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Meet the inspiring female front runners honoured at ARN Women in ICT Awards

​ARN is proud to showcase the winners, highly commended and finalists of the new-look Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in 2021, setting a new industry benchmark for female achievement and accomplishment in Australia. Following a record-breaking number of submissions, 205 finalists (185 individuals and 20 companies) were honoured from a pool of 120 organisations and more than 340 nominations, spanning partner, telco, vendor and distributor businesses. Following an intensive judging process – ​selected by an executive panel of more than 150 industry leaders –​ 23 winners were selected across eight categories, in addition to five highly commended acknowledgements.​

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    Meet the inspiring female front runners honoured at ARN Women in ICT Awards

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    Meet the inspiring female front runners honoured at ARN Women in ICT Awards

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN)

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN)

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN)

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN)

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN)

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN) presents State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel - a new research initiative designed to examine gender diversity and inclusion progress across the entire ecosystem of partners, vendors and distributors in Australia

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN) presents State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel - a new research initiative designed to examine gender diversity and inclusion progress across the entire ecosystem of partners, vendors and distributors in Australia

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN) presents State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel - a new research initiative designed to examine gender diversity and inclusion progress across the entire ecosystem of partners, vendors and distributors in Australia

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    Cherry Yumul (ARN) presents State of Gender Diversity in the Tech Channel - a new research initiative designed to examine gender diversity and inclusion progress across the entire ecosystem of partners, vendors and distributors in Australia

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    Celebrating ARN Women in ICT Awards finalists in 2021

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    Lorraine Costello (Okta) presents D&I Champion category - this award recognises both standout companies and individuals in driving D&I across all aspects of the business, spanning employees, customers and key stakeholders. This organisation / individual has gone beyond a surface-level commitment through the introduction of policies and programs to meet D&I goals, evident through targeted initiatives, strong leadership and clearly defined deliverables

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    Lorraine Costello (Okta) presents D&I Champion category

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    Slalom wins D&I Champion (Company - Partner) Award

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    Slalom wins D&I Champion (Company - Partner) Award

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    Slalom wins D&I Champion (Company - Partner) Award

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    Slalom wins D&I Champion (Company - Partner) Award

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    Dicker Data wins D&I Champion (Company - Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Dicker Data wins D&I Champion (Company - Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Dicker Data wins D&I Champion (Company - Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Jane Headon (Publicis Sapient) wins D&I Champion (Individual - Partner) Award

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    Jane Headon (Publicis Sapient) wins D&I Champion (Individual - Partner) Award

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    Jane Headon (Publicis Sapient) wins D&I Champion (Individual - Partner) Award

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    Seema Hyne (Cisco) and Rachel Bondi (Microsoft) win D&I Champion (Individual - Vendor) Award

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    Seema Hyne (Cisco) wins D&I Champion (Individual - Vendor) Award

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    Seema Hyne (Cisco) and Rachel Bondi (Microsoft) win D&I Champion (Individual - Vendor) Award

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    Rachel Bondi (Microsoft) wins D&I Champion (Individual - Vendor) Award

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    Nutanix presents Graduate category - this award recognises a standout graduate candidate who has leveraged apprenticeship programs to start a career within the ICT industry. Open to all roles and responsibilities, this individual has made an immediate and positive impact on the business through providing a fresh perspective and high levels of professionalism

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    David Gage (Nutanix) and Julia Talevski (ARN)

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    Ayesha Khokhar (Empired) wins Graduate (Partner) Award - accepted by Craig Lennard (Empired)

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    Ayesha Khokhar (Empired) wins Graduate (Partner) Award - accepted by Craig Lennard (Empired)

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    Ayesha Khokhar (Empired) wins Graduate (Partner) Award - accepted by Craig Lennard (Empired)

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    Brigitt Artesi (Lenovo) wins Graduate (Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Brigitt Artesi (Lenovo) wins Graduate (Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Brigitt Artesi (Lenovo) wins Graduate (Vendor / Distributor) Award

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    Kerrie-Anne Turner (Telstra) presents Entrepreneur category - this award recognises an enterprising candidate with a risk-taking mentality, honouring excellence in launching new ventures, products or services. This individual has a proven background in building innovation from the ground up, evident through converting market-leading ideas into viable business offerings

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    Kerrie-Anne Turner (Telstra) presents Entrepreneur category

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    Emma Lo Russo (Digivizer) wins Entrepreneur Award

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    Emma Lo Russo (Digivizer) wins Entrepreneur Award

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    Emma Lo Russo (Digivizer) wins Entrepreneur Award

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    Salma Datenis (Sourced Group) presents Innovation category - this award recognises a creative-thinking candidate who is a standout in bringing innovation to life through a big picture and out-of-the-box approach to business. This individual is unrivalled at converting embryonic ideas into viable working solutions through a unique thought process designed to continually push the envelope

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    Salma Datenis (Sourced Group) presents Innovation category

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    Sharon Melamed (Matchboard) wins Innovation Award (Partner)

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    Sharon Melamed (Matchboard) wins Innovation Award (Partner)

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    Sharon Melamed (Matchboard) wins Innovation Award (Partner)

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    Tianji Dickens (Microsoft) wins Innovation Award (Distributor / Vendor) - accepted by Rachel Bondi (Microsoft)

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    Tianji Dickens (Microsoft) wins Innovation Award (Distributor / Vendor) - accepted by Rachel Bondi (Microsoft)

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    Tianji Dickens (Microsoft) wins Innovation Award (Distributor / Vendor) - accepted by Rachel Bondi (Microsoft)

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    Sara Watkins (DevOps 1) presents Technical category - this award recognises excellence in the form of technical and engineering expertise, honouring deep domain knowledge in relation to technology products, solutions and services. This candidate has provided business value through specialised skills and competence, spanning technical, pre-sales and support roles

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    Melandie De Lange (Interactive) wins Technical Award (Partner - National)

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    Melandie De Lange (Interactive) wins Technical Award (Partner - National)

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    Melandie De Lange (Interactive) wins Technical Award (Partner - National)

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    Sara Watkins (DevOps 1) presents Technical category

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    Lisa Crosbie (Barhead Solutions) wins Technical Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Lisa Crosbie (Barhead Solutions) wins Technical Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Lisa Crosbie (Barhead Solutions) wins Technical Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Rose Herden (Thales, formerly of Veeam Software) wins Technical Award (Vendor / Distributor) - accepted by Liesel Scaife (Veeam Software)

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    Rose Herden (Thales, formerly of Veeam Software) wins Technical Award (Vendor / Distributor) - accepted by Liesel Scaife (Veeam Software)

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    Rose Herden (Thales, formerly of Veeam Software) wins Technical Award (Vendor / Distributor) - accepted by Liesel Scaife (Veeam Software)

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Keynote speaker: Pauline Nguyen

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    Alison O’Hare (Mimecast) presents Rising Star category - this award recognises a standout candidate rising up through the ranks within the ICT industry, acknowledging significant advancement during the early stages of her technology career. This individual is growing in stature and importance through demonstrating outstanding business acumen, deep market expertise and high levels of professional integrity. This award is open to candidates with eight years or less experience within the ICT industry

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    Maddie Rothwell (The Missing Link) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - National)

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    Maddie Rothwell (The Missing Link) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - National)

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    Maddie Rothwell (The Missing Link) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - National)

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    Alison O’Hare (Mimecast) presents Rising Star category

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    Molly Steer (LiveTiles) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Molly Steer (LiveTiles) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Molly Steer (LiveTiles) wins Rising Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Brearna Leopold (CrowdStrike) wins Rising Star Award (Vendor)

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    Brearna Leopold (CrowdStrike) wins Rising Star Award (Vendor)

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    Brearna Leopold (CrowdStrike) wins Rising Star Award (Vendor)

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    Anna Christensen (Nextgen Group, formerly of Exclusive Networks) wins Rising Star Award (Distributor)

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    Anna Christensen (Nextgen Group, formerly of Exclusive Networks) wins Rising Star Award (Distributor)

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    Anna Christensen (Nextgen Group, formerly of Exclusive Networks) wins Rising Star Award (Distributor)

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    Julie Canepa (Cisco) presents Shining Star category - this award recognises an established candidate with a strong record of achievement, acknowledging excellence in spearheading company initiatives and driving strategic change. This individual is a consistent high performer who regularly achieves standout business results and continues to assume increased levels of seniority within the organisation. This award is open to candidates with eight years or more experience within the ICT industry

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    Kelly Griffith (Slack, formerly of Data#3) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - National) - accepted by Paul Crouch (Data#3)

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    Kelly Griffith (Slack, formerly of Data#3) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - National) - accepted by Paul Crouch (Data#3)

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    Kelly Griffith (Slack, formerly of Data#3) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - National) - accepted by Paul Crouch (Data#3)

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    Shamane Tan (Sekuro, formerly of Privasec) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Shamane Tan (Sekuro, formerly of Privasec) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Shamane Tan (Sekuro, formerly of Privasec) wins Shining Star Award (Partner - Multinational)

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    Julie Canepa (Cisco) presents Shining Star category

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    Davinia Simon (Stax, formerly of AWS) wins Shining Star Award (Vendor)

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    Davinia Simon (Stax, formerly of AWS) wins Shining Star Award (Vendor)

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    Davinia Simon (Stax, formerly of AWS) wins Shining Star Award (Vendor)

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    Janpaula Gonzi (Dicker Data) wins Shining Star Award (Distributor)

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    Janpaula Gonzi (Dicker Data) wins Shining Star Award (Distributor)

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    Janpaula Gonzi (Dicker Data) wins Shining Star Award (Distributor)

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    Alister Dias (Google Cloud) presents Achievement category - this award recognises a standout candidate who has delivered an unrivalled contribution to the ICT industry, evident through outstanding professional and personal achievements. This individual has earned a reputation as an esteemed thought leader following a distinguished career as both a business leader and role model for aspiring executives. This award is open to candidates with 25 years or more experience within the ICT industry

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    Jane Livesey (Cognizant) wins Achievement (Partner) Award

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    Jane Livesey (Cognizant) wins Achievement (Partner) Award

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    Jane Livesey (Cognizant) wins Achievement (Partner) Award

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    Alister Dias (Google Cloud) presents Achievement category

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    Vanessa Sulikowski (Cisco) wins Achievement (Vendor) Award

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    Vanessa Sulikowski (Cisco) wins Achievement (Vendor) Award

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    Vanessa Sulikowski (Cisco) wins Achievement (Vendor) Award

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