Let’s encourage improvement!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News, NZTech Women

Do you tire of having to explain to colleagues, yet again, the benefits of diversity? Sometimes, it seems that our mission to celebrate and promote diversity in the tech sector falls on deaf ears. Let’s be honest, diversity and inclusion is a particularly sensitive issue and it is not well understood.

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NZTech Q&A: Sonya Williams

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech, NZTech News

Sonya Williams is driven to solve big problems using technology and wants to help more people do the same! She has recently been appointed as NZTech board intern and shares her startup story.

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Inspired by stories of diversity

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Women

Recently, I have attended several events with inspirational speakers exploring diversity.  Together, these talks have helped strengthen my understanding of diversity and how it really works in organisations.

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How MBIE is encouraging diversity in tech!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Women, Skills & Talent

New Zealand’s tech sector is growing, and assisting and fostering this growth is a key focus for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Within MBIE, the Digital Economy team was established in 2015 to support and encourage continued growth, working closely with the wider digital community.

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NZTech Q&A: Priti Ambani

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News, NZTech Women

We asked the newly appointed Visa’s Everywhere Initiative New Zealand judge about empowering women in tech and what motivates her. 

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Return to IT pilot encourages Women into Tech

Jackie Clark
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The Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Women today launched a pilot to attract more women back into the technology sector.

Based in Wellington, Return to IT assists women with a digital technology backgrounds to return to work in the sector after taking a career break of between two and five years. Successful applicants will be offered an opportunity to be placed with a participating organisation, or assistance with seeking employment in the IT sector.

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Step up to make a difference!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News, NZTech Women

I recently joined the NZTech Women High Impact Team, with the honour of being the group’s first male representative. This has significantly improved the teams gender diversity to a proportion not far off the percentage of women in tech in New Zealand businesses!

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Breaking stereotypes essential to inspire girls into tech

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech Women

This morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast show, NZTech’s Andrea Hancox discussed busting tech stereotypes.   Watch the interview here.

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NZ not alone in struggling to attract tech women

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech News, NZTech Women

New Zealand is not alone in attracting and retaining women in tech, a leading tech specialist says.

Andrea Hancox, NZTech’s national director of government relations, says the whole world faces the issue of attracting and retaining women in tech and introducing tech to young women as a choice of career.

The Ministry of Women has released a guide Decoding Diversity targeted at attracting and retaining girls and women in tech education. The guide is for secondary school teachers, university lecturers, code club volunteers and other community group leaders, potential employers, career advisors, industry professionals, recruitment personnel, students and parents.

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Why political correctness is hurting diversity

Chantal Thomas
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Industry News, NZTech News, NZTech Women

Within a mere ten days, I have bounced between speaking in front an audience comprised of just five percent women to another skewed at 99 percent. The former audience included over 800 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) for The New Zealand CIO Summit 2017, the latter around 60 young girls during ShadowTech Day.

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