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Leith Mitchell

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Growth Markets Diversity Recruitment Leader, IBM

Topic: Anywhere Working: Options and Opportunities
Date: Day 2, 19 July
Time: 1:30pm - 3pm

Leith Mitchell is IBMs Growth Markets Diversity Recruitment Leader responsible for defining & executing strategies to increase female & People with Disability representation across business units in IBM.  She is also IBM’s global project manager responsible for implementing aptitude testing for graduates and experienced professionals across all business units and countries via a Computer Adaptive Testing platform.  Leith is also the Growth Market Assessment Centre Lead implementing assessment centre strategies for experienced professionals and leadership roles for IBM GBS China, Philippines GDC and GBS Latin America.  In 2003, Leith was identified by IBM into the Top Talent program & Business Leader Program (leadership acceleration).

In 2011, Leith was selected by IBM’s Vice President of Recruitment to develop IBM's Global Diversity Recruitment strategy to attract, promote & retain senior women in IBM.  In 2012, Leith founded IBM’s internal Women In Technology (WIT) QLD Chapter, formed to attract, retain and advance women in IBM.  WIT's aim is to provide opportunities for networking, mentoring in addition to communicating career and personal development opportunities.  IBM’s WIT chapters have been active in Sydney and Melbourne for several years.

Prior to these roles, Leith was an SAP MM consultant & Human Capital Management project executive for global projects for Price Waterhouse Coopers Consulting/ IBM.

Leith has a several education degrees, a Masters degree in IT & is currently studying organisational psychology.

Leith is a member of QUT Fostering Executive Women, Dressed for Success QLD, Women In IT QLD Chapter, Women on Boards, The League of Extraordinary Women and the Australian Institute of Management QLD Chapter, supporting and promoting women in leadership and board roles.  In 2012, Leith was a finalist for Outstanding Professional IT Award in the Women in Technology (WiT) awards program.  She has also been awarded the AIM 2012 scholarship to attend Leadership Challenges for Women.  As a passionate champion of flexible working, Leith is currently applying for a Churchill Fellowship to research the factors in the UK, US & Europe that contribute to management's attitudes of flexible work practices, and how we can apply these to the Australian management context to increase female workforce participation.