26 September 2023

Women’s digital coaching pays off

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The benefits of the Data Transformation Agency’s (DTA) Coaching for Women in Digital program have been revealed by participants of the program.

DTA said the program helped develop the leadership skills of talented Executive Level 1 (EL1) female, female-identifying and non-binary professionals in digital.

The Agency said it spoke with past participant, Assistant Director in the Biosecurity Integrated Information System team at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Helen Jones, and her manager, Director of the Biosecurity Integrated Information System team at the Department, Magda Hribar, on the positive impacts of the program across personal, team and Agency levels.

“Helen was new to the digital field and her experience thus far was that it was very male dominated,” DTA said.

“Helen thought this program would help her navigate and understand some of the challenges,” it said.

“The biggest benefit for Helen was understanding her strengths.”

DTA said Ms Hribar believed the program presented a great opportunity for Ms Jones to further enhance her knowledge and skills, to help her feel confident and comfortable working in the digital environment.

The Agency said Ms Hribar had observed the program’s positive impact on Ms Jones, who developed more awareness of her strengths and preferred ways of working as a result of the program’s focus on strengths

“As a result, this has empowered Helen to provide more leadership within the team and across the program on research, analysis and evaluation,” it said.

“This has led to a more strategic, proactive approach rather than being reactive.”

DTA said the program had benefitted both women as Ms Jones had demonstrated that she was confident and capable in a digital leadership role.

It said Ms Hribar now viewed Ms Jones as an exemplary role model, and possible mentor, for other women aspiring to succeed in digital professions.

“This means Helen adds even more value to the Department in terms of both productivity and quality of her work,” the Agency said.

Further information on the DTA’s Coaching for Women in Digital program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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