Welcome to Cisco’s Women in IT Awards

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


Thursday, 5 March 2020


Cisco Live, Melbourne


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


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 Cisco Women in IT Awards are about recognising the best female talent across Australia and New Zealand.  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.


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 Australia and/or New Zealand.

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 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.


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: Recognising a female Executive IT leader who has demonstrated outstanding technology leadership, in 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.


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.


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.



2 December 2019
Award submissions open


14 February 2020
Award submissions close


14–17 February 2020
Judging Period


17 February 2020
Finalists Announced


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


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.




Katherine Toch
Corporate Affairs CSR Marketing


Tim Fawcett
Government Affairs

Academia Award


Marcella O’Shea
Regional Manager, Corporate Affairs , Cisco ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand and Korea


Emma Broadbent
Regional Manager, Cisco Australia and New Zealand and Pacific Islands

Rising Star Award


Cassandra Crothers

Inside Sales Leader/Manager, Cisco Australian and New Zealand


Carrera Chang

Account Manager,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Community Award


Emma Reid
Global Marketing Manager, Corporate Affairs,  Cisco 


Tim Fawcett
Director Government Affairs,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand

Executive IT Leadership Award


Tara Ridley
Partner Organisation,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


Julie Canepa
Director Information Technology,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


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

Diversity Initiative Award


Allyson Corcoran
Director Service Sales,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


James Comer

Head of HR, Cisco Australia and New Zealand


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,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


Vanessa Sulikowski
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco Australia and New Zealand


Gary Spiteri
Consulting Systems Engineer


Will Blake
Technical Solutions Architect,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


Nairi Adamian
Manager, Systems Engineering Sales,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand


Simon King

Director, Systems Engineering,  Cisco Australia and New Zealand

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