19 minute listen time
1 July 2021
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NAIDOC week is a moment of important reflection. To celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in a focused and meaningful way, ensuring this focus extends across the remaining 51 weeks of the year. To raise awareness of our First People and their significant contributions to society and most importantly, country. The 2021 theme for NAIDOC week is ‘Heal Country’. To truly understand what this means to the Indigenous community, it’s important to speak with our indigenous friends, colleagues, and in a work sense, indigenous business leaders.

In this episode of Talking Property, Michael Barlow Head of Global Workplace Solutions business sits down with two of CBRE’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence partners to hear their definition of what country means to them. Joined by Jahna Cedar, Executive Director IPS Management Consultants and Dwayne Good, Executive Director InTravel Group, they explore the importance of supply chain diversity, the value it brings to organisations through diverse and innovative thinking and how it translates at a community level.



Michael Barlow, Head of Global Workplace Solutions, Pacific, CBRE

Michael has over 20 years’ experience driving large and dynamic national property and facilities management teams across the public and private sector. He currently oversees the operational and strategic planning of over 50 clients accounts in the Pacific. He also leads CBRE’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence (ICOE) with an aim to increase supply chain diversity and connect Indigenous organisations with business opportunities through CBRE and its client base.


 Jahna Cedar, Executive Director, IPS Management Consultants

Jahna is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of WA, with family connection to the Gija people of the Kimberleys, and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. She has worked for 20+ years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. She has 18 years experience in business/human resources management and consultancy.


Dwayne Good, Executive Director, InTravel Group

After an extensive career in the Travel sector, Dwayne recognised there was a gap in the market for a more personalised travel management service and so founded InTravel Group. He also acknowledged the need to achieve greater outcomes for Indigenous Australians in the travel industry. Dwayne is a proud Bundjalung Aboriginal man and a strong advocate for the growth of the Indigenous business sector and has been involved in many social impact initiatives over the years. 


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