IWD 2020: Developing the old girls’ network: Supporting senior women in digital
There continues to be an ongoing problem for the number of women in IT in Australia. Only one-fifth of IT graduates are women, and women in IT hold only a quarter of the jobs, while being 48% of the entire Australian workforce.
There are many initiatives to increase the number of girls choosing STEM pathways at school, but what about the women who are already in IT? How do we keep senior women in IT to provide guidance, advocacy and role models for those younger women? With 50% of women in IT eventually leaving, we are facing a problem at both ends of the pipeline.
Mags Hanley, alongside a panel of senior tech professionals, will discuss the struggles that women in IT face as they grow older, and the organisations, programs, communities and training out there to support women to stay in the tech industry.
This session is part of GA Melbourne’s International Women’s Day programming 2-6 March 2020 — a whole week of panel discussion events, masterclasses and practical workshops to support and celebrate women’s careers, education and business ventures.
It is inclusive of all women (trans and cis), as well as non-binary and gender-non-conforming people, and we welcome all genders to join in. Everyone who supports education and the careers of women in business and tech is welcome to attend.
- Margaret Hanley — Career Growth Coach and Mentor
- Robyn Webb — Information Technology & Engagement Consultant, Nisaba
- Emma Krouglova — Senior Business Development Manager, Shopify
- Jessica Bilston-Gourley — Director, Positive HR
- Julianne Powell — UX Manager, Intrepid Group
- Caroline Stainkamph — Board Member, VIC ICT for Women