– Paul Velonis, Managing Director, Elabor8
Women at Elabor8
We wont stop until we reach 50/50!
“I joined the team at Elabor8 for several reasons but basically I wanted “oxygen” you know the type of jobs we end up in where there is no real air to grow, so I overcame my inertia and moved. It’s nice to be appreciated for what you can do and the fact you can develop further, like parents that only see their children as infants despite how old and wise they become, sound familiar?
On the first day, I was straight out at a client site, I love thinking on my feet and adapting quickly to new environments. This is why I feel not only does Elabor8 value me for what I can do but they also acknowledge that we all grow and develop further skills as we progress.”
“I started my career in software development, coding in the basement of Melbourne University’s Computer Science lab. I loved the intellectual challenge of complex mathematical problem solving, the elegance and logic of technology. But our industry lacked relevance and popularity. I was passionate about using the power of technology and applying this to the real world, trying to turn 1s and 0s into software people loved.
Moving from analyst/programmer into senior leadership roles, and today helping companies lead Agile Transformation, the most important skills I learnt weren’t technical, they were things like courage, developing the confidence to back myself and being entrepreneurial.
When I look at our industry today, Technology has become an integral part of people’s lives, it’s even chic to be a geek and there’s a big focus on women in tech. Elabor8 are a stand-out consultancy in this space and they are involved with a number of initiatives I participate in, like #BOLDMoves. It’s such a pleasure to work with a group of intelligent and influential people… who in my opinion are super cool.”
“A question I asked in my interview was about the number of female consultants employed at Elabor8, which was more than 40% at that point in time. It was important to me to work with an organisation that recognised that the gender imbalance in the technology sector is a problem, and is making a concerted effort to get that balance right.
With Elabor8, I’ve been involved with a change initiative called BOLDMoves where we are collaborating with Vic ICT for Women and working with other organisations in Melbourne to increase gender diversity in tech. It is a great opportunity to get in touch with people, community and organisations that share my passion, and work towards something that will make real and lasting social change happen.”
“Elabor8 are a fantastic example of a company committed and more importantly, taking real action to see more women in leadership roles. No stone has been unturned from shaking up their recruitment process to rethinking how key frontline consulting roles can be made flexible. The results are in, I have been delighted to see first class senior women join the team and really thrive.”