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PANEL: Where are all the women? Practical advice on supporting women to be successful

Friday 10:50am - 12:00pm, ITP Conference (WCC Plenary Room)

Only 23% of the Digital Technology workforce in New Zealand are women. Only 3% of 15 year old kiwi girls even want a career in our industry and globally a staggering 40% of women with STEM degrees leave their careers behind never to return.

The New Zealand Government have a goal of ICT as the 2nd largest contributor to GDP by 2025 - we aren't going to do this without increasing the participation of women to 50% THEN keep them involved once they do join our industry.

Creating inclusive, diverse, supportive, flexible workplaces, and providing mentoring and support are just some of the keys to effecting real change.

This panel will provide practical advice - for men and women alike - on the role we can all play from the perspectives of women at differing stages of their careers across both government and the private sector.

Facilitated by Victoria MacLennan.


Victoria Maclennan

Managing Director, OptimalBI

Managing Director of OptimalBI, Chair of the Digital Skills Forum, member of Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group, Chair of Code Club Aotearoa, Director and Investor.

Karen Vincent

Director Sales and Marketing, ACS Data

Director Sales and Marketing, ACS Data

Moana Roberts

Delivery Manager, Trademe

Delivery Manager, Trademe

Sue McLean

Shared Services Manager, Transpower

Shared Services Manager, Transpower

Rebecca Schasching

Manager Data Warehouse, Dept of Corrections

Manager Data Warehouse, Dept of Corrections

Eva Sherwood

Chair, TechWomen

Eva is a Manager at Deloitte, Chair of TechWomen and Board Member of NZTech.