Women in Leadership – Leading Change

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Professor Marcia Langton AM is one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics and recognised influencer and change maker. Join Professors Amalia Di Iorio and Marcia Langton with panelists as they talk about leadership, change and empowering communities.

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Thursday 10 October 2019 06:30 pm until Thursday 10 October 2019 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Tait
Presented by:
La Trobe Shepparton Campus
Type of Event:
Alumni; Community Event

The Women in Leadership event in Shepparton offers a forum designed to stimulate conversation around the topic of women in senior and leadership roles in business, government, arts and community, and explore types of leadership and different leadership journeys.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Regional Women in Leadership Bursary. The purpose of the fund is to provide bursaries to female La Trobe students in regional Victoria who are aspiring to leadership positions but are experiencing some disadvantage during the course of their studies.

Our Moderator: Professor Amalia Di Iorio

Professor Amalia Di Iorio is a Professor of Finance at La Trobe University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of empirical finance; exchange rate risk and asset pricing. She has an international research profile and has published in many different journals that are all highly regarded in the finance area and represent a mix of international, regional and domestic outlets. Notably she has published in a very highly respected finance journal, namely, the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. She has also presented her papers at numerous peer-reviewed international conferences, and she is a member of the Organizing Committee and the Program Committee of the European Financial Management Association’s annual meetings. Amalia has been the joint Chief Investigator of two projects that have been awarded highly competitive Australian Research Council grants in the area of business, most recently a project in women’s financial decision-making that was awarded an ARC Discovery Grant in 2010.

Currently Amalia is the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Partnerships) of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University. She was appointed in January 2015 and she is charged with setting the strategic direction for the College’s international and domestic partnerships. Amalia joined La Trobe as Director, MBA Programmes in January 2013 and was previously the Director, MBA Programmes at RMIT University.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Marcia Langton AM

Professor Marcia Langton AM Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Professor Langton’s 2012 Boyer lectures titled: The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her contributions to public debate, and have added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.  In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor. In further recognition as one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous Academics Professor Marcia Langton AM has in 2017 been appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne. And in 2019 is the Indie Book award winner for Illustrated Non-Fiction for her book Welcome to Country, a curated guide book to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands published by Hardie Grant Travel.


Dr Lois Peeler AM

Lois Peeler is of Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri Heritage by her father. Lois grew up on orchards in the Shepparton district. Lois’ diverse public career includes being the first Aboriginal model and the first Aboriginal person to work in television (the GTV 9 Breakfast Session in the 60’s). Lois has held senior positions in the community and  public sectors.  She was part of the group that toured Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War “The Sapphires”. More recently she has been co-author of the Yorta Yorta Language Heritage Program, author of the Aboriginal Oral History of the Flats of Mooroopna / Shepparton. She is Executive Director / Principal of Worawa Aboriginal College. She was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for her "significant service to the Indigenous community as an educator, advocate and role model”. In 2017 she was Senior Victorian of the Year and in the same year she was awarded a Doctor of Social Science, Honoris Causa, by RMIT University.

Auntie Kella Robinson

B.Ed, GradCert Cult. Herit. Interp. MA (Deakin), is a Wemba Wemba women born in Hillston. Central New South Wales. Kella spent her early life learning the cultural ways of her grandfather’s Ngiyampaa speaking country. Her formal education included correspondence lessons and later at the Murrin Bridge Mission School in western New South Wales, finishing with mainstream education in in Hillston State School. Her working life has included state school teacher, story teller and cultural interpreter. Currently she works as cultural advisor assisting the magistrate in the Victorian Koorie Court at Shepparton, Victoria.

Natarsha Bamblett

Actor, Dancer, North East district candidate First People’s Assembly.Natarsha Bamblett is an Aboriginal woman from Shepparton. Natarsha is a VFLW player for Richmond Football Club, a Wayapa Practitioner, Big Sisterhood Mentor and runs a cultural dance business called Wala Impressions, as well as her own business of cultural empowerment session called Dreamtime session. But her favourite job is being a mum to her four year old son Jarrahly. Natarsha is a well known and respected community member and young leader for her family, people and community. She has had many opportunities to represent her people through culture, events and media, including: like Deadly questions, the Richmond football club, and recently, the "Treaty" process. Natarsha loves being with family and giving back to community as she coaches Rumbalara under 13s netball, being able to role model positive attitude and behaviour, leadership and support for one another to grow as individuals and as a team.

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