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Indigenous women entrepreneurs share their stories on Women’s Day


As the world commemorates International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024, the theme “Inspire Inclusion” resonates deeply.

It serves as a call to action, urging us to not only celebrate diverse voices but to actively create spaces where they are heard, valued, and empowered. 

This year, we turn the spotlight on a group of remarkable individuals – Indigenous women entrepreneurs who are not only inspiring others but actively shaping a more inclusive and equitable future. These women, through their dedication, resilience, and innovative approaches, are redefining progress within their communities and beyond. They are shattering stereotypes, overcoming significant challenges, and paving the way for future generations.

Yolanda Finette, a Holistic Life Coach, emphasises the importance of guiding women on their journey of remembering to reclaim their power and purpose.

Melissa Cole, founder of Yaye, champions building intergenerational wealth by creating successful businesses and fostering collaboration within the Indigenous community.

Kaylene Langford of Start Up Creative highlights the power of profiling minorities and amplifying diverse voices to enrich various sectors.

Elisha Kissick from Yura Tours embodies the spirit of grabbing onto opportunities and thinking outside the box to push boundaries and inspire others.

Morgan Josey, leading That Therapy Hub, showcases the impact of a strong woman-led team building a lasting culture of change through social entrepreneurship.

Shannon Mcneair of McNeair Aboriginal Psychological Services emphasises the importance of continually supporting the social and emotional well-being of the community.

Let’s explore their inspiring stories and learn how their innovative approaches are driving meaningful change.

Yolanda Finette 

“As a Holistic Life Coach, Accelerating progress for me means guiding women on their journey of remembering. Through deep listening to their inner truth and reconnecting with their innate dreaming path and purpose, I support them to reclaim their sovereignty, break free from societal constraints and heal intergenerational wounds.

“Through the journey of remembering, we rewrite their life blueprint and pave the way for an aligned and authentic life.”

Melissa Cole

“Accelerating Progress as an Aboriginal businesswoman is about building intergenerational wealth by creating successful businesses. We can then create a brighter future for all Indigenous Australians through employment, education and business partnerships. At Yaye, we actively collaborate with other Indigenous-owned businesses assisting to grow the Blak economy. 

“To ensure that my community benefits from the success of Yaye, I partner with Yipirinya School; we give back to the school and share the excellent work they do as a two-way bi-lingual school across my social media platforms.

Kaylene Langford

“Accelerating progress is when people who are in positions of power, influence and/or privilege use their platforms to profile minorities. As a Queer, First Nations woman in business I aim to showcase my Firsts Nations creators first and foremost as well as our Queer and gender diverse communities across my platforms.

“These communities along with women haven’t always had a seat at the table or their voices heard and without their perspectives we lose out on a wealth of knowledge, skill and talent. Lifting up those around us and seeking to understand different opinions and life experiences enriches our workplaces, communities and world.

Elisha Kissick

“This years theme of ‘accelerating progress’ and what it means to me is grabbing onto opportunities and running with it, finding the gaps in the market and thinking outside the box to push my business further.

“Having this attitude draws people in to want to work with you and opens up space for women in my community to get into business and work alongside each other so we all succeed and show the young women coming up they can do anything!

Morgan Josey 

” At That Therapy & Support Hub, with my strong woman-led team of six therapists by my side, we’re not just accelerating progress; we’re building a lasting culture of change. Through our social enterprise, we redefine what it means to be a therapy business, paving the way for a better future, using our profits for greater impact.

“Our impact resonates in the free therapies we provide to mob & local community, fostering healing and well-being for all members of the community. Together, we build a foundation of strength, resilience, and equality, forging a path towards a more inclusive and harmonious tomorrow. “

Shannon Mcneair

For me; it equates to continually supporting the social and emotional well-being of my community as a positive psychological impact that generates attention for all the right reasons.

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