Women's Business is a collaboration of women's organisations aligned in their passion to amplify First Nations and Culturally and Racially Marginalised (CARM) women in Australia. We work with Australian organisations providing strategies to develop programs that respectfully and authentically engage First Nations and CARM women.
Our key relationships are with Women & Leadership Australia, Women for Election,
Generation Women, Tiddas in Business and Politics in Colour Global.
Kat is a descendant of the Mer and Mua peoples of the Torres Strait Islands. She has gained significant experience working in multinational organisations in Sydney, London & Edinburgh and has worked for some of the world’s largest public and private sector companies including Andersons, ABN Amro, Société Générale in Australia, EY and Freshfields and The Pensions Regulator in UK.
Today, Kat is a an Indigenous entrepreneur specialising in Business Development. She has also designed and delivered some of the country's most innovative leadership development programs and events for First Nations and People of Colour.
She was Board Director of Women for Election Australia (2018-20), is Board Director for Bankstown Women's Health Centre (2022-23) and Indigenous Advisor to Women and Leadership Australia (2019-23).
Marie is a proud Dunghutti and Gamilaroi woman, a mother of 5 Grandmother of 10.
Marie is CEO of Koori Kulcha Experience which provides Indigenous catering, cross-cultural training, team building workshops and Indigenous tourism. She is also Managing Director of Koori Kulcha Aboriginal Corporation, which runs Community Development Programs and is fully funded by Koori Kulcha Experience.
Marie has several decades of experience working in NSW local and state government organisations. She is a Director of Illawarra Wingecarribee Aboriginal Alliance, a Director of Hume Coal Charity and lead negotiator for OCHRE, the community focused plan of the NSW Government. Her passions include fighting homelessness and empowering marginalised women.
Co-Design & Delivery of Emerging Indigenous Executive Leadership Program for AGSM at UNSW
Co-Designed & Delivery of Women & Leadership Australia’s Indigenous Women’s Leadership Symposium
Design & Delivery of Political Candidate Training workshops for Politics in Colour Global.
Design & Delivery of Business Ready Workshops for Tiddas in Business including providing Group and One-on-One Business Mentoring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in business.
Design & Development of Australia’s first Women of Colour Executive Leadership Program for the Victorian Government
Co-facilitation with UTS on Human Centred Design in the Aboriginal Career Leadership Development Program for the NSW Public Services Commission's Leadership Academy.
Aboriginal women here are 37 times more likely to be hospitalised than non-Aboriginal women for non-fatal family violence-related assaults.
First Nations women have a considerably lower workforce participation rate compared to all women. The average workforce participation rate for First Nations women in New South Wales aged 15–64 was 62 per cent, compared to 73 per cent for all women in New South Wales in 2019.
First Nations people in New South Wales are less likely to be small-business owners compared to non-Indigenous people, with First Nations women more likely to experience barriers in accessing capital to start and grow businesses than non-Indigenous businesses.