Ian is a Yorta Yorta man who has been actively involved in the Victorian Indigenous community in a personal and professional capacity for many years. Ian holds several non-executive roles including Red Cross Australia, First Nations Foundation, the Koori Heritage Trust, and is also former President of the Western Region Football League.
This episode discusses the major changes in attitudes towards Aboriginal affairs that Ian has seen over the past decade, why Victoria is leading the nation when it comes to Indigenous advancement, and how boards and executives can ingrain Aboriginal engagement into their strategy.
Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as an Australian-first investigation into best practice reconciliation and Indigenous engagement for corporate Australia and beyond.
Guests include Indigenous and non-Indigenous thought-leaders – Hon. Ken Wyatt AM (Minister for Indigenous Affairs), Karen Mundine (Reconciliation Australia CEO), Dr Simon Longstaff AO (Executive Director of The Ethics Centre), David Atkins (former Cbus CEO), Andrew Olsen (GHD), Ian Hamm (chair of First Nations Foundation), and Dr. Tracy Westerman AM (clinical psychologist).
Themes include building meaningful relationships with First Nations communities, understanding cultural obligations and connection to country, essential next steps for all Australians towards reconciliation, step-by-step breakdowns for building Reconciliation Action Plans, how senior executive leaders should engage with Indigenous issues and challenges, the role of Indigenous entrepreneurship, and the importance of representation.
Host, First Nations Foundation CEO Phil Usher, is a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people. He has taken the Indigenous-led financial wellbeing organisation to new heights, recently launching new digital financial products for Indigenous Australians: IndigenousSuper.com.au, TomorrowMoney.co and My Money Dream. First Nations Foundation was awarded Indigenous Business of the Year at the 2020 MyBusiness Awards.
For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast
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