As many of you will know, it’s currently NAIDOC Week and there’s a whole lot of exciting things going on right around the country at the moment. The awesome theme this year is ‘Because of Her, We Can’.
At In Travel Group, we couldn’t be happier to be celebrating the achievements and contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make every single day. We would like to offer a huge thank you and to pay much respect to all the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and daughters who are so often the foundation of our communities, our families and our nation at large.
At In Travel Group, we also couldn’t be prouder to be managing the travel arrangements for all the deadly women speakers at the NAIDOC Womens Conference 2018. These women – the leaders, the activists, the ones who pave the way – fight for a better future for all of us. To play a small part in ensuring that these women can travel from all over the country and come together to create ideas, networks, businesses and friendships is inspiring to all our team.
One of the conference speakers is the highly accomplished superstar, Karen Milward. We sat down with Karen to have a quick chat about the ‘Because of Her, We Can’ conference and her involvement.
Karen is a Yorta Yorta woman based in Melbourne. An award-winning consultant and business woman, she is director of Karen Milward Consulting Services – an Aboriginal business consultancy offering cross-cultural services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, communities, groups and individuals. She is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to addressing the issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities. She is Co-Chair, Indigenous Community Volunteers and the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board, Chair of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd, Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, and a Director on the Yarra Valley Water and Ganbina boards.
“I’m speaking at the conference about Aboriginal women leaders who’ve influenced myself and the work I do in community – what works, what doesn’t work, where we want to go in the future as an aboriginal community, as women in the community,” says Karen.
“With key messages around young people in particular who might want to start their own business, become an entrepreneur, or just do good things.”
Karen is excited by the event bringing people together to recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women nationally.
“It’s the first time we’ve brought Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women together in one place during NAIDOC Week. It’s such a good opportunity to network and be with some awesome deadly women.”
On the topic of how young women can follow in her footsteps, Karen says the first thing is about believing in yourself.
“Aboriginal women can do whatever they want, it’s often about having the will and the tenacity. But you’ve also got to have the support. Sometimes you can’t just do all these things on your own. Getting your networks together is really important, paying respect to your elders and leaders in community. If young aboriginal women feel like they can’t do something, they can find somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody and help them achieve their goals. I think anything is possible.”
From the In Travel Group team, we wish Karen and all the conference speakers a wonderful journey and experience together.
As an Indigenous owned boutique business travel management company, this is about as good as it gets for us. It has been a pleasure working together to make sure all travel has gone smoothly.
We hope this NAIDOC Week is a good one for all.
Thanks, from the team at In Travel Group.