Cara Peek is a Yawuru/Bunuba woman, lawyer, social innovator and entrepreneur who is committed to fostering access and opportunity for Indigenous communities.
She is Chairperson of Nyamba Buru Yawuru, which is one of the leading Aboriginal organisations in post native title determination delivery; she’s worked in regional communities in Australia, Canada and the USA; and she is the Executive Chairperson & Founder of Saltwater Country – a non-profit focused on providing diverse and inclusive training, employment and recreational opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region, which has one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the world.
In 2019, Cara was awarded the Churchill Fellowship to improve the social, emotional and economic wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people, and earlier this year, Cara won the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for Western Australia.
In this episode, Cara takes us behind the scenes of her entrepreneurial journey; the flow on effects of intergenerational trauma; the difference between communication and engagement and her tips for how we can foster greater engagement between our small businesses and our local communities; representing our audience segments, including people of colour, in our brand; ethics, fragility and accountability as business owners; what culturally intelligent communication is and how we can cultivate it.
I learnt a lot from this conversation and I’m sure you will too. Be sure to screenshot while you’re listening and tag me on Instagram @emilyosmond. I’d love to see.
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I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as the traditional and ongoing custodians of the Kulin Nation: the place in which I live, work and play, and pay my deepest respects to their Elders past and present.
Emily Osmond is an international business coach and speaker, based in Melbourne, Australia.