Indigenous Leadership Summit 2022

Indigenous Leadership Summit 2022


Indigenous Leadership Summit 2022

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Time to take concrete action for First Nations empowerment

Why this event.

If you cannot be what you cannot see, then First Nations people might never crack the C-Suite. There are zero Indigenous people our top 300 companies.

Yet it widely accepted that Indigenous knowledge and culture can transform and enrich Australian organisations and make them stand out in the global economy.

The Indigenous Leadership Summit aims to change the leadership dynamic of Australian organisations for First Nations People.

This event is a forum where Australia’s top leaders can have brave, not safe, conversations and openly discuss tangible action to change the landscape of Indigenous careers, progression and integration. As we transform employment outcomes and socio-economic statuses of Indigenous people, we impact education, health and social outcomes across the board.

About this event

The Indigenous Leadership Summit is a comprehensive and inclusive, educationally focused program over two summit days and two workshop days.

It will place particular focus on how organisations can empower indigenous leadership throughout their workplace, what Indigenous leaders have learned on their leadership journey and what advice they have for emerging leaders. It will also highlight what needs to be done to overcome institutional barriers to Indigenous leadership and inclusion throughout workplaces around Australia.

The event features keynotes, case studies and panel discussions by Australia’s Indigenous leaders, VIPs and CEOs from a range of public and private sector organisations.

Our 2022 Key Speakers

Stan Grant
Journalist, Author, Advocate and Writer
Wiradjuri, NSW
Gabby Costigan
Chief Executive Officer
BAE Systems
James Phillis
Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand
Deborah Richardson
Deputy Minister of Treasury Board Secretariat
Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
Scott Carpendale
Vice President


Pre-Conference Workshop - March 22, 2022

Summit Day 1 - March 23, 2022

Summit Day 2 - March 24, 2022

Post-Conference Workshop - March 25, 2022

Key Benefits of attending

  • Take away advice of seasoned Indigenous leaders hear their stories of success
  • Bridge the opportunities/ outcomes gap within First Nations communities
  • Implement strategies to grow your Indigenous workforce and supply chain
  • Understand your large employer responsibilities to elevate, promote and support Indigenous staff
  • Connect to country and your authentic self to become a self-aware leader
  • Create more tangible pathways to Indigenous Leadership through inclusion, promotion and support
  • Put First Nations issues into wider context with international perspectives
  • Align stakeholders and grow partnerships to maximise your reconciliation effort
  • Become a role model for wider First nations communities
  • Achieve success as an Indigenous Leader – both commercially and culturally
  • Take away best practice in Reconciliation Action Plans from Australia’s leading Indigenous employers
  • Embed organisational respect for First Nations staff to apply real change

Who should attend?

  • Current and Future Indigenous Leaders
  • Senior Management to CEO
  • HR, Diversity and Indigenous Development
  • Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Education
  • Up & coming indigenous staff and leaders
  • Local, State and Federal Government
  • Community Engagement Roles

Our Incredible Speaker Lineup

Adam Bray
National Indigenous Affairs Manager
Adam Lees
Chief Indigenous Affairs Advisor
Rio Tinto
Antoinette Braybrook
Dion Devow
CEO & ACT Australian of the Year
Darkies Design
Fiona Crosbie
Allens Linklaters
John Chambers
Executive General Manager – Future Business & Technology, AGL B.Ec, GAICD
Peter Strokes
President Global Logistics
Shawn Andrews
Mununjali and Palawa Director
SupplyAus (a wholly Indigenous owned business)
Shelley Roberts
Managing Director
Compass Group
Philip Chronican
Steffen Faurby
Managing Director
Susan Martin
Managing Director
Johnson & Johnson Medical
Dr. Tjanara Goreng Goreng
PhD, MSA. PDM. Grad.Cert. Soc.Sc.
Nicole Forrester
Head of Office of Purpose
Fujitsu Australia Limited
Graeme Beardsell
Chief Executive Officer
Fujitsu Australia Limited
Anu Christine
Multi award winning Indigenous singer, songwriter, and actor
Australian National Treasure

Event Partners


  • NAB

“Very inspiring! Practical advice. Clear and articulate. Loved the insight as well as the simplicity.”

  • ATO

“Fantastic. An amazing array of presenters.”

  • Intrepid Group

“Diverse range of speakers. Well delivered. Useful key takeaways.”

  • Jemena Gas

“Very extensive, broad spectrum of speakers with a wide range of knowledge.”