Being one of only a few female CIOs has put Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue in many interesting situations, for example being mistaken for the CIO’s wife, or being addressed in a manner resembling how an adult would talk to a child.
Raue told the audience at Women in Technology’s annual Behind the Lipstick lunch, held in Wellington and Auckland earlier this month, that being able to recognise when she had a bad manager has helped her in her career.
Raue says it is important to work for an organisation you like and a manager who understands you and will coach you.
Franchise consultant Sharon Kenny, former PM Jenny Shipley, Raue and Carmel Fisher, managing director of Fisher Funds, shared their ups and downs, successes and regrets with an audience of over 150 in Auckland.
The speakers in Wellington were Dame Kate Harcourt, Cabinet minister Annette King and Lyn Provost, Deputy Police Commissioner.
Raue advises never to be afraid to put people that have better skills than you under you in your team. She recommends building a great team based on attitude rather than skills.
“Know who you are and what you are capable of,” she said.
This was echoed by Jenny Shipley. Her advice was to not be afraid of putting yourself forward, and to decide yourself who you are and what you do.
“Don’t let others interpret this for you,” said Shipley.
Shipley added that her only regret was that she didn’t go far enough and fast enough when she had the opportunity.
WIT is getting ready for its Go Girl Go IT initiative, to be held next month in collaboration with Vodafone, Microsoft and Accelerating Auckland. The joint effort is aimed at countering plummeting tertiary ICT enrolments, particularly among young women, says Cheryl Horo, WIT’s general manager.