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Agenda

Day 1

Day One - Tuesday, 20 August 2024

8:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee 

8:30

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony

8:50

Chairperson’s Opening Address

WALKING IN TWO WORLDS: RECONCILING CULTURAL IDENTITY AND PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP ASPIRATIONS

9:00

Panel: Finding a place for cultural identity in your leadership journey regardless of profession or industry

  • Validating the thought leadership that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to workplaces and communities 

  • Advocating for self-determination in workplace RAPs, cultural safety and anti-racism mechanisms

  • Learning the difference between when being part of a board or leadership team is conducive to your professional development and when you don't have capacity for additional cultural load

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Jacara Egan, National Clinical and Cultural Advisor, Headspace

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Lil Gordon, First Assistant Secretary - First Nations Partnerships, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

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Phillip Brooks, Deputy Director-General, First Nations Strategy and Partnerships, Department of Education Queensland

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Clynton Munns, Coordinator - Indigenous Employment Program, Glencore

10:00

Case Study: Achieving nationwide change, when no one believes you!

  • How did Ray become one of Australia's leading exercise physiologists?

  • Making a change in your own community - from growing up in a "diabetes hotspot", to developing a successful health program to reverse type 2 diabetes

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Ray Kelly, Founder, Ray Kelly Fitness

10:30

Morning Tea

SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION OF FIRST NATIONS LEADERS

11:15

Looking to the leadership of First Nations young people in caring for Country and helping to achieve climate justice

  • How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in STEM lead the way in environmental conservation through combining traditional practices with Western sciences?

  • Highlighting instances in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership has already been sought in efforts to protect the environment 

  • What vision do young First Nations leaders hold for the future of climate justice in Australia and how can stakeholders support this?

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Courtney Burns, Marine Science Intern, Australian Institute of Marine Science (Finalist 2023 National NAIDOC Youth Award)

11:45

Panel: Empowering First Nations young people to become leaders within their industries and communities

  • What do First Nations young people need from their mentors, communities and workplaces to succeed?

  • Identifying the unique skillsets and perspectives of the current generation of First Nations leaders and recognising yPour own "value proposition"

  • What role can schools and early career planning opportunities play in helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to become confident leaders?

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Lala Gutchen, Founder, Erub Mer Literacy App (Finalist 2023 National NAIDOC Youth Award)

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Mark Nannup, Community Engagement Facilitator

12:30

Lunch

1:50

Building opportunities for future leaders to harness their leadership skills and network

  • Making the most of professional development opportunities that are available for First Nations young leaders

  • Fostering the leadership skills of First Nations young people to ensure First Nations representation within decision-making bodies of corporate, government and community organisations

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Jodie Hickson, Pharmacy Technician, North Buderim Pharmacy

2:20

Explanation of Yarning Circles and Connection Activities

2:40

Yarning Circles and Connection Activities

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  • Yarning Circle A: Strongbala Woomin’ Yarning Business: Making an impact in your community as First Nations women leaders through self-employment and entrepreneurship  

(Female-Identifying Only Session)  
 

Cindy Reese Mitchell, Program Director, Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship, Good Return 

Michele Torres, Entrepreneur & Ambassador, Maganda Makers Business Club 

  • Yarning Circle B: Being a supportive mentor for First Nations people

  • Yarning Circle C: Equipping yourself and others with the tools to stand up for yourself at work

  • Connection Activity: Weaving and Art Workshop

  • Connection Activity: Guided Meditation

3:40

Afternoon Tea

BUILDING YOUR RESILIENCE AND WELLBEING AS A LEADER

4:10

Panel: Supporting each other - how can First Nations men and women uplift each other in the workplace, in community and within leadership teams?

  • Why is it important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women leaders support each other, especially in light of funding discrepancies?

  • What does that support look like and how can it be implemented?

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Professor Sandra Creamer, Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland  

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Constable Laurie Bateman, Acting Senior Constable, Queensland Police Service

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Shantelle Thompson OAM, Founder & Chief Empowerment and Visionary Officer, Kiilalaana Foundation

5:10

Chairperson's Closing Address and End of Day One

Day 2

Day Two - Wednesday, 21 August 2024

8:30

Welcome Coffee 

9:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC CASE STUDIES OF FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP

9:10

Panel: How are First Nations leaders changing the Australian political landscape?

  • Outlining current and historical examples of how First Nations leaders have shaped the Australian political landscape

  • Making politics an appealing career for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • Identifying the opportunity that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities have to continue to influence meaningful change in Australia

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Kat Henaway, Founder, Politics in Colour

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Michelle Deshong, Managing Director, Deshong Consulting 

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Brendan Moyle, Executive Branch Manager for the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, ACT Government

10:00

Case Study: Boosting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in tech - what opportunities does this burgeoning industry offer First Nations communities?

  • Why is it more important than ever for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in tech to pursue leadership and governance positions?

  • Identifying the opportunities AI could provide for First Nations communities and culture with First Nations governance at the helm

  • Making connections between First Nations leadership in the technology industries and data sovereignty

10:30

Morning Tea

11:10

Case Study: Leading the way as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner within a mainstream health context

  • Navigating being one of few Aboriginal health practitioners working in a mainstream general practice and the community leadership that accompanies this

  • Being an integral part First Nations leadership in the health sector through cultural awareness training, sitting on advisory boards and participating in RAP advisory committees

  • Highlighting the opportunities, both personal and for the wider community, that arise from taking on cultural leadership in a mainstream context

  • How can non-Indigenous co-workers best support the leadership and professional development of First Nations people who are working in a mainstream context?

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Danielle Beezley, Practice Manager; Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Theodore Medical Centre

ELEVATING FIRST NATIONS BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP 

11:40

Elevating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership in the financial sector as integral to advancing First Nations economic participation

  • Navigating the challenges of breaking into the financial sector as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person

  • Forging pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enter the financial sector and achieve career progression

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Brian Wyborn, Managing Partner, First Nations Capital

12:10

Lunch

1:20

Panel: Ensuring First Nations leaders in business have a seat at the table through employment representation and supply chain diversity

  • Underscoring the “why” of including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in corporate business

  • Highlighting the mutual benefits and far-reaching economic impacts of including First Nations businesses in supply chains

  • Advocating for your business and building networks to maximise your engagement

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Rachelle Towart OAM, Managing Director, Pipeline Talent

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Carol Vale, Co-Founder, Murawin

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Cameron Costello, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Committee Member, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

2:10

Delegates to move to Yarning Circles and Connection Activities

2:20

Yarning Circles and Connection Activities

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  • Yarning Circle A: Strongbala Woomin’ Yarning Business: Making an impact in your community as First Nations women leaders through self-employment and entrepreneurship  

(Female-Identifying Only Session)  

Cindy Reese Mitchell, Program Director, Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship, Good Return 

Michele Torres, Entrepreneur & Ambassador, Maganda Makers Business Club 

  • Yarning Circle B: Being a supportive mentor for First Nations people

  • Yarning Circle C: Equipping yourself and others with the tools to stand up for yourself at work

  • Connection Activity: Weaving and Art Workshop

  • Connection Activity: Guided Meditation

3:35

Afternoon Tea

FOSTERING GENUINE ALLYSHIP

4:05

How can non-Indigenous people best support First Nations leadership?

  • What does genuine allyship look like, both within and outside of the workplace, and what does it involve?

  • What do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need from non-Indigenous people to step into leadership roles?

  • Identifying when to speak up and when to take a step back as a non-Indigenous employer or colleague

  • Highlighting the vitality of hiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for identified roles

4:35

Table discussion: What takeaways have you learnt and how will you apply your learnings to your work, life and community?

Advisory Board Facilitators:

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Narelle Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Nara Nation

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Rachelle Towart OAM, Managing Director, Pipeline Talent

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Cameron Costello, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Committee Member, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

5:00

Wrap up and End of Forum

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