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Is gender diversity a women's or men's issue?

Is gender diversity a women’s or men’s issue?  According to leading research, it has been revealed that companies with the highest representation of women in their senior management teams achieve a 35% higher return on investment, and a 34% higher total return to shareholders than companies with the lowest women’s representation. In spite of this, only a small proportion of business leadership positions are actually held by women.

During this presentation we will explore the thoughts of gender diversity from four exciting leaders of the Australian IT industry.

Guest Presenters


Cathy Bibby – CIO – EB Services

Cathy Bibby was appointed as CIO of EB Services in October 2008 and is responsible and accountable for the management and operation of EB Services. EB Services is an Australian IT services business that commenced operations on 1 October 2008 through the consolidation of the Jemena and SP AusNet IT divisions. EB Services employs over 400 staff and provides technical consulting and managed and project IT services.

Cathy previously held the position of CIO of Jemena and CIO of Alinta, responsible for the delivery of all information technology services. Prior to Alinta, Cathy was the CIO of National Foods, a national Australian dairy company, for four years and previously worked for Mars Incorporated for 15 years in a variety of information technology roles across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Morris Lieberman – Wine Business Director, Consumer Direct – Fosters



Rachael Dalton – CIO – Baker IDI

Rachael Dalton CA has over 10 years' experience in the ICT sector as a senior project manager, procurement advisor and consultant, and is now the Chief Information Officer at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Rachael’s consulting experience, where she preferred to concentrate on the NFP and NGO industries, set her up for the vast range of challenges that face the CIO role in a health promotions charity and medical research institute. She has shaped the ICT strategy of her growing organisation, provides strategic IT advice to subsidiaries and commercialisation start-ups and has recently finalised the merger of the ICT function of two institutes. Recently, Rachael and her institute successfully lobbied a major international software vendor – a success that will be felt across all medical research institutes in Australia.

Rachael is a committee member for Go Girl Go for IT – a Vic ICT for Women event for high school aged girls aimed at breaking down the barriers and myths around working in technology that showcases the enormous opportunities such a career can provide for young women.

Morgan Hurwitz – CIO – Shell Australia



Why is stakeholder management so difficult?

Success is a perception. Projects can be on time and on budget, and still considered failures. Conversely, they can be over budget, delivered years late and considered successful. The same is true for any business or ICT initiative ranging from a major organisational change through to routine maintenance work.

In most cases, success or failure depends on the perceptions of important stakeholders. If they believe their expectations were met, they will perceive the project as a success, if not they will perceive the project a failure. Given that unrealistic expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled; communicating effectively with the important stakeholders, so their expectations can be both managed and met, is central to creating a successful outcome. In this context, communication is a complex two-way process embedded within the overall relationship between your team and its stakeholders, on their own standard reports are not enough.

During today’s presentation, Lynda will describe what really happened when Heathrow Terminal 5 opened to the public and 35,000 bags were lost. She will use this example to illustrate the importance of knowing who the right stakeholders are at any time throughout the life of a project and show how to engage with them using effective communication practices and the Stakeholder Circle® methodology. Once engaged, the stakeholders will help you create a successful outcome.

Guest Presenter


Dr Lynda Bourne – President – PMI Melbourne

Dr Lynda Bourne DPM, PMP, FAIM is an award-winning consultant and trainer with over 25 years' industry experience as an executive, senior project manager and management consultant primarily working in the ICT sector. She works with organisations assisting them to improve communication and relationships between senior managers, teams and other stakeholders to successfully implement business strategy through projects and programs.

Lynda is the 2010 President of PMI Melbourne and is a recognised international author, speaker and seminar leader on the topic of stakeholder management and the Stakeholder Circle® methodology, and has presented at conferences in America, Europe, Russia, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. She has published papers on project relationship management, communications, the Stakeholder Circle®, developing project managers and implementing successful PMOs. Her book Stakeholder Relationship Management was published in September 2009.

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