as well as all Marketing responsibilities for Optus Business which include, Brand Management, Demand Generation, Marketing Automation, Digital, content and strategic market management. 

What attracted you to a career in ICT?
I actually fell into IT, my aunty was the MD of a small IT company where I started. I then fell in love with the IT industry because it really has a fundamental impact on the way we live and work and is continually changing. I love working in an industry that if you aren’t continually evolving then you will become redundant very quickly…
 
Tell us about the highpoints and lowpoints of your career?
I have two key high points: 
1. When I first joined the BIG BLUE IBM, I remember my first interview with IBM and I walked into reception at Darling Park in Sydney CBD and it was located on the 10th floor and had the most amazing view over the city. I thought to myself it would be an amazing opportunity to work for this company, which it was. 
2. Moving to Singapore and working over there for IBM for 3 years and finally reaching my goal of becoming a Director before 35. 
My lowpoints are always when we need to make redundancies, they are a fact of business but always very challenging personally and emotionally. 

What does work life balance mean to you?
Now that I have a daughter work life balance is much more important. I really try and balance my time in a way that allows me to feel like I am doing a pretty good job at both. I realise now that I cannot be doing an outstanding job at both because I just don’t have enough hours in the day but in saying that once you have a child you are a lot smarter about how you utilise your time and it comes back to effort v’s return. 

What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career?
As mentioned above it is continually changing and really does have a huge impact on society. 
 
What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve?
Completing my MBA and really striving to be the best leader I can be. 

What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career?
Make sure you enjoy what you do, work takes up approximately 80% of your waking life so you need to make sure that this is enjoyable. If you work hard and smart you can achieve anything. Persistence is the key…




FITT Webinar Divya Hemnani - Train Your Brain To Look For The Good 
September 4th 12-1pm

Want to learn how to feel more satisfied with your life, accomplish more of your goals, sleep better at night, exercise more, and have stronger relationships with family and friends? It's very simple: experiencing gratitude. Join Brain Trainer Divya Hemnani at our next webinar on 4th September at 12pm where she will teach you how to Train Your Brain to Look for the Good. Without any scientific jargon, this talk explains how gratitude affects your psychological well-being, physical health, and interpersonal relationships and is possibly the most important webinar you can attend this year. Give yourself a gift by registering here.  

Divya Hemnani loves empowering others to be the brightest and most brilliant versions of themselves. Although she has researched the mysteries of the mind for over a decade, obtaining degrees in neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive sciences from Oberlin, a top tier liberal arts university in the US, she continues to dedicate herself to understanding the nature of belief and the mind-body connection as a Brain Trainer. As the Founder and Director of the Intrinsic Brilliance Institute, Divya uses her passion and knowledge about the power of neuroplasticity to help people train their brains to produce the thought patterns that give rise to what they most desire in life.

Having struggled since adolescence to satiate the burning question, "what's the purpose of living?" Divya began playing in the personal development space when she realised that science doesn’t provide a satisfying answer. The answer, she discovered, lies in connecting to the wisdom within through mindfulness. Having experienced firsthand how drastically life changes when your mind changes, Divya is on a mission to inspire joy and resiliency within others.

Understanding of the human condition - the experiences we all share - lies at the heart of her exceptional coaching abilities. Her skill of making complex scientific discoveries easily accessible and engaging is why she is a talented trainer.

 
With thanks to Forum Group Events for hosting the webinar. 
 


ICT Trends 2014 – BOOK NOW!

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

Whilst we have come a long way since the days of computers that took up an entire room, brick-sized mobile phones and Walkman personal stereos, in some ways the future of technology has only just begun...

With ground breaking advances in 3D printing, cognitive computing and other emerging trends now upon us, Australia’s ICT industry is continuing to push the boundaries of innovation - with a wide range of exciting and world leading careers and opportunities available to us as a result. 

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!

Across all venues we welcome Lia Timson, Technology Editor at Fairfax Media as our MC for the day- she will be introducing our panellists and then open the floor to an interactive Q&A session. 

Each city will have different expert presenters delving into subjects both close to their hearts and of great significance in our ever-changing technological world – relevant for the work place and at home. 

Below is a brief outline by city – to find more information go to our 
website

Sydney 
Thursday, 9th October Shangri-La Hotel 12pm - 2.30pm  
REGISTER HERE (early bird pricing closes 29th August 2014)

Jorgen Collinson from Optus will talk about Advances in 3D Printing, and the implications that printing body parts and organs, food, makeup, weapons and machinery can have - socially, morally and economically.

Shara Evans from Market Clarity will showcase Emerging technologies that can affect our privacy and security – and the numerous ways in which they are starting to challenge and impact privacy on both an individual and organisational level. With the sci-fi technology that was previously reserved for blockbuster movies already a reality, it’s time to raise our risk awareness.

Belinda Tee from IBM will answer the question What is Watson? A game changing revolution in the artificial intelligence technology sector – Watson processes information more like a human than a computer – Can technology think? Watson can... Belinda will talk about how Watson is being applied and what makes Watson so unique.

Brisbane  
Wednesday, 22nd October The Pullman Brisbane, King George Square 12pm - 2.30pm  
REGISTER HERE (early bird pricing closes 29th August 2014)

Belinda Tee from IBM will answer the question What is Watson? A game changing, revolution in the artificial intelligence technology sector - Watson processes information more like a human than a computer – Can technology think? Watson can... Belinda will talk about how Watson is being applied and what makes Watson so unique.

3D printing - A Disrupted Technology

Sam Canning from Queensland College of Art will reveal the recent advances in 3D printing and the different ways designers will need to work to accommodate this technology. Sam will cover the innovations in 3D printing using metal and plastic and explain how this ground breaking technology will affect the industry in the future.

Shara Evans from Market Clarity will discuss Emerging technologies that can affect our privacy and security – and the numerous ways in which they are starting to challenge and impact privacy on both an individual and organisational level. With the sci-fi technology that was previously reserved for blockbuster movies already a reality, it’s time to raise our risk awareness.

Melbourne 
Thursday, 30th October The RACV Club 12pm-2.30pm  
REGISTER HERE (early bird pricing closes 29th August 2014)

Shara Evans from Market Clarity will discuss Emerging technologies that can affect our privacy and security, and the numerous ways in which they are starting to challenge and impact privacy on both an individual and organisational level. With the sci-fi technology that was previously reserved for blockbuster movies already a reality, it’s time to raise our risk awareness.

Melanie Roberts from IBM will outline Cognitive computing – and the ways in which this innovative, futuristic technology is used today to drive businesses across a wide range of industries, with cognitive computing systems like IBM Watson now able to process natural language, interact with people, propose and evaluate hypotheses, and learn along the way.

John Barnes from CSIRO will help us work out The Future of 3D Printing. Learn everything you wanted to learn but were afraid to ask your kids from a ‘grown up’ in this revolutionary technology, including “what exactly IS 3D printing?”



FITT Business Exchange 'Free Networking events' 

Sydney FITT Business Exchange presents 'Business Networking'  in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

NEW FITT Business Networking

Sydney FITT Business Exchange presents 'Business Networking'

At FITT we are passionate about offering our members support and tools to enable individual success and fulfilment. Many have told us that they were seeking a professional yet relaxed forum that could benefit them by offering support, knowledge and fresh, relevant network connections. We also wanted to make it informal, pleasurable and fun. 
 
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Origin and the 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.
 
We look forward to seeing you there! In the spirit of networking and support, if you know someone who would value a chance to collaborate with like-minded people and be inspired at an event like this, then please share this invite. 
 
It is a free event, but we would like you to register. 



Optus and FITT Networking event - New Date

Save the date for our next networking event, in conjunction with our partner Optus. This promises to be a relevant and stimulating session appealing to a wide range of women in IT.

Wednesday, November 19th 9 - 11am, North Ryde, NSW.



External Event - Charity Ball


Our sponsors Forum Group Events are working with the organisation One Girl to put on a fantastic charity ball on 25th September 2014 at the Mercure Hotel, Sydney. Every ticket sold goes towards putting girls back into school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This is the first time an official launch is gracing NSW for the ‘Do It In A Dress’ (DIIAD) campaign and it is an event not to be missed.

Your ticket includes a three course meal, beverages and a night full of outstanding entertainment from the moment you arrive, including a talk on the power of education from our multi award winning special guest Khadija Gbla, voted one of Australia's Most Inspiring Women - Madison Magazine and a Multicultural Human Rights Honour Role recipient.

Register now to secure your ticket for this fantastic event.



Occasionally FITT will recommend events or causes which we believe may be interesting or relevant to our members. This month we have School for Life Foundation Women’s Lunch .

External event – School for Life Foundation
'Educate. Engage. Empower.’ Lunch

School for Life transforms communities in rural Uganda through the provision of high quality primary and vocational education, health care, clean water, farming and agriculture, employment and infrastructure. You can read more here at schoolforlife.org.au
 
School for Life are hosting an inspiring women's lunch on Thursday, 28th August from 12 - 2pm at the QVB Tea Room called 'Educate. Engage. Empower'. This will bring together a group of high profile Australian leaders, Jan Owen AM, Nadia Badawi AM, Cassandra Kelly and Linda O'Brien AM to speak about their journeys to success, the challenges they have faced throughout their careers, breaking the glass ceiling, how philanthropic contributions have enriched their careers and the future for women in education and the workforce.
 
The purpose of the lunch is to network, meet like-minded and successful women, hear about the amazing and inspiring journeys and careers of some incredible Australian leaders and have a lovely lunch with gift bags and entertainment. All the while supporting a great cause, School for Life Foundation as we continue to empower women through agriculture, education and employment in rural Uganda.





 

Exec Profile – Hayley Clarke – Optus Business







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