Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann today announced key partnerships and events for VOGUE CODES 2019.
VOGUE CODES returns next week with an expanded program of events and an impressive line-up of local and international speakers to inspire women to be creators of the digital future and encourage female innovation.
Vogue Australia, in partnership with Westpac, is expanding VOGUE CODES to four cities in 2019, as the event strives to encourage women to feel empowered by technology.
This year VOGUE CODES welcomes the addition of events in Adelaide and Brisbane to the schedule. Adelaide will host its first VOGUE CODES on Wednesday 29 May, Melbourne will host its second annual VOGUE CODES Summit on Wednesday 5 June and Sydney will see the fourth annual VOGUE CODES Summit on Friday 14 June. VOGUE CODES Live, aimed at young tech-minded women early in their careers, and VOGUE CODES Kids, supported by Code Camp, both return on Saturday 15 June. The program also includes a series of In Conversation Breakfast events in partnership with Audi in all four cities.
McCann said: “Vogue has long celebrated women achieving great personal and professional successes and we hope that by providing a platform for some of the world’s most impressive female entrepreneurs and business leaders we will help to challenge the societal norms. Our hope is that a successful career in technology will be something future generations won’t think twice about. While the statistics of female participation in tech-related roles and industries are improving, they are still not good enough.
“The response to VOGUE CODES since we launched the initiative four years ago has been overwhelmingly positive with tickets to this year’s events selling fast and most now sold out. With such exciting things happening in the tech space right across Australia, we are thrilled to be expanding the VOGUECODES initiative to Adelaide and Brisbane this year.
“We’re delighted to have Westpac return as presenting partner for VOGUE CODES 2019 along with our returning supporting partner Audi. Through its host of internal initiatives, Westpac supports women and girls in their journey to a successful career in STEM while Audi has a long tradition of driving innovation and positive change throughout its celebrated history. We are very pleased to welcome Estée Lauder as a supporting partner this year, a company at the forefront of empowering women in science. Together with our partners, we are committed to making this a highly successful campaign which really makes a difference.”
Westpac’s general manager, business integration, Anastasia Cammaroto said: “We are proud to partner with Vogue Australia on VOGUE CODES for the fourth consecutive year to make roles in STEM more attractive to women and girls. There is a perception that if you work in STEM, you more than likely specialise in a highly technical field, which can seem unachievable for many. Westpac is committed to encouraging women and girls to think about the limitless possibilities that a career in STEM offers by breaking down the stereotypes that are often associated with tech roles.”
Speakers participating in this year’s events include:
– Jennifer Rubio, co-founder and chief brand officer of Away, a direct-to-customer travel business founded in 2015 that has just reached ‘unicorn’ status with a US $1.4 billion valuation.
– Shama Shukul Lee, founder and CEO of Sunfed, a software engineer turned food technology entrepreneur, who is reimagining the food system, starting with meat.
– Karen Walker, designer, has consistently ranked in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500 for the past six years, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future.
– Caroline O’Brien, VP of data science at artificial intelligence company Afiniti, is responsible for data, analytics and AI solutions in Asia-Pacific and leads the New Products R&D team globally.
– Katherine McConnell, CEO and founder of Brighte, a leading Australian fintech startup that provides a marketplace and on-the-spot finance for home energy improvements.
– Valeria Ignatieva, co-founder and co-CEO of Work180, a jobs platform that pre-screens employers on a number of female-friendly factors.
– Mairead O’Donovan, head of growth at Atlassian, one of Australia’s leading tech success stories.
Vogue Australia’s global first VOGUE CODES initiative was established in 2016 in answer to a gender imbalance in the technology industry with the aim of inspiring more women to pursue careers in tech-related industries.
For more information on VOGUE CODES 2019 visit vogue.com.au/vogue-codes.