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Female stars shine at ICT awards

  • 25 August, 2005 12:15

<p>Brisbane, Australia, 25 August 2005 – Leaders of the Queensland technology industries gathered at the Carlton Crest Hotel in Brisbane on Saturday night to honour the achievements of their female colleagues at the 2005 Women in Technology (WIT) Scholarship and Awards dinner.</p>
<p>Queensland Minister for Small Business, Information Technology Policy and Multicultural Affairs, Chris Cummins, along with 300 representatives from the information communication technology (ICT), engineering and biotechnology industries, were present at the gala dinner to witness the announcement of the winners of the eight WIT scholarships and awards with prizes to the value of over $120,000.</p>
<p>WIT, a not for profit association, facilitates the annual scholarship and awards night to celebrate successful women either studying or working in technology to support and promote career prospects for women in technology industries.</p>
<p>The most prestigious award of the night, the Optus Challenger Spirit Award for Outstanding Industry Achievements, was awarded to Ms. Kim Sheree, CEO of Queensland company e-Net, which was formed in 2004 to facilitate the growth and expansion of Queensland’s five niche ICT industry clusters. In the past year e-Net has grown its membership from 80 to 240 companies and increased export sales to exceed $85 million.</p>
<p>Ms. Tracey Turner, Brisbane Branch Manager for IT recruitment firm, Diversiti and a member of the judging panel for the Optus Challenger Spirit Award, said that while all the finalists were excellent role models in their own right, Kim’s nomination stood out for her combined career success and involvement in the Queensland community.</p>
<p>“Kim is an extremely talented business woman with extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit. Her achievements in establishing and growing several highly successful ICT business ventures makes her an inspiration to other women who want to rise to the top of the ICT industry. She is also a role model for women who want to make a difference to their community and an example of why more women shouldn’t be afraid to take risks in ideas that they believe in,” commented Tracey Turner.</p>
<p>Diversiti’s Tracey Turner was chosen as a judge of the Optus Challenger Spirit Award as a result of her ongoing support of Queensland women in ICT. Tracey has been working in the local ICT recruitment industry for over 15 years. She was part of the recent Australia Computer Society’s (ACS) working group on work/life balance and she is also the Queensland Chair of ITCRA (Information Technology Contract &amp; Recruitment Association).</p>
<p>Kim Sheree, the award winner, set up her own marketing and promotions company at the age of 22 before taking on a role at Australian Provincial Newspapers (APN). Her talent was spotted by Gerry Harvey, CEO of Harvey Norman, who offered Kim a position at his company after she pitched the concept of a special technology newspaper liftout to the famous businessman. It was while working at Harvey Norman that Kim discovered the appeal of the ICT industry.</p>
<p>Since leaving Harvey Norman, Kim has been involved in many business ventures and has been responsible for developing software for the hospitality industry and a telecommunications application that is awaiting release.</p>
<p>At e-Net Kim is currently focused on the completion of the Blue Skies project which will provide an internationally recognised showroom for the ICT industry in Queensland.</p>
<p>In addition to her career achievements, Kim is also an active member of her community devoting a great deal of her time to Kids Helpline. Kim has designed an ‘Urban Survival Program’, aimed at helping women to stay safe, and lectures on the subject to secondary school girls. She is trained in martial arts and plans to launch her own fashion label in the near future.</p>
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<p>About WIT
Women In Technology (WIT) is a not for profit association with over 450 members throughout Queensland. WIT commenced operations in 1997 with only 11 members and is now one of the state’s oldest and largest technology industry associations.</p>
<p>WIT works to facilitate career development and enhanced industry management through a diverse range of programs including Role Models, Mentoring, Board Readiness, Scholarships and Special Interest Groups.</p>
<p>Not limited to South East Queensland our regional branches in Cairns and Townsville make significant contributions towards an active and dynamic network of both women and men.</p>
<p>WIT prides itself on its enthusiastic, collaborative, professional, results oriented and dedicated membership who are always working to make a difference.</p>
<p>The other WIT award categories were: Bond University Future ICT Executive; Accenture Vocational Education and Training Award; Brisbane City Council Career Start Award; State Library of QLD Undergraduate Award; Ministerial Smart State Technical Award; QUT Management Award; TAFE QLD Regional Community Award; and Business Innovation Award.</p>
<p>About Diversiti
Diversiti is an Australian leader in the provision of quality permanent and contract IT recruitment solutions. Since its inception in 1988 Diversiti has recruited IT specialists and non-IT professionals for clients across a broad range of industries including financial services and insurance, telecommunications and technology, government, products and resources. Diversiti is part of Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company that helps its clients become high-performance businesses and governments. To find out more please visit http://www.diversiti.com.au.</p>
<p>Tracey Turner, Diversiti’s Brisbane Branch Manager, is available to talk about the awards and the advancement of women in ICT.</p>
<p>For more information please contact:
Joanna Hazell
Marketing and Communications, Diversiti
M: (02) 9005 5184
E: Joanna.L.Hazell@diversitipeople.com.au</p>

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