NAIDOC Week sees launch of First Nations Leadership Luncheon

Posted: 13 July 2023

An opportunity to celebrate and learn from First Nations leaders across the corporate, community, academia and government sectors is coming up in Canberra on 6 July 2023, with Pipeline Talent hosting its inaugural First Nations Leadership Luncheon. 

Coinciding with NAIDOC Week celebrations, the sold-out event will see household names such as Mundanara Bayles, Katrina Fanning AO PSM, Ambassador Justin Mohamed and Kirstie Parker, share their insights as Indigenous leaders to 250 attendees.

Rachelle Towart OAM, Managing Director of Pipeline Talent, said they were thrilled by the interest in the event.

“As a 100% Indigenous owned recruitment company specialising in Indigenous executive appointments, we wanted to create an event that supported Indigenous leaders to connect and learn from one another,” said Ms Towart.

“There’s so much talent in the Indigenous community, with Indigenous leaders working across a range of sectors. We’re excited to highlight First Nations leadership and to provide this opportunity for connection and education, particularly during NAIDOC Week, a time of celebration and recognition of the First Nations community.”

The event will be emceed by Mundanara Bayles, Co-founder and Managing Director of BlackCard Pty Ltd, whose cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side and the Birri- Gubba and Gungalu on her father’s side.

Alongside speaker presentations, the luncheon will feature performances by talented Ngunnawal local Alinta Barlow and proud Wiradjuri woman De Greer-Yindimincarlie, and a Women's Mini Market.

“We have something for everyone at the luncheon to reflect the diversity and depth of our Indigenous community. We look forward to seeing it come to fruition and hope this event becomes a recurring annual celebration of Indigenous leadership,” said Ms Towart.

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