29 May 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, Level 3, 45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Description

Gone are the days of requiring sophisticated qualifications in order to step foot in the tech industry. In fact, as more companies understand the value of skills and diverse thinking, there has been increased inclusion for those from different cultural and professional backgrounds. But diversity isn’t all about gender, or is it?

Diversity refers to a full range of human differences. Diversity is inclusive of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture, socioeconomic factors, as well as physical, educational, or vocational experiences.

Inclusion is an individual or company’s ability to create an environment to which people collaborate, and respect each person’s differences. Beyond merely working well together, diversity an inclusion can be used to a company’s advantage. 

For example, Apple received a lot of backlash for its Health app for tracking “key health metrics”. Initially, it left off a tracker that about half the world’s population might use on a monthly basis: one for the menstrual cycle. So diversity isn’t just about playing an ethical or moral game, it could also serve as a make or break for a company or brand’s success.

For someone not in the exciting world of tech or product management, how can you learn more and use your diversity as a strength in the workforce?

At our event, Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Technology, we’ll explore:

  • The opportunities for someone with a diverse background to explore a career in Product Management
  • What progress some leading companies have done as part of their diversity and inclusion agendas
  • How as someone from a diverse background can use their experiences to stand out in the market
  •  How diverse backgrounds and schools of thought can contribute towards more user-friendly and intuitive products



Olga Drobysheva

Product Manager MYOB

Olga Drobysheva is currently a Product Manager at MYOB. With a colourful professional experience spanning over 10 years, Olga has led IT projects in web development, e-Commerce, online publishing and education, electronic payment processing, and online platform experience.

Using lean and agile frameworks, Olga is a creative problem solver and enjoys breaking down complex problems into digestible solutions that address user's needs.

Sandy Buchanan

Product Manager at Curve Tomorrow

Sandy currently works as a Product Manager for Curve Tomorrow - one of Australia's leading healthcare technology companies. He has a passion for human centred design, entrepreneurship and the use of these in shaping the future of healthcare. Sandy's had a wealth of experience from paralegal to opening a restaurant, and most recently before Curve Tomorrow, he was the GM of a wellbeing and mental health startup in Melbourne. These experiences have given Sandy a true appreciation of the power of diversity and inclusion in every facet of work and life.

Aseel Hamarneh

Senior Product Manager

Aseel is a Senior Product Manager with over 13 years experience in the industry. She worked with start ups and big international companies in the Middle East, Europe and Australia. Most recently she worked at Seek and Culture amp. She enjoys working with team to find creative solutions and build awesome products.

Christine Yap

Product Owner at Shout For Good

Christine is a Product Owner at Shout For Good, a subsidiary of ANZ. Shout is a zero commission digital fundraising platform that is on a mission to change the way the world gives by integrating giving into our everyday, bringing communities and charities together using innovation and technology.

With a background in user experience and design, Christine is relatively new in the project management space but believes having a strong design focus brings a different perspective to product management.

Dates and fees


29 May 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3,
45 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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