2022 CALD Women in Technology Program

  • 04 Oct 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Auto & General Holdings Pty Ltd, Level 13, Toowong Tower, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong QLD 4066
  • 17


  • Price inc GST
  • Price inc GST
    Includes complimentary WiT one year Individual Membership valued at $99 a saving of $49

A significant and vitally important part of the WiT community is our richly diverse and talented pool of women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

WiT has developed this program recognising the importance of and necessity for targeted support and development for CALD women to ensure a diverse and rich representation of women within the STEM space.

If you are a CALD woman we encourage you to sign up for our inaugural CALD Women in Technology Program.  This 3 Part Series, jointly developed with support from Queensland Government will provide participants with awareness, development, training and networking opportunities to help them realise their full potential and open up opportunities for career progression and leadership.

The Program:

Step #1: Masterclass

About Div Pillay

Div is one of the 100 Women of Influence 2018, named by AFR and Qantas in the Diversity and Inclusion category. She is CEO of MindTribes, a D&I consultancy with specialist expertise on race and culture that work with data to create change roadmaps to reduce and eliminate bias and discrimination from structures and systems. Div works with Boards, Executives, Leaders and Employees in the private, public and NFP sectors. She sits on the Board of VicHealth, is Chair of the D&I Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce, Australia and in 2021 was named as one of two Australians in a Global List of 25 Influencers by the AACSB, the worlds largest global business education alliance.

This session will be an educative workshop with carefully facilitated activities and case-studies, designed to lead participants to take practical next steps in their career management and advancement [outcome].

Topics covered:

  • Cultural Identity & Personal Branding
  • Self-Imposed & External Barriers & Biases
  • Career-Life Assessment, Goal Setting & Progression
  • Influencing Allies & Advocate
Morning Tea will be served and an opportunity to network with the cohort.

Step #2: Skillful Networking & Personal Profiling

About Sarah Yip

Sarah is founder and CEO of KEASE International and Leaders Lounge. She is an organisational psychologist and thought leader, passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion and creating real change through the empowerment and capability uplift. Sarah's qualifications in Business, Emotional Intelligence, Communication and Positive Psychology give her the focus to uplift capability and deliver on business metrics by imparting the leadership behaviours necessary to thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.  Sarah was announced as Multicultural Entrepreneur 2020 for leading KEASE International's innovative response to the pandemic by creating ‘Leaders Lounge’. 

This session will be an immersive opportunity for participants to learn and hone the invaluable skill of effective networking and understand the power and how to of profiling yourself for success.  The session runs for 2.5 hours and covers:

  • Identifying your strengths
  • Branding & messaging guidelines
  • Profile writing
  • Elevator pitch
  • Indentifying your network
  • Preparing your mindset for networking
  • Engaging your network

A light breakfast will be served and an opportunity to network with the cohort.

Step #3: CALD Women in Action Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator

Professor Chamindie Punyadeera is an inventor and a leader in women in STEMM. She has had a hybrid research career working in industry as well as academia. She has worked at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands and has been instrumental in developing Philips Mini-care I-20 for cardiac disease detection. She has also contributed to development of an integrated platform to detect nucleic acids (Idylla TM) commercialised by Biocartis NV (Belgium) and is a globally acknowledged pioneer in salivary diagnostics. She leads a world-class saliva and liquid biopsy research laboratory in Australia, > 14 researchers focusing on developing novel salivary technologies to detect heart disease and application of liquid biopsy to accelerate precision treatment in cancers. 

Meet your Panel

Müge Belek Fialho Teixeira is a creative maker, designer and transdisciplinary researcher, specializing in advanced manufacturing, digital fabrication, and parametric design.

She has worked with prominent architectural firms such as Zaha Hadid Architects, taught at several institutions including Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Queensland (UQ), Istanbul Technical University (ITU), and Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools.

She also has multiple publications in peer reviewed books and journals interviews, presented in many international conferences such as CAADRIA (Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia). Her work has been exhibited in biennales such as Rotterdam and Istanbul, and multiple exhibitions.

Awarded in multiple competitions and events on the future of architecture and the use of novel digital technologies.

Müge has been part of research teams with fundings from European Union, IMCRC (Innovative Manufacturing Corporate Research Centre), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Currently, she is a Design Lead at ARM Hub (Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Hub) and a Senior Lecturer in the QUT Faculty of Engineering (FoE), School of Architecture and Built Environment (ABE) Interior Architecture.

Müge was also a WiT Award finalist in this years’ Digital Mover and Shaker Category receiving the Highly Commended award.

Edie Kazingizi is a business analysis consultant and skilled communicator with the ability to build rapport through empathetic listening to understand a problem.

Edie harnesses skills gained through her multicultural background and years as an expatriate to bring diversity of thought and experience on information technology projects.

She thrives in environments working as part of the collective to address business challenges and present solutions that drive quality outcomes when leveraging information technology assets.

Rachel Huang is a start-up founder coming from a chemical engineering and biomedical science background. She is well regarded in the entrepreneurship ecosystem as a young innovator and a leader.

She has had multiple roles, including:

- CEO of The Network Loop - a fintech company that helps start-ups raise money through equity crowdfunding

- team member in Accelerating Business Growth team at KPMG, assisting clients seek funding to their innovation and growth plans to accelerate their projects

- 2021 Chief Student Entrepreneur at The University of Queensland, representing student entrepreneurs and inspiring entrepreneurship

- 2022 Junior Chamber International Brisbane Local President

- Scholar in Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership

- Previously assistant researcher at UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation

- Previously CEO and founder of Powersphere - a hardware company that designs innovative wind-turbines to aid renewable energy generation in urban settings

- Senior tutor in UQ ENGG1600 - a course that is introduction for Engineering students into research.

And most recently became a 2022 WiT Award winner for the Up and Comer Technology Award category!

A light breakfast will be served and an opportunity to network with the cohort and panellists.

NOTE: the program includes all 3 sessions and participants will take part in the entire program as part of registration.

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