Go Girl Team

Go Girl is organised by a group of incredibly talented, and dedicated volunteers. So who is in charge?

Director

Fi Slaven

Fi Slaven – Go Girl, Go For IT 2016 Director

General Manager, William Buck
Fi Slaven is a business strategist and service orientated transformational executive who is the General Manager for William Buck Victoria, also a member and secretary of the Victorian ICT for Women network and on the Executive CIO Council Advisory Board. Fi was also was named 2014 National and Victorian ICT Woman of the Year, for her contributions to the industry and is passionate about encouraging and promoting women in IT.

Account Management

Jo StubbsJoanne Stubbs – Account Management Lead

CIO, Bakers Delight Holdings
Joanne Stubbs has worked in Information Technology for over 20 years with experience in a variety of industry sectors including that of retail, automotive financial services, banking and the airline industry.  Joanne’s IT experience includes being CIO – Asia Pacific for GMAC, CIO for The Good Guys and was recruited to work for a variety of IT roles at Dubaiworld. Having worked overseas for 2 years Joanne returned to Australia to take up the role of CIO for Bakers Delight Holdings.  She has worked closely with the business in every instance to align the IT strategy with that of the business strategy.
Joanne is motivated by assisting her staff to implement business enabling systems capable of delivering strategic advantage.  With over 20 years of IT experience and a Masters in Technology Management, she brings substantial skills in structuring teams with a delivery mindset, managing change, implementing project management techniques and delivering business value.

Tasman Broekman-DattnerTasman Broekman-Dattner – Account Management Deputy

Coach and Market Development Manager, Dattner Grant
Tasman has worked in sales/leadership for over eight years. In 2016 he joined Dattner Grant, a management consultancy that specialize in leadership development. A key focus for Tasman is working with Dattner Grant’s Women in Leadership Program, Compass. The Compass program takes women of varying levels of experience and seniority and equips them with a strong focus on their values, leadership best practice and a network of likeminded women to support each other’s professional growth and development.

He will also provide support for the launch of the Homeward Bound Project, a world first all-female expedition to the Antarctic launching in December 2016.   He works with Go Girl to continue to support women of all ages to grow professionally, with the belief that balancing the gender voice at the leadership table is one of the most effective ways to positively change the world.

 

Communications

Sara-OgstonSara Ogston – Communications Lead

Project Manager – The University of Melbourne
Sara is a Project Manager at the University of Melbourne, in the Infrastructure Services – Research Platforms Services team. She has helped successfully deliver the first cloud computing service for researchers in Australia and currently manages a research data storage service built for Victorian researchers by Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Sara started her career as a neuroscience researcher but moved to IT when she moved to Australia in 2009. Sara has been involved with the Go Girl team as the communications team lead on the Steering Committee in 2014 and as part of the Focus Group in 2015. She is an Associate Board member of the Vic ICT for Women.

Koula TsiapliasKoula Tsiaplias – Communications Deputy

VicNode Coordinator – The University of Melbourne
Koula is currently working in the Infrastructure Services division of the University of Melbourne. With extensive analytical and project management experience spanning over 13 years in the Energy and Higher Education sectors, Koula has worked on a large number of IT projects. Having graduated with a degree in Computing from Deakin University, she is passionate about motivating young women to pursue their dreams through academic achievement.

To the communications team please email communications@gogirlgoforit.com

Competitions

Jessica BircsakJessica Bircsak – Competitions Lead and Thank You Event Lead

Jessica has many years of experience in the ICT industry and is passionate about the positive trans

formations ICT provides business, healthcare and education. Jessica holds an MCSE certification, a Diploma in IT, Business Management and is currently undertaking an M.B.A in Innovation and Leadership. For many years Jessica has worked in ICT education and technical consultancy in Australia and the UK.
Jessica’s experience in the ICT industry has always been exciting, challenging and fun! It’s her goal to have others share the same experiences and to transform the general perception of the ICT industry, particularly for female professionals. Being on the Go Girl committee provides that opportunity as well as promoting the exciting careers ICT has to offer.

Anna CaoAnna Cao – Competitions & Thank You Event Deputy

Solutions Analyst – IBM
Anna is a recent university graduate currently working as a Solutions Analyst on business process services. She works closely with the Sales Team on bids and proposals across difference industries.  Anna is passionate and keen in giving back to the community. In particular, providing support to youths on their career path choices.

 

Event Program

Sue Hogg

Sue Hogg –  Event Program Lead

Iteration Manager – Australia Post
Sue is currently working with software development teams in Digital Delivery at Australia Post. With over 15 years of experience in IT, her roles have ranged from software development, business analysis through to Project and Iteration Management. Sue has had the privilege of working at assorted companies both here in Australia and also overseas in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. A passionate collaborator, Sue enjoys inspiring others, playing with technology and sharing insights. After volunteering on a sub-committee for Go Girl for IT in 2014, Sue has now joined the team for 2016 hoping to inspire young girls in to a future career in technology.

Tania SharpTania Sharp – Event Program Deputy

Commercial Manager – GE
Tania Sharp is a Commercial Manager in the Asia Pacific Software Solutions Tendering team at GE in the Grid Solutions business which helps meet growing energy demands across the world by assisting utilities to transform their infrastructure, integrate renewable sources and navigate the digitisation of their grid. She has also been the Event Manager of GE’s Asia Pacific Software Summit event series for the last 8 years. Prior to GE, Tania worked in a number of travel industry Sales & Marketing roles in Australia, the USA, UK, Canada and NZ. She’s passionate about getting more females interested in STEM at a young age as she wishes she’d understood the importance of technology in supporting business and economic growth, as well as it being fun, challenging, creative and rewarding.

Louiza NuttLouiza Nutt – Event Program Deputy

Project Manager – IMA Management and Technology
Louiza is currently working as consultant project manager delivering technology initiatives. As a representative of her clients, she works closely with software development teams and business representatives to plan and deliver quality solutions. Louiza has worked on a variety of projects both here and in the UK, including global project run remotely from Melbourne. Louiza believes strongly is positive relationships and negotiation to ensure solutions are found to suit everybody and facilitate smooth delivery of her projects. This is Louiza’s first year volunteering on the Go Girl, Go for IT program.

To contact the event program team please email program@gogirlgoforit.com

 

Facilities

Jo Coldwell-Neilson

Jo Coldwell-Neilson – Facilities Lead

Associate Professor – Deakin University
Jo was introduced to computers a long time ago in year 12 and was fascinated by this “new” technology. She steered her education and employment to computing ever since and it is now her life and passion. “I want others to know the satisfaction of doing what you love, loving what you do and making a difference.”

Jo is Faculty Director (Graduate Employment) in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, and WIL Coordinator in the School of Information Technology at Deakin University. Before becoming an academic, Jo had extensive industrial experience in the UK and Australia as a programmer, analyst and project leader. She has extensive teaching experience from database design and programming to communication skills and professional practice. Jo’s research revolves around using and engaging with digital technologies, particularly to support students, and its impact on teaching and teaching practice. She is currently investigating the uptake of IT in higher education by young women.

Amani IbrahimAmani Ibrahim – Facilities Deputy

Lecturer, Deakin University
Amani is a lecturer in computer networks with 12 years of experience in a variety of ICT industries including IT consultation, scientific research, higher education teaching, network and security engineering, and software development. Amani holds PhD and MSc degrees in computer science, in addition to a number of industrial certifications including CCNP, CCANS, CCNA and CCAI.

Amani has many years of experience in higher education and ICT industry and this helps her in producing graduates who have the required skills and abilities in the real industry work market. Amani is also passionate about how technology can support special-needs children to participate in mainstream life.

Amani is Volunteering for Go Girl for the first time and she is very excited about such rewarding experience.

Program Management

Lyn WindsorLyn Windsor – Program Management Lead and Schools Liaison Deputy

Lyn has worked in ICT for over 20 years in both public and private sectors. Starting her career as a software developer Lyn then moved into management roles. These roles have given her the opportunity to live and work in a number of different countries and experience their diverse cultures and lifestyles. Lyn also considers herself fortunate to have been able to mentor a number of others and assist them with progressing their careers in ICT. Her ICT career has given Lyn the opportunity to hold a number of voluntary roles which have required her to work with peers in different countries. These include working with the ISO to develop a standard for Societal Security, and for the Project Management Institute as a Board member and a member of a team developing a globally recognised Project Management Standard. Lyn currently holds 2 voluntary roles within the Project Management community.

Volunteering for Go Girl in 2014 was such a rewarding experience, Lyn has decided to join the committee for the 2016 event and is acting as Program Manager for the event as well as assisting as 2IC for the Schools Liaison stream.

 

Joty Singh

Joty Singh – Project Management Deputy

As General Manager for IT,  Joty is responsible for leading the development, implementation and management of all IT systems, projects and related activities across the organisation.  Key responsibilities include: developing a strategic IT roadmap, aligning IT strategy with business strategy, fostering greater business engagement, continuing to build on the mobility strategy, developing IT policies and procedures. Joty  joined the Go Girl, Go for IT team in late 2015.

Schools Liaison

Conrad HarveyConrad Harvey -Schools Liaison Lead

Conrad is a digital entrepreneur who is building new start-ups.  He is passionate about growing skills and diversity in IT.  In his former role as CIO of Coles he benefited immensely from the strong women across his team.  The Coles team was much stronger because of its diversity.  If IT is going to embrace the future it must be relevant to the young, and if it is to succeed it must have diverse creative teams that help deliver value.  IT is an exciting dynamic field that needs talented energetic people to keep moving forward.

To contact the school liaison team please email schools@gogirlgoforit.com

 

Sponsorship

Kathy KoschelKathy Koschel –  Sponsorship Lead

SMS Management and Technology
Having worked in IT for so long, I understand what a great career it can be. I feel that every person should have the same opportunities that I have had. I have a passion for helping other people achieve their goals, including coaching and mentoring other women in IT and also mentoring tertiary students. The key thing to realise is that the jobs and careers in the Technology sector are evolving almost yearly. The jobs needed in 50 years times haven’t even been thought of yet. My goal is to help educate young women to realise the sky is the limit when it comes to technology roles. Don’t limit your thinking by what is happening now, focus on what you enjoy doing and then define that career that makes you love your job.

Sumona BhattacharyaSummona Bhattacharya

Sumona is a Sr. Business Development & Sales Executive, has over 20 years of sales and management experience in the IT industry, representing a wide range of application technology solutions from major technology companies such as IBM. Sumona is passionate about issues with women in the technology field and has been engaged in numerous volunteering activities such as mentoring, with organisations such as the The Smith Family, Fit for Work etc. She is a Board Member, at VIC ICT for Women, where she leads the What’s Hot in IT program and is also the deputy lead for the Sponsorship team for Go Girl Go go for IT 2016

To contact the sponsorship team please email sponsors@gogirlgoforit.com

Tradeshow

Belinda Boo

Belinda Boo – Tradeshow Lead

Business Analyst – NAB
Belinda is currently a Business Analyst at NAB working on enterprise roadmap and projects within the Enterprise Services & Transformation portfolio (incl Technology). She has worked in a range of roles in the Financial Services industry over the past 7 years; from B2B development, client management, change management, H&S, network planning (retail) & business analysis, and believes that having a good foundation in Technology can provide unlimited career opportunities.

Belinda has been involved in Go Girl as a vendor tradeshow participant in 2008, and then part of the Go Girl working group (and vendor tradeshow participant) since 2014.  Her motivations to continue as part of this focus group are to make a difference to the industry, collaborate with talented people, advocate gender diversity, and inspire young people to have great futures.

Amber HarlisAmber Harli – Tradeshow deputy

Industry Based Learning student at NAB
Amber is the Tradeshow committee deputy and will help run the tradeshow of Go Girl go for IT on the day. She is currently on an Industry based learning placement at NAB in the department of Technology Research under the Architecture and Strategy portfolio. Amber was actually a student at

one of the first Go Girl Go for IT events and credits the day with inspiring her to pursue a university education and career path in Technology. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Information Systems and is passionate about increasing the number of women in IT careers.

Volunteers

Margaret WildeMargaret Wilde – Volunteers Lead

Progam Manager – NAB
Margaret started her working life as a Technologist in Midrange systems. In the late 1990s she discovered projects and realised that working in projects fitted well with her results focus and enthusiasm for change. In more recent times Margaret has delivered large customer facing banking projects including Internet, Phone and Mobile banking and Credit Card projects and for four years ran the Digital Portfolio at ANZ. She has recently moved from blue to red and is a Program Manager at NAB. As the mother of two young adults Margaret is keen to see all young people have great opportunities. She is passionate about encouraging more young woman to consider ICT as a career.

SengheeTanPhotoSeng Hee Tan – Volunteers Deputy

Capability Architect, Ambulance Victoria
With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Seng Hee has been involved in diverse projects both in private and public sectors including shipping, WorkCover, education and emergency health services in Australia and South East Asia. Seng Hee is interested in how to continuously improve the ways we do things and innovate by collaborating between IT and business. As Albert Einstein famously stated “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking with which created them”. Seng Hee is passionate about mentoring others to aid them in exploring opportunities to further their careers.

Liaisons

Shirley TianShirley Tian – Robogals Liaison

Shirley is a project manager from Robogals Asia Pacific (AP). Robogals is a non-for profit organization that aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology. Shirley has been with Robogals more than four years as the Rural and Regional Schools Manager and President for Robogals Melbourne. As a project manager she raises the awareness of the shortage in female participants in engineering to high school girls through a project based online program, Pathway into Engineering (PiE).