She Leads 2015 : 5 quick questions with Hala Batainah

11 May 2015

Hala BatainahIn the lead up to this year’s She Leads Conference, taking place on Tuesday 19 May at Hotel Realm, we’ll be giving you the chance to get to know our speakers.

Today, meet Hala Batainah. Hala is Microsoft’s Federal Director and Canberra Branch Manager, a responsibility she took up in 2010. She has held a variety of roles in both Australian and multi-national companies including National sales and management roles at IBM for 11 years focused on software. Hala holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration and is a life-long learner. She is passionate about Information Technology (IT), software, women in IT and the role of IT in society.

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.

My family and friends describe me as a loving, loyal, fun, passionate and trustworthy human being and since their opinions matter the most to me that is a good start!

Tell us about a moment in your life that defined your leadership style.

Too many moments to count. But when faced with delivering redundancy decisions, that activity was a defining moment for me as a person and a leader – and I was quite “young”.

What opportunity for yourself are you most excited about in 2015?

I am very excited about my continued learning and achieving my personal goals – relearning French and travelling is top of mind!

Recommend a book to other women that you’ve found influential on your leadership/career journey.

There are too many to count! Really, I am a book. In my young days, I particularly enjoyed “Why Good Girls Don’t get ahead but Gutsy Girls Do” by Kate White.

What do you consider to be the biggest issue facing gender equality?

The journey is just as important as the destination. Many people feel that we have achieved our destination in terms of gender equality. Not quite – we are still on the journey and not there yet!


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