It was run in a panel format and the panel members were all from Microsoft:
- Pip Marlow - Managing Director of Microsoft Australia;
- Andrew Le Lievre - Human Relations;
- Michelle Tea - Head of Services in Microsoft Australia; and
- Susanne Krohn - Early Career Employee and recent graduate.
The audience was a good mix of women in technology who are currently studying, recent graduates and those working in ICT at the moment.
The aim was to address audience questions around:
- What is it like to be a woman working in ICT?
- Was it a straight road to get to where you are?
- How have you dealt with negative experiences due to being a woman?
- What is important when companies like Microsoft are hiring people?
- (and the very important) What do you always carry in your handbag, other than a mobile phone?
There were great stories and a lot of good insight from all the panel members. The audience was able to ask whatever was on their mind and comment on different questions. It was a wonderful chat all round.
These kinds of events are an awesome chance to get to talk to people who are working in the thick of it, in large companies like Microsoft with women participating in all roles.
Kudos to Katrina Wong for organising this, along with GGC Sydney.