FITT November Newsletter 2014

FITT newsletter 2014 – November

Dear Members,

What a month October was for FITT, our ICT trends event stormed into Sydney, Brisbane and finally ending up in Melbourne on 30th October, the feedback from the event has been phenomenal and what a way to close out the FITT event calendar for 2014. FITT attendees were lucky enough to witness a special opening address by the minister responsible for technology in each state and under the event theme ‘the technology of tomorrow’ our presenters ‘wowed’ the audience with the incredible taste of what innovations are poised to deliver in our home and work lives and particularly the Healthcare sector.

As the year draws to a close we hope you have enjoyed all the events and programs you have participated in whether in person or via our social media communities. We’d love to get your views on how this year has gone for you as a woman working in IT, are your employers doing enough? Is FITT doing the right things to keep you connected to other women in the industry and providing the role model to aspire to? Please complete our 10-minute survey, which will form part of our corporate diversity report to be published in the New Year. We really want to hear from you so please, please take the time to give your feedback.

Are you feeling burnt out as we approach the end of year? Take 60 minutes to attend our November webinar in a couple of days (20th November) on ‘How to manage stress before it manages you’ presented by Lisa Philips of Amazing Coaching. Lisa is a confidence and life coach who turned her own life using positive thinking. Find out how to register and attend this fantastic free webinar below.

Finally our exec profile this month is brought to us by Jenine Beekhuyzen, CEO of Adriot Research, Janine advises us to work hard but not take life too seriously which I think we can all get behind on as we approach the run up to the holidays.

Thanks for all those who attend our ICT trends events and made them a success; we look forward to seeing you in person again in January for our next business networking sessions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Until next month.

The FITT Management Committee

FITT – Executive Profile Jenine Beekhuyzen

Jenine Beekhuyzen

What is your current role and what is your scope? 
I’m CEO of my own consulting company Adroit Research where I teach people how to use software for research. I deal mostly with academics and doctoral students and I love the variety and challenge of research. I teach first year Information Technology at Griffith University in Brisbane and I am disappointed constantly by the lack of females in my class. Therefore I set up the non-profit Tech Girls Movement to encourage schoolgirls to consider a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). My scope is broad!
What attracted you to a career in ICT?
I was attracted to the idea that my job would always change as new technology emerges, and that there would always be something new to learn. I also love playing with tech.
Tell us about the high points and low points of your career?
Highpoints and lowpoints sometimes both occur in the same day! Highpoints are knowing and actually seeing the difference I make to both my university students that I teach and also to schoolgirls who now have more choices in life because they have considered a technology career. Working for yourself can be very lonely, so at times this is a low point. 
What does work life balance mean to you?
It means being happy with how you spend each day. For me, some times in the year are busier than others and require more travel. I do what I have to but then balance it out in the quieter months and appreciate the time out when I have it. I need to be better at creating time out for myself though.
What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career?
Every day is different. I like the variety, the challenges, and the opportunities it gives me to work with who I want, when and where I want, and on what interesting projects I want.
What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve?
To run a sustainable business where I get to continue to do interesting research and consulting work. Personally, there are many more countries I need to visit!
What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career?
Life is not fair and important achievements do not come easily. Work hard, follow your passion but don’t take life too seriously.

ICT Trends – Brisbane and Melbourne a Success! 

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

FITT events lead Valeria Ignatieva in conjunction with Big Mouth events pulled off a fantastic trio of events celebrating the ‘technology of tomorrow’ in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The final two events were a roaring success with positive feedback all round from attendees and speakers.

FITT was lucky enough to secure the minister for technology in each state as well as fabulous MC Lia Timpson to kick off presentations from IBM, Shara Evans of Market Clarity and a fascinating presentation on 3D printing from CSIRO (Melbourne) and Qld University (Brisbane). Guests and employees of FITT corporate partners enjoyed networking and drinks before a two course lunch and presentations took place. Some of the possibilities of the new technologies on the landscape, particularly 3D printing in the area of Healthcare as presented by John Barnes of CSIRO were truly amazing.

To check out the photos from the Brisbane and Melbourne, keep your eyes peeled on LinkedIn and Facebook as they are coming soon!

FITT Webinar – Book now

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

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 -

About Lisa: My passion in life is helping people really love, accept and believe in themselves. I love to see people grow during the coaching process and reach out and fulfill their wildest dreams! In particular, I gain great satisfaction watching my clients change from believing they are not worthy, deserving or good enough, to transforming into empowered, loving and responsible individuals who treat themselves like the amazing special people they truly are.
I decided to get into Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Success coaching at a time when it seemed that my life was falling apart around me. I had recently lost my job, got divorced and moved far away from my family and friends. This decision totally transformed my life and I have never looked back. I did not realise at the time what a positive impact coaching would make to all areas of my life. In particular, it allowed me to increase my self-esteem and confidence, and really believe that I was good enough to have the life I wanted to lead!

In addition to my formal training, I have completed workshops and courses with many of the world’s leading self-development experts, including Debbie Ford, Doreen Virtue, Erkhart Tolle and Louise L. Hay.

Please proceed through the REGISTER button at the bottom of the page, once you CLICK HERE.

Volunteer with FITT – Various roles

We had a fantastic reaction to our call out for volunteers last month - we still have some great opportunities if you have time, passion to make a difference and any level of experience… Areas of opportunity include Finance, HR, Marketing, Events, Technology and any area you can provide skills in.

All of the FITT committee and subcommittee are made up of unpaid volunteers, passionate women (and sometimes men) who give up their time and skills to make FITT a driving force in the world of IT for the past 25 years.

Please send your details to Fereshteh Zamani, FITT Chair at to get the ball rolling


Please help FITT with your insights into your experiences as a female in IT! Annual Member Survey

FITT’s vision and mission is to attract and retain women to the ICT sector and we want to evolve how we execute on that vision based on our member’s needs and feedback. This is why it is really important we get your feedback on how you feel and what we can do to help in 2015. We share our findings with some of the largest employers in the IT sector through the Corporate Diversity Report both with our Corporate Partners and beyond.

Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey and help us to evolve to better serve our members.

Survey open now here:


Exec Profile – Jenine Beekhuyzen



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