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20-22 August 2024 | Gimuy / Cairns

Celebrating First Nations Leadership Across Sectors, Communities and Generations

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Welcome to the First Nations Leadership Forum

The inaugural First Nations Leadership Forum boasts some of Australia’s most inspiring leaders, whose stories and wisdom will make it impossible not to believe in your own potential for growth, no matter your field.


Within these diverse stories lies invaluable advice around building your confidence, advocating for yourself or even being a better ally to your First Nations colleagues to support their leadership journey.


Whether you’re an aspiring or established First Nations leader, or a supporter keen to learn, the First Nations Leadership Forum speaks to a diverse range of experiences and interests. We hope to see you in beautiful Gimuy/Cairns for three days of listening, sharing and important networking opportunities.

2024 Forum Advisory Board

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Cameron Costello

Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Committee Member

Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

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Rachelle Towart OAM

Managing Director

Pipeline Talent


Narelle Osborne

Chief Executive Officer


Featured Speakers

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Professor Sandra Creamer

Adjunct Professor

University of Queensland

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Phillip Brooks

Deputy Director-General, First Nations Strategy and Partnerships

Department of Education Queensland 

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Brian Wyborn

Managing Partner

First Nations Capital


Jacara Egan

National Clinical and Cultural Advisor


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Lala Gutchen


Erub Mer Literacy App

(2023 NAIDOC Award Winner)

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Travis Cardona

Head of First Nations

National Insitute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

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On-Country Workshop
Thursday, 22 August

Achieving leadership development and career progression as a First Nations leader by upskilling your presenting abilities

Join us for a short ferry trip to beautiful Wunyami/Green Island for a cultural tour of the island followed by an interactive workshop designed to develop your presentation skills that are critical to many leadership roles.


Who Should Attend?

If you are interested in supporting the professional development of First Nations leaders, whether you are a mentor, ally or Indigenous employee yourself, this Forum will be relevant to you.

Job titles that may be particularly well suited include:

  • Indigenous employment

  • Indigenous engagement

  • Indigenous programs

  • Indigenous advisor

  • People and Culture

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • C-Suite

  • Board Director

Why Attend?

Listen to the inspiring and diverse journeys of successful First Nations leaders from a range of backgrounds and professions

Be inspired by the next generation of up-and-coming First Nations leaders and listen to how you can support their growth

Recognise the immense value brought by First Nations leadership to diverse sectors including STEM, politics, finance and tech

Understand the importance of maintaining cultural identity while navigating professional environments

Network with other First Nations leaders and aspiring leaders, prominent community members and mentors

Navigate how and where to look to find a mentor for your leadership journey

Improve your ability to support your First Nations colleagues in their leadership journey 


Hilton Cairns

Address: 34 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870

Room: Grand Ballroom

Parking: Parking is available at Hilton Cairns. A valet service is available at a rate of $25.00 per 24 hour period per vehicle. Self-parking rate is AU$20.00 per day. Please note that the price is subject to change without prior notice.

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