The Male Champions of Change (MCC) Microsoft Partners Group brings together tech sector leaders, committed to achieving gender equality in the sector. Finding innovative and disruptive ways to lower the barriers to entry to the tech sector and help women in the workplace to thrive.
The Group was established in 2020 and includes CEOs or Managing Directors of the ten foundation partners. All whom have committed their time and investment to the group. These partners are ten of Microsoft’s largest partners. Combined they employ well over 100,000 people.
While gender diversity has slowly improved in the tech sector, it is still well shy of equality. There remains an 18% gender pay gap in technology occupations. And women currently make up just 29% of Australia’s technology workforce. Globally, Microsoft’s commitment is a 1% increase every year in employing women. The group will also commit to similar goals to improve the gender diversity within the industry in Australia.
Who are the Male Champions of Change Microsoft Partners?
- Bob Peebles – Managing Director, Datacom
- Kee Ong – CEO, Synnex
- Laurence Baynham – CEO & Managing Director, Data#3
- Mal McHutchison – CEO, Interactive
- Michael Chanter – CEO, Thomas Duryea Logicalis
- Pat Murphy – Executive General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Insight
- Russell Baskerville – CEO & Managing Director, Empired
- Sean Girvin – Managing Director ANZ, Rackspace
- Steven Worrall – Managing Director, Microsoft
- Tim Ament – Chief Country Executive, Ingram Micro
- Vlad Mitonveski – Chief Operating Officer, Dicker Data
The group is convened by Rachel Bondi, One Commercial Partner Director at Microsoft.
Steven Worrall, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, is the sponsor of the MCC Microsoft Partners Group. Several other major Microsoft partners are members of other Male Champions of Change (MCC) groups already.