Strong Spirit

The Ventures Strong Spirit program is a two-day confidence building workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to build their entrepreneurial and leadership skills and connect with strong leaders across sectors.

The program will include opportunities to network with those in the community, hear from a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and female founders, attend panels on topics such as Agency, Responsibility, and Aunty Theory, Running First Nations Businesses, Communicating with Confidence, and Creating Community. Women from the wider community are welcome.

Funding provided by the Queensland Government, Investing in Queensland Women Grant

Keynote speakers

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks has over 30 years of experience working in and with the tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations.

Prior to joining UQ, Bronwyn was Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at Central Queensland University (CQU). She was also the Chairperson of CQU Academic Board and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement.

She led CQU’s Reconciliation Action Plan process and the Office of Indigenous Engagement Change Proposal – initiatives which focused on realigning functions and activities to maximise resources provided for Indigenous education and support.
Carol Vale is a Dunghutti/Gumbaingirr woman from NSW. She is a professional facilitator, social researcher, and policy analyst with expertise in Indigenous issues, public policy and stakeholder engagement across a range of sectors.

Carol is the CEO and Cofounder of Murawin, a national, Indigenous-led consultancy, who are dedicated to creating impact, being culturally respectful, and advocating for the voice of Indigenous Australians and other marginalised groups. Carol and her team use their expertise across Social Outcomes and Engagement, Research and Evaluation, Indigenous Place Strategy, and Sustainability and Innovation, to earn interest and trust amongst their clients and the community. Carol has been a senior manager, with over 35 years’ experience in Indigenous issues in government and the not for profit sector, and was also a Finalist in Supply Nation’s 2022 Indigenous Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Day One

Monday 22 August 2022

TimeProgram content
8.30amGuest Arrival
9amAcknowledgment of Country
9.05amOpening Remarks by Professor Bronwyn Fredericks
9.15amKeynote by Carol Vale on Developing confidence and identity in First Nations women
10amAgency, Responsibility, and Aunty Theory moderated by Professor Tracey Bunda
12pmLunch and Networking
1pmRunning First Nations Businesses: balancing cultural obligations and commercial aspirations moderated by Leesa Watego
2pmFirst Nations Female Founders Panel moderated by Carol Vale
3pmEvent Close

Day Two

Tuesday 23 August 2022

TimeProgram content
8.30amGuest Arrival
9.15amCommunicating with Confidence Workshop
11.15amFirst Nations Leaders Panel moderated by Carol Vale
12.30pmLunch and Networking
1.30pmCreating Community Workshop
2.30pmFinal Wrap-up by Carol Vale
3pmEvent Close

For any enquires or more information about Strong Spirit,
please contact the Ventures team.