Indigenous Leadership Summit starts in two weeks

by Sophie Berrill
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Indigenous Leadership Summit

The Indigenous Leadership Summit is returning to Sydney this November, uniting CEOs, Indigenous Affairs experts and influential First Nations leaders in the community to discuss concrete pathways to change.

Running from 14 to 17 November at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney, the Indigenous Leadership Summit promises to facilitate brave and uncomfortable conversations about the landscape of Indigenous careers, progression and integration.

Who’s speaking?

Musician and performer Casey Donovan, actor Aaron Pederson and Professor Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu, will join eminent C-level leaders from corporate, academic, nonprofit and government sectors.

According to organisers The Leadership Institute, these speakers bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and a commitment to fostering Indigenous leadership:

  • Alison Leighton and Jason Eades lead the charge at the City of Melbourne as CEO and director of Aboriginal Melbourne respectively, to ensure an inclusive, vibrant and culturally rich cityscape.
  • Kate Russell, CEO of Supply Nation, works tirelessly to integrate Indigenous businesses into the nation’s supply chain.
  • Danny Gilbert, chairman of Gilbert + Tobin, champions a more equitable corporate Australia.
  • Philippa Crome, executive manager of corporate services at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, merges safety with operational excellence.
  • Denni Francisco, the creative genius behind Ngali Australia, weaves Indigenous stories into global fashion narratives.

The agenda

The Indigenous Leadership Summit agenda focuses on not just recounting successes but dissecting challenges, sharing insights and fostering collaborations. 

It looks at leadership through a multifaceted lens, from art and academia to corporate and civic duties, as well as how the focus on Indigenous diversity, inclusion, recruitment and retention can pave the way for corporate success.

The summit also aims to bridge cultural understandings, delving deep into Indigenous worldviews to foster greater cultural understanding and appreciation.

Finally, the agenda explores strategies for inclusion. From boardrooms to town halls, the summit promises to provide actionable insights into creating more inclusive spaces and regions of psychological safety within organisations. It wants attendees to learn the weight of carrying the corporate cultural load and how colleagues can lessen the burden on First Nations coworkers.

Visit the Leadership Institute website for speaker schedules and registrations.

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