Dell’s Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) program

Dell Women IT Executive Mentoring (DellWITEM™) program
Women in IT Executive Mentoring AwardsThe Dell Women IT Executive Mentoring (DellWITEM™) program was founded by Dell Australia in 2005 with the aim of accelerating the development of leadership skills of women within the IT industry. The program forms part of a longer term strategy of attracting and retaining women within participating organisations, and combines 1:1 mentoring together with cross organisational learning and facilitated group networking.

DellWITEM™ was created and championed by the previous Dell Australia managing director Joe Kremer and has grown from strength to strength under the leadership of Angela Fox, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Public Sector, Dell EMC Australia and New Zealand.

Angela’s passion for supporting women in the IT industry is closely aligned to the core

values of our company and our ongoing commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the business community and society as a whole.

DellWITEM™ ’s core objectives are to generate greater awareness and understanding of the barriers facing women in the IT industry. Conversely, the program also assesses the leadership competencies in female executives and shares best practice to foster the promotion of talented females in the industry.

In 2016, the DellWITEM™ program celebrated its 10 year anniversary at Parliament House, along with the achievement of 20 successfully implemented 12-month mentoring programs. This celebration was supported by the Honourable Julie Bishop MP. During this time, the program has involved with more than 170 mentor-mentee pairings and positively impacted more than 340 individuals from senior management roles across industries such as finance, distribution, professional services, education, manufacturing, government and ICT. The organisations continuing to embrace this program are amongWITEM
Australia’s leading commercial companies, education institutions, state and federal government departments.

How does Dell WITEM™ work?

The program aims to address the low numbers of women in the IT industry by providing women with dedicated executive mentors drawn from the current leaders in the IT industry.

The program structure combines face-to-face mentoring with facilitated group sessions held regularly across a 12 month period. Dell works with Orijen Consulting on the facilitation and management of the program.

The DellWITEM™ program is unique in bringing together technology organisations and executives in a cross-mentoring structure. In the corporate sector, Managing Directors and CIO's mentor high-potential females from an alternate company. In the public sector, CIO's from federal and state departments are matched with high potential women cross-departmentally.

Benefits of Dell WITEM™ to Mentees
DellWITEM™ participants are surveyed throughout the program. Results indicate that mentees experience significant gains from their mentoring experience such as:
  • Improvement in existing skills and development of new skills
  • A broader perspective of leadership and management
  • Increased networking opportunities
  • Increased communication either up or across an organisation
Mentees also report long term gains such as:
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Learned strategies to achieve career aspirations
  • Gained a strong sense of professional self

DellWITEM™ is a registered trademark of Dell.
Contact Information

For more information about WITEM, contact:
Penny King
Dell EMC

Jenny Morris
Who is Orijen?

Orijen is a specialist consultancy in mentoring and coaching services and the external facilitator of the WITEM programs. Jenny Morris, CEO and founder of Orijen, draws on extensive human resource management and consulting experience to help organisations address the needs of the diverse and changing workforce. You can find out more about Orijen at www.orijen.com.au.

  • Winner of 2008 EOWA Business Achievement Award for Outstanding Initiative/Result for the Advancement of Women
  • Joe Kremer, WITEM founder, Finalist of 2009 EOWA Business Achievement Award for Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women
  • Dell, Finalist of 2010 EOWA Business Achievement Award for Leading Company for the Advancement of Women (<800 employees)

"The most significant benefit I gained from taking part in the WITEM mentoring program was a new found self-belief and confidence that I could be an effective manager and leader."
WITEM Mentee

"I did not realise that this would be such a win/win. My time as a WITEM mentor has been very worthwhile."
WITEM Mentor