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Female CIO's and IT Leaders Forum - The Changing Face of Technology

  • KPMG Level 8, 235 St George's Terrace Perth Australia (map)

WiTWA in conjunction with event partner KPMG, is hosting a breakfast roundtable event for senior female IT professionals, including CIO’s, CTO’s Chief Digital Officers and IT Project Managers. This very special event will provide an information sharing and networking forum to discuss insights and experiences relating to a number of crucial key themes affecting the ICT profession.  

The panel

Our expert panel featuring Sara Braund (CIO Woodside), Elizabeth Wilson (CIO Edith Cowan University) and Linda Pyrc (IT Manager, Toyota WA) will explore and discuss the challenges faced by female CIOs and senior female IT professionals, as well as the touch on:

  • Availability of qualified female candidates for senior IT leadership roles
  • Perceptions around current gender ratios in IT and technology professions
  • Gender bias and other drivers for lack of women in IT leadership roles 
  • STEM education and female mentorship
  • Role of Corporates and government in addressing gender balance in the IT sector
  • The importance of male leaders in the IT diversity conversation

It is a well-known fact that despite the number of female role models in leadership roles in the technology sector gradually rising, the industry still struggles to attract women into IT and technology careers. IT is largely perceived as a “geeky” male industry with just 28% of employees in the sector being female. In leadership positions this discrepancy is even greater, with just 14% of CIOs being female. The reasons for this are multifaceted and complex. In addition many women in IT leadership roles in Western Australia have expressed concern about the lack of effective networking and information sharing mechanisms particularly focused at senior female IT professionals, including CIO’s, CTO’s Chief Digital Officers and IT Project Managers.
Seats are stricly limited. A light breakfast will be served, with formal presentations commencing at 8am.  

WiTWA would like to thank KPMG for supporting this very special event.