Date: 10 March 2023
Time: 07:00-08:00 AWST
Location: Virtual/ Online
“Feminine strengths Make IT better for everyone“. Step into your power in IT girls! starts with a panel where the panellists share experiences and insights, followed by a short Q&A and a challenge where you will be working in pairs or small groups to dive deeper into your specific experiences and develop skills for stepping into your power.
Meet the panel:
Poonam Garg, Vice President at U.S. Bank
Poonam is an engineering leader and women in technology advocate working as Vice President at U.S. Bank. She has spearheaded cultural transformation around DevOps at U.S. Bank through an agile and collaborative approach (“change mindset”) to software development. Poonam leads the technical transformation by assisting engineering with adopting industry best practices and cloud ready solutions. Currently, Poonam is leading an effort to enable engineering productivity. Poonam coached and mentored 50+ teams on re-architecting mainframe, DevOps tools and immersing DevSecOps into Agile software development practices. She is an active member of Women in Technology networks within and outside of the bank. She speaks at many tech industry events.
Joanne Cooper, Executive Director, Life Coach, Math Tutor
Joanne spent 25 years in the corporate software world as a developer and manager, creating business solutions, and supporting global, cross-functional teams. After many years of volunteering, Joanne’s career transitioned to the not-for-profit world, spending the next ten years as a project manager and Executive Director, supporting vulnerable populations through strong leadership, good communication, and building partnerships (aka “soft skills”). She is also a life coach, math tutor, and mother, and loves using her problem-solving skills to try to make sense of the world. Joanne’s lived experience provides great insights into the complexities of being a highly sensitive woman and devoted mother, working in male environments, and caring ‘too’ much in an insensitive world. Joanne is grateful to be part of this community with other women to share experiences, collectively problem solve, and amplify each other’s voices to address issues important to women and girls.
Bec Nguyen, Founder & Director of Upbeat Digital
Bec Nguyen is the Founder and Director of Upbeat Digital, a Perth-based consultancy business, specialising in digital project and product management; UX/UX design and community engagement in social impact issues using an innovative, human-centered approach. Upbeat Digital has collaborated with state and national organisations such as The Wilderness Society, CSIRO, and Nature Play WA to support the translation of evidence-based resources to the wider community through digital solutions. Bec advocates strongly to include community members that are under-represented, including disadvantaged and ethnic minorities. Prior to Upbeat Digital, Bec was employed at Telethon Kids Institute for 10 years as the Digital Projects Manager, having managed and consulted on over 10 digital health mobile apps involving children, young people, parents, and educators around Australia. In recent years, Bec has been a recipient of a few awards, recognising and acknowledging her contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the community, and impact in the technology and innovation industry. These include 2022 Telstra Health’s Brilliant Connected Women in Digital Health, 2022 Institute of Public Administration Australia’s Best Practice in Children’s Consultation, 2021 Women in Tech WA (WiTWA) +20 Awards, 2020 Business Events Perth’s Aspire Award, 2020 Telethon Kids Institute’s Emerging Leader Award.