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Strong Women Strong Business Conference 2018

From 1 - 3 May 2018, IBA brought together 200 deadly Indigenous business women to tell their real and raw stories of their business journey, and share the lessons learnt along the way. The conference speeches and presentations have been compiled here, as the power of these stories live well beyond the conference.

Aunty Lynette 2
Aunty Lynette

Welcome to Country

We acknowledge we are meeting on the Kaurna Yerta homeland of the Kaurna Meyunna, the Kaurna Native Title holders, being Kaurna Traditional Owners in an ongoing occupation and enjoyment of all Kowiandilla Yerta under the Aboriginal Title of these lands by right of the South Australian 1836 Letters Patent.

We respect their continuing spiritual relationship with these their ancestral lands and all their Cultural and Heritage beliefs, which remain as important today to the living Kaurna Nation of the Kaurna Warrabanna Meyunna, as they always have been.

Kaurna Meyunna spirituality recognizes the living connection between people, culture and stars, the animals and plants. The very land is still alive with the connections of Kaurna Dreaming ancestors here in Pattawilya Yerta, Pattawilyangga and putpo (north) in Kowiandilla Yerta from the gateway to the patpa (south) of the Meyu, Tjilbruke, to marrata (east) to Ngangki (women) Namatyi Yerta (Kaurna women’s heritage) of Tarntanyangga (central Adelaide city).

Nartadlu Kaurna warra, miyurna, yarta tampadlu. Warra Kaurnapira tirrkadlu! (Let’s recognise Kaurna language, people and land. Let’s learn the Kaurna language!)

Kerrynne Liddle
Kerrynne Liddle

Conference Opening

Kerrynne Liddle, IBA Board Member Kerrynne is a proud Arrernte woman, who was born in Alice Springs and currently lives in Adelaide. She has previously worked in the private sector as a journalist, in public affairs, and in stakeholder and community engagement mostly in the resources industry. Kerrynne has also run a successful small business for more than a decade.

Shirley Mcperson
Shirley McPherson

Conference Close

Shirley McPerson, IBA Board Member Shirley is a proud Yamatji and Nyoongar woman from the Perth and Murchison regions of Western Australia. She has experience in program delivery and business development at the regional, national and international levels of government.