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Women in tech strong at CeBIT Australia

Julie Canepa, Head of IT Australia and New Zealand, Cisco

Australia’s leading women in technology will gather at CeBIT Australia, Asia Pacific’s largest and longest running business technology event, to discuss why only 14% of start-up founders are female, and what the industry can do to support more women taking a leading role in the sector.

With only 4% of new technology businesses led by female entrepreneurs, the Women in Technology panel, to be held on 23 May 2017 at ICC Sydney, will feature eight female industry leaders such as Julie Canepa, Head of IT Australia and New Zealand, Cisco; Jo Burston, CEO and Founder, Inspiring Birds and Job Capital; and Anastasia Cammaroto, Chief Information Officer, Westpac Group.

They will discuss how to support women to achieve their technology career aspirations, boost women’s participation numbers, and foster female entrepreneurs.

Ms Canepa noted the strong presence of women at CeBIT Australia in 2017.

“This industry has always been dominated by men and according to a recent study by ISACA, only 21% of executives in tech are women. The Future Tech Workforce: Breaking Gender Barriers study polled over 500 women worldwide and revealed that the top barrier faced by women was a lack of mentors (48%), while bias (39%), and unequal pay (35%) were also strong contributors to why women’s perceptions need to change.

“In 2017 CeBIT Australia has found a diverse range of leading Australian businesswomen, each with their own experiences in the industry, to represent how when given the right environment women thrive and succeed in tech. The Women in Technology panel is the perfect platform for real truths on this issue to be aired.

“Individuals and businesses need to be passionate about sharing the importance of diverse workforces, to further connect with the world, customers, and staff. This gives the business an edge, an ability to transform its ethics and innovate beyond the expected, to evolve,” said Canepa.

The Women in Technology panel will include:

  • Julie Canepa, Head of IT Australia and New Zealand, Cisco
  • Jo Burston, CEO and Founder, Inspiring Birds and Job Capital
  • Anastasia Cammaroto, Chief Information Officer, Westpac Group
  • Amy Mullins, Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia
  • Sandra Coleman, GM Strategy, Transformation and Technology, REST Industry Super
  • Julia Dickinson, General Manger, Satellite Engineering, nbn Australia
  • Topaz Conway, Chairwoman, SBE Australia and Director, StartupAUS
  • Dr Chrissy Burns, Chief Information Officer, University of Technology Sydney.

Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director at Hannover Fairs Australia, organiser of CeBIT Australia is proud to include this panel session as a vehicle for the industry to move the conversation on important issues forward.

“Business Technology is about change. Making it happen and looking forward, with new ideas, innovations, and perspectives is what makes this industry thrive. CeBIT Australia is committed to reflecting the sentiment that the technology industry needs to better showcase and support female talent. We look forward to hearing from these successful women reminding the industry on the value of an integrated workplace.

“As an industry, we still have so much to do. By providing an essential platform for discussion at CeBIT Australia, we aim to bring together the right minds to inspire action, create change, and improve female representation,” said Stockbridge.

CeBIT Australia will feature over 65 female speakers, including keynotes Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media, and Naomi Simson, Founding Director of RedBalloon and Redii, and Shark from Shark Tank.

The Women in Technology panel is one of six inaugural Strategic Panels at CeBIT Australia that will take place across the three day event, 23-25 May 2017 at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour.

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