Welcome to Cisco’s Women in IT Awards

The Cisco Women in IT Awards recognise excellence in technology across Asia Pacific and Japan, celebrating the very best in female talent across the region. Proudly supported by Women of Cisco.

 

Thursday, 5 March 2020

 

Cisco Live, Melbourne

WHY ENTER?

Put forward your best female talent for a chance to gain recognition at Cisco’s largest event in the Asia Pacific region, Cisco Live.  Enter today to benchmark your female talent against the technology elite from across the Asia Pacific region.

 

Your participation in the awards as an entrant or a sponsor, may give you;

 

  • New opportunities to take up senior roles
  • Visibility to attract new business, products and services.
  • Increased credibility and authority for projects and ideas
  • Investment and support for your business

THE CATEGORIES

The Cisco Women in IT Awards are about recognising the best female talent across the Asia Pacific 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 aim to recognise the best female talent in the industry.

ACADEMIA AWARD

Purpose: Recognising 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 across the Asia Pacific Region.

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.

THE RISING STAR AWARD

Purpose: To recognise 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.

COMMUNITY AWARD

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.

EXECUTIVE IT LEADERSHIP AWARD

Purpose: Recognising a female Executive IT leader who has demonstrated outstanding technology leadership, demonstrating particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership.

Eligibility: Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellence in their role as CIO or CxO or equivalent senior IT leadership position in the last 12-18 months.

  • Executives who are driving technology innovation and influencing rapid change across their organisation.
  • Executives having an influence on their organisations’ business strategy. 
  • CIO who has made significant contribution over the last 12-18 months to the implementation of IT investment strategies to advance business outcomes.

Ideal Candidate: Demonstrates achievements with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

DIVERSITY INITIATIVE AWARD

Purpose: Recognising 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.

OUTSTANDING ICT TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD

Purpose: A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of Security, Data Centre, Collaboration or Networking.

Eligibility: A Security, Data Centre, Collaboration or Networking Professional that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company.

Ideal Candidate: Demonstrates projects and achievements with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

AWARDS TIMELINE

 

2 December 2019
Award submissions open

 

8 February 2020
Award submissions close

 

10–14 February 2020
Judging Period

 

17 February 2020
Finalists Announced

 

Thursday, 5 March 2020
Awards Show @ Cisco Live, Melbourne

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

Nominations for the Women in IT Awards in March 2020 will open in December 2019. The awards are open to Cisco’s partners and customers. The awards will take place in Melbourne during Cisco Live on Thursday 5 March 2020 from 12:45pm until 2:30pm, 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 no more than 400 words. Submissions over 400 words will not be considered. 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 emreid@cisco.com.

MEET OUR JUDGES

 

Katherine Toch
Director
Corporate Affairs CSR Marketing

 

Tim Fawcett
Director
Government Affairs

Academia Award

 

Marcella O’Shea
Regional Manager
Corporate Affairs ASEAN, ANZ and Korea

 

Murugan Vasudevan
Regional Manager
Cisco Networking Academy, South Asia

Executive IT Leadership Award

 

Tara Ridley
Director
Partner Organisation, Australia and New Zealand

 

Julie Canepa
Director
Information Technology

 

Ian Hamilton
Senior Director, Human Resources
Asia Pacific, Japan and China

Diversity Initiative Award

 

Allyson Corcoran
Director
Service Sales

 

Cassandra Crothers
Senior Manager
Virtual Sales
Australia and New Zealand


Michael Reid

QLD State Manager

Outstanding ICT Technical Innovation Award

 

Chris Gascoigne
Technical Solutions Architect

 

Vanessa Sulikowski
Distinguished Systems Engineer Australia and New Zealand

 

Gary Spiteri
Consulting Systems Engineer
Cybersecurity

 

Will Blake
Technical Solutions Architect

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