A guide to diversity
Leading Aboriginal business woman Kristal Kinsela-Christie launched her new book Supplier Diversity How at the Aboriginal Girls Academy at Newton Moore Senior High School yesterday.
Ms Kinsela-Christie said the book is a five step guide about indigenous business procurement, the first book to be published in Australia on this topic.
“The book is my way of being able to help within the sector to say there is more business to be done with indigenous business and here is a guide to help you get there,” she said.
The book also shares Ms Kinsela-Christie’s learnings from many years of running successful indigenous businesses and the challenges in opening doors to opportunities with State and Federal governments and corporate clients.
“Quite often we are getting requests from new clients saying ‘can you help us with Aboriginal business participation as we want to meet targets that are a requirement from the Government’,” she said.
“I identified there was a gap in the market on this sort of information and you had to go overseas but we really needed something that fit our context.”
Ms Kinsela-Christie spent two months writing the book, drawing inspiration from her own knowledge as managing director of IPS Management Consultants.
“I came back from maternity leave in January and I decided to sit down and put everything that’s in my head and what I know and my experiences into the book,” she said.
“I came from very poor beginnings, my mum was a single parent and the expectations on me were very, very little. My mum just wanted me to finish high school and I did.” Ms Kinsela-Christie said her poor up-bringing drove her to become the inspirational woman she is today.
“My main motivation was I never wanted to be what I grew up in and I think it has been the soul driver in me to want to have better and be better,” she said.
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