Connect Program Overview

Knowledge Forum and Networking Drinks

8:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Dress code: Business attire

The Knowledge Forum provides the opportunity for delegates to share supplier diversity global insights, local focus, practical strategies and their vision for supplier diversity success in Australia.

Indigenous Business Tradeshow

8:30am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Dress code: Business casual

The Indigenous Business Tradeshow is the largest exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Australia, showcasing the diversity, vibrancy and scope of products and services offered by Supply Nation’s Registered and Certified Indigenous businesses.

Gala Awards Dinner

6:15pm – late
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Dress code: Black tie

Supply Nation’s annual Gala Awards Dinner brings together the supplier diversity community to celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations. This event has sold out for the last two years with over 1,000 attendees in 2019.

Connect 2021

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Knowledge Forum speakers

Inclusive and Sustainable Procurement Manager
Warida Wholistic Wellness
Social Diversity Supply Chain Manager
Head of Partnerships and Global Engagement
Co-founder and Director
The Lifestyle Program
Founder and Managing Director
Elephant in the Room Consulting
Managing Director
Physiotherapy Innovations
Workplace Engagement Manager
Beyond Blue
Assistant Director, Aid Business Engagement
Department of Foreign Affairs
Managing Director and Co-founder
The Australian BlackCard
Founder and Managing Director
Tagai Management Consultants
Founder and Managing Director
Inside Policy
Managing Director
Kennelly Constructions
Founder and Managing Director
Biodiversity Australia

Knowledge Forum sessions

Charles Prouse, 
Melissa Kirk, 
Murray Saylor

As we strive for sustainability in the sector through an increased capacity to support Indigenous businesses and organisational and cultural change, there are many challenges and lessons learned to be had along the way.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm | ICC Sydney
  • Members
Chris Rees, 
Jenni Walke, 
Kathryn Potter, 
Steven Noy

Are you looking to expand globally?

Establishing new relationships with potential customers in the international markets can be a challenge and you may face questions as; how you identify the right customers, what are the opportunities in the market, what support can I access as an Australian business looking to expand?

11:10 am - 12:40 pm | ICC Sydney
  • Indigenous businesses
Natalie Walker, 
Amy Crookes, 
Shane Kennelly, 
Charles Prouse

Supply Nation’s Leadership Roundtable and Indigenous Business Advisory Groups joined forces in 2019 to collaborate on an initiative to support Indigenous business growth. The initiative was the ‘How to guide' for suppliers. In addition, Supply Nation engaged Inside Policy to co-develop with its Leadership Roundtable members a position paper on second tier procurement.

11:10 am - 12:40 am | ICC Sydney
  • Members
Anthony Wilson, 
Dixie Crawford, 
James Curran, 
Marcia Edwards, 
Leroy Wilkinson-Maher

Data shows that Indigenous people generally entering in to business ownership later in life, after pursuing a full career and raising a family. However, that is a trend that these young business owners have bypassed.

11:10 am - 12:40 am | ICC Sydney
  • Indigenous businesses
  • Members
Bianca Stawiarski, 
Jeffrey Morgan, 
Linda Sheahan

Running a business is no easy task. On top of the business, many people have family and community responsibilities. Often, we are guilty of putting our own personal needs aside when trying to juggle work hours, maintain cash flow and personal relationships.

11:10 am - 12:40 am | ICC Sydney
  • Indigenous businesses
David Williams, 
Kylie-Lee Bradford, 
Triscilla Holborow

It has long been believed that the First Nations people of this country lead a 'hunter-gatherer' nomadic life. This concept was challenged with the compelling arguments presented with the release of Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Dark Emu’ in 2014.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm | ICC Sydney
  • Indigenous businesses
  • Members

Connect 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our Connect 2021 sponsors. We applaud your committment to Supply Nation and supplier diversity, driving us towards a vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.

There are limited sponsorship packages still available. For more information, email






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