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ARN Women in ICT Awards: And the winners are ... ...

ARN Women in ICT Awards: And the winners are ... ...

SIx inaugural award winners named at sparkling Sydney luncheon

The inaugural ARN Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) have been presented at a lavish luncheon in Sydney.

The six awards recognise and celebrate female excellence in the ICT channel, rewarding professional achievements and outstanding results in the industry.

They recognise the very best in the channel, celebrating the achievements of a talented crop of female front runners who have made it through to become influential figures in Australia’s ICT industry.

The awards also recognise the ‘rising stars’ in the industry, women who are quickly growing in importance in the ICT industry.


The ACHIEVEMENT award went to SARA ADAMS of Cisco Systems Australia. Sara won the award for her proven leadership skills and outstanding commitment to the Australian reseller channel.

She was named Cisco’s Managing Director of the Partner Business Group in 2012, a leadership role that sees her implementing the strategy for the company’s largest portfolio of business within the region. She is the only person in the Cisco A/NZ business to be given the ‘managing director’ title, as a reflection of the level of responsibility she holds in the business.

Her global experience in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, her proven results and career advancements at Cisco over the past 13 years, and her ongoing efforts as a role model and mentor to other career women, are some of the key reasons why Sara is being recognised today. ________________________________

The RISING STAR award was presented to RHODY BURTON of VMware. Rhody won the award for her dedication and passion to career advancement and her tireless commitment to the Australian reseller channel.

She started her career in 1997 at Seagate Software, where she developed a love for the channel. Through hard work and guidance she landed some key promotions, one of which was managing VARs and distribution partners. By the time she was 26, Rhody was managing an entire team, a role that made her one of the youngest managers globally.

At VMware, Rhody has demonstrated thought leadership and innovation and was asked to be the ‘Acting Channels Director’ while a replacement was found. As part of her “growth path,” in the next 12 months Rhody will be managing a different division of the partner team in order to gain new skills and to further develop her channels career. ________________________________

The ENTREPRENEUR award was won by DAWN EDMONDS of NewLease. Dawn won the award for her proven leadership skills, entrepreneurial successes and in-depth IT knowledge. She was integral in establishing NewLease as one of the first SPLA distributors globally – and in clinching some top accolades including the Microsoft Australian Distributor of the Year Award 2011.

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Dawn has developed operational and reporting processes and procedures that have been recognised as World’s best practice by Microsoft.

Prior to starting NewLease, Dawn was instrumental in building two successful start-up businesses, in two very different industries: temporary labour hire and IT outsourcing. She has also held managerial positions in a diverse range of companies within both the public and private sector. ________________________________

The INNOVATION award was taken out by EMMA SCOTT of Express Data. Emma won the award for her creative and innovative work on various projects and in various positions in product management, licencing and marketing over her 13-year career at the company.

Her proven success in leading the implementation of a challenging, yet pivotal marketing intelligence project within the marketing department is well recognised and received by the organisation – and a prime example of her innovation and forward thinking efforts.

This project involved compiling a comprehensive database of end-user information based on the registration of the resellers’ customer information. Despite the myriad risks and challenges, Emma managed to integrate the new tools into the business in order to create a useful service for many areas of the business beyond marketing. ________________________________

The TECHNICAL award went to VANESSA SULIKOWSKI of Cisco Systems Australia. Vanessa won the award for her noted technical contribution to the ICT Industry. She has the ability to take complex business requirements and design and then architect solutions and strategy that improve the overall direction of the business.

During the past 10 years, Vanessa has moved from a Customer Sales Engineering role to a Consulting Systems Engineer and now to a Senior Technical Solutions Architect. Recognised for her advanced technical skills, Vanessa was awarded the Cisco “Chairman’s Club Award” for her technical excellence in 2011.

As a senior member of Cisco’s Asia-Pacific unified Communications and Collaboration Architecture team, she has built a reputation as a “go-to” person for complex technical queries and is a key contributor in the training and enablement of other engineers across Cisco and its resale partners. She also leads various global technical working groups inside Cisco, and is a regular speaker at industry events. ________________________________

The COMMUNITY award was won by AMY CHRISTOPHER of Symantec. Amy won the award for her ongoing dedication and commitment to promoting the environment, ensuring corporate responsibility and developing opportunities for women in IT.

In addition to her role as the channel marketing manager for Asia-Pacific and Japan, Amy volunteers her time to act as the Chair of the Symantec Community Relations Committee (CRC). The committee focuses on four key areas: environmental responsibility; diversity and inclusion; online safety; and career development for women in the areas of Science Technology Education and Maths.

As the chair of the CRC, Amy has spearheaded several community outreach programs such as the annual Symanteclaus Appeal in conjunction with the Salvation Army. In her 15 years in the IT industry, Amy is well recognised as a strong champion for women in IT, and is a goodwill ambassador for Symantec and the wider community.

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