Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022 discussing Imposter Syndrome in the IT industry.
Imposter Syndrome – described by Google as: “Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, it has links to perfectionism and the social context.”
But what is Imposter Syndrome? How did it come about? Do men feel this as much as women in the IT industry? Is it just a normal feeling of adjustment prior to feeling comfort and confidence in a role?
Our panel of speakers will bring their thoughts and experiences forward for discussion including a Q&A session.
Eva is a Director at Deloitte New Zealand helping businesses through their digital transformations. Eva has worked in the technology industry for 15 years and contributes to the wider tech industry through her role on the board of New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech), Chair of the NZTech Diversity and Inclusion Sub-Board and Chair of TechWomen New Zealand.
Amanda Watson currently works as a Business Account Manager for Servian, which is part of Cognizant.
She has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, within the UK & NZ ICT industry across both the Public and Corporate sectors of NZ.
Her focus is on customer relationships, delivery and trust created by continuity and accessibility.
She is passionate about team culture, enabling people to feel safe to bring their best selves to the table. She is an active member of the Council for Tech Women NZ and passionate about promoting women in ICT, diversity, inclusion and social responsibility using Technology as a platform.
- GM Product, Partnerships & Evangelism - Xero
A 20+ year veteran of the tech sector in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Vickie has held senior product, marketing and design leadership roles spanning startups to corporate to government - and everything in between.
Currently a senior product leader in the Ecosystem team at Xero, she has a passion for innovation, culture, organisational development, and diversity & inclusion.
Alistair is the Principal Consultant in the Wellington branch of Servian, working closely with Amanda Watson. Originally from Scotland, but now a Kiwi of 12 years, Alistair has been in IT for 21 years and uses his international and interpersonal skills and knowledge to bridge the gaps between business and technology. Alistair has worked for companies such as Amazon and GE, has provided services for the health sector and he's worked in education too. He also runs his own Podcast with a colleague at Servian, called "The Technology Whisperers". He also geeks out with antique computers in his spare time and puts it up on his personal YouTube channel. Alistair champions opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace wherever he goes.
A delivery professional who started as a Customer Service Officer front line administering benefits and payments for Social Welfare, who went on to Business Analysis and worked through to Project and Programme Management over 20+ years of working.
Delivery provides Yvonne opportunity to apply system thinking to holistically identify factors and components that contribute to an outcome or outcomes whether that be leading a programme of work or delivering a project within a programme.
Yvonne has delivered outcomes in complex business environments working alongside Executives and stakeholders as a supplier and a customer in both corporate and government.
Outside of work Yvonne’s interests are many and more recently has started playing squash socially at Wainuiomata Squash club – my involvement is more of a donation of my club fee than real playing time but when I play it’s fun, the club is filled with good people and I find it surprisingly relaxing.
Samar Alrayyes is a senior client executive at Microsoft supporting enterprise commercial customers. She is also New Zealand Tech Women (NZTech Women) Co-chair and portfolio advisory partner for the board of directors of MACSO part of Bridgewest Ventures. She has an extensive technical and sales background in cloud solutions. Samar holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the Philadelphia University in Jordan where she graduated first in class, and an MBA from Massey University in New Zealand (Honors.
She is active in the Women in Technology programmes across New Zealand and is a champion for diversity and inclusiveness, where she draws on her own experiences of breaking down barriers and of discrimination. She is part of the Women at Microsoft group and a co-chair on NZ Tech Women board.
- Head of Digital Fan Experience and Personalisation - Sky
Maja immigrated to New Zealand twice. She’s an incredibly driven and resilient digital marketing professional. She spent almost ten years in London for one of the world’s first online banks – Egg.com.
Maja is a creative, vivacious and commercially focused individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and a growth mindset. She brings 15 years corporate marketing experience including six years in leadership roles; with a track record of driving marketing transformation in businesses with innovative omni channel customer marketing programmes in various industries and international markets.