Announcing the inaugural indigenous women's leadership Symposium

Women & Leadership Australia is proud to launch the inaugural Indigenous Women's Leadership Symposium on Friday, 29th of November at the  Sydney.

The Symposium has been developed in partnership with Women’s Business, an Indigenous business that works to amplify Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women in leadership. This event offers a safe space for Indigenous women to come together, share their wisdom, network with their peers and develop their leadership skills.

The line-up includes:

  • June Oscar AO (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner)
  • Nova Peris OAM (Former Federal Senator and Olympian)
  • Christine Ross (Acting CEO, NATSIWA)
  • Teela May Reid (Lawyer, Educator and Activist)
  • Dr Michelle Evans (Director, Murra Business School, University of Melbourne)
  • Belinda Duarte (CEO, Culture is Life)
  • Lynda June Coe (PhD candidate, University of Newcastle, Activist, Educator)
  • Maree Ansey (Indigenous Affairs Lead, Laing O’Rourke)
  • Barbie Lee Kirby (Manager Corporate Governance, Qantas) and
  • Licia Heath (Women for Election Australia (WFEA) 


Kat Henaway, Founder of Women’s Business, will be co-facilitating the day with Suzi Finkelstein, Director of Leadership and Advocacy at Women & Leadership Australia (WLA). She said of the event “This event brings together Indigenous women leaders who are pioneering ground-breaking initiatives across communities. We’ll hear what they’re designing and delivering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and we’ll also be inspired by hearing their own personal and career journeys. “

Suzi Finkelstein, Director of Leadership and Advocacy at Women & Leadership Australia, said of the event; “Here at WLA we are dedicated to advancing equality for women in all industries and sectors in Australia. We need to make sure we are actively creating opportunities for Indigenous women; not only to celebrate and amplify the amazing work they are doing, but to develop their leadership skills and step into leadership roles in the workplace. We hope this Symposium will do that.” 

The Inaugural Indigenous Women’s Leadership Symposium aims to celebrate and amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.  This event also aims to equip Indigenous women with the skills, confidence and connections to build their capabilities and plan for future success. ​​​​You can see the agenda here. 

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