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ARN unveils record-breaking number of finalists for new-look Women in ICT Awards

ARN unveils record-breaking number of finalists for new-look Women in ICT Awards

Representing the entire Australian ecosystem, 205 finalists make the shortlist from a pool of more than 120 organisations and over 340 nominations, spanning partner, telco, vendor and distributor businesses #WIICTA

Credit: ARN / IDG

TECHNICAL

This award recognises excellence in the form of technical and engineering expertise, honouring deep domain knowledge in relation to technology products, solutions and services. This candidate has provided business value through specialised skills and competence, spanning technical, pre-sales and support roles.

Partner (National):

  • Emily Bone - ASG Group
  • Kristy Bird - Brennan IT
  • Roopa Venkatesh - Cevo
  • Smita Longani - Data#3
  • Corine Liang - DiUS
  • Anushka Krishna - Empired
  • Nicole Holmes - First Focus IT
  • Laura Flynn - InfoTrust
  • Melandie De Lange - Interactive
  • Katrina Chapman - Sliced Tech
  • Erika Orozco - Tecala 
  • Aman Sidhu - The Missing Link

Partner (Multinational):

  • Lisa Crosbie - Barhead Solutions
  • Suesi Tran - Cognizant
  • Jonine Ross - Deloitte
  • May Mun - Logicalis
  • Elissa Caligiuri - OnePlace Solutions 
  • Ramneek Kaur - Publicis Sapient
  • Andreia Maia - Slalom
  • Asha Potla - Soprano Design

Vendor / Distributor:

  • Vaishali Vijay - Alteryx
  • Romina Sharifpour - Amazon Web Services
  • Elissa McCormick - Aruba Networks
  • Ghazaleh Pour Sadrollah - Cisco
  • Neha Joshi - Google Cloud
  • Nirandika Wanigasekara - IBM
  • Aaradhana Raval - Mimecast
  • Harini Sudarshan - Ping Identity
  • Tamara Harris - Procore
  • Rose Herden - Veeam Software 
  • Geetha Balasundaram - VMware
  • Nilam Patel - Westcon-Comstor

ENTREPRENEUR

This award recognises an enterprising candidate with a risk-taking mentality, honouring excellence in launching new ventures, products or services. This individual has a proven background in building innovation from the ground up, evident through converting market-leading ideas into viable business offerings.

  • Farzeen Quadir-Hegde - ASUS
  • Linda Connolly - Azenix
  • Christina Keing - Deloitte
  • Emma Lo Russo - Digivizer
  • Danielle Peate - Lenovo
  • Gill Walker - Opsis
  • Karen Giles - Syntech IT
  • Angie Keeler - Zella DC

GRADUATE

This award recognises a standout graduate candidate who has leveraged apprenticeship programs to start a career within the ICT industry. Open to all roles and responsibilities, this individual has made an immediate and positive impact on the business through providing a fresh perspective and high levels of professionalism. This award is open to candidates involved in a graduate program between 2018-2021.

Partner:

  • Pallavi Tanjavur - Adactin Group
  • Julia Quach - Cognizant
  • Emily Jensen - Data#3
  • Jessica Odri - DigIO
  • Ayesha Khokhar - Empired
  • Neha Sangwan - Interactive
  • Kayal Manamohan - Macquarie Cloud Services
  • Vaibhavi Palan - Publicis Sapient
  • Cathy Ropkhop - Slalom
  • Michelle Leem - The Missing Link

Vendor / Distributor:

  • Amelia Wright - Cisco
  • Annabelle Devitt - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Brigitt Artesi - Lenovo
  • Carla Christmas - Orca Technology
  • Hayley Morris - Salesforce
  • Sharmyn Kayani - VMware

RISING STAR

This award recognises a standout candidate rising up through the ranks within the ICT industry, acknowledging significant advancement during the early stages of her technology career. This individual is growing in stature and importance through demonstrating outstanding business acumen, deep market expertise and high levels of professional integrity. This award is open to candidates with eight years or less experience within the ICT industry.

Partner (National):

  • Milly Collison - ASG Group
  • Rahwa Salew - blueAPACHE
  • Maria Wilkins - Brennan IT
  • Xin Liang - Eliiza
  • Nikki Mudge - eNerds
  • Alison Walker - First Focus
  • Regina Melamed - Linktech Australia 
  • Rosy Lakin - Nexon Asia Pacific
  • Josie Germanos - Oreta
  • Sunny Andalebi - Outcomex
  • Jemma Healy - Tecala 
  • Maddie Rothwell - The Missing Link
  • Megan Stamatis - Veritec

Partner (Multinational):

  • Pearl Li Ng - Aurecon
  • Joanne Chang - AvePoint
  • Jasmin Eid - CrossPoint Technology Solutions
  • Bianca Isaacson - Deloitte
  • Molly Steer - LiveTiles
  • Laura Azzopardi - Logicalis
  • Claudia Finlay - NTT (now with Avanade)
  • Sara Watkins - Sourced Group

Vendor:

  • Ella Nguyen - Aruba Networks
  • Melissa Horne - Aussie Broadband
  • Angelina Liu - Barracuda 
  • Josie Sielaff - Cisco
  • Brearna Leopold - CrowdStrike
  • Lauren Escalona - Datto
  • Rika Schoening - Google Cloud
  • Meryl Palma - Hosted Network
  • Christie Chan - IBM
  • Caroline Wiemann - Okta
  • Natalie Karageuzian - Veeam Software
  • Shannon Xingge Zhao - VMware

Distributor:

  • Laura Martin - Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Anna Christensen - Exclusive Networks
  • Gabe Marzano - Nextgen Group

SHINING STAR

This award recognises an established candidate with a strong record of achievement, acknowledging excellence in spearheading company initiatives and driving strategic change. This individual is a consistent high performer who regularly achieves standout business results and continues to assume increased levels of seniority within the organisation. This award is open to candidates with eight years or more experience within the ICT industry.

Partner (National):

  • Catie Gould - Allcom Networks
  • Vania Collett - ASG Group
  • Shantel Wilson - ASI Solutions
  • Renata Di Stefano - blueAPACHE
  • Kelly Griffith - Data#3
  • Kellie Blackall - Empired
  • Lizzi Long - Interactive
  • Sue Vander - Jasco Consulting
  • Alicia Payne - Lucid Software
  • Sarah Dewan - Secure Agility
  • Jennifer Favelle - Tecala 
  • Melanie Fisher - The Citadel Group
  • Hetal Dave - Trident
  • Emily Curlewis - Veritec

Partner (Multinational):

  • Amy Reynolds - APCD
  • Deepti Kakkar Wadhwa - Cognizant
  • Heather Reed - Insight
  • Shamane Tan - Privasec 
  • Angela Logan-Bell - Rackspace Technology
  • Fatemah Beydoun - Secure Code Warrior
  • Jane Beck - Slalom
  • Sam Galappatti - SoftwareONE
  • Salma Datenis - Sourced Group
  • Desiree Kelly - Versent

Vendor:

  • Davinia Simon - Amazon Web Services
  • Catherine Lee - CrowdStrike
  • Yvette McEnearney - LogMeIn
  • Katrina Yon - HP
  • Rocielle Barandino - Intel
  • Alison O'Hare - Mimecast
  • Amber Watson - Nutanix 
  • Jenna Braunstein - Red Hat
  • Orla Hanby - Rubrik
  • Cynthia Halim - Snowflake 
  • Sonia Chamberlain - Sophos
  • Kerry Soussou - Veeam Software
  • Megan Peters - Zscaler 

Distributor:

  • Julie Malcolm - Arrow ECS ANZ
  • Janpaula Gonzi - Dicker Data
  • Tammy Vorster-Jones - Rhipe

ACHIEVEMENT

This award recognises a standout candidate who has delivered an unrivalled contribution to the ICT industry, evident through outstanding professional and personal achievements. This individual has earned a reputation as an esteemed thought leader following a distinguished career as both a business leader and role model for aspiring executives. This award is open to candidates with 25 years or more experience within the ICT industry.

Partner:

  • Katherine Rossini - AC3
  • Jennifer Maritz - Barhead Solutions
  • Jane Livesey - Cognizant
  • Trena Foote - Cube Networks
  • Paula Fountain - Data#3
  • Rose Dyson - DDLS
  • Adrienne Maxted - Deloitte
  • Melissa Lukianenko - Ignite Project Services
  • Theresa Neate - Slalom

Vendor:

  • Vanessa Sulikowski - Cisco
  • Kelly Johnson - ESET
  • Julie Barbieri - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Alissa Murray - HP
  • Helen Silva - Nutanix
  • Lisa Sim - Palo Alto Networks
  • Rhonda Twohill - Poly
  • Catherine Ballantyne - VMware

D&I CHAMPION – Company

This award recognises the standout company in driving D&I across all aspects of the business, spanning employees, customers and key stakeholders. This organisation has gone beyond a surface-level commitment through the introduction of policies and programs to meet D&I goals, evident through targeted initiatives, strong leadership and clearly defined deliverables. This award is open to all aspects of diversity and inclusion (gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc).

Partner:

  • Araza
  • Capgemini
  • InfoTrust
  • Logicalis
  • Powernet IT Solutions
  • Privasec
  • Secure Code Warrior
  • Slalom

Vendor / Distributor:

  • Aussie Broadband 
  • Cisco 
  • Dell Technologies
  • Dicker Data
  • Equinix
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • Pegasystems
  • VMware

D&I CHAMPION – Individual

This award recognises an influential individual who actively drives D&I initiatives beyond their current job responsibilities through mentoring and thought leadership across the ICT industry. This candidate acts as a role model for aspiring executives, cultivating diverse teams to drive change both internally and externally. This award is open to all aspects of diversity and inclusion (gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc)

Partner:

  • Jacinta Hargan - KPMG
  • Tracy De Paolis - Novata Solutions
  • Jane Headon - Publicis Sapient
  • Leah Cerinich - Sourced Group

Vendor:

  • Sophia Demetriades - 8x8
  • Jane Bilsborough - Access4
  • Seema Hyne - Cisco 
  • Jade Meara - F5 Networks
  • Karen Zhang - Google Cloud
  • Simone Filetti - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Chelsea Rossney - HP 
  • Rachel Bondi - Microsoft
  • Erin Howell - Trend Micro

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