Webinar – World Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Recognition through Engagement

Zoom Webinar

The University of Sydney Business School is delighted to be hosting this informative webinar in collaboration with UN Women Australia and the Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation as we celebrate and recognise the importance of Indigenous People globally and specifically in Australia.

Join us as Janelle Weissman, Executive Director, UN Women Australia highlights the global issues facing Indigenous people and then drills down into the Australian context in conversation with Professor Leanne Cutcher as Leanne shares her recent research findings. Jared Harrison will then highlight the Business School’s award winning Remote And Rural Enterprise program (RARE) and the work students have carried out with the Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation. We will then hear firsthand from Enid Nangala Gallagher, Executive Director, Waltja of the work being carried out in Central Australia and the Northern Territories to support Aboriginal women’s leadership, now and into the future, and to ensure that the future generations can hold strong and speak up for family, country, language and culture.


Janelle Weissman

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked in program management, partnerships and grant making roles to strengthen social justice organisations in the USA, Australia and around the world. As Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Janelle leads a team charged with amplifying UN Women’s global agenda through fundraising and advocacy to advance women in leadership, promote economic empowerment, end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and ensure women’s voices are central to humanitarian response.

Professor Leanne Cutcher

Associate Dean (Indigenous Services and Strategy)

Leanne is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Head of Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean (Indigenous Services and Strategy) at the University of Sydney Business School. Her research explores policy and strategy discourses and how they impact equality and inclusion. Leanne’s research has explored the ‘baby bonus’ and Indigenous mothers, stolen wages, and Indigenous procurement policy. She has also written about strategic tensions in organisations seeking to work with and for Indigenous communities. Her research engagement led Leanne on her own journey of discovery and she is a member of the Awabakal Descendants Association.

Jared Harrison

Associate Lecturer, Social Enterprise, and Program Manager, Remote and Rural Enterprise (RARE)

Jared is passionate about Indigenous entrepreneurship and the role of social enterprise in community development in remote Australia. Jared lectures in the social entrepreneurship units for the Master of Commerce, the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Advanced Studies and is a member of the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) at the Business School. Jared is also involved in various University initiatives related to the wider entrepreneurship and innovation space, work integrated learning activities and Indigenous engagement strategies.

Enid Nangala Gallagher

Executive Director, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation.

Enid is a Warlpiri woman from Yuendumu community, north-west of Alice Springs. In addition to being the Executive Director of Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation, Enid is also a Board Member for Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation, and a Committee Member for the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area through the Central Land Council. Enid, with three other cultural elders representing Yuendumu, Nyirrpi, Lajamanu and Willowra, plan the Tanami Girls Dance Camps held twice every year.

Kate Lawrence

Acting CEO, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Kate worked at Waltja in program coordination and management roles from 2002 to 2016 and has recently returned as Acting CEO. Through this work Kate developed strong relationships with Aboriginal elders, women leaders and their families across remote central Australia, and a deep commitment to supporting indigenous leadership. Kate has a long history in community services, research and training, in South Australia and, for the last 20 years, in central Australia. In recent years Kate has managed a central Australian Arrernte organisation and worked as a consultant to indigenous businesses and the NT government in strategic planning and business development.