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Diverse City Careers announces collaboration with SixPivot to advance gender equality in IT

- March 3, 2016 2 MIN READ

Fresh off partnering with Dropbox, Diverse City Careers (DCC) has announced a collaboration with software development and strategic management company SixPivot aimed at delivering socially responsible tech solutions and enhancing gender diversity in IT.

The companies will work together to help customers make data-driven decisions around diversity hiring and the way they formulate diversity strategy.

Led by CEO Faith Rees, SixPivot has worked with emerging technology in areas like gamification and predictive analytics, while DCC helps close the gender pay gap by promoting jobs at progressive companies that create ideal workplaces for women. Launched in 2015, the DCC jobs board is Australia’s only jobs board requiring employers to be vetted or prequalified before advertising, to ensure they support women’s careers.

There are very few women who work in IT and in terms of the Microsoft Partner Network, Rees is one of only a handful of female CEOs. Throughout the years Rees has also been a mentor to DCC’s founders Valeria Ignatieva and Gemma Lloyd, and sits on the startup’s advisory board.

“At SixPivot, we are creating something very unique in the ISV [independent software vendor] space and want to surround ourselves with people who share our core values,” said Rees.

“These values are based on an intrinsic commitment to each other to create ethical, sustainable and profitable businesses for our customers and our environment.”

SixPivot works with independent software vendors and clients who build software for commercial production. The company helps customers with end-to-end product development processes from strategy and future roadmaps, through to direct investment and funding, and channels to market through global vendors.

The idea of SixPivot came from Rees’ previous experiences of working at Readify, a company that helps customers develop innovative software projects. However, at SixPivot Rees has worked to create a family working environment through incentives that encourage women in particular to get into the tech space.

‘They have the flexibility to work from where they want to, they can work from home, we have a collaboration space in Brisbane, and we’ve joined the Microsoft Innovation Centre, where they can also work,” said Rees. “Hours can be flexible as the business works off outcomes.”

SixPivot uses collaborative tools such as Slack to allow people to be contacted on the go if they work flexibly.

There is no denying that the reality of working in the technology sector doesn’t appeal to many women, with the lack of women in the sector a constant topic of discussion. However, Rees believes that flexibility in the industry is starting to change as IT permeates across all sorts of industries.

“Now to be an IT person you don’t have to go and work for an IT company, you can work for a fashion company. I think those sorts of things are much more appealing now for women than what they have been in the past,” she said.

Together DDC and SixPivot want to help change the face of IT and show that there is much more to the space in order to encourage women to engage with and work in these STEM industries.

“I’m so pleased to be able to follow my passion for both technology and advocating for gender diversity,” said DCC’s Gemma Lloyd.

“I’m excited about collaborating with the team at SixPivot to help grow their startup and advance the next stage of the DCC platform through technical innovation.”

Image: Valeria Ignatieva and Gemma Lloyd. Source: Supplied.