Valuable insights from a young Indigenous Entrepreneur

 Phillip Harris

Phillip Harris

Phillip Harris, an Eastern Arrernte, Goolarabooloo and Wiradjuri man, is originally from Darwin but moved to Brisbane in 2013 for a scholarship to attend Nudgee College.

Phillip is now studying economics at the University of Queensland and working on his tech startup, Aartbi. 

Glimpse into the episode:

  • "With the rise of market places, I knew I had to think outside the box and get creative.”

  • “Time-management, hustling and passion is key.”

  • “The word entrepreneurship to me means and represents people who are taking a risk to better their financial state and better the community.”

  • “You have to be a special type of breed to be an entrepreneur. I would rather work 16-hours a day and doing something I love and enjoy, than 8-hours a day doing something I hate and find boring.”

  • “Hard work speaks talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Phillip’s favourite book(s):

  • Sprint – Jake Knapp

  • #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

What you will learn from Phillip:

  • Useful tools on how to better validate an idea and use design-thinking
  • A young innovator’s take on working hard and hustling Different perspective working 9 to 5

How to overcome and demystify negative stereotypes

Overcome challenges and achieve your goals by backing yourself and being confident with the inspirational Kristal Kinsela.

  Kristal Kinsela

Kristal Kinsela

Kristal is a proud Aboriginal woman, descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations. Kristal has more than 10 years’ experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, supplier diversity working across Government, Corporate and Not-for-Profit sectors.

Glimpse into the episode:

“Working on the business is just as important as working in the business.” - Kristal Kinsela

Kristal’s favourite book(s):

  • The Accidental Entrepreneur - Janine Allis
  • How to deliver a TED talk - Jeremey Donovan
  • The 4-hour work week - Timothy Ferriss
  • The E-Myth Revisited - Michael Gerber
  • The Mindful Entrepreneur - Joel Gershman

What you will learn from Kristal:

  • How to overcome and demystify the negative stereotypes
  • Put your head down and let your work speak for yourself
  • Ideas vs commercially viable business ventures

Supporting young people and bringing up the next generation of Indigenous Entrepreneurs

  Josephine Cashman

Josephine Cashman

Josephine Cashman, a Worimi entrepreneur from New South Wales, who holds two decades of experience working in legal, business and philanthropic contexts to create socio-economic outcomes that meet the diverse needs of Indigenous communities. She is a former member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council as Chair of its Safe Communities Committee, and serves on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Glimpse into the episode:

“This is the time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s to grab business with both hands, and it’s a great opportunity for people to be independent.” - Josephine Cashman

Josephine's favourite book(s): 

  • How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie
  • Crucial conversations - Kerry Patterson

What you will learn from Josephine:

  • The billion dollar Native Business Table
  • Why people in rural and remote communities aren’t given a fair go and why business is the great equalizer
  • The merry-go-round of Government and bureaucracy

How Australia's mining decline is increasing Indigenous startups to bridge the economic and job gap.

Self-determination and helping your community through Indigenous Entrepreneurship with business leader Nyunggai Warren Mundine.

  Nyunggai Warren Mundine  (credit: The Australian)

Nyunggai Warren Mundine (credit: The Australian)

Nyunggai Warren Mundine is a member of the Bundjalung First Nation of Australia and is a highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and advocate for empowering the First Nations of Australia to build businesses and sustainable economies. His life and career have been shaped by a personal commitment to community and economic development.

    Glimpse into the episode:

    “The entrepreneur is a different area. The entrepreneur is a person who really shakes things up and makes a massive difference. In fact, if it wasn’t for the entrepreneur we wouldn’t be in the technology age that we’re in, and that’s across all sectors.” - Nyunggai Warren Mundine

    Nyunggai’s favourite book(s):

    • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty - Professor Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson

    What you will learn from Nyunggai: 

    • Key success factors in business.
    • Building professional and political networks to grow your business.
    • The biggest challenge you need to face and overcome to become successful.


    Indigenous Entrepreneurs making positive change

    How to create positive change and build a successful business with the inspirational Murray Saylor.

      Murray Saylor

    Murray Saylor

    Murray Saylor is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Samsep clan member from Darnley Island (Erub). Murray is the founder and Managing Director of Tagai Management Consultants (TMC). Murray is an action oriented procurement and sustainable community specialist, trainer, mentor and volunteer with over 20 years in the Government, Mining and business sector experience in Australia and within our global village. Murray is a member on the Australian delegation of the ISO20400: Sustainable Procurement Committee. In addition, Murray served in the Australian Army Reserve as a Commissioned Officer working in finance administration roles.

    Glimpse into the episode:

    “What I’m trying to do as an Indigenous business or first nation business is really hold onto culture. Because how are we meant to sustain it if we aren’t holding those values true to ourselves to educate brothers and sisters who aren’t Indigenous.” - Murray Saylor

    Murray’s favourite book(s):

    • Oh, the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
    • The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan - John Man
    • Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandala

    What you will learn from Murray:

    • How Murray overcame personal and social problems to start and run a successful business.
    • How you can start a business from a napkin.
    • Ethical business practices, and why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs should avoid "black cladding".
    • Building a business on the foundations of culture and creating positive social change.



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