Black Business with Dixie Crawford

Black Business with Dixie Crawford

Hosted by Barkindji woman and Founder of Nganya, Dixie Crawford, 'Black Business’ is a podcast that shares conversations with change-makers in our communities who are working in collaboration and impact to deliver transformational change with First Nations peoples and communities.

In this podcast, Dixie speaks to bold thinkers and leaders across Australia who, like her, are determined to elevate thinking and action beyond generic and transactional engagement to robust, targeted and outcome-focused partnerships.

You'll hear from First Nations and non-Aboriginal guests about the need for respectful relationships to drive long-lasting impact and equity for First Nations people and communities. Importantly, you'll hear about the importance of action beyond the words, and delivering meaningful and impactful outcomes for First Nations peoples.

This podcast has been created as an education and awareness tool. Dixie and her guests will support and challenge listeners to learn more, do better, and make valuable and sustainable change.

If your looking for information or advice with regard to engagement with First Nations peoples and communities feel free to join the Nganya mailing list:
www.nganya.com.au/yarn/

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Episodes

Agreement making with First Nations communities—meet Sam Alderton-Johnson
Sep 15 2022
Agreement making with First Nations communities—meet Sam Alderton-Johnson
In Episode 7 of Black Business with Dixie Crawford we meet Sam Alderton-Johnson. Sam grew up on Gadigal Country (Glebe) and now calls Bidjigal Country home (south Sydney). He is the Founder and Director of Impact Policy AU a social policy and communication and engagement service, embedding every project delivered in a critical First Nations lens.    Sam graduated from The University of New South Wales with honours in Social Science, majoring in Criminology and completed a Masters of Teaching studies. He spent ten years in the Not-for-Profit sector. Sam managed local and state-wide projects for NGO’s such as PCYC NSW where he received employee of the year and the Australian Red Cross where he led the NSW Pilot into Post Release Mentoring for men exiting prison. Sam then went on to lead the Dual Diagnosis team for a community not-for-profit in Waterloo, Sydney. He won an excellence in treatment award for programs and services for Aboriginal young people. For over five years, Sam worked in senior management roles within the NSW Public Service, specifically Aboriginal Affairs NSW and the Department of Planning Industry and Environment. Sam coordinated Solution Brokerage, a whole of Government project for the then Secretary, Department of Planning, around implementing complex social policy projects in the regional NSW community of Bowraville, following the recommendations of the ‘Parliamentary Inquiry into the Family Response to the Bowraville Murders'. Outside of Impact Policy, Sam is a father of five jarjums. He does his best to live the values he operates alongside—Access, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. In this episode Sam yarns with Dixie about his university days, working life (and his observations in those spheres), what reconciliation means to him and how we must engage in agreement making with First Nations communities to deliver long-term and equitable change. *this episode contains explicit language.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Learn, trust & collaborate—meet Rachelle Towart OAM
Sep 1 2022
Learn, trust & collaborate—meet Rachelle Towart OAM
Welcome to Episode 6 of Black Business with Dixie Crawford. In this episode Dixie introduces you to Rachelle Towart OAM, Managing Director of Pipeline Talent. Rachelle is a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient, was named an Australian Financial Review Woman of Influence, and in 2020 was named Canberra’s Indigenous Business Woman of the Year. Rachelle is a proud Wonnarua woman. She has elevated awareness and the importance of Indigenous leadership and governance capacity to the national stage, through her business Pipeline Talent. In 2016, Rachelle formed Pipeline Talent to build support for emerging Indigenous leaders after recognising the need for an improved range of tailored support programs for Indigenous executives. She’d met with hundreds of employers who were looking for Indigenous managers and thousands of Indigenous leaders who wanted new career opportunities. Pipeline brings the two together—providing Australia's leading corporations, not-for-profit organisations and government departments with the opportunity to consider highly qualified, Indigenous candidates for management and executive roles. Pipeline Talent is Australia's first Indigenous executive search company. With Rachelle at its helm, Pipeline Talent has cemented itself as a highly regarded and respected Indigenous recruitment company. Rachelle’s vision for the company was, and still is, to be recognised nationally and internationally as a catalyst for unlocking the talent and career potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In her chat with Dixie in this episode Rachelle speaks from the heart about the need for corporate Australia to learn, trust and collaborate with Indigenous Australians.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Letting go of ego to enable social equity—meet Marc Bennie
Aug 14 2022
Letting go of ego to enable social equity—meet Marc Bennie
In this episode of Black Business with Dixie Crawford, your host Dixie speaks with Marc Bennie, General Manager, Indigenous Programs and Community Investment at Accor Hotels. Marc is a non-Indigenous Australian of Scottish and Slovakian decent. He grew up on Cammeraygal country and had a marketing and communications background before joining Accor’s Talent & Culture team to lead their Indigenous Programs. Marc believes that working in the tourism industry is as a great place to give people a start, be whom they are and thrive with the confidence that their story is important no matter what. He’s driven by the opportunity to raise the visibility, connection to and positive experience of First Nations history and culture through Accor’s network of hotels in Australia. Marc’s drive to immerse himself in First Nations culture and be more connected to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people came when he was working as a Bridge Climb Leader more than 20 years ago. He found that tourists who came to do a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb often knew more about his country and First Nations culture than he did. After completing his uni degree, Marc applyied for around 30 jobs with no success and decided to pack up his car and travel across Australia, seeking opportunities to learn and experience more about First Nations culture. From this point on he made a personal commitment to be an active ally, advocating for diversity and inclusion and the need to recognise our original culture as part of our true Australian identity. In this episode, Marc talks to Dixie about his journey personally and professionally, what he’s learned, how he continues to grow through the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and how we all have the ability to do better when it comes to appropriate engagement with our First Nations communities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Working at the pace of trust—meet Leigh Simmonds
Aug 4 2022
Working at the pace of trust—meet Leigh Simmonds
In Episode 4 of Black Business with Dixie Crawford we meet Leigh Simmonds. Leigh is the Senior Manager of Patient Advocacy and Reconciliation Action Plan Lead at Pfizer, one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. Having been a nurse, Leigh is passionate about patients, their lived experience and bringing this wisdom into business conversations and advocating for their needs at Pfizer. She’s also passionate about corporate sustainability and using and sharing Pfizer Australia's resources wisely to make the world a better place. Earlier this year Pfizer launched its Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan. Leigh and the team at Pfizer worked closely with Dixie (along with Reconciliation Australia) in the development of their first RAP. In working together, Dixie could see the commitment of Pfizer staff to learn more and do better when it comes to reconciliation as well as meaningful engagement and communications with First Nations peoples and communities. In this episode Dixie speaks with Leigh about Pfizer’s experience in developing its RAP, where the team is at and headed on their reconciliation journey, and importantly, working at the pace of trust, to build solid and meaningful relationships that will deliver positive outcomes for our First Nations communities. *If your organisation is looking for assistance in developing and implementing a RAP, or is interested in Cultural Capability training. Feel free to contact Dixie, or view the resources available on the Nganya website.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Near enough is not good enough—meet Joshua Gilbert
Jul 26 2022
Near enough is not good enough—meet Joshua Gilbert
Joshua Gilbert is a Worimi man, Indigenous consultant, agriculturalist and innovator. His work seeks to connect traditional Aboriginal knowledge and history to current contexts, translating past wisdom and learning to future opportunities. His work combines the old and the new, weaving them together to develop new insights and findings.He is undertaking higher degree research at Charles Sturt University, is the Indigenous Co-Chair of Reconciliation NSW and was recently recognised within the world’s top 50 young gastronomers. Josh is an entrepreneur and business advisor, working predominantly in the Aboriginal cultural, agricultural and environmental spheres. He’s worked with numerous not-for-profits, business and government to develop change and bring people on a journey of change. In this episode of Black Business with Dixie Crawford, Josh yarns with Dixie about the reconciliation movement, the momentum it has built and that it continues to build. They also discuss how to truly achieve reconciliation, the importance of committing to more than a RAP document, and understanding that near enough is not good enough if we are to achieve long-term social equity for First Nations peoples and communities. Dixie Crawford delivers masterclasses in transforming cross-cultural leadership through her iCulture360 training program. To find out more visit the Nganya website.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.