Defining your path: Success stories from women in tech – presented by Monash Tech Talks

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Event Details

5 Mar 2021 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online – via Zoom Webinars


IT is a wonderfully diverse field that leads to a variety of futures, each unique – but all rewarding.

However for many women, seeing through the haze of stereotypes, gender ‘norms’ and bias to shape their own journeys can be difficult.

Why attend this Tech Talk?

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, this webinar and Q&A will gather successful women in tech, each at different career stages. Our speakers will provide rare and at times personal insights into how the next generation can define their path in the field.

Throughout this event, our panel will discuss:

  • choosing to challenge limiting stereotypes, expectations and biases
  • ways to create more opportunities in IT
  • advancing your career and taking steps that feel right to you
  • how to be an authentic leader in industry and beyond.

Women aren’t cut from the same cloth. So why should their careers be?

Webinar details

Date Friday 5 March 2021
Time 12.30pm: Webinar commences
1.10pm: Q&A begins 
Where Online – via Zoom Webinars

Register now

Meet the host and speakers

Mimi Kwa
Veteran news anchor, journalist, facilitator and keynote speaker

Mimi has been on television screens for over 20 years as a newsreader, journalist, programme host and presenter.

She has read live news bulletins beamed to 40 countries, as well as News24, and Virgin in flight entertainment. She was the first Asian presenter on National Nine News obtaining exclusive interviews with Serena Williams, Russel Crowe, Ralph Schumacher, Pierce Brosnan and Kylie Minogue.

Mimi has also conducted media training with Westpac, Kennedy Luxury Brands and celebrities appearing on The Block and Married at First sight.

Dr Darlene J.S. Solomon
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Agilent Technologies

Dr Solomon is responsible for Agilent Research Laboratories which focus on high-impact, longer-range research, university   research and venture investment programs. She   works closely with Agilent's businesses to define the company's technology strategy and R&D priorities.

Among many accomplishments, Dr Solomon was appointed to the National Academy of Engineering and received the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Daniel J Epstein Engineering Management Award.

She was also elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame, received the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award and named a Corporate Board Member's 50 Top Women in Technology.

Dr Solomon also serves on the board of directors at Materion Corporation and participates in academic and government advisory and review boards such as the National Academies' Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, Stanford Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Council and UC Berkeley's College of Engineering Advisory Board. She earned her BS in Chemistry at Stanford and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at MIT.

Professor Ann Nicholson
Interim Dean, Faculty of Information Technology

In addition to her current role, Professor Nicholson has held many faculty leadership positions including Deputy Dean Research 2019-2020, (Acting) Deputy Dean 2016-2017 and Associate Dean (Education) 2014-2016.

Professor Nicholson specialises in artificial intelligence, a sub-discipline of computer science. She is a leading international researcher in the specialised area of Bayesian Networks (BN), now the dominant technology for probabilistic causal modelling in intelligent systems. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers, co-authored the well-received book ‘Bayesian Artificial Intelligence’ and attracted more than $8M in research funding.

Professor Nicholson has applied BN technology to problem-solving in many domains including meteorology, epidemiology, medicine, education and environmental science.

Examples include using BNs in biosecurity risk assessments, predicting the impact of conservation actions on threats and habitats of threatened species, fog forecasting and decision support for clinical cardiovascular risk assessments.

Akansha Kapoor
Manager (Technology & Experience), PwC

Akansha is a Monash IT alumnus who has thrived since stepping into the field.

Throughout her career, Akansha has driven large-scale initiatives centered around experience-led technology for a range of clients. Among her many notable achievements, a major highlight has been re-imagining the civilian experience for a law enforcement agency.

For three years, Akansha also served as COO of Robogals Global, an international not-for-profit aimed at enhancing diversity in engineering and related fields. Passionate about experience-led value and diversity, she has also done many talks, presentations and panels across Asia and Oceania.

About Monash Tech Talks

Deepen your knowledge. Join the conversation.

High-profile speakers. Cutting-edge topics. And important insights into how tech is impacting our world. That’s what Monash Tech Talks are all about.

These unmissable events will open your eyes to the disruption that’s shaping our future and challenge everything you thought about emerging tech.

Sometimes controversial, yet always stimulating, Monash Tech Talks are the perfect way to deepen your knowledge – and join the most significant conversations of the tech industry today.

Event Contact

Penny O’Sullivan