At IBM women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. Where many companies proudly date their affirmative action programs to the 1970s, IBM has been creating meaningful roles for female employees since the 1930s.
IBM ANZ supports the advancement of women is one of our focus areas. Did you know IBM has had 13 women elected to the Women In Technology International Hall of Fame? We are proud of our female leaders and actively work to inspire the next generation of women in STEM.
Diversity means supporting women’s career aspirations without requiring them to sacrifice their other priorities or compromise their natural working style. We have a strong focus on making our workplace more inclusive for women and to have greater representation of women in technical, leadership and professional roles and in all areas of our business. We have professional development programs, leadership conferences and mentoring programs to advance our female talent into senior positions. In addition, our flexible work options help all employees, including women, to balance their professional and personal goals.
[email protected] – is a Business Resource Group (BRP) which aims to support the growth, development, advancement, and recognition of women in IBM. BRGs are volunteer, employee-led groups whose members share a common interest in diversity and inclusion. Members run events and act as inclusion champions - with the ultimate goal of helping all IBMers feel a sense of engagement and belonging. The [email protected] BRG has a very active Executive Sponsor who is driving a strong change agenda.
EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering)
Camps for girls EXITE (Exploring Interests in Technology & Engineering) Camps are an IBM initiative to help inspire girls to take science and math classes throughout high school and to help them understand how rewarding technology, science and engineering careers can be and how they offer opportunities to be creative, to become a leader and to give back to the community. IBM Australia began holding EXITE Camps in 2001in Ballarat and the target audience is high school girls aged 13 to 16. The Camps are held annually in collaboration with the Ballarat Tech School and Federation University.
Femme in STEM
Our annual free FEMME in STEM events are specially designed by women in STEM for women in STEM. Our aim for the session is to engage with young women across different academic backgrounds by inviting them into our offices for a half day program with the key activity being an Agile methodology activity. Whilst this event is targeted at women, we encourage anyone to participate.