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2018 International Women’s Day Breakfast

Thursday, 15 March 2018


AIIA member price: $49.50
Non-member price: $49.50 (Incl. GST)


The AIIA is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Big Mouth Events to introduce an International Women’s Day event into the AIIA calendar.

This year’s IWD theme – #PressforProgress – is representative of all the work that we are doing as an industry to encourage and support diversity across the ICT sector. Our inaugural IWD event will explore how we, as an industry, can champion this initiative together.

Elizabeth Vega, CEO of Informed Solutions and Deputy Chair of the AIIA National Board, will share experiences and insights gained from an extensive career in the ICT industry that spans over 30 years. A strong supporter and advocate for diversity in the workforce, Elizabeth will not only reflect on how the ICT industry in Australia and the UK has changed in recent years, but will also consider how it must adopt to future challenges.

Sam Micich, Group Operations & Marketing Manager, Clicks IT Recruitment will share insights into Click’s 2018 Gender Diversity Report. A specialist recruiter in the IT sector for 30 years, Clicks has presented unique insights into gender diversity trends over the years. The annual Clicks Gender Diversity Report has looked at data from 30,000 Australian job applicants since 2012 and is grouped into high-level technology skillsets.


Elizabeth Vega

CEO, Informed Solutions

A highly experienced Board director, programme director and digital transformation expert, Elizabeth Vega has over 25 years’ experience working at executive leadership level, heading and advising on complex change, digital transformation and enterprise IT programmes.

In her early career, Elizabeth worked internationally for blue chip companies including Unilever, Oracle and Hawker Siddeley before establishing Australian based technology consultancy, InfoTechnics. She founded Informed Solutions in the UK in 1992, expanding and developing the Company into a multi award winning market leader with clients in over 50 countries and offices in the UK and Australia.

Elizabeth is trusted and respected as an advisor to government, as well as public and private sector clients. She is a key industry thought leader and has served on the UK’s Cabinet Office SME Panel since 2012.

Elizabeth is the first person to be an elected Director of both techUK’s Main Board and the National Board of the AIIA.  As a recognised expert and influential Digital Leader, she is also a Governor of Media City UK’s University Technical College.

Committed to sustainable business and corporate responsibility, Elizabeth champions important economic issues such as facilitating the growth and export ambitions of SMEs, government spend with SMEs and the equitable commercial treatment of SMEs delivering innovation and high value specialist skills within supply chains.

She is also personally committed to addressing the Digital Skills Gap and sees the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) into national study curricula as key to increasing national productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.

Sam Micich

Group Operations & Marketing Manager, Clicks IT Recruitment

Sam is a business enabler with twenty years’ experience in leadership roles in the staffing industry, the last twelve in the IT recruitment and consulting sectors.
After being a top biller with a global staffing leader, Sam successfully took on a series of challenges to both ‘start up’ and ‘fix up’ recruiting teams for large executive and management recruitment firms.

Taking the knowledge she’d gained about building engaged and high-performing teams, Sam moved to the tech sector in 2006, as National Operations Manager for the ASX 200 listed SMS Management & Technology’s recruitment business. Here she drove major transformation programmes in learning and development, quality management, digital marketing, and introduced two new service lines.

In 2010 Sam spent 18 months as hire number one in a tech startup with ex SMSers. Whilst the startup didn’t ultimately survive, Sam fondly describes this experience as the ‘most hands-on MBA I could have dreamt of’.

Sam has been with her current employer since 2012. The Beddison Group is a $350m Australian organisation that comprises Clicks IT Recruitment, the IT professional services firm INDEX Consultants, and staffing generalist HOBAN Recruitment. Beddison has a 4,000 strong workforce and is a recent subsidiary of $1.5bn Tokyo-based OUTSOURCING Inc.

In her role of Group Operations & Marketing Manager, Sam drives continuous innovation across the Group’s growing operations and brands. She heads a team responsible for business process improvement, business systems, learning and development, brand and marketing, research and reporting, bids and tenders, as well as Clicks’ award-winning Contractor Care function.

A self-described optimist who is never satisfied, Sam is a proud stepmum to three amazing humans. She dreams of owning a Great Dane named Mr Pants, if only she could talk her husband into it.



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