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Woodside Energy’s Chief Digital Officer, Shelley Kalms joins our inaugural Women Leaders in AI list

Author: Moragh Blyth, Head of Marketing Cloud & Cognitive, Systems and IBM Brand A/NZ

As an Aussie woman working in technology in A/NZ, I can’t tell you how proud I was to learn that a fellow Australian and a Kiwi made the IBM Women Leaders in AI list this year.

Australian, Shelley Kalms, is the Chief Digital Officer, of Woodside Energy, Australia and New Zealander, Lee Hatton is the CEO of UBank Australia.

They join forty recipients from fifteen different Countries. The list recognises and celebrates women who are pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation, growth, and transformation.

We sat down with both women for a Q&A session. You can read about Shelley Kalms AI journey below or click here to learn more about Lee Hatton’s remarkable AI innovations.

Shelley Kalms, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside Energy

Shelley Kalms, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside Energy

Shelley Kalms, Chief Digital Officer, Woodside Energy

Having developed more than 18 use cases for AI in health, safety and much more at Woodside, Shelley and her team are pioneering AI integration in their industry.

What was the opportunity you sought to address with AI?

This is about a team effort in unlocking the collective intelligence of our organisation—both past and present. It’s about enabling and empowering our people and making their jobs better by giving them the right information sooner, generating insights and actions to improve our business. In this way, we will become a true learning organisation.

What benefits are you realising?

Tasks that used to take weeks are now done in days, enabling our people to spend much more time on high-value tasks such as analysing, interpreting and making decisions rather than collecting information. It’s now all at our fingertips.

What have you learned that you wish you’d known when you first started working with AI?

My own learning journey with AI is ongoing, but at this point, I can reflect that being able to deliver a technically viable solution is only one part of the challenge. Embedding AI in how people work requires an investment well beyond project delivery, and that’s what we’re focusing on now.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Be brave, not perfect.

Click here to view Lee Hatton’s Q&A or here to see all the women featured in our list.


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