The winners of 2019's Tech Diversity Awards have been announced - and Newfound is proud to have sponsored this major annual celebration of inclusion in digital once again.
Where diversity is not just a word, but real action being taken.
The awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate leaders and champions of diversity in digital. 2019’s winners were announced at a gala dinner for 600 people at the Sofitel in Melbourne.
The awards recognise people and organisations that have shown outstanding leadership, behaviour, commitment and courage to embrace inclusion and drive diversity.
Judges selected the winners for demonstrating excellence in diversity across four sectors, with special additional awards for ‘champion’ and ‘people’s choice’.
TechDiversity Champion 2019 - VIC ICT 4 WOMEN
Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders (Deloitte Digital)
Newfound APAC CEO Claire Marriott is also co-founder of the Tech Diversity Awards. She said: “This year’s event was our biggest yet. We have had ministerial support, and big players like Microsoft and IBM were there too. It was a sold-out event with more than 600 people coming. It was just phenomenal.
To see the change that we’ve been able to create, and to have given people the courage to go out and do something that helps them feel valued, is really important.
Here in Australia it is very white-male-dominated at the top. For us it’s about how we make sure the conversation keeps moving, but that you don’t just get token women around the table. It is about attracting talent, of course, but it’s about bringing change to the process as well.
The after-dinner speaker at the Melbourne awards gala was Harriet Green, CEO of IBM Asia Pacific. Harriet has led business transformations on four continents — and been a life-long champion of diversity and inclusion.
Harriet Green OBE — CEO and Chairman, IBM Asia Pacific
Harriet told the awards audience:
If we want ethical and unbiased technologies that deliver better outcomes, the technology sector needs to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to participate in the creation. This is why the future of the products we design and the systems we deploy — not only in tech, but across all industries — should reflect a full pool and pipeline of diverse talent. And this is why it’s so important that all of us check in on our own unconscious biases every single day.
Commenting on the awards, Newfound CEO Peter Gillingwater said: “Newfound is very proud to support the wonderful work the Tech Diversity Awards do to promote those who are building inclusion. It’s part of our vision to help technology companies around the world embrace this ethic.
If you want to go global, you have to have an inclusive and diverse outlook. How else can you appeal and be mindful of the different needs of people and businesses?
When we’re supporting companies in their ambition to scale to new markets, we help them to consider diversity right across their business. We help them to think globally in local markets.