Championing Indigenous Women Leaders

09 Aug 2019


At this Building Workplace Capability for Indigenous Australia Network event, we discussed how workplaces can champion aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders.

Following an introduction by NAB Group CEO and Chairman-elect, Philip Chronican, our first speaker was academic and consultant Dr Tess Ryan.  A proud Biripi woman, Dr Ryan outlined her thoughts on furthering Indigenous women leaders and what she’s learnt from her PhD at the University of Canberra on the topic.

Following an early career in government and community services, Dr Ryan entered academia and was awarded the University of Canberra Medal in 2013. She has most recently held a Post-Doctoral position with The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Melbourne, which involved the facilitation of a leadership program with Kings College, London, research collection and data dissemination relating to Indigenous health. Her multi-disciplinary work involves Indigenous women, media representation, Indigenous research, leadership and diversity. 

DCA’s CEO, Lisa Annese then convened a panel discussion with Dr Ryan and our guest speakers, who shared their views on encouraging Indigenous women leaders including:

  • Taryn Marks, Wotjobaluk woman and Senior Adviser Indigenous Policy and Strategy, SBS Melbourne
  • Jason Mifsud, of the Gunditjmara nation and a Director of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre 
  • Robyn Beutel, Kuku Yalanji woman and Director, Diversity Strategies at the Australian Public Service Commission, who is leading the development of the future Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy and will discuss the APSC’s Indigenous Mentoring Program helping to develop Indigenous APS and Commonwealth employees

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