Gry loves to share her observations from her 30+ years as an “IT Girl” aka Woman in Tech.
When it came to choosing a career, Gry only had a couple of criteria…
Firstly, she wanted to help people solve problems and create a better world. Secondly, she wanted to prove that girls were as capable as boys. Given her proficiency in maths and science, information technology (IT) was a very real option, and when she realised that IT was likely to be a key component and foundation for solving pervasive problems across industries globally, the choice was easy. She started her career after completing a BSc of Computation in Manchester, England in the late eighties.
Through her career, Gry has had the opportunity to design and deliver solutions across many industries, creating the right mix of people, systems, processes and culture. She has been fortunate to work across all continents and is as at home in early stage startups as she is in global conglomerates.
Often the only woman in the room, she has a unique perspective on IT, the people in IT, and what we need to do to create diverse and inclusive cultures where people feel they belong to ensure that we create meaningful technology and are ethical in our considerations.
Gry loves the expression “same same but different”, and lives to engage, empower and inspire people to find their place in a digital world.
Gry’s favourite topics
Although Gry is happy to contribute to just about any conversations relating to her industry, women in IT, diversity, inclusion & belonging, and enabling, empowering & inspiring underrepresented people to find their voice and stand their ground, here are some of her favourite topics:
- The future of work & jobs of the future
- Bridging the gap and building a new talent pipeline
- Attracting new and retaining existing talent for tech roles and organisations
- Diversity, inclusion and belonging
- Shaking up our education system | Differentiated, integrated learning
- Women in tech & entrepreneurship
- Streamlining your organisation for innovation | Getting the right mix | Digital transformation
- Engaging, empowering and inspiring people to discover their superpower in tech
- Customer centred, meaningful technology
- Design thinking and learner-lead approaches to knowledge acquisition
- Tech and innovation for social change, impact and positive outcomes
- Injecting arts and humanities into STEM to create the STEAM we need to power our future
- Same same but different. Let’s celebrate differences.
Gry delivers keynotes, participates in panel discussions and runs interactive worshops in a variety of forums. The engagements can be private or public, on the job or volunteering, local or global. Highlights include:
- TEDxUWA: Powering our future with AI and STEAM (2018)
- Future Learning Magazine by STEMpunks: Interview in STEMINISM Issue for #IWD2021 (2021)
- WiTWA Techtrails: Inspiring STEM Stories (2021)
- Ingenica Australia: #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge (2021)
- IT Takes a Spark EduConference: Around YOUR World in Eighty Minutes (2020)
- WiTWA [+] Conference: In conversation with Julian Guthrie, Paul Dunn, Masami Sato and Lan Tran (2020)
- WiTWA Techtrails: Guest speaker at STEM and Future of Work Incursions (2016-2020)
- Women in Tech Podcast by Signify Technology UK: My journey and life in Tech (2020)
- Stories from the Heart: Heroes and Legends (2019)
- Emerging Young Leaders Unconvention: What’s possible for the community sector? (DX) (2019)
- Various universities: Guest speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship underpinned by technology (2016-2020)
- BDO Perth: #IWD2018 #PressoForProgress (2018)
- Women in Tech WA (WiTWA): Jobs of the Future panel discussion (2017)
- ACSW Ignite Talks: The Biggest Dream (2016)
- Women in Mining WA (WiMWA): My Life as an Alien (2012)