Tiddas In Business

Powering the Indigenous Economy 💛 Indigenous Business Month @ UNSW 2021 🖤

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Bec Harcourt will host a Welcome Plenary with Carol Vale and members of Carol's family across the generations. We will explore how the role of business, education and community intersects, its value, and the opportunities this can bring Indigenous people, families and communities and non-Indigenous people.

We will learn about the rich array of businesses, products and services on offer from Carol and her family's various businesses and the importance of building intergenerational prosperity. We will hear about the challenges and opportunities of being in business, from first starting out to the incredible growth and expansion on the way, and the impact their Businesses are having across the sector and most importantly on the ground. Together with tips and insights on the value and importance of vibrant Business networks, including Tiddas in Business, Black Coffee and SheEO.

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As part of our online marketplace, we will be livestreaming directly to a number of Tiddas in Business on their Country to learn more about their stories, products and services. There will be an opportunity to purchase their products and services, as well as go into a draw to win one of 10 special Tiddas in Business giveaway packs which will be drawn at the end of our closing plenary.

12:00pm | Jordan Ardler, Manager at La Perouse Youth Haven, Freelance Graphic Designer

"Artist, designer, teacher, mentor."

Jordan Ardler and artwork

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12:15pm | Cherie Thompson, Native Secrets

“Everyone has a story about a medicinal plant or a bush food that they used as a child. And now we have the technology to extract it”.

Cherie Thompson Native Secrets

Website | SBS Article | Featured on ABC's Movin' To The Country

12:30pm | Jo Wolles, Goanna Hut

“As a Wiradjuri woman, I am from one of the largest First Nations in NSW. I'm proud to have worked in hospitality for over 25 years. My tea blends and large range of Koori infusion foods and cuisine offer something for everyone!

Goanna Hut

Website | Facebook | Yarpa video from Indigenous Business Month @ UNSW in 2019

12:45pm | Eve Langford, Amber’s Food Wraps

“When out shopping next, think consciously. Think Amber's Food Wraps.”

Amber's Food Wraps

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As part of our online marketplace, we will be livestreaming directly to a number of Tiddas in Business on their Country to learn more about their stories, products and services. There will be an opportunity to purchase their products and services, as well as go into a draw to win one of 10 special Tiddas in Business giveaway packs which will be drawn at the end of our closing plenary.

1:00pm | Jenny Khan, The Unexpected Guest

"Always make a place at your table for the unexpected guest".

The Unexpected Guest

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1:15pm | Felicity Chapman, Deadly Weavers

“I am passionate about weaving together people and resources to build and maintain vibrant, strong, inclusive and sustainable communities.”

Deadly Weavers

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1:30pm | Trish Frail, Thulii Ngemba Coffee Café

“Food with a Native Twist, True Bushtucka.”

Thulii Ngemba and Trish Frail

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1:45pm | Bronwyn Cochrane, TIPIAC

“As an educator I am passionate about helping other educators feel more confident in bringing First Nations history and culture into their daily teaching practice. First Nations children and youth deserve to feel like their culture and history matters and that it’s valued and appreciated in our society and educational settings. Once our children feel like they’re valued real change begins to happen, not just for the child but for the community. Developing a deeper understanding of First Nations people’s history, culture and knowledge is key to helping our First Nations children and youth to become strong, proud young leaders and future change makers. When we walk together the journey of change begins.”

TIPIAC

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In our closing plenary, Carol Vale will explore and discuss with three other luminary Tiddas in Business - Sarah Hyland, Yanti Ropeyarn and Leesa Watego - the question of where are we heading? What does the future look like in a world currently in a pandemic, where the effects and dangers of climate change are an ever-present threat to our lives, homes, communities; where Indigenous regional and remote Communities around the world are disproportionately affected; the impacts of racism and homophobia continue to rise, yet paradoxically the collective voices are changing up and challenging many of predominantly 'Western' norms of business. Drawing on a millennia of deep intersectional knowledge(s), cultural practices and ways of doing business, what can we all do to envision and create a future where we all can thrive and belong?

From left to right: Carol Vale, Sarah Hyland, Yanti Ropeyarn, Leesa Watego
From left to right: Carol Vale, Sarah Hyland, Yanti Ropeyarn, Leesa Watego

Sarah Hyland CA

Sarah is an Anaiwan woman from Uralla in North West NSW and Founder of Together Business. Through decolonising and humanising accounting and business advice, Together Business enables First Nations self-determination and wealth creation through enterprise. They know that First Nations people hold the answers to the problems that our community face, which is why they work with the heroes, the rebels, and the innovators to make that a possibility. The Together Business model of operating is disruptive to both the capitalist system on which the accounting profession is built upon, as well as the endless charitable initiatives to ‘help’ Indigenous businesses. By operating with an enabling and ‘walking with’ approach, we provide a safe-haven for determined entrepreneurs who want to get sh*t done and influence meaningful & scalable social impact.

Sarah is a UNSW Business School alumni, the first UNSW Indigenous student to graduate from UNSW Co-op program. Sarah is regularly engaged by UNSW Business School as an advisor, speaker and mentor for both UNSW Indigenous and non-Indigenous students across a range of programs and initiatives and also UNSW Business school staff. Sarah is also currently engaged as an advisor to the UNSW Tax Clinic.

Yanti Ropeyarn  

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” (Zig Ziglar)

Yanti is a proud descendant of the Angkamuthi and Yadhaykana Clans of Northern Cape York Peninsula, the Meriam People of Dauar Island, and the Woppaburra People of North Keppel Island. She grew up in Injinoo, one of five remote communities in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA), Cape York. She is also an out and proud gay gender-neutral person. Yanti's pronouns are She/Her.

Yanti currently divides her time between two roles she is passionate about:  Relationship Manager for She Maps (a drone & geospatial education company based in Gimuy, Cairns) and Indigenous Library Liaison Officer at James Cook University's Bebegu Yumba Campus in Townsville. Yanti is an advocate for Black Rainbow, Trading Black organisations and #TorresStrait8.

Yanti graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, and with a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration Global from James Cook University. At present Yanti is undertaking an MBA specialising in technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at UNSW Business School. Her belief is that technology has and will continue to play a pivotal role in the lives of First Nations people in Australia.

Yanti is regularly engaged by UNSW Business School as an advisor, speaker and mentor for both UNSW Indigenous and non- Indigenous students across a range of programs and initiatives and also UNSW Business school staff.

Leesa Watego  

“Never saying no” and “that looks interesting” are probably the two things that have guided the almost 30 years of Leesa Watego’s business journey. From co-founding a small partnership Nyumba Goori Studies Consultancy in 1994 back on country with Yugambeh sista Lisa Buxton teaching Goori studies across the Tweed and Northern Rivers, to creating a niche educational publisher Blacklines Publications in the late 1990s, and now running a creative, training and technology project agency Iscariot Media, Leesa’s journey has been driven by curiosity and adventure.  

In addition to business, Leesa is committed to serving her community. Over the past three decades Leesa has sat on a number of boards of local Aboriginal organisations, including Kooemba Jdarra Performing Arts Inc, NWAICA: North West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Association, Meeanjin Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association.  She is has served as a volunteer board member of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, served two terms (4 years) as a non-Executive Director of Viscopy, the Visual Artists Copyright Agency, and sits on the Queensland Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group. 

Leesa is a co-founder of Black Coffee Indigenous Business Networking and Indigenous Business Month. Leesa is the Associate Professor of Practice QUT.