THE experiences of indigenous female leaders will form the basis of the second in the Leadership Conversations series hosted by Kiama’s Diann Rodgers–Healey.
Dr Rodgers–Healey held the first of three Conversations featuring Illawarra politicians last month.
The second of three such panel style events exploring personal leadership stories and leadership within various sectors will be held on August 29 at the same venue - the City Beach Function Centre, Wollongong.
Dr Rodgers-Healey is the executive director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW).
The panelists for this event are Veronica Bird (executive member NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network), Janelle Brown (Aboriginal Community Engagement), Sylvia Campbell (drug and alcohol worker Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Network) and Jodi Edwards (Aboriginal Cultural & Language Consultant).
Ms Bird, 54, said she believed the Conversation concept was a great opportunity for she and her fellow panelists to share their own personal leadership journeys.
She said given that the panelists were different ages, their experiences would differ.
Ms Bird said the event was also a chance to share with the wider community the difference in experience between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people - especially women.
‘‘As someone who has had a troubled childhood, I am proud of what I have been able to achieve and contribute to the local Aboriginal community both during my employment and my representative role within the Aboriginal land Council network.
‘‘I can’t speak for the other panelists (but the Aboriginal leadership experience is very different to that of non–Aboriginals). Our milestones are very different to non-Aboriginal panelists. Normally milestones are going to school, attending high school, graduating from university, getting your licence, turning 21. My life has been measured by government policy.
‘‘That’s why I am so passionate that my children, grandchildren and the whole community enjoy the milestones that the rest of the community enjoy - milestones that are the norm or considered the norm.’’
The Conversation starts at 7pm sharp, doors open from 6.30pm. Tickets are $22 or $16 concession. To book, call the function centre on 4228 3188 or email www.citybeachfunctions.com.au