Tech talk: Women in tech (Rescheduled)







As we charge into the future, careers in STEAM are crucial and yet women remain under-represented in these fields. So, how do we change this? What will it take to get females to the fore in technology?

Hear from a panel of inspirational and trailblazing women who have taken on a male-dominated industry and continue to pave the way for their younger sisters.

Tech talk women in tech Louiza Nutt image A3173462Louiza Nutt
Program Director - Go Girl, Go for IT
Head of Technology Practices and Capability, MLC Life Insurance

Raised by parents who were ‘gender blind’, she feels passionate about gender diversity and equality. Louiza has been working in the IT industry for over 12 years and is frequently the only woman in the meeting room. She is strongly committed to being part of the solution, raising awareness within the workforce and amongst her social groups. She is an enthusiastic innovator and problem solver and enjoys the challenge of finding solutions to new problems.

Go Girl, Go For IT is the entry point for young girls to be involved in the Victorian ICT for Women network that has the purpose to support and empower women into leadership roles in IT.

Go Girl, Go For IT is solely run and organised by a group of incredibly talented and dedicated volunteers who make up our Steering Committee and corresponding teams. Each team member donates up to four hours of their time each week to create change for women in the IT sector.

Tech talk women in tech Thuy Pham image A3173467Thuy Pham
Founder – Yellow Brick Code, coding camps for children
Founder and Director – Spectrum Tuition

Thuy is extremely passionate about education and teaching. As one of the original founders Spectrum Tuition, establishing and tutoring at the centre since 2001, she is proud to be working with a talented group of hand-picked tutors who are equally as passionate about learning and teaching as she is. Thuy also founded Yellow Brick Code, school holiday coding camps for children aged 5 to 10.

It is particularly exciting when she witnesses hard work, dedication and commitment pay off, with many students from the centre achieving their goals by being offered a scholarship, a place at a selective school or to be offered a place to study their first preference at their preferred university, leading to bright futures and careers.

In her spare time, Thuy enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and is passionate about ensuring that children are confident learners even before they start school.

Tech talk women in tech Kirsty Fromholtz image A3173461Kirsty Fromholtz
Software engineer

Kirsty is a software engineer currently working Not for Profit organisations to deliver digital projects with a social impact. A former professional dancer, Kirsty found a new love for coding after experiencing an injury that led her to consider a new career direction.

Kirsty is currently completing a Master of Information Technology, specialising in Human Computer Interaction and has recently returned from Berlin, having worked as a software engineer with the start-up Plan A to deliver a digital platform for businesses to calculate, monitor and reduce their carbon footprint. Kirsty passionate about making technology accessible to all and draws on her background in the arts to run engaging creative tech workshops, such as robot choreography.

Tech talk women in tech Jo Hayes image A3173459

Jo Hayes
Senior executive – Australian Super

Jo is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience at Australian Super, Future Fund, NAB, BHP Billiton and INVESCO with a diverse background drawn from a range of leadership, strategic, commercial and operational roles held in the business and technology, enabling unique insights and empathy. She started out as a Business Analyst, worked in testing, and then has spent the last 10 years in leadership roles across Plan (strategy), Build (large scale transformation, tech accountability for ~$100m program) and Run (led global support for risk, payments, finance platforms managing fx flow of $225bln per day).


Tech talk women in tech Cindy Blay image A3173457Cindy Blay
Change Leader, Global Technology leadership team - Iress
Co-Founder and Chair - Iress Women's Network (Melbourne)

As a leader in the global technology leadership team, Cindy is obsessed with ways to make things better, with a focus on innovation and principles for change by sharing learnings, leveraging skills from within teams and creating partnerships. She believes that success is measured by how people feel, rather than the outcomes achieved. It is her personal mission to support people in their achievements now and into their own future.

As a female leader, Cindy is proud to be one half of the driving force in creating a community at Iress Melbourne that supports female colleagues. This community has grown over the last 12 months and is strongly supported by leaders and colleagues, including male counterparts who are not only sharing their support but are thinking about what impact they can have by creating positive change at Iress.


Event Details

Event Date Tuesday 10 March, 6:00pm
Event End Date Tuesday 10 March, 7:30pm
Location Creative Technology Hub @ Seaworks
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