My NAIDOC Week Reflections - Because of her we can

17th October 2018 , Rebecca Sullivan and Rebecca Sullivan

Naidoc Conference Cohort Suppoted By Iba 2
National NAIDOC conference attendees hosted by IBA Rebecca Sullivan, Kirsten Atkinson, Lisa Jackson and Grace Toomey

Judith Ahmat, Watnanda Consulting

Because of her we can, was this year’s NAIDOC theme and I was given the opportunity by IBA to attend the Women’s conference and the IBA breakfast.

The combination of the theme and hearing the stories of some amazing women who shared their stories and meeting other women in business gave me a real feeling of pride. Most speakers spoke of the well-known trail blazer and recognising the women who have made a difference to them over the years. There were over 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women come together in one room gave a strong sense our future is in good hands and the future of my grandchildren and their children is looking solid.

I found it a new experience having a display at the conference, it’s a first for me as a new small business owner, being able to promote what I do in person. I met some wonderful women who also have small businesses and other women interested in my business; we were from all diverse backgrounds, from different Countries, in diverse businesses but passionate about what we do, it was amazing.

I had the privilege to attend the IBA Breakfast. We heard from Business women who spoke of their experience in business and how IBA have supported them throughout their journey. There is so many ways in which IBA can assist you when you are thinking of starting a business or while you are in business.

I really appreciate the opportunity IBA gave me and thank their team for their ongoing support and assistance they have provided me.

Rebecca Sullivan from from Lead With Heart

I attended the IBA’s NAIDOC Breakfast in Sydney earlier this year and it was a great experience not only for myself but for my mentoring service for young people, Lead With Heart. The atmosphere of the event was amazing, being in a room full of inspirational people doing great things for themselves, their businesses and their community.

Attending this event gave me the opportunity to connect with other Indigenous leaders where I could ask questions and hear from their experience. The highlight of the morning for me was the panel of four Indigenous women talking about their experience in their businesses. From their discussions, it highlighted to me the importance of having a mentor, someone who will support you, give you a space to bounce ideas off and keep you accountable. The message of sticking to your vision and recruiting the support you need to make it happen resonated with me.

IBA also discussed the many ways that they were supporting Indigenous people to getting a home to upskilling individuals for business. The IBA NAIDOC Breakfast showed me that IBA is there to support you and empower you to build the skills and give you the opportunity to connect with other individuals to help you be inspired, motivated and skilled. I am grateful that I was able to attend this event and would recommend it.