The Future of Tech is Gender Equality

Gender equality is perhaps one of the most important topics across the tech industry. There remains a significant gap in pay and representation between qualified men and women.

How do we bridge that gap?

Join us for a breakfast panel discussion with female leaders in the tech world, including FDM’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheila Flavell CBE, as they tackle the topic.

Who’s invited?

Everyone – women, men… YOU. All welcome.

Event date:

Event time:

Event location:

Tuesday 25th October

9:30am – 11:30am AEDT

International Towers, Level 21 Tower Three, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney NSW 2000


Sheila Flavell

Chief Operating Officer,

FDM Group

Sheila Flavell CBE is President of techUK, a member of the UK Government’s Digital Skills Council, Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Board Director of FDM Group. As a prominent female tech leader, Sheila understands the importance of being a strong role model and mentor for women looking to progress their career in tech.

Christina Baker-Finch



Christina is a Director in KPMG Technology practice and has over 18 years’ experience in program management delivery and advisory, data migration, business analysis and internal audit gained in Australia and the United Kingdom. Christina is passionate about advocating for women in technology, and supporting women to thrive and build successful careers within the industry.

Vilas Hirani

Director – APAC FIC Production Lead | Australia Technology Co-Lead,

Deutsche Bank

With over 25 years of industry experience, Vilas is a seasoned IT Application Support Head with a reputation for stabilising production environments, developing high-performing teams, and actively supporting gender equity.

Erin Williams

Regional Vice President, Industry Partner Sales & Success,


Erin Williams leads the Industry Partner Sales & Success Team for Salesforce across the Australian market. Erin draws more than 20 years’ experience in software, IT and telecommunications. Erin’s experience has played out in greenfield start-ups to multi-nationals. She is a business development professional who leads with passion, creating and delivering only the best in results for her stakeholders. Erin has led many mentor programs across the past 15 years and more recently has begun leaning in to programs and partnerships that support Mother Earth.

The Future of Tech is Gender Equality… Discuss…

No one can underestimate the importance of women’s roles in tech. Finally, companies are starting to recognise the benefits of including women in positions of influence, but there is still a long way to go.

Our aim with this event is to:

  • Discuss the topic of diversity with female leaders in the tech industry
  • Understand what other companies are doing to close the gender gap
  • Share FDM’s commitment to universal diversity, inclusion and equality
  • Showcase the opportunities for women to launch successful IT careers

The Future of Tech is Gender Equality

Tuesday 25th of October

9:30am-11:30am AEDT

Note: Although we use the words women and men, it is important to us that you understand our definitions include all women and all men; cisgender, transgender or gender diverse, and we acknowledge and include those who identify outside the binary.