To honour and celebrate the achievements of over one hundred UNSW Indigenous Business graduates UNSW Business School hosted a celebration and reunion on the 12th October as part of Indigenous Business Month in recognition of UNSW Business School and AGSM Indigenous graduates ‘success and significant contributions.
Opened by local Elder Uncle Lloyd Walker and the Gamay Dancers, the evening was emceed by Kuku-Yalanji & Goorimpul man & graduate Mitchell Heritage leading the way CommBank Business and Institutional & Wonnarua woman Kirralee Smith who is currently undertaking a dual degree in Commerce and Aviation Management and working Qantas.
Not a dry eye in the house listening to heartfelt keynote address by Yuin man, graduate George Brown who is passionate about his Community and Country, and draws on his Culture, and skills gained through his studies to assist in advancing his Community in areas of governance, land management and community services whilst protecting the unique arrangements within his Community.
Special addresses by UNSW Vice Chancellor, Professor Attila Brungs and the Dean of UNSW Business School Professor Chris Styles highlighted the immense pride in the achievements of more than one hundred UNSW Indigenous business graduates who continue to thrive, give back and create impact across a multitude of fields including Banking, Consultancy, Construction, Cyber security, Accountancy, Entrepreneurship, Advisory, Financial Management, Media, Law, Defence, Technology, Supplier Diversity, Public Sector, Education, Sport, Research and Community development.
Equally the five hundred and fifty AGSM @ UNSW Business School Indigenous Executive Education leaders who have undertaken one or more of the seven AGSM Indigenous executive education professional programs delivered in partnership with state & federal public sector and industry partners.
To commemorate the significant milestone of all the UNSW Indigenous business graduates the faculty commissioned local Bidjigal filmmaker and producer Brad Cooke from Campfire X to showcase insights and reflections from a number of UNSW Indigenous graduates, highlighting the importance of cultivating the next generation of future, senior Indigenous business leaders.
However, perhaps the most notable trend is the significant ways in which every UNSW Indigenous business student and graduate has sought to provide and collectively give back to others, investing their time energy expertise and funds across their fields to continue to build on the collective strength of those who have come before and bring new opportunities and platforms for future generations.