FITT February Newsletter 2015
 
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FITT newsletter 2015 - February 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the February issue of the FITT newsletter. For those enduring febfast only another week or so to go till you can once again be united with a cool crisp glass of charders - thank goodness February is a short month. Although with so much happening on the FITT calendar we could do with a few extra days to squeeze it all in!

Firstly we are excited to welcome on board our new Chair, Steph Hardcastle. Steph is making time in addition to her senior role at BT to lead the FITT committee from February onwards. To find out more about Steph, check out her bio below.

Sadly we have to say goodbye to former Chair and FITT’s longest serving current member of the committee, Megan Stokes. Megan has served on the committee for over 5 years as L&D lead, Deputy Chair, HR Lead and more recently Chair. Megan is off to begin an exciting role in Singapore so we wish her a fond farewell and best of luck!

Now let's turn our attention to the biggest events on the ICT calendar for women in Australia. The FITT VMware IWD event is just around the corner (Melbourne March 4th and Sydney March 25th). If you haven’t got your ticket yet, book it now before we sell out. The events get bigger and better every year and we had almost 600 attendees across the two venues last year. It’s your opportunity to leave your desk behind and learn from the experts how to work smarter not harder and get where you want to go in your career. Plus let’s not forget it’s a great day to celebrate being a fabulous female in IT over a glitzy lunch with the ladies being the majority for a change.

Staying with events for a moment we have the next quarterly FITT Business Exchange networking events coming up in March (March 19) across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, it’s an after work affair (from 5.30-7.30pm) and a great opportunity to connect and network over drinks and nibbles. See below for more details.

Our exec profile this month comes from Faith Rees, Director of Products and Practices at DWS. Faith gives some stellar advice on how to achieve work life balance by outsourcing the things you don’t like doing and don’t feel guilty about it! Read the full profile in our first article.

Finally we have a couple of great events and offers from our partners that I’d encourage you to take a look at, full details are below!

I look forward to seeing you all at one of our events coming up in March.


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

 












Exec Profile – Faith Rees

Meet our new Chair – Steph Hardcastle

International Women's Day  Book now

FITT Business Exchange – Save the date 

FITT Webinars – Save the date 

Offer from FITT bronze partner – Cliftons

Volunteer with FITT – This month's roles

Cisco Event – Get involved

FITT - Executive Profile - Faith Rees, DWS


What is your current role and what is your scope? 

My official title is Director of Products and Practices for DWS, although I have a third “P” which is Partnerships. The role is national and encompasses three main areas (1) Practice enablement across the business particularly in the areas of Business Intelligence, Cloud and Digital transformation (2) Establishment and management of our strategic partnerships and alliances and (3) The R&D, channels to market and growth of existing products as well as the development of new products and identification of acquisition targets. 


Read More >

Meet our new Chair - Steph Hardcastle


FITT is excited to announce we have a new chair, Steph Hardcastle. Please introduce yourself to Steph at one our forthcoming events.

Steph has worked in the IT&T industry for over 16 years, having joined the industry as a university graduate. During this time Steph worked for BT Global Services, in various roles both internally and externally focused.
 


Read More >

International Women's Day – Book now

FITT present the 2015 International Women’s Day Luncheon
Transforming the Future for Women in ICT


It’s our favourite time of the year, celebrating International Women’s Day with our corporate supporters and the FITT Community. This year the agenda is outstanding and we expect record attendance in Sydney and Melbourne at our fabulous venues. 


Read More >

FITT Business Exchange – March 19th


In conjunction with Origin Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

Following on from a hugely successful and inspiring Business Exchange launch across VIC, QLD and NSW, Origin and FITT are hosting our next informal networking event on the 19th March.


Read More >

FITT Webinars – Save the date



Our next webinar is hosted by Mark Bramwell. In this lunchtime session, Mark will explore The 'Art' of Effective Listening - Building Empathy and Rapport. Within the session Mark will explore our consideration of how we interact with, listen to and question others driven by preconceived ideas, stereotypes and biases. 

Read More >

Offer from FITT bronze partner – Cliftons


FITT are very privileged to have had Cliftons as one of our bronze sponsors for a number of consecutive years. Below is an offer that may be of interest to our FITT members.

Read More >

Volunteer with FITT – This month's roles


If you feel you would like to join us, all you need is some time and passion to help others. This month, we are looking for roles on both the Management Committee and within the marketing subcommittee, so please give us a call if you think you are interested:

Read More >

Cisco Events – Get involved


Find yourself in the future webinar AND Women Rock IT
Find yourself in the future webinar – Hosted by CISCO

Read More >

FITT - Executive Profile - Faith Rees, DWS
 

What is your current role and what is your scope?  
My official title is Director of Products and Practices for DWS, although I have a third “P” which is Partnerships. The role is national and encompasses three main areas (1) Practice enablement across the business particularly in the areas of Business Intelligence, Cloud and Digital transformation (2) Establishment and management of our strategic partnerships and alliances and (3) The R&D, channels to market and growth of existing products as well as the development of new products and identification of acquisition targets. The scope of the role is varied and represents the growth areas for the DWS business over the next 3 years. My key responsibility is enablement both internally within DWS and externally with our customers to drive our market position as an innovation partner.
 
What attracted you to a career in ICT? 
I didn’t set out on an ICT pathway. I completed a degree in psychology and applied for a job in HR which I didn’t get however I was asked if I wanted a job in their training division which turned out to be a sales coordinator role. I took the job as my first graduate position and meanwhile went back to uni part time and studied a grad dip in communication thinking I’d turn my career to marketing or Public Relations. I was promoted within the first 3 months of being a sales co-ordinator to an account manager and thus began my IT career. A lot of what I was doing while predominately a sales role was actually working with HR and IT managers to set IT training plans for their staff, with both local, national and global companies. At the time the company was going through a transition from offering predominately soft skills and end user IT training to offering technical certification training for major vendors such as Microsoft, Citrix, Cisco etc. Never one to shy away from a challenge I ended up managing the vendor relationships for the Queensland branch and establishing our go to market strategy in technical IT training.
 
Tell us about the highpoints and lowpoints of your career? 
I’ve had several high points in my career, but the most recent would be my promotion to Chief Operating Officer and appointment as a board director to my previous employer Readify. Becoming the Chair of IT Queensland (and being the first female in the position) and my latest promotion at DWS, starting just on 12 months ago as their GM for Queensland and being promoted after 8 months to my current role. Also being nominated for a Pearcy Award. I’ve not experienced too many low points, there are times when you need to continually evaluate your career and sometimes where you thought you wanted to be doesn’t match the reality of what you wanted and so making the hard decision to walk away from the “title/ role/opportunity” when it doesn’t align to your moral compass is sometimes very hard to do. The overall low point is that inequality in pay scales for female executives is still very real and something I have fought my entire career.
 
What does work life balance mean to you?
I think work life balance means very different things to everyone. I enjoy work and probably by most people’s definition spend too much time working. I don’t have children which has caused me a few headaches in terms of people’s perceptions around what should and shouldn’t be acceptable hours for me compared with colleagues who do have children and expectations placed on me above those with “family commitments”. I still have a life I’ve gotten better with setting boundaries around work hours and I choose when I want to work and I don’t expect that just because I’m online that my staff should be. I’ve also gotten better at pushing back when my work life starts to consume my other priorities (it’s a continuous learning). We have busy jobs and busy lives, each person needs to decide what their priorities are and set your work and life around those. If you want a senior position though while most organisations have become much better at flexibility in the workplace you can’t escape the fact that at times work will impede on your personal life, if you don’t want that, don’t take the job or work out how you are going to make it work for you. Set your priorities, none of us are superhuman, we can’t do everything. Re-work your life to align to your priorities if you can afford to, outsource the things that you don’t like doing and make more time to do things you want and don’t feel guilty about it.
 
What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career? 
The ICT industry is ever changing, no day is the same and technology advancements continue to amaze me, so you are constantly learning. Generally ICT affords you greater flexibility in where and how you work and you work with such a diverse array of people. You learn highly transferable skills and can work across all industries and companies. I have also been fortunate that I have generally been able to create the role I want within the companies I have worked and have been afforded the trust, respect and resources to succeed. Often if you have a good idea you have the opportunity to make that a reality. In terms of promotion and opportunities in ICT I have never felt my gender has been a factor.
 
What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve? 
Personal there are still so many things, certainly exploring the world more is on the top of my list and finally getting my house renovations finished this year! On a professional level I will look to future board appointments most likely with ICT startups for which I have a real passion and at some point look to my own startup (which I’ve dabbled in previously). I’ve still a lot to achieve in my current role with a rather big to do list.
 
What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your career?
Take more risks!

Meet our new Chair – Steph Hardcastle
 

FITT is excited to announce we have a new chair, Steph Hardcastle. Please introduce yourself to Steph at one our forthcoming events. 

Steph has worked in the IT&T industry for over 16 years, having joined the industry as a university graduate. During this time Steph worked for BT Global Services, in various roles both internally and externally focused. Her passion lies in the marketing profession where her focus is on creating communications that are credible, compelling, and emotionally connected with employees whilst promoting pride and a sense of unity amongst a diverse team of employees across the globe.

Steph is passionate about developing women to their full potential. At BT Global Services she took the opportunity to lead the Asia Pacific BT Women’s Network; a network aimed to help individuals achieve success through networking, personal development and support. During her time in the role she was recognised with several awards for her contribution to the diversity and inclusion agenda and provided strategic consultancy to leadership teams whilst ensuring key business focus.

Steph is based in Sydney and enjoys travelling, experiencing the variety of rich cultures the world has to offer. She has previously lived in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney (but calls Australia home).
 

International Women’s Day - Book now


FITT present the 2015 International Women’s Day Luncheon
Transforming the Future for Women in ICT


It’s our favourite time of the year, celebrating International Women’s Day with our corporate supporters and the FITT Community. This year the agenda is outstanding and we expect record attendance in Sydney and Melbourne at our fabulous venues.

We invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day with us and hear from industry leaders and visionaries (both female and male) who practice what they preach and are working hard to create balanced workplaces. Each of our speakers will share their experiences of what works and what doesn’t - providing tips on how to create a great workplace for women and exploring the ways in which we can nurture the next generation of female leaders.

We have senior leaders from Microsoft, Dell, PwC, Origin and Cisco speaking, plus the event will be facilitated by Susan Sly of CIO Advisory.

We have taken your feedback on board and will be maximizing the networking opportunities at this event - so everyone will have the chance to discuss and contribute to this important conversation.

This event is not to be missed - where else would you find hundreds of women in ICT in the one room (plus a few dozen brave men of course)?

Please get your tickets now before they sell out!


REGISTER FOR MELBOURNE - 4th March 2015
REGISTER FOR SYDNEY – 25th March 2015


Click through to see speaker bios and event flyers.

FITT Business Exchange – March 19th


In conjunction with Origin Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne

Following on from a hugely successful and inspiring Business Exchange launch across VIC, QLD and NSW, Origin and FITT are hosting our next informal networking event on the 19th March.

The theme for the evening will be around ‘Planning for a successful 2015’, and we look forward to the sharing of ideas, practices and experience to elevate our collective success. We are delighted to facilitate this stimulating networking platform, and are hugely enthusiastic about continuing to build this collaborative community. The next event will be held simultaneously across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane 5.30-7.30pm – venue and registration details will shortly be available on our website www.fitt.org.au

 

FITT Webinars – Save the date



Our next webinar is hosted by Mark Bramwell. In this lunchtime session, Mark will explore The 'Art' of Effective Listening - Building Empathy and Rapport. Within the session Mark will explore our consideration of how we interact with, listen to and question others driven by preconceived ideas, stereotypes and biases. How to listen more effectively to what is actually being said not what we expect to be said. Also to identify poor listening habits and considering strategies for improvement.

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. Join us in April - Date and registration to be confirmed on our website www.fitt.org.au

Offer from FITT bronze partner - Cliftons


FITT are very privileged to have had Cliftons as one of our bronze sponsors for a number of consecutive years. Below is an offer that may be of interest to our FITT members.

Cliftons venues are located in city centres around Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Over the last 18 years, Cliftons has hosted countless meetings, training sessions, conferences and other corporate events, making us the experts in the business events venue hire industry and renowned for our exemplary customer service.

Simply hold your event between 1-17 April 2015 at any Cliftons venue and you will receive 30% off the TOTAL room hire rate (for the first 2 days of your booking) PLUS free morning or afternoon tea (when you take lunch for your attendees).

All event bookings include a complimentary whiteboard, flipchart, instructor PC/laptop, notepads and pens, course material handling, breakout lounge access with free Wi-Fi, all-day refreshments and much more. Plus you will have one point of contact for your booking.

For more information and full terms and conditions, visit www.cliftons.com/april-2015-offer, email Cliftons at enquiries@cliftons.com or call 1800 629 088.

 
 

Volunteer with FITT –This month’s roles
 

If you feel you would like to join us, all you need is some time and passion to help others.

This month, we are looking for roles on both the Management Committee and within the marketing subcommittee, so please give us a call if you think you are interested.

FITT Management Committee - HR Lead
FITT Subcommittee Volunteer - Website Manager

All of the FITT committee and subcommittee are made up of unpaid volunteers, passionate women (and sometimes men) who give up their name 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 at HR@fitt.org.au to get the ball rolling.

 

Cisco Events - Get involved



Find yourself in the future webinar – Hosted by CISCO
 
Are you ready for the next big thing? The technologies known as the Internet of Everything (IoE) barely existed a few years ago, but connected devices are now poised to boom
Cisco¹s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. 

This rapid and enormous growth will provide new ways for high-tech employees to put their skills to use, offering tremendous career opportunities for people from a wide range of technology fields. 

Do you have everything this career demands? Find the answer by joining
 Rajiv NilesDirector of IoE here at Cisco. 




Find yourself in the future webinar AND Women Rock IT

On Wednesday 12 November 2014, the Social Innovation Group in Asia Pacific launched the first in a four part series of the Women Rock-IT Cisco TV Series with Chief Technology Officer, Monique Morrow.  The series is designed to inspire the next generation of female IT talent to pursue careers in the industry.

A total of 1,989 students attended the event from 50 countries. 77 students attended over TelePresence units located in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam. 970 students attended at Academies located in Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia and Philippines. 942 students attended the live Cisco TV broadcast with a further 223 downloads of the recording.

Monique's blog posted on Huffington post entitled
 'Why Our Future Depends on Women In Technologyhas received over 1,000 likes in 2 weeks.

Monique welcomed students by sharing some of the most influential women in technology history, a focus on her own personal journey and the exciting opportunities that exist in the Technology Industry.

During the sessions Monique introduced a speech by Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, who is responsible for the Digital agenda that states; "Every woman should have the tools to take control of her life: and today, it's almost uniquely ICT skills that offer growing employment, innovation, and opportunity."


Janet Ramey, Vanessa Sulikowski and Shraddha Chaplot are scheduled to speak on 5th February, 23rd April and 2nd July 2015. Click through the see more details.