FITT January Newsletter

FITT newsletter 2014 – January 29th

Dear Members,

Happy New Year from FITT!

We hope you had a decent enough break to come back to 2014 rested and refreshed with thoughts on how to make 2014 the best year yet in your career and home life.  If not and you’re dreading the thought of coming back to work and the new year stretched out ahead seems a mountain to climb then fear not, help is at hand!

From right now until March FITT has a flurry of activity happening to help you ensure the year is kicked off with a bang, including our Mentoring program which is open for applicants right now.  We also have our first ever International Women’s day event in Melbourne this year.  Our Victorian members asked for more events in Melbourne and we have taken action!  International Women’s Day luncheons will now take place in Sydney and Melbourne this March, read below for more details. The last events we held in October were all sold out so register early and take advantage of the early bird rate.

Thank you to all who completed the annual survey, the winner of the IPAD wireless keyboard is Gabrielle Wandl at Canon, congratulations Gabrielle! We really do value your feedback and the committee is working through how we can best respond to the feedback we received in order to better meet your needs.  The corporate diversity report will be prepared for release in April.

In other news, FITT is excited to announce a new member of the Management Committee!  Bridget Gray whom some of you will remember from her Exec Profile in the newsletter last year and also from the ICT Trends Panel discussion has accepted the role of Strategy and Networking Lead on the FITT Committee.  We are extremely excited that Bridget has agreed to join us and will be a tremendous asset to the team and taking FITT to the next level.

To kick start our 25th anniversary year we hear from I Awards ICT Woman of the year and FITT founder Maggie Alexander.  Maggie will also be a panellist at our Sydney IWD event.
Good luck in sticking to your 2014 resolutions, feel free to share those with us on our Facebook page and let us know how you are doing!

The FITT Management Committee

FITT – Executive Profile Maggie Alexander

In FITT’s Silver Anniversary year we will intersperse our exec profiles with long standing FITT committee members over the years.  We will kick-start with Maggie Alexander, one of FITTs founding members who won AIIA IAwards, ICT woman of the year last year!

  Maggie Alexander

What is your current role and what is your scope? 
I am a Business Process Improvement Consultant. I work with large or small organisations to help make them more successful by changing their people, processes and technology.

I analyse business problems and recommend solutions but I like to work with the business to actually deliver the solutions too. So I usually end up managing a project or program of work such as a software implementation and testing or change management involving communication and training. I really like being involved end-to-end and working in a team.

These days I only work a few days a week and only for clients on my doorstep. I live near North Ryde so for the past 7 years I have worked exclusively for clients in the Macquarie Business Park and surrounds so I don’t waste time commuting to work.

What attracted you to a career in ICT?
Initially I was a teacher who was interested in communication. I wanted to work with organisations that were implementing new computer technologies that needed someone to help with internal communications and staff development. I was lucky enough to be asked to work on the first computer implementation at TAFE NSW in 1980 and that got me into ICT.

Tell us about the highpoints and lowpoints of your career.
I loved working for Digital Equipment Corporation in the 1980s & 90s. The company was then the second largest computer company in the world and I was able to travel the globe with it. I had many different roles and learnt so much. I enjoyed being one of the most senior women in the Australian company. Helping to start up FITT was a highlight of this time. Winning the NSW ICT Woman of the Year Award in 2013 for my contribution to women in ICT has topped it off.

When I started my own consulting business up 18 years ago, I was able to draw on all of my business experience and make it available to others. That was, and still is, very rewarding.

The lowest point in my career was when I went to work for Deloitte Consulting in their SAP practice, after 11 years with Digital. I hated it there but I did learn the consulting business and it provided me with the impetus to start up my own.

What does work life balance mean to you?
The first book my husband ever gave me, one month after we met, was “Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much” by Anne Wilson Schaef. I did not know I was one of those women who did too much until then. I had to learn to balance my life better, which my husband helped me do by luring me away to do interesting things outside work. I probably still work too much but I don’t burn myself out anymore.

What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career?
ICT is a dynamic industry - there are so many opportunities. Even when the industry has been through downturns, there have always been jobs for people who deliver on their promises and are team workers. Through FITT and my work I have met many great people who have inspired me, hired me and kept me in the industry.

What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve?
I really want to use my skills to help other people less fortunate than I am. I have joined Rotary, the international professional organisation that helps the community, and can now see myself realising this ambition. I am applying my leadership and project management skills and knowledge to Rotary fundraising projects. Between Rotary and the Bill and Belinda Gates Foundation, polio has almost been eradicated from our world. That’s doing a lot of good in my book.

What’s the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself starting out on your 
I would say “When you finish a task, pat yourself on the back and take a well-deserved break, instead of looking for the next task. “Being project less and being worthless are not synonymous.” (From Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much).

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 with FITT and VMware in what promises to be the networking lunch events of the year!

On arrival guests will be served drinks and encouraged to network and make new connections, then served a 2 course lunch whilst listening to and participating in a robust panel discussion featuring some of the most prominent women in the ICT Industry.

Doltone House                 
Jones Bay Wharf              
Pyrmont, NSW                 

Friday 7th March 2014      


12.00: Arrival and networking drinks
12.30: Seated for 2 course lunch and panel discussion
14.30: Close

Panelists Sydney:

•    Pamela Young (Author of Stepping out)
•    Maggie Alexander (FITT Founder and Consultant)
•    Ann Moffat (FITT Founder)
•    Final panelist to be confirmed

To register for Sydney:

Myer Melbourne
Mural Hall, Level 6,341-336
Bourke Street Melbourne, Vic 3000


Wednesday 12th March 2014


12.00: Arrival and networking drinks
12.30: Seated for 2 course lunch and panel discussion
14.30: Close

Panelists Melbourne:
•    Grainne Kearns (CIO, Jetstar)
•    Maggie Alexander (FITT Founder and consultant)
•    Final panelist to be confirmed

To register for Melbourne:

Check out pictures from last year’s event on the FITT Facebook page

FITT Mentoring Program open for applications – early bird rate until 8th Feb!

Many of the most successful business people and entrepreneurs, when asked about their journey to success, often site a mentor as key to their development.  Unfortunately good and willing mentors are hard to spot and it can be an awkward conversation if you approach someone who either doesn’t have the time or inclination to take on the role of being your mentor.

The good news is FITT has a program dedicated to the recruitment of mentors and pairing them with the right mentees which take all the stress and worry out of the matching; all you need to do as a mentee is arrange the meetings in a structured 9 month engagement with your mentor.

The program for 2014 is open for applications for a limited time from 10th January to 22nd February so get your applications in and take advantage of the early bird rate of $900 until 8th February.
We are also looking for mentors to apply so if you know anyone that would like to develop themselves in this capacity please email

Check out our website for more information and application forms:

Work Smarter In 2014 with these top 5 Apps – by Forum group Events

It's 2014, and everyone has made New Year’s resolutions pertaining to personal goals.  One must also create some goals for work too.  In this increasingly busy world we need to make our lives easier in the workplace so we can enjoy the personal life a little more.  It’s time to say goodbye to being unproductive and to start working smarter. Of course, it’s usually easier said than done, especially when we’ve gotten so used to a certain pattern at work already. Fortunately, there are apps that are able to help us work smarter and more efficiently like never before. In 2014, leverage these apps to make life in the office much easier.
1.    Evernote
Evernote has been around for quite some time and if you haven’t used it yet, maybe now is a good time to start. It remembers everything in the cloud for you.  Think of it as a place to put any mental notes and ideas that you can't action or even think about right now but will get to it later. You can save almost anything in there; documents, video, audio and photos. One of the best things about it is its search functionality...type in a keyword and all the notes you have created appear making it easy for you to find.

2.    Dragon Dictation
This app is great for – as the name implies – dictations. Just talk and it turns it into text. When you’re done you can send via email, post to social media channels or just save it for later use.

3.    Google Keep
This app is a wonderful for those visual thinkers because it places your to-do lists into colourful digital sticky notes. You’ll be able to assign colour codes to make your lists search friendly. And because it’s a Google app, it’s integrated to your Google account.

This to do list app, offers a clean, simple to use calendar & to do list function to help organise your day. You can organise tasks as work tasks, personal or home tasks and the app can sync across multiple devices, your desktop browser, and integrates with Gmail.

5.    Read It Later
For anyone that does a lot of reading or researching on the job, this app is essential. Send articles and web pages directly to your mobile device with just one click. This app eliminates the need to bookmark, or save browser tabs for later – just select pages that you want to view on your mobile device, and they'll be ready and waiting for you within the app, making the workflow much more fluid when you're on the go.

Make your life easier by working smarter in 2014!

FITT Special offer from Cliftons

Cliftons is the leading provider of premium, purpose-built training and event facilities with venues located across Asia Pacific. With over 17 years’ experience, you know you are dealing with the experts in this specialised field. Offering faultless technical delivery, flexible room configurations, delicious catering to suit all tastes, total event management including online registration for your attendees, spacious break out spaces and the list goes on.
Cliftons is your answer when planning an end-to-end event – be it a seminar, panel discussion, conference, training, roadshow or ‘just’ an off-site meeting.
As part of their partnership with FITT, Cliftons is pleased to extend an exclusive offer to all FITT members. Simply make a booking – or refer a friend or colleague to make a booking at any Cliftons venue in Australia and you (and your friend) will both receive a $50 Westfield voucher!
To make life that much easier, Cliftons has a dedicated FITT account manager ready to assist you. Contact Scott McWilliams on 02 9250 0907 or email – he is standing by to help bring your event to life.
Additionally, you can visit FITT page on the Cliftons website to see all the details on this great deal to make your next event flawless!
* For any event booked & held before 30 April 2014 with a total value of at least $1000 (including room hire and catering).




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