2020 Diversity Awards NZ: Congratulations to our partners NZ Police, Deloitte, Heartland Bank and Fletcher Building

In this webinar will deep dive into the STEM Gender Gap – what barriers exist for our girls and women in entering and progressing in STEM careers, and what we can actively do to close this gap. Our speakers will address gender disparities and bias; the impact of stereotypes and male-dominated cultures; the impact of race and culture; the confidence gap; math identity and what opportunities and solutions exist to enable us to successfully close the gap.

August 25th, 2020 | 10:00AM – 11:00AM

GLOBAL WOMEN MEMBER | Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh is the Director of Women in Technology at AUT, with a background in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since 2013, Mahsa has been involved with Google’s Computer Science for High Schools initiative and has run these workshops in Auckland for the last 4 years. Mahsa is also the founder and director of the women’s technology group She# – shesharp.co.nz, a platform aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation and creating networking opportunities for tertiary students and industry professionals in the digital sector. Her passion for promoting careers in technology to young women has been widely recognised and she has received a number of nominations and awards for her efforts - including the Emerging Leader Award at the NZ Women of Influence Awards 2013, and as a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year 2018.
CHAMPION FOR CHANGE | Mike Smith is Managing Director of IBM New Zealand. He began as MD in October 2016, joining from Spark Digital where he was General Manager of Cloud and Sourcing. Mike was responsible for leading the company’s data centres, cloud professional services and the Revera business. Mike previously worked at IBM New Zealand until 1999, as a Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances, and General Manager for IBM in the South Island. Before joining Spark Digital Mike served as Chief Executive of Oxygen Business Systems for ten years. Mike lead a team of over 260 professionals and delivered over AUD$650M of SAP enabled transformations to many tier one Australian and New Zealand organisations. In 10 years at Oxygen Mike was awarded 12 Partner Excellence awards by SAP. Mike was awarded an MBA from the University of Canterbury in 1996. He has also studied strategy at the Harvard Business School.
GLOBAL WOMEN MEMBER | Vittoria Shortt is the Chief Executive of ASB Bank Ltd, having commenced her leadership of the Bank in February 2018. Her appointment to Chief Executive follows a substantial career with the Commonwealth Bank Group, having held several senior positions within ASB’s parent company, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Most recently Vittoria was the Group Executive, Marketing and Strategy at CBA. Appointed to this role in 2015, she was responsible for Corporate Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Advanced Analytics, Customer Advocacy and Marketing for CBA. During this time, she was also a member of ASB’s Board of Directors until she stepped down in 2017. Having joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2002, she gained experience in leadership roles across the retail banking businesses of CBA and Bankwest, including customer-facing, operations and strategy roles such as the Commonwealth Bank’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Executive Retail Bankwest. Vittoria is a member of Chief Executive Women Australia and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Accounting and Finance from Waikato University in New Zealand. She is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand.