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Women4Tech: 10 lessons from women leading with courage

By Carmel Mulhern March 9, 2018

At the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of attending Facebook’s Women Leading with Courage panel discussion.

It was inspiring to see such a group of talented, smart and authentic leaders in action – made even more striking in that it was probably the only panel at the week-long event with women getting to do all the talking.

Here are 10 points that resonated with me:

  1. Live your own identity – not somebody else’s vision of power or success or how you should do your job.
  2. Small acts of courage really matter, especially in the workplace. Call out unacceptable behaviour no matter who is involved.
  3. At a time of fear or indecision, call your biggest cheerleader and ask them for advice.
  4. Surround yourself, both at work and outside of work, with the people who make you feel good about yourself and the ‘disagreeable givers’ who keep you real.
  5. Have the courage to communicate your ambitions – it’s your life, your career. Don’t shy away from the conversations that are difficult and require courage but are crucial to success.
  6. Understand how your team members like to be recognised. Recognition and positive re-enforcement are important, but they aren’t always done well.
  7. Make your own teams fearless by being courageous and being a role model. By overcoming your fear, you will help them do the same.
  8. If you’re a parent, or are going to be one, create rules around how you do your job – and make sure you don’t sweat the small stuff.
  9. Find those men who will give you clear practical advice, who will open the door (figuratively!) and let you succeed and fail successfully.
  10. Don’t allow anyone to misrepresent your energy, passion and knowledge as being ‘assertive’ or ‘bossy’. These characteristics are what makes you strong and powerful.

A comment that really stuck with me was the role we can all play for those coming behind us. One panellist said that when she opened those (figurative) doors she was determined to keep them open to let more women flow through.

I’m proud to work in a company that allows me, and other women, to thrive. If you’d like to know more what Telstra is doing to support gender equality in the workplace, read our commitment to improving diversity.

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Empowering women through technology

By Brie Mason October 30, 2017

Interested in a career in STEM at Telstra? Find the right career path for you.

This year, Telstra was a proud supporting partner of Vogue Codes – a series of events highlighting the ways women can be empowered by technology in their careers.

Through this exciting partnership, our people were given the chance to hear from senior female leaders in the technology space, including our Head of muru-D Julie Trell and Group Executive of Telstra Media and Marketing, Joe Pollard.

Each speaker gave an insight into their impressive careers and shared their advice on everything from why mentorship is important to all women to tips on how to land a job in a technology company.

At Vogue Codes LIVE, Telstra’s interactive personality quiz that gave participants an idea of what career path they could go down.

Here are some of the highlights:

Our Director of Network Solutions, Indirect Channels, Nevash Pillay, says Vogue Codes reinforced the career opportunities that technology offers.

“Technology is enabling all industries to be more effective. Whether it’s retail, health, media or mining … women can be part of this journey.

It was also clear that ‘you don’t have to be an engineer’ to contribute to the technology industry.”

One of the other things Nevash learnt was how to get the right balance.

“It is possible to be a mum, wife and have a career in tech. Technology makes it easier to balance family and work life.”

Joe Pollard speaking at Vogue Codes

Isabelle Page, a 2017 graduate, says it was empowering to hear from such senior female leaders.

“Having the opportunity to attend the Melbourne event was an insightful experience. It was an inspiring day fuelled by the belief that women should be empowered, not deterred by a career in technology.

Joe Pollard (Group Executive of Telstra Media and Marketing) made a thought provoking statement that really resonated with me – what’s the worst that can happen? The majority of women have the skill set, they just don’t believe in themselves.”

Some of our people employees at Vogue Codes Summit

Joe also placed an emphasis on the importance of having a mentor. She herself is a mentor, and the gift she offers to her mentees, is the gift of confidence.”