Deloitte Consulting partner awarded ICT Victorian woman of the year


Thursday, 5 July 2012: Deloitte Consulting partner, Kaylene O’Brien, was last night awarded Victorian ICT Woman of the year at the 2012 iAwards.  The iAwards have run for over 18 years and are one of the premier technology awards platforms within Australia’s technology industry.

Kaylene won the category highlighting an inspiring Information Communication Technology (ICT) woman ‘who has made a consistently distinguished contribution to the ICT industry’.  Kaylene was recognised for broadening the professional base of IT across backgrounds, gender and cultures.  

Robert Hillard, Lead Technology partner at Deloitte Consulting, believes Kaylene’s win highlights the need for organisations and their leaders to continue to address the gender imbalance in the IT industry if they are to recruit, retain and engage high performing talent.

Deloitte fully supports Kaylene’s passionate belief that getting the gender balance right helps better connect colleagues and unleashes greater collaboration and innovation within organisations.

“Kaylene is a highly respected across the ICT industry in Victoria.  She is a senior partner in our Technology practice at Deloitte and has been shaping the industry by being a board member of VicICT for Women and through her work with a range of education institutions.”

“Kaylene has demonstrated that projects, organisations and ICT in general can be gender balanced through leading by example.  At Deloitte, Kaylene took on broader management positions before being identified and fast tracked to Partner in 2008,” said Mr Hillard.   

About Kaylene O’Brien

Kaylene began her ICT career as a programmer with Andersen Consulting.  She was drawn to a career in ICT during her business degree when she realised that the future was digital. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Information Systems from RMIT.  In 1996 she joined Deloitte, embraced her career in ICT Consulting and became a Partner at Deloitte in 2008.

Kaylene’s built a strong technical base early in her career and her contribution to the ICT profession is reflected in her team, which now numbers 80 and includes IT strategists, architects, program managers and business analysts.  

Kaylene has also been a judge, for two years, as part of the Deloitte Businesswoman of the Year. In this role, she contributes as an advocate for recognising the outstanding impact of female talent within Deloitte.

Kaylene will now compete at a National level which will be announced on August 9 2012.

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