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March 25, 2020 Holly Hunt

Close your eyes and imagine you are in a world where you can’t travel…

One month ago, we would have said that was a ludicrous statement! Yet, one month after International Women’s Day, that reality has just been flipped on its head. For International Women’s Day 2020 a room full of Brisbane-ites enjoyed mimosas over breakfast, standing close together, networking. It doesn’t seem that long ago does it? Back then, discussing the lasting benefits of “Global Careers and Game Changing Moves” seemed like a rather normal theme for the Women In Digital Breakfast. Fast forward one month and our reality has drastically changed. When reflecting on the notes I took that day, there was a strong message from each of the panellist that can be applied to our current reality – without the need to get on a plane.

One word… resilience.

Each panellist explained how building resilience through their global careers was an outcome of their experience. Being outside the comforts of your known surrounds forces you to reach within and confront challenges. Forced to make new connections or adapting their communication styles helped these panellists because they  became more tolerant and understanding when faced with adversity.

When returning home from these global adventures, they accepted that changes were inevitable and that problems weren’t insurmountable. When they were at their lowest, they dug deep and found something inside, that little bit more that gave them the determination to keep on going. This is no different from what we are facing now.

We must adapt our communication style from face to face to online methods and consider alternative ways to move forward as individuals, companies and industries. This will give us another rung in our jungle gym to build resilience. We all know there is no straight easy way to the top.  Through reaching out and speaking with colleagues who we may not have engaged before, we will increase our diversity of thought. People with different backgrounds, cultures and experiences may help trigger the innovative solutions to our business problems that many are currently facing. This is particularly important when we are hiring new team members and leaders.

For right now, while we are isolated, let’s take this as an opportunity to connect with some of the people in our organisations or network that we may not have got to know before. Albeit remotely, now is the time to be learning about different ways to tackle this unchartered territory. It is ok not to know the answers or have the exact path mapped out. In fact, showcasing our vulnerability actually allows us to change the dialogue and get to know one another and find new ways to solve big problems.

Just before the Women In Digital event wrapped up for the morning, we were asked to close our eyes and think of one extra thing we could do per week to make a difference to someone in our community.  Now more than ever, I encourage you to close your eyes and think of who you can reach out to, someone who may offer a different perspective or someone who may need your help.

Thank you to the event facilitator Cara Cipollone Walsh, and panel members Laura Stokes, Indi Tansey, Jenna Fitch, Marie Mortimer for sharing your insights on the day. When you spoke with us, we really didn’t know what was around the corner but your lessons around resilience are applicable, now more than ever.

Words by: Julia Morton

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February 20, 2020 Holly Hunt

New decade, new board! That’s the saying, right? Our past board members have each achieved great success in their careers and have moved onto international opportunities and broader remits. As we farewell and thank them for their great contribution, we are thrilled to announce Women in Digital’s new Advisory Board!

Our Advisory Board is made up of passionate industry leaders who want to contribute to the future of Women in Digital, ensuring that the organisation meets the needs of the community and society more broadly. Women in Digital has a responsibility to create long lasting change in the industry, and this is only possible through the input, energy and collaborative strategic direction provided by these industry leaders.

Introducing our Women in Digital Advisory Board for 2020…

Mandy Ross – CIO of Tabcorp

Mandy is one of the digital & IT industry’s most successful and grounded leaders. Mandy has been asked to join the advisory board to speak on behalf of senior leaders in technology about how Women in Digital can serve its community.

Anne Marron, Enterprise Account Manager at AWS

Anne is the QLD Enterprise Sales Manager at AWS. Her career in Cloud and ICT within the Australian Market spans over 15 years.  She is known as a detail orientated leader who is skilled in assisting large, complex enterprises transform to adopt new technology enabling them to deliver on their strategic outcomes.

Anne is also an active ambassador for girls and women in technology and goes above and beyond in her role to champion the community.

Ran Heimann – Founder of Haystack

Ran is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, having launched Haystack six years ago he now has over 100,000 companies around the world using his software. With a truly global business yet local roots Ran provides a unique voice and perspective on how Women in Digital can create a legacy of change and drive equality for men and women.

Gemma Alker – Head of Engagement & Partnerships at QUT Chair in Digital Economy

A long standing supporter of Women in Digital, Gemma brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in partnership strategy. Gemma is passionate about supporting women to reach the peaks of their careers and sees Women in Digital’s events, partner network and community as the perfect facilitator for ambitious professionals.

Terry Weber – Regional Manager (QLD, NT & PNG) of Cisco

Terry is also a long standing supporter of Women in Digital. He is incredibly passionate about ensuring more women join technology and digital. He has been an internal champion of the Mentor Me program at Cisco which provides young female IT graduates with an opportunity to gain work experience within their office. He sees his role with Women in Digital as a way of extending his IT industry impact.

Gavin Douglas – Enterprise Account Manager at AWS

Gavin continues on the Women in Digital board as a strong advocate for Women in Digital. Gavin’s career has been extensive. Working for companies including Ogilvy, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and now Amazon Web Services. In the words of Stephen Covey, Gavin always thinks with the “begin with the end in mind’ philosophy.

Bernadette Stone – Chief Information Officer of Brisbane City Council

Bernadette is the CIO of Brisbane City Council and is the quintessential woman in digital. She has built an impressive career in male dominated industries. Companies on her resume include Accenture, Rio Tinto, Queensland Rail, Aurizon, Virgin and now Brisbane City Council. She presents a distinctive value proposition with over 20 years’ experience in IT whilst also holding senior management positions in Enterprise Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Rowena Samaraweera – Director of Customer Experience for the Department of Housing and Public Works (QLD)

Rowena is the Director of Customer Experience for the Department of Housing and Public Works (QLD) and one of Women in Digital’s earliest and biggest supporters. You might not see her as she often as she works in the background but she has played a pivotal role in getting the Women in Digital Awards off the ground. With a background in Marketing, Communication and Innovation, Rowena has worn many hats throughout her career including Senior Customer Strategy Specialist at Suncorp Bank, Global head of Marketing, CX and Digital at Flight Centre Travel Group and Chief Marketing Officer at Console Group.

Jane Humphreys (Coe) – Group Director, People & Culture at TechnologyOne

Jane has joined the Women in Digital board and with it brings her commercial acumen and experience with organisational psychology. She has built a strong reputation for devising and executing human resource, organisational development and broader business strategies through influential leadership, technical capability. Her experience spans across 15 years and has seen her manage the culture and people at Virgin, Aurizon, QUT and now Technology One.

What an incredible, accomplished and diverse advisory board. We look forward to working with these members in 2020 and beyond.

February 11, 2020 Holly Hunt

Emma Croston is the queen of start-ups. When she’s not consulting or giving key insight as an influential board member, Emma runs her own dog fashion label- talk about keeping busy! Her success as a start-up founder, adviser and investor and experience across multiple industries is truly impressive and we were so excited to chat to her about her extensive career!

Emma,  you now run your own eCommerce business alongside consulting with organisations and boards to deliver digital transformations. But tell us, who is Emma Croston the human?

Take me away from the office and I absolutely love to have fun. Laughter is a must in my every day, most of the time I am laughing at myself. I love new experiences… Even if they are terrifying.  Recently I found myself alone, hiding under a small side table, in a tent, in the Serengeti at 3 am in the morning, armed with a whistle (that’s all they give you to fight off the wildlife), struggling with a bout of diarrhea (let’s just say I wasn’t leaving the table for anything), terrified that I was about to get caught in an elephant stampede! (I could hear them coming)….. Turns out they were zebras. That pretty much sums me up., I love adventure, even if it is terrifying, and my mind is always strategically thinking of the best option to minimise impact… hence the table!

It is commonly recognised that there are fewer female leaders in digital and technology. How did you end up working in this industry?

I started my career in marketing. When the internet came along I was working in the travel industry. The travel industry was one of the first industries people shifted to online purchasing very quicking, with flights and accommodation.

At that stage websites and e-newsletters were the responsibility of the marketing department. At the time I was living in Townsville working for the North Queensland tourism body. We were giving a $6mil grant to promote driving in North Queensland. This meant developing websites and iPod-podcasts.

When I returned to Brisbane in 2007 I thought there was an opportunity for me to position myself in digital marketing and website development. So I studied it and my career went from strength to strength.

You worked with Cathie Reid co-founding Epic Digital. You are both strong women who are used to being in leadership roles, how did you successfully navigate co-leadership?

Cathie and I have very different leadership styles which compliment each other. Cathie is very good at identifying people who can bring her vision to life. I am a strategic futurist. I can take Cathie’s ideas/visions and know very quickly if they are viable both practically and commercially.I can see problems before they happen, which some people see as a negative.  Cathie is very good at understanding that I am looking beyond the problem presented and toward the future outcome. We have a lot of respect for each other and we have a lot of knowledge in different areas. We know when we have stepped on each other’s toes and we are able to move past it very quickly and focus on the vision and outcomes. We grew together and we grew to become very good friends.

Did you have any initiatives at Epic Digital to recruit female technical talent, and if so can you please share your insights.

I didn’t have any defined strategy to recruit women. However, I do believe that women are stronger in certain areas within a development team than men are and vice versa. Women naturally tend to have more attention to detail and are strong multitaskers, they tend to thrive in product manager and testing roles. I believe there is a need for more women within the development team.

What do you think can be done to improve diversity in the digital industry, particularly in more technical positions?

I think the focus needs to shift to showing women a lot of creative roles within technology development. The scoping and development of products needs female input. I would like to see more women applying for these types of roles which don’t require formal technical knowledge.

What technology development is most exciting you at the moment?

Predictive analysis I believe is the realistic first step toward artificial intelligence. Companies need to have clean data that can support decision making. Most have a long way to go in just getting clean data. I think there is more to be done before the artificial intelligent learner are ready of deep business application within existing businesses.

A massive thank you to Emma for chatting with us. If you want to read more Q&A’s with the top women in business head over to our blog! We will also be sharing further female success stories on our socials so stay updated with our Facebook and Instagram.

November 7, 2019 Holly Hunt

In the Women in Digital community we hear a lot about female developers, coders, leaders, marketers and those working in startups. But it isn’t so often we talk about women in AV which is why we sat down with QLD Director of Scene Change, Gareth Percey. In this interview we talk about carving out non-traditional career paths, diversity in AV and the female role models leading the industry. We hope you enjoy this Q&A.

Q: Give us your elevator pitch – what is Scene Change in 50 words or less?

Scene Change is a national event technology company specialising in big screen video, sound, lighting and staging. We mainly work with event producers and big brands for special events, product launches, awards nights and conferences.

Q: Obviously Scene Change is across Australia and you are looking after the AV for hundreds of events a year. What has been the most memorable event for you?

The first gala event held in the Howard Smith Wharves Precinct for 600 people in the disused riverside shed that now houses Felons Brewery, before any of the development had started, they even had to build a false floor for the event. We created a virtual pixel mapped view of how the precinct would look in the future. It was a great night and the start of something special for Brisbane.

Q: How did you get into a career in AV?

It was a case of right place right time and willing to give anything a go. While working my regular job for a local retailer I answered the call to help out a mate who needed assistance at midnight to pack down an outdoor event. Imagine the middle of winter in Hobart, rain and snow coming in sideways, it wasn’t ideal but I was interested. Two weeks later I was offered a full time technical role and 19 years later it has been much better than retail.

“Female techs are a scarce, valuable resource. We have four on our Brisbane team and are constantly looking to increase this.” – Gareth Percey

Q: When people think of AV they commonly think of a group of guys in all black geeking out over the latest audiovisual tech. Do you think the AV industry (as a whole) has a diversity issue?

Yes that has historically been the case, what sets Scene Change apart is that we select techs for their personal skills and understanding of presenters rather than tech geekiness. That prevents the annoying mansplaining that annoys our 80% female client base when they find it elsewhere. Female techs are a scarce, valuable resource, we have four on our Brisbane team and are constantly looking to increase this.

Q: Why do you think that is?

The industry hasn’t had many female role models active in the technical area until recently, but that is changing.

Q: What things are Scene Change implementing to help create a more diverse industry?

Training of crew on how to create a more inclusive industry. A lot of our crew are younger and bring a much more inclusive attitude than old-school industry types. We also support the Women in AV Group which has done a lot to highlight this issue in the last two years.

“A more diverse workforce makes our business a better place to work.” – Gareth Percey

Q: What made you want to get involved with Women in Digital?

As I have two daughters of my own I am keen to support industry groups that break down the barriers so that they can feel comfortable in following nontraditional career paths. Also a more diverse workforce makes our business a better place to work.

Q: What women in AV inspire you?

I look up to any of our female techs for bringing their wider skills into our industry, it is sometimes not easy for them and in the future they will be looked up to as pioneers. Particular respect to Toni McAllister who founded the Australian Women in AV Group which has done a lot of valuable work in a short time. And Kim Crofts from our Sydney office who was literally the first tech hired there, and she has been with us for 13 years.

Creating an awards night like the Women in Digital Awards is no small feat. This year with the awards hosting over 500 national guests at the iconic Howard Smith Wharves, we were in search of an AV partner that:

a) Wouldn’t blow the budget and,

b) Could help us deliver an unforgettable and seamless experience for our guests.

We are so very thankful for Gareth and the entire Scene Change team for helping us make this happen and more importantly, for actively working to create a more diverse and inclusive AV industry.

Want to learn more about Scene Change? Head to their website, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Gareth Percey is the Director – Queensland for Scene Change.

Gareth is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the events services industry. Skilled in Special Events, Live Event Producer, Technology Management, Live Events, and Audio Visual System Design and generally a really nice guy, he is someone you should want to connect with.

Find him on LinkedIn here.

August 4, 2019 Elise Le-Galloudec

Inspired. Motivated. Focused. Three words summarising how I felt walking out after two days at the Liquid Learning, Women in ICT and Digital Leadership Summit 2019.

I’m Emma Judd, Group Marketing Manager at Place Design Group and I was the lucky winner of the Women in Digital LinkedIn competition, to attend this Summit from July 23 2019 to July 24 2019.

You may have seen, I took over the @womenindigital Instagram Stories for the duration of the conference and can view my stories on their highlights here.

While it was two days jam packed with an amazing line up of speakers, the below will give you a brief insight and share some knowledge nuggets and relatable advice I personally took from this event.

DAY 1: 23 July

On day one of the summit we heard from some fantastic speakers, with the line-up including:

  • Joanna Murray, Program Manager, Transformation & Innovation, Boral
  • Chris Locke, Chief Information Officer, Flight Centre
  • Deb Assheton, Expert Facilitator, The Amplify Group
  • Wendy Bryant, Chief Information Officer, Transport for NSW
  • Keli Saville, Regional Head of Data, AsiaPac, Vanguard
  • Niamh Collins, General Manager, Digital, HFC
  • Jade Carson, Director, IT Investments, Department of Education & Training
  • Kirsty McKay, Group Manager, Program Delivery & Digital Transformation, Coates Hire
  • Katie Payten, Director, Technology Assurance & Governance, Australian Securities & Investments Commission
  • Kylie McLean, Chief Digital Officer, Australia & New Zealand, IBM
  • Simon Noonan, Chief Information Officer, SportsBet

The first day, first speaker at a conference is always exciting and generally sets the tone for what you can expect and Joanna Murray, Program Manager, Transformation & Innovation at Boral, did just that.

Setting us up for the day, Joanne asked us to reflect back to the start of our careers. Did we know what we wanted to be, and how we planned to get there? I know myself. I definitely had a plan and thought it would go a certain way but reflecting back, it was actually a very different path I’d taken. I think this is a really positive thought to reflect on, especially if you are a mentor or in a leadership role guiding your team through their career journey.

Favourite quote from Joanne’s presentation was, “Great leaders don’t think they’re great; great leaders think they’re human.”

From career reflection, to career reflecting. Chris Locke, Chief Information Officer, Flight Centre, shared some great career advice which I’ve shared below:

  • Don’t be afraid of trying different things in different industries
  • Make a plan and make it happen
  • Be resilient, but patient
  • Get experience – think outside the square

This was also a lovely flow into the third speaker, Deb Assheton, Expert Facilitator, The Amplify Group, who spoke on the importance of true self confidence, the value of vulnerability and gratitude along with self-awareness.

A nice reminder that Deb left us with was that the struggle ends where gratitude begins. Practicing daily gratitude makes us 5-10% happier, and costs us nothing.

“What are you grateful for today?”

I think one of my favourite, most thought-provoking parts of the day was Wendy Bryant’s presentation. Wendy Bryant, Chief Information Officer, Transport for NSW, spoke on ‘Unconscious Bias’. To explain this, Wendy made this really relatable asking us all to discuss at our tables if there were any roles we automatically associate with a man or a woman; knowing perfectly well that both genders actually worked in that particular role. For example, when one thinks of a pilot, a doctor, a nurse or a kindergarten teacher, does one stereotype to a particular gender? Needless to say, most people, by default of unconscious bias, did so.

Wendy also reflected on her time as the only woman in an IT team working with all men. She refused to be the ‘cake cutter’ at workplace celebrations, as the default was to ‘leave it to Wendy because she was the woman’. Reflecting on our own workplaces, I feel there is so much that can be consciously done or implemented to improve this default gender bias. Some ideas Wendy shared with us included:

  • Unconscious bias training
  • Focus on bias in AI – change your Siri voice to male
    • I found this topic extremely interesting. Here is an article from Google that discusses it in more detail.
  • Specific actions on diversity in hiring processes and opportunities

Post lunch, we returned to the room for a panel discussion on ‘Whether work-life balance is possible?’. And great news – it is! And here are the panellists’ top tips for making it happen:

  • Find what works for you. If you play a sport or enjoy gym as an outlet – prioritise that and make a routine that works.
  • Plan holidays in advance and stick to them – If you’re busy, it’s easy to not plan your downtime, but time with family and friends is important. Book it in. Booking it in advance gives you something to look forward to.
  • Don’t hesitate to raise your hand if you need help. A great tip. Learn to delegate and ask those around you for help when needed.
  • Work smarter using smarter working techniques. Again something to Google, but what it comes down to is the fact that we all have 24 hours in a day. Use them wisely. The one thing money can’t buy is time.
  • As women in leadership, WE need to support flexibility. This is so important. If your team comes to you wanting to discuss flexible working options, be the change. Listen to their request and see what may be possible.
  • Flexibility in the workplace. Break down the barriers and become outcomes based. This is such a positive and practical way to frame this thought process, as just because someone sits at their desk all day, it doesn’t mean they are being any more productive than someone working from home. Change the focus to be on outcomes, not on number of hours sitting at a desk, and encourage flexible working arrangements.

The final two presenters for day one, Kylie McLean, Chief Digital Officer, Australia & New Zealand, IBM and Simon Noonan, Chief Information Officer, SportsBet, touched on workplace culture. Kylie really drove home the message that as leaders, it’s so important to create a culture that gets your team to thrive. This was a fantastic leeway into Simon’s Case Study around transforming workplace culture, with SportsBet as an example. Honestly, SportsBet sounds like an amazing place to work with a fantastic culture. Guided by their purpose, underpinned by their values, SportsBet don’t just have their values hung on the wall; they live their values, which makes all the difference.

DAY 2: 24 July

Inspired from day one, excited for day two and it did not disappoint. The fantastic line-up of speakers included:

  • Stuart Harrison, Chief Information Security Officer, Medibank
  • Megan James, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Data Centres & President, Women in IT & Communications
  • Arabella Macpherson, Founder & Communications Coach, Resonate Communications
  • Jade Carson, Director IT Investments, Department of Education & Training
  • Brendan Mills, Chief Information Officer, NIB Health Funds Limited
  • Sarah McCullough, Head of eTech Operations, Essential Energy
  • Kathryn Porter, Director, Customer Experience, Cisco
  • Joyce Harkness, Chief Information Officer, Avant Mutual Group Limited
  • Kirsten Murray, Director International, Faculty of Engineering & IT, University of Technology Sydney
  • Catherine Nolan, Director & Principal Coach, Gender Gap Gone

Stuart Harrison, Chief Information Security Officer, Medibank, kicked-off day two proceedings sharing some words of wisdom around realising your leadership potential. A key theme that came through reflecting on day one was to show vulnerability. As leaders, you do need to stay strong for your team, but vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that you are human. Showing vulnerability can often lead to building rapport and relationships with your team. A really lovely reminder for all leaders.

From the importance of vulnerability in leadership, to the importance of resilience as leaders. Resilience was the topic Megan James, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Data Centres & President, Women in IT & Communications, covered in her personal career journey she shared with attendees. Megan is a very inspirational woman, and since the conference, I have shared parts of her story with many of my colleagues. They say you may not remember what people say, but you will always remember how they made you feel. In this case, I remembered what Megan said because of how it made me feel and how much it resonated. If you get the opportunity to hear Megan speak, I would highly recommend you take it and hear her story first hand. I will share my key takeaways from Megan’s presentation below and hope you take some inspiration from this too:

  • Stay in your lane and stand up for what you believe in – no matter what
  • Always hold true to your values – above all else
  • Value your soft skills – emotional intelligence
  • Be present and always show up
  • Everyone has a story – so listen
  • Engage with people – see how you get the best out of people – allow creative opportunity
  • Don’t compromise on any of the above

As leaders and mentors, it’s always useful to have references or tools to provide the best possible guidance and advice to enable meaningful conversations with your teams and mentees. Arabella Macpherson, Founder & Communications Coach, Resonate Communications shared with us some great tips around unleashing your power as a mentor. I’ve summarised them below:

  • Coaching
    • Ask questions
    • Make suggestions
    • Share experiences
  • Chunking
    • Use chunking to open up or delve deeper on topics
  • Matching
    • Give all of your attention
    • Match 60%: physically and vocally
    • Repeat words and phrases back to show acknowledgement

Towards the end of day two, the discussion changed to be more around the future of work. Jade Carson, Director IT Investments, Department of Education & Training, spoke passionately on the topic of engaging and attracting future female leaders to IT roles.

Some ideas and strategies Jade touched on started right back at engaging young girls to show interest in IT. Whether that be at home, at school or at play. It’s also about attracting girls and women to a career in IT by changing the image/perception of tech, promoting meaningful careers and addressing the unconscious bias. On top of this, growing the focus on the culture around tech, closing the confidence gap through training and education and having strong female mentors or sponsors will help attract female IT talent. Jade concluded that we should keep a focus on culture being equitable and reflective of diversity. And that job design or redesign for flexibility is important. Overarching, she highlighted female role models across the IT industry is key.

Continuing the future of work discussion, panelists’ thoughts covered:

  • The importance of business and IT partnerships – with the increase in technologies in the workplace, it’s important for businesses and IT leaders to work closely for the best possible outcomes
  • Portfolio careers – showing depth and breadth of experience
  • Being location agnostic – it’s not about where you’re physically working from. With technology you are enabled to work from anywhere. This also ties in to the earlier discussion around being outcomes focused.
  • Gig Economy – presents great opportunities but also new challenges

And that’s a wrap! Catherine Nolan, Director & Principal Coach, Gender Gap Gone,

was our facilitator across the two-day summit and presented a great summary of the insights from across the event. A few practical tips she left us with included:

  • Create a Vision Board – use Pinterest or Canva to get started. If you see it, you’ll achieve it.
  • Create your 40-page resume – a dumping ground for YOU only. List examples as they happen so when the time comes, you have the content and are ready to apply for that dream job.
  • Watch the Amy Cuddy Ted Talk – ‘Your body language may shape who you are’

There were honestly so many fantastic insights and inspirational moments over the two days. I hope this blog post shares just some of that post-summit magic with you all.

Thank you for reading.

Emma Judd

Instagram: @emajudd


Do you have more insightful leadership tips? Share them in the comments below.

October 30, 2018 Holly Hunt

MEDIA RELEASE: Women in Digital Awards
Tuesday 30 October 2018

The brave and the bold: Women in Digital winners announced

Australia’s most innovative female creative minds have been presented with the 2018 Women in Digital Awards across nine different categories, at the W Hotel in Brisbane last Friday.

The widely supported event brought recognition to the successful and inspiring women who have built careers in the digital industry as developers, leaders, marketers, innovators, and founders.

Among the supporters and guests were the notable QLD Minister for Innovation Kate Jones, and former QLD Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter.

Women in Digital Founder, Holly Tattersall said she was delighted by the support from industry leaders, and proud of the talent and passion of Friday night’s winners and award nominees.

“The Awards Gala has been absolutely incredible,” Ms Tattersall said.

“The event has exceeded all expectations.

Friday was evidence that nationally there are some incredible role models in the Digital industry, and we need to acknowledge their talent and achievements more often.

“Thank you to the speakers, sponsors, judges, and corporate partners, without whom the event would not have been possible.

“They have helped empower us to foster change in the Digital Industry through improving diversity, championing role models, and giving us the opportunity to make our core values a reality.”

Ms Tattersall said she encourages support for the winners by buying from their businesses, offering messages of support, and looks forward to seeing the increase in nominations next year.

Congratulations to the 2018 Women in Digital award winners in the respective categories:

ERM Power Software Developer of the Year: Sarah Smith, CTO of Sortal

Columbus Digital Producer of the Year: Candace Marshall, Executive Producer at Josephmark

CISCO Sales Excellence: Elizabeth Gibbons, Director of Client Services at ZeroSeven

UQ Business School Leader of the Year: Julie Trell, Global Head of Muru-D

Videopro Digital Marketer of the Year: Brynley King, Managing Director of

QLD Urban Utilities Making a difference: Rachel Downie, Founder of Stymie

AWS Community Champion of the Year: Ally Watson, Code Like a Girl

Suncorp Innovator of the Year: Sharon Melamed, Founder of Matchboard

QUT Bluebox Founder of the Year: Julie Stevanja, Founder of StyleRunner

The 2018 Awards Gala also recognised companies which have distinguished themselves by paving the way for an inclusive workforce.

Congratulations to the following companies for being awarded in the respective categories:

ARQ Group Educational Leadership: Tech Girls Movement

AWS Board Diversity: AV Technology

CUA Incubator of the Year: The Women’s Business School

AICD Employer of the Year: CISCO QLD

The Women in Digital Awards are an annual celebration of women, disruptors, and advocates inspiring gender diversity in the technology industry. For more information, please visit


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