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Females in IT & Telecommunications (Fit)

Career Returners: Panel event


$15 AUD + BF

$15 AUD + BF

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Females in IT & Telecommunications (Fit)

Career Returners: Panel event

Date and Time

Tue 12th Nov 2019, 8:15 am - 9:30 am


Juniper Networks
Level 24, 55 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Event description

Where are all the women?

Thinking more broadly when identifying talent

Are you looking to find new ways to attract and engage experienced female talent? 75% of professional women who have had a career break want to resume working in roles that reflect their education and experience. Re-engaging returners is critical to finding supremely talented candidates that are typically overlooked.

This event will be highly valuable for:

  • Business leaders, hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals, and
  • Women who have had a career break of 2 + years and want to return to work in the IT industry. 

    We have an exciting panel of speakers who will share their experiences and discuss:

    • The reality of what it is like to return as a professional woman today 
    • Strategies to attract female talent with a non-linear career path
    • The story of a CIO who had a 4-year career break
    • How networking strategies are used to secure roles and candidates
    • How ANZ attracted over 600 female returner candidates.

    *a light breakfast will be provided

    Panel Speakers

    Erika Tretheway - Technology Executive Office, ANZ

    Erika has worked in the Banking and Finance sector for nearly two decades. Her team is responsible for designing innovative solutions and new channels to accelerate the technology talent pipeline, including Graduate Programs, Women in Technology and the Spectrum Program, supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. Erika and her team recently launched a best practice Return to Work Program, successfully placing 30 women into Technology roles at ANZ. Understanding this market and returner’s needs was critical to its success.  The ANZ Return to Work program has generated significant interest in the market and has achieved finalist status for the Australian HR and the ACS Digital Disruptors awards.

    Shirley Ferrier - CIO, Computershare Communication Service

    Having had a career break of four years, Shirley is a great example of talent, potential and persistence. Shirley’s career in IT started in 1994, taking a break to have a family in her mid-thirties. In 2009 she returned to IT and undertook a number of roles. After a few false starts she is now the CIO for Computershare Communication Services. Shirley is passionate about building supportive workplaces that enable work-life flexibility.  Shirley will discuss her re-entry journey, what she ‘wished she knew’ then and advice she would give to her younger self, business leaders and hiring managers. 

    Michelle Ayyuce - Co Founder ZIPWIRE 

    Michelle has worked in the IT industry with senior Channel Management and Marketing roles. With a career break to raise her three children, Michelle has lived the career returner journey, experiencing firsthand the multi-faceted barriers to re-entry. In response to this she started ZIPWIRE to empower returners and work with organisations to create re-entry pathways to access this talent. Through her extensive research and work with returners, Michelle will discuss what is required to engage and mobilise this talent pool.  

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    Welcome to FitT – the industry association that’s passionate about the needs, goals, opportunities and achievements of females in the information technology & telecommunications industries. The FitT community comprises thousands of vibrant, passionate professionals who are making a difference every day in their workplaces and furthering the direction of the IT and ICT space. FitT has a number of key programs that we manage which are designed to provide insights, career support and networking opportunities to our members and the wider FitT community. To find out more about FitT, our International Women’s Day flagship event series, our networking events or our industry celebrated mentoring program take a further look at our website. https://www.fitt.org.au

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