23 July 2012
Alumnus wins Victorian ICT woman of year
Kaylene O’Brien was awarded the Victorian ICT Woman of the Year.
RMIT University alumnus and Deloitte Consulting partner, Kaylene O’Brien, was awarded Victorian ICT Woman of the Year at the 2012 iAwards.
The iAwards have run for more than 18 years and aim to provide external stakeholders from business, industry and government with a clear view of the people leading ICT in Australia and the quality of innovation being produced.
Ms O’Brien, who completed a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems at RMIT, received the award for “an inspiring ICT woman who has made a consistently distinguished contribution to the ICT industry”.
She was recognised for broadening the professional base of IT across backgrounds, gender and cultures.
Ms O’Brien believes that organisations and their leaders must continue to address the gender imbalance in the IT industry if they are to recruit, retain and engage high-performing talent.
“Getting the gender balance right helps better connect colleagues and unleashes greater collaboration and innovation within organisations,” she said.
Rob Hillard, Lead Technology partner at Deloitte Consulting, said Ms O’Brien was highly respected across the ICT industry in Victoria.
“She is a senior partner in our Technology practice at Deloitte and has been shaping the industry by being a board member of VicICT for Women and through her work with a range of education institutions.”
Ms O’Brien’s contribution to the ICT profession is reflected in her team, which now numbers 80 and includes IT strategists, architects, program managers and business analysts.
Ms O’Brien will now compete at the national iAwards, which will be announced on 9 August.