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Women in Tech & Telco Leadership Summit 2017

Primus Hotel Sydney
22 March 2017 - 23 March 2017

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The Tech & Telco industries are constantly shifting in line with the changing demands of their customers and cutting-edge technologies. Being a leader in this disruptive and dynamic environment requires adaptability, resilience and confidence in your abilities and foresight to keep your organisation ahead in the market.

Although there is an increasing number of women in the Tech & Telco space, the majority of senior leadership positions are still held by men. Female leaders looking to progress in their career still encounter cultural and systemic challenges, which impacts self-belief in their value and abilities, especially when navigating the corporate ladder.

The Tech & Telco environments demand an increasingly innovative workforce and to achieve this, more diversity in the senior leadership ranks is required. Leaders must build upon their natural strengths and seek to sharpen their skill set in order to stay relevant and effective. Whether it’s moving from a technical to a strategic role, or reinforcing core leadership skills to improve performance in your current role, a commitment to ongoing development and learning must be a focus in order to reach your potential.

The Women in Tech & Telco Leadership Summit 2017 brings together a variety of leaders in the field to share their inspirational journeys, practical advice and insights. Due to demand, three panels with leaders in different roles have been included, along with expert commentaries and case studies. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and learn from executives in an interactive forum that is designed to equip participants with ideas and strategies to successfully lead their teams and progress in their careers.

Take advantage of generous discounts and register teams of high potential leaders early to ensure your place at this outstanding event!
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Inspirational leadership stories and valuable advice from executive leaders

Honing and developing your leadership skills to match market demands

Developing executive influence and leadership skills to progress in your career

Identifying and creating support networks, mentors and sponsors
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Aspiring, emerging and existing female leaders in all roles working in the Tech & Telco industries, including:

- General Managers
- Group Managers
- Senior Managers
- Technicians
- Executives
- Divisional / Line Managers
- Product / Channel Managers
- Directors / Assistant Directors
- Team Leaders
- Consultants
- Vice Presidents
- Managing Directors
- Chief Executives
- HR / Leadership Programs



21 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Unlocking Your Leadership Potential - Understanding the importance of Confidence and Self-Awareness

In order to be a successful leader, confidence in your abilities and communication style are essential. Finding your confidence, however, is challenging for many leading their team through constant transformation and change. They must instil confidence and radiate capability, even when faced with challenges they have no fool-proof solution for. 
 
This becomes increasingly challenging for those dealing with unconscious bias in the workplace. Many must deal with Imposter Syndrome and struggle to acknowledge their value in organisational success, creating numerous difficulties in handling common scenarios, from confidently leading teams through crises to negotiating their way up the corporate ladder. 
 
This interactive workshop will focus on developing awareness in leaders to identify and acknowledge their abilities, in order to maximise their leadership potential and thereby successfully recognise it in others. It will provide practical tools and focus on developing essential communication skills and the courage needed to overcome difficulties when rising to reach your leadership potential.
 
Understanding yourself to understand others
- Recognise your strengths and weaknesses
- Identifying qualities and abilities in your team
- Managing others through managing yourself
 
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
- Identify your value: both as an individual and within your organisation
- Becoming confident and trusting your competence
- Getting acknowledged and valued
 
Making brave decisions in a fast-paced environment
- Finding your courage to take strategic risks
- Developing resilience to support courage
- Driving the organisational direction and inspiring your team
 
Promoting yourself graciously
- Negotiation skills: communicating your way forward
- Communicating with impact to different audiences
- Structuring difficult conversations to address challenges and unconscious bias
Rebecca Morris - Leadership Coach
Paradigm Shift


22 March 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Unleashing your strengths as a female leader in a challenging environment

The technology industry is competitive, challenging and multi-faceted. This presents a multitude of obstacles in itself, let alone one faced internally as one of the few women, if not the only one, at the boardroom table. Learning to assert yourself can be a challenge, and encountering unconscious bias is likely inevitable in traditionally male-dominated industries. Even so, it is essential to remain positive and resilient when progressing in your career. Finding mentors, seizing opportunities and having the confidence in your abilities are key in succeeding as a leader. Angela will discuss:
- Creating a positive working environment
- Building your personal and professional brand
- Navigating challenges
- Seizing opportunities to rise in your career
Angela Fox - Senior Vice President & General Manager
Dell EMC ANZ

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Do women really have a higher EQ at work? Myths surrounding the gender bias of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence or 'EQ' is essential to being a successful leader. Women tend to have higher EQ, but must find the balance between emotional and pragmatic approaches to their work. Recognising how to harness emotion productively can benefit us, our and teams and our organisation. However, a lack of self-confidence and apologising for our opinions can prevent progression to a higher level of leadership. Exploring how women can utilise resilience, bravery and decisiveness to overcome some of the challenges we create for ourselves at work, Nicole will discuss:
- Harnessing emotion alongside pragmatism to overcome challenges
- Building resilience and bravery to progress
- Advocating yourself - overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Nicole McInnes - Managing Director
eHarmony Australia

10:55 - 11:45


Panel

Encouraging women into the future digital workforce

The Tech & Telco industries have traditionally carried the stigma of being a “boys' club” career option, when in reality it is a rewarding and diverse career that many women are now embracing. Nurturing and enabling the next generation of women into these industries requires top level executive commitment to diversity and a focus on supporting career progression for the long term. This panel will explore how to attract more women into our organisaitons and how to support their career advancement. Discuss:
- Challenging traditional thinking to acquire a more diverse workforce
- Creating networks to support women
- The importance of 'walking the talk' - being a visible role model
Sigal Pilli - Chief Financial Officer
Envato
Susan Brown - Managing Director, Australia
Girls in Tech

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

From technician to strategist – Making the transition

Seizing leadership opportunities within your organisation to move from your technical role to one of leading your team is a common challenge faced by women in the Tech & Telco industries. Understanding the different expectations when moving from a technical specialist to a strategic business leader is essential in order to drive innovation and initiative in your organisation. Dee will reflect on her managerial experience across multiple technical fields in multiple countries and give advice on:
- Utilising your technical knowledge to your advantage
- Developing key business and leadership skills
- Seizing opportunities to enhance your leadership career
Dee McGrath - Managing Partner, Global Business Services
IBM Australia & New Zealand

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

Overcoming challenges - Effecting change in adversity

In the ever-changing Tech & Telco industries, adapting and coping with organisational change is fundamental for leaders. Analysing what works and what doesn’t and planning for the future is imperative when leading your team. This interactive panel will discuss obstacles faced and explore strategies to overcome challenges, build resilience and seize opportunities to effect positive change in the face of adversity. Discuss:
- Leading through challenging times
- Dealing with situations where you have limited information or knowledge
- Building resilience in yourself and others
Steven Crutchfield - ANZ Vice President and Managing Director
Motorola
Angela Fox - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC ANZ
Dell EMC
Sue Bailey - Vice President, Future of Yes
Optus
Dr David Cooke - Chairman and Managing Director
Konica Minolta

14:25 - 15:15


Expert Commentary

Pushing back politely - Structuring difficult conversations to gain success

Being a female leader inevitably means encountering unconscious bias and confidence road-blocks, which might impact your career progression. Addressing these issues is often difficult and uncomfortable, but essential to progressing in your leadership career. With a rich career in IT and successfully co-founding Diverse City Careers, Gemma has won numerous awards for her innovation and work. She will share tips on ways to structure difficult, but essential, conversations, including:
- Building confidence to have difficult conversations
- Addressing unconscious bias
- Negotiation skills
Gemma Lloyd - Co-founder
Diverse City Careers

15:30 - 16:20


Case Study

How to build a high-performance regional workforce

Building and leading a high performance workforce in a transformational and ever-changing digital environment presents many challenges, especially when this workforce is dispersed across a large and diverse geographic area. Understanding the unique skill set, diversity, and technology requirements of each team member is essential in supporting them, whilst ensuring business success through strategic direction. With a rich career in leading teams across Asia-Pacific, Pam will discuss:
- Identifying workforce needs and skill sets
- Leading diverse and dispersed teams
- Creating collaboration across teams
Pam Cass - Vice President Marketing, Asia-Pacific and Japan
VMWare


23 March 2017


09:00 - 09:50


Case Study

Utilising mentors and sponsorship for career progression

In the complex and ever-changing environment of the Tech and Telco industries, multiple challenges and obstacles must be faced and overcome in order to advance in your leadership career. Navigating unconscious bias and understanding organisational culture and support structures is key in determining the mentors and sponsors you need to progress. Understanding the steps in obtaining a sponsor, taking risks and expanding your personal and professional brand will facilitate successful career progression. Sharing her personal journey and advice, Debbie will discuss:
- Mentoring vs sponsorship
- Risk-taking to progress in your career
- Identifying the best working environment for you
 
Debbie Taylor - Executive General Manager, IT Design and Deliver
nbn

09:50 - 10:40


Case Study

Trust yourself – Going outside your comfort zone to progress

Having confidence in your abilities and trusting your instincts are qualities every leader must have when taking the next step in their career. Every leader must take risks, have courage and assert direction. This means taking charge of their own personal development, as well as their teams. It is essential to develop mental resilience and coping strategies to remain positive in a dynamic, evolving and complex industry. Looking at her personal journey, particularly in her career change from banking into telecommunications, Vicki will discuss:
- Developing resilience and buoyancy
- Recognising and taking necessary risks
- Valuing and nurturing abilities within yourself and your team
 
Vicki Carter - Executive Director, Strategy and Operations
Telstra

10:55 - 11:45


Case Study

Advocating diversity of thought, not gender

The Tech & Telco industries are complex, transformational industries that are becoming increasingly transparent. In this environment, customers want to know where their product comes from and their satisfaction is essential to maintaining a market leadership position in the industry. A diverse representation of humanity in the workforce is therefore paramount in achieving organisational success, as innovation and varied skill sets are drawn from a diverse team. With a rich background in building new businesses and driving accelerated growth, Chris will discuss:
- Understanding organisational culture to implement diversity
- Strategies for leading transformational change
- Key conversations around innovation and collaboration
 
Chris Kelly - Executive Director and General Manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group
Dell EMC

11:45 - 12:35


Case Study

Balancing work-life - Undertaking the senior role on a part-time basis

Successfully working part-time as a senior leader is a skill to master. Balancing and succeeding in both work and home life requires a pragmatic, efficient approach to achieving goals, supporting your team and supporting your family. This is increasingly challenging in an ever-changing, technological-focused industry, where multitasking, strategic planning and setting boundaries with 24 hour technology is essential. Bernice will discuss:
- Strategies to set boundaries and manage expectations
- Succeeding in a part-time, senior leadership position
- Utilising your support network to leverage yourself into higher roles
Bernice Muncaster - Director of Marketing
CSC

13:35 - 14:25


Panel

The female leader vs. the female boss

The competition of achieving senior rank is fierce for women, especially in a male-dominated industry. This has led to the stigma of being hard, aggressive and ruthless as a female boss, in order to be taken seriously amongst other powerful personalities. Due to this, many women shy away from becoming the female boss, even though many studies prove that women make excellent, intuitive leaders. Discussing perceptions, experiences and practical tips, the panel will discuss: 
- Navigating the stigma of being a female boss 
- Assertive yourself without aggression 
- Strategies when dealing with a difficult boss or colleague
Karina Keisler - Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
nbn
Tiffany Wright - Director, Commercial Sales ANZ
Cisco
Kirsty Hunter - Managing Director
Datacom
Tanya Lord - Former Director, Key Accounts
Macquarie Telecom

14:25 - 15:15


Expert Commentary

Influential leadership in a disruptive environment

The Tech &and Telco industries are constantly shifting and evolving at a faster pace than ever before. This environment requires leaders to be able to cope and adapt with rapid organisational change, whilst pushing innovation in a transformational and often disruptive environment. Foresight, ambition and influential conversations are key in keeping your organisation competitive. With over 25 years of leadership, resilience and change management experience, particularly in improving mindsets, performing cultures and business processes, Rebecca will discuss:
- Techniques to push innovation and stay relevant in the market
- Leading with influence and empowering your workforce
- Building resilience to manage complexities
Rebecca Morris - Leadership Coach
Paradigm Shift

15:30 - 16:20


Roundtable

Collaborative solutions - Taking the next step in your leadership career

Reflecting on the multitude of ideas, practical tips and leadership journeys shared, this interactive closing roundtable will give delegates the opportunity to reflect and distill their own practical take-aways from this event. Delegates are invited to share their challenges and opportunities and collaborate in providing practical solutions to problems faced. Debra, an expert in mentoring and coaching circles, will facilitate and assist delegates in building career advancement strategies and effecting positive change in their leadership capabilities. Discuss:
- Practical tips and valuable advice to take away
- Collaborative solutions
- Formulate action plans
- Preparing for the future in the industry
Deborah Harrigan - Principal Consultant
The Orijen Group


24 March 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Becoming Invaluable – Achieving your Potential through Impactful Leadership


Existing and emerging leaders across the Tech & Telco space face many challenges, particularly as these industries are highly complex and constantly evolving. Thriving in the midst of ongoing industry-wide transformation requires strong leadership and refined management skills suited to leading diverse teams in a changing environment. Traditional approaches are often too static and not sufficient in equipping leaders to handle increasing globalisation, uncertainty and change. New, innovative and in-depth conversations must be had to develop the leaders of tomorrow.

In order to progress to the next level, leaders must not only develop their authentic leadership brand, but navigate the corporate ladder, manage expectations and command respect through their presence. Strategic leadership for both your own development, as well as your organisational development, are essential when repositioning yourself as a successful senior leader. 

This practical workshop will provide attendees with the tools to enhance their leadership career and gain positive traction in their working environments. Through interactive discussions and hands-on practical activities, you will acquire and build on the key skills necessary to enhance leadership performance in the complex Tech & Telco industries.

Develop your authentic leadership brand
- Defining your personal and professional brand
- Being confident in your competence
- Taking ownership in a fast-moving environment

Emotional Intelligence for leaders
- Using emotion to motivate and influence
- Building and managing effective relationships
- Commanding respect through presence

Impactful Leadership
- Adding value as a leader
- Understanding and developing your power as a leader
- Cultivating creativity and value in your teams

Strategic leadership
- Becoming invaluable through adding strategic leadership to your organisation
- Building your support network to leverage yourself into higher roles
- Tool-kit on how to successfully develop your leadership career
 
Reyna Matthes - Executive Coach
Executive Central
Gemma Lloyd
Co-founder
Diverse City Careers
Sue Bailey
Vice President, Future of Yes
Optus
Bernice Muncaster
Director of Marketing
CSC
Tiffany Wright
Director, Commercial Sales ANZ
Cisco
Chris Kelly
Executive Director and General Manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group
Dell EMC
Dee McGrath
Managing Partner, Global Business Services
IBM Australia & New Zealand
Nicole McInnes
Managing Director
eHarmony Australia
Sigal Pilli
Chief Financial Officer
Envato
Deborah Harrigan
Principal Consultant
The Orijen Group
Vicki Carter
Executive Director, Strategy and Operations
Telstra
Kirsty Hunter
Managing Director
Datacom
Rebecca Morris
Leadership Coach
Paradigm Shift
Reyna Matthes
Executive Coach
Executive Central
Andrea Ingham
Director of Sales ANZ
Spotify
Angela Fox
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Dell EMC ANZ
Louise Wilson
Senior Sales Director
Twitter
Nathan Moran
CEO
Nathan Moran
Rachel Bondi
Chief of Marketing and Operations, Australia
Microsoft
Dr David Cooke
Chairman and Managing Director
Konica Minolta
Karina Keisler
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
nbn
Susan Brown
Managing Director, Australia
Girls in Tech
Pam Cass
Vice President Marketing, Asia-Pacific and Japan
VMWare
Debbie Taylor
Executive General Manager, IT Design and Deliver
nbn
Steven Crutchfield
ANZ Vice President and Managing Director
Motorola
Tanya Lord
Former Director, Key Accounts
Macquarie Telecom
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