ARN launched the Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) back in 2012 to acknowledge the achievements of talented and influential women across the Australian tech industry, focusing on excellence and celebrating gender diversity. Excitingly, Atturra has two finalists nominated in these awards for 2023.
A Passion for People Drives Business Results
Estelle Ivory is General Manager, Delivery and Application Managed Services. She has been nominated as a finalist for the Shining Star award. A fitting nomination, given her vast experience across people and technology.
Candidates in this category must have 11-20 years of experience in the ICT industry and a strong achievement record. They have a reputation for excellence in spearheading company initiatives and driving strategic change, while being a consistently high performer who regularly achieves exceptional business results and levels of seniority within their organisation.
In previous roles, Estelle has consistently transformed disengaged teams into stand-out successes by investing in people. She says, “It starts by earning my team members’ trust, involving them in decision making and identifying ways for individual contributors to pursue their interests and develop their skill sets.”
Stellar business results and increased client satisfaction have soon followed, with Estelle’s leadership proving instrumental to Atturra’s near 100% client retention rate within her business unit.
“Given I’m in the last lap of my professional career, I’m laser-focused on making it count and making a difference.”
Being the Change You Want to See Delivers Company-Wide Impact
Our second finalist is Larissa Lefevre, Senior Manager, People & Culture for the category of Diversity & Inclusion. The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Champion award recognises those who actively drive D&I initiatives through mentoring and thought leadership across the industry. They act as a role model for aspiring executives, cultivating diverse teams to drive internal and external change.
Larissa is the brainchild responsible for Atturra’s extraordinarily successful Pathways Program. In just eighteen months, the program has developed the workforce Atturra needs to respond to client demand, by bringing individuals from diverse backgrounds and different cultures into the business.
Larissa says, “Ninety six percent of employees we’ve put through the program remain with the company, adding value and forging dynamic career paths for themselves, including veterans, mid-career individuals, and women who were out of the workforce managing their families.”
As a contagion for change, Larissa has also been instrumental in launching Atturra’s Pride Chapter. She sought C-level support for adding personal pronouns to employees’ email signatures, which received a sizeable uptake across all levels of the organisation.
“I’ve focused on bringing the entire workforce on the journey through company-wide training, speaker events and fundraising projects, so people in the LGBTQIA+ community feel supported, celebrated and empowered at work”.
This year’s winners will be announced in Sydney on the 25th of May. We are counting down and wish both of our amazing finalists every success!
Discover more about the ARN Women in ICT Awards.