IT Girls! Coaching and mentoring for women in tech roles and organisations.

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IT Girls – what’s in a name?

One reason that I have started using Information Technology or IT as an umbrella term for everything relating to the design and creation of technology is that I love play on words, and I could not help myself from calling this program IT Girls.

An IT Girl is a trend-setting woman or girl with skills, confidence, eloquent language, collaborative relationships, and an entrepreneurial mindset that sets the example of how to have it all AND do good. She is across the latest trends in fashion, social conscience, technology and business. She knows exactly who she is and what she wants, and has an unbelievable generosity of spirit; always taking time to be kind and charitable.

IT Girls come in all shapes, sizes, preferences and vintages and IT Girls Coaching and Mentoring was designed for anyone who identifies as a woman, and we warmly welcome non-binary participants who feel this is their scenario.

The ultimate goal of the IT Girls programs is to make the participants realise what amazing IT Girls they are.

Freely adapted and embellished from various sources on the Internet.

Who I work with 

TechPreneur / Business Owner

You have a business or business idea that involves creating technology or using it creatively to boost your business. It can get lonely to run your own business.

Are you getting the best out of your IT / tech people? Are they listening to you? Are you on the same page? Do you think your idea is awesome, but the customers are not showing up? Could there be other problems that your technology could solve?

Maybe you just want a sounding board? Someone who can help you see the next steps for yourself and your business?

Transitioning to IT from different role

You may have been working for a while and are looking for a sea change or have just gradated and keen to figure out how you can get on the tech train.

Are you getting the best out of your IT / tech people? Are they listening to you? Are you on the same page? Do you think your idea is awesome, but the customers are not showing up? Could there be other problems that your technology could solve? 

Finding your way into IT is not as hard as it might seem. Take that from someone who believes we need much more diversity in the industry.

IT Individual Contributor

You work as an individual contributor for someone else. Maybe you may  been in the role for a while and feel it is time to step up, or you are brand new and it is not quite what you expected.

Do you feel heard and seen in your team? Do you understand what your boss and the organisation needs from you? Can you clearly see what opportunities exist within the organisation? Or maybe you are looking for a new role somewhere else? Do you feel empowered to be the best that you can be? 

 Sometimes it can be very awkward to address your challenges with someone at your workplace. Will you get judged if you are struggling? What about if someone finds out? Is it going to impact your future opportunities?

IT Leader / Manager

You may have just been promoted to leadership and feel a bit overwhelmed, or you have been there for a while and are feeling the burnout lurking. Or maybe you just need a sounding board.

Do you find that dealing with your staff / team members is taking over and you don’t have time to focus on “your job”? Hang on, isn’t part of the job dealing with your team members? What about that report you need to get ready for your boss? Have you given it sufficient time and focus? Are you managing up?

The higher you get in leadership, the more lonely it gets. Especially if you are not in the majority. Sometimes you just want to sit down with someone who has been through it before and can help you navigate the space.

Whatever your current or future situation is, I am confident that we can co-create a program that works for you. My coaching blends robust, contemporary IT business experience  and best practices with a lifetime of mentoring and guiding people on their journey. For a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

How I work with my clients

Kick Start Your Journey

Set baseline and define pathway

Your introductory, standalone package to help you set a baseline, decide on strategy and outcomes, discover where you are at, design an approach that works for you, and walk away with key actions for you.

Includes:

  • Professional profiling
  • Pre-session survey
  • 60-90 minutes one-on-one session to define key actionable insights
  • Post session reflection.
  • Affordable packaged price.
  • No ongoing commitment.
  • Option to join community and mentoring circles.

Find Your Way With Me

Individual coaching & mentoring

One-on-one targeted sessions online (or in person if we can) where we meet weekly, fortnightly, monthly or unlimited times per month to work through your priorities. 

Flexible options:

  • Access to mentoring circles and online community.
  • Frequency and commitment depending on your needs.
  • Monthly subscription tailored for your frequency. Minimum 6 months commitment.
  • Pay as you go per session to work on specific challenges / outcomes. Minimum 3 sessions over 6 months.

Travel With Friends

Coaching and mentoring circles

Facilitated online group sessions (or in-person if we can) with a small group of likeminded people who are here to support each other on a journey. As part of the mentoring circle, we co-design and co-create the program cherry-picking from a smorgasbord of topics and ideas.

Where appropriate, we invite guest speakers (could be a member) on specific topics that will help us address curly challenges.

Online community and resources with relevant topics and actionable insights.

Monthly / annual subscription (minimum 6 months).

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Why I coach and mentor

Based on my own lived experience as an IT Girl (woman in tech), for over 30 years, I am acutely aware that there often is a disconnect between people and technology, as well as between the different players. I also know that the  lack of diversity is not about fixing people but rather shifting mindsets and changing behaviours.

To address this, I have developed a coaching approach that is inclusive of every voice and perspective. I provide a unique blend of my experience from running tech teams and businesses, with years of personal mentoring to provide a tailored, personalised experience for every client.

As someone who has often been the “only woman in the room”, is from a culturally and linguistically different background, has felt the intrinsic bias very personally, I have developed thick skin and broad shoulders. I thrive when I can bring others with her on the journey towards inclusion and belonging.

 

When can coaching and mentoring be useful?

  • You have an amazing idea that you’d like to turn into a tech business.
  • You have developed an awesome product. Now what?
  • You want to find other uses for your technology.
  • You want to position yourself as a thought leader in tech.
  • You struggle to navigate the system and find your purpose.
  • Your boss does not value you.
  • You don’t have the confidence to take the leap into tech.
  • You find it difficult to communicate with IT people.
  • You’re in IT and find it hard to communicate with non-IT people.
  • You feel like you are not being heard or seen.
  • You want to step into tech from non-tech or a different industry.
  • You want to help co-create an inclusive organisation.
  • Want to pivot your business to a new or additional audience?
  • You stepped into a new role and thought “what happened?”
  • You lack confidence to take the next step in your career.
  • You have questions, but you don’t know if you can ask them.
  • You want someone to help you work out YOUR superpower.

What I Can Help You With

All of the below can be applied at a personal, professional, leadership, product or business level.

Visioning

Branding

Roadmapping

Product Marketing

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Customer Research

Team Augmentation

Networking

Geek Whispering

I also give hands-on workshops & talks

If you are looking for a keynote speaker, someone to run aworkshop, a panelist or someone to facilitate or host conversations, check out my faviourite topics and highlights.