The Empowered Women’s Network (EWN) is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Women in ICT Awards held at Cisco Live in Melbourne.
The awards acknowledged our customers and partners and the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to our technology industry. The unveiling of this year’s winners was held during the EWN lunch held at the Melbourne convention centre at Cisco Live with four hundred and nineteen attending to see a short list of twenty seven in 2019, representing more than fifty of our partners and customers.
We honoured seven winners across six categories, spanning Academia, Community, Diversity, Rising Star, ICT Technology Innovation and CIO of the Year.
The Academia Award is dedicated to a Cisco Networking Academy instructor who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM fields and who has contributed to the broader STEM community.
Winner: Lihong Zheng of Charles Sturt University.
Lihong Zheng is known for her significant contribution to the Information Communication and Technology (ICT), tirelessly promoting Cisco Networking Academy courses amongst students to gain the number one spot of the most students enrolled in Networking Academy Courses across Australia.
The Community Award is a person that has exemplary service to the IT Industry with programs and initiatives that positively impact the STEM pipeline with the community.
Winner: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy
Sarah Moran is known for creating a global movement to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025 through various initiatives targeting different age groups by creating opportunities for women to get into, and stay in, the tech and IT Industry.
The Rising Star Award recognises a rising star with high potential for future advancement who has distinguished herself from her peers, consistently exceeding performance expectations for her level and contributes to the community.
Winner: Penny Rhode, Araza.
Penny Rhode started as a graduate and within 5 years moved into a management position within her company. She has continued to exceed expectations on every level amongst her peers, her managers and her clients.
The Diversity Initiative Award honours a female who has established a diversity initiative or project that promotes diversity in IT in a specific company or for the wider community.
Winner: Victoria Kluth, Araza
Victoria Kluth is a strong advocate for women, ensuring diversity remains key to the company with 50% of the employees being female. She creates successful programs and initiatives that positivity impact, resulting in more women in technology, women in senior levels of management and women receiving equitable pay.
The Outstanding ICT Technology Innovation Award honours a female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results through projects, achievements or best practices in the area of Security, Data Centre, Collaboration and Networking.
Runner Up: Jackie Plunkett, Loddon Mallee Rural Health Alliance
Overall Winner: Jennifer Vasquez, Nestle
Jennifer Vasquez is known for her ability to inspire individuals, think outside the box and develop high performing teams with strong engagement while delivering significant, tangible and measurable business benefits.
The CIO of the Year Award honours a female CIO or equivalent Senior IT leadership position who has demonstrated outstanding technology leadership, innovation, IT excellence over the past eighteen months.
Winner: Donna-Maree Vinci, Bank of Queensland
Donna-Maree Vinci is known for being a CIO role model on how business and technology drive the strategy of a successful business. She continues to influence new business models and customer outcomes, using her thirty year experience to elevate her people and businesses to be competitive in the fast pace of change. She has a personal commitment to pay-it-forward and has been instrumental in working with start-ups and incubators to support the community ecosystem and continues to power innovation through a mix of emerging digital technology partnerships, true leadership and diversity of thought.
The Cisco Women in IT Awards are about showing off the best female talent across the ANZ region. The awards celebrate achievements, skills and qualities of females who stand out from the crowd.
Whatever your strength, from being a trail blazer or a leader, our award categories will highlight your talent and put you on a pathway to ongoing success.
Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has achieved success in teaching or administrative positions in Cisco Networking Academy.
Eligibility: A woman who works in a higher education institution and is an instructor of the Cisco Networking Academy in ANZ.
Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM fields, who contributes to the broader STEM community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.
Purpose: To honour a woman in the beginning stages of her career who has demonstrated exemplary leadership traits.
Eligibility: A woman in a technology-related field.
Ideal Candidate: A woman who is a rising star with high potential for future advancement. She has distinguished herself from her peers, consistently exceeding performance expectations for her level. She is someone who contributes to the community and satisfies all selection criteria.
Purpose: A company or person that has gone out of its/her way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months, including career attainment and advancement.
Eligibility: A company or person that has exemplary service to the IT industry with programs and initiatives that positively impact the STEM pipeline within the community.
Ideal Candidate: Has successful projects or initiative’s that expose young females to opportunities in STEM and demonstrates how these skills are important to a young girls future.
Purpose: To honour a female CIO who has demonstrated outstanding technology leadership, demonstrating particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership in the last 18 months.
Eligibility: Holds the title of chief information officer or equivalent senior IT leadership position. Is a member of top management. Primarily responsible for the IT operations of an organization or subsidiary located in ANZ.
Ideal Candidate: Demonstrates achievements with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.
Purpose: To honour a female who has established a diversity initiative or project that promotes diversity in IT in a specific company or for the wider community.
Ideal Candidate:Impact of this project and how successful it has been, based on tangible results in closing the gender gap and promoting diversity in technology.
17 December 2018
Award submissions open
15 February 2019
Award submissions close
18 – 22 February 2019
22 February 2019
Thursday, 7 March 2019
Awards Show @ Cisco Live, Melbourne
Nominations for the Women in IT Awards in March 2019 will open in December. The awards are open to Cisco’s partners and customers. The awards will take place in Melbourne during Cisco Live on Thursday 7 March 2019, so block your calendars!
The judges convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the finalists’ nominations. They will decide the winners based on the written submissions, so try to include as much information as possible.
Please use the criteria (listed above) of the category you wish to enter to shape your written submission, as the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions. Each written submission should be at least 400 words. There is no cost to nominate and you can enter as many categories as you wish.
A member of the Women in IT Awards team will reach out to everyone who nominated before the awards ceremony to tell them whether they have been shortlisted as a finalist.
If you have any queries relating to the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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