Networking group supports Melbourne’s high-level women in tech

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Gender diversity is continuing to be relevant for businesses making hiring decisions. Christine Hubble is very familiar with this challenge. During the past eight years, she has met with many high-level women in the tech and digital space in Melbourne, gaining insights into their journeys and challenges. She found that many of them were looking for an opportunity to network with like-minded women working in similar roles.

According to a 2015 report by the Australian Computer Society, women form 43% of the professional workforce but only 27.8% of the information and communications technology industry. Females in leadership positions form an even smaller section of the ICT industry. In response to this, Christine and her team at Marshall McAdam created Women & Leadership, an exclusive group designed to bring together women of influence in the Melbourne tech sector. This forum meets each quarter, allowing women in senior roles to learn about each other's experiences and challenges in an interactive environment.

This group provides an opportunity for the women to look at a central technological issue like cybersecurity or data analytics and discuss it from a C-suite perspective. Breakout sessions allow individuals to delve into key business challenges in their line of work. Christine says she consciously keeps the groups small and focused, "Several women have told me that the most valuable thing about our events is the smaller groups with highly interactive discussions."

The events also feature personal development coaching sessions with Lisa Cutler from Cutler Coaching. Lisa works with group members to define their goals and set a path to achieve them. She also helps the group work on their value proposition and external message, the language they use in the workplace and how to highlight a win or achievement. Along with these interactive discussions, the events provide opportunities for individuals to network in a comfortable environment and enjoy some wine and food together.

Christine says that there are some specific challenges women face in entering the higher C-suite levels of the tech and digital space. She wanted to create a service that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth, including coaching and skills development. One objective was to help women understand what the pathway to the board would entail and how to develop the necessary skills along with a strong personal network.

This group is unique. It is by invitation only, is highly interactive, is female-focused and is specific to the digital and technology industry. According to Christine, ‘The events are always full of energy and are open-minded safe places that allow people to discuss their successes and find solutions to common issues. The group members benefit from each other’s experiences’.

Following a brand refresh in the coming months, the group will be will be expanding and Christine is now seeking expressions of interest from C-suite women in Melbourne. During 2019, the service aims to introduce a mentoring component and provide industry experts to lead more detailed discussions. Women that hold positions at the CIO, COO, CEO, CISO, CDO and EGM level are invited to join.

Join us at our upcoming event

The Women & Leadership group will be holding exclusive networking drinks in December. This event will launch the 2019 program and announce some exciting new changes. Please contact Christine at christineh@marshallmcadam.com.au for more information or to tell us about high-level women in Melbourne we should know.

What our participants have to say

"I’ve been attending the Women & Leadership group run by Christine at Marshall McAdam and it has been a very valuable experience for me.  I’ve really enjoyed making new connections, learning from others with different experiences and reflecting on diversity and female leadership."
Alison Stretch
CISO, ME Bank

"The team at Marshall McAdam have brought together an impressive and interesting group of IT leaders from diverse industries. I get a lot of value from sharing experiences and ideas with this network of my peers."
Berys Amor
CIO, Corrs Support Services

"It’s been great to engage with others and reassuring to hear that we are all facing very similar challenges. I’ve had contacts and advice offered from several of the group, which is invaluable to cut through all the vendors and service providers out there."
Kathryn Young
Chief Information Officer, Catholic Church Insurance


Christine Hubble
Technology and projects recruitment specialist, Marshall McAdam

As Principal Consultant at Marshall McAdam, I network with Executive and Senior leaders in the Technology and Digital markets.

My specialist focus is working closely with Executives and Senior Managers, helping individuals to expand their capabilities whilst they work towards succession planning, including identifying strong individuals that help a business move towards a strategy for diversity and inclusion in a leadership team.