A conversation about leadership

At this event, we will hear from some inspirational women regarding their involvement in the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI).

Launched in February 2018, WAALI is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which helps Aboriginal Women to overcome disadvantage by building their leadership and governance capabilities. Inspiring participants to affect meaningful change within their families and communities.

Robyn Smith-Walley, Co-Chair and Anjie Brook, CEO of WAALI and the Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women's Leadership Program will discuss the inspiration behind the program and its progress to date. Robyn and Anjie will be joined by Jodey Brockhurst and Sharon Davies, who will share how the program has changed their leadership skills in the workforce and day to day life.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Robyn Smith-Walley

Co-Chair, Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute, Consultant, Aboriginal Productions 

Robyn Smith Walley, is a Noongar woman born and raised in Whadjuck boodja Perth, with strong family connections throughout Noongar country. Robyn comes from a large Noongar family and is a mother, stepmother, wife and business partner.

Robyn has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs from her early working life and is a strong advocate for the leadership development of Aboriginal women and youth.

For the past twenty five (25) years, she has held the role of Administrative Director in her family owned business, Aboriginal Productions and Promotions (APP). Throughout this period, Robyn has been involved in major cultural presentations from local to national and international.

APP has a range of services including - cultural education/leadership workshops/cultural performances/events administration/cultural advisory/art design/production design and management and more recently has branched into the production of an industrial and office soap product range based on Australian native botanical raw ingredients.

  • Robyn is a co-founder and Ambassador for The Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Course, founded in 2016.
  • Co-Chairperson of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI) founded in 2017.
  • A board member for the Netball WA - Glass Jar Foundation.

Through the work at WAALI, Robyn continues to focus on her vision in supporting Aboriginal people to take up leadership opportunities.

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Anjie Brook

Chief Executive Officer, WAALI

Anjie was born and raised in Perth with two sisters. Her father came to Perth from India when he was four and her mother was a Perth girl. Anjie is a qualified teacher and throughout her career in education strived to promote and implement inclusive classrooms and teaching practices and system wide policies. Anjie was awarded a Master of Education in 2010 with her thesis focusing on building inclusive schools in WA. In 2015 Anjie left the education sector and as appointed as the General Manager of the EON Foundation working across remote Aboriginal communities in WA and the NT. Anjie is a Board member of Awards WA and in September 2018 Anjie was honoured to be appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute.

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Jodey Brockhurst

Project Manager, Chevron

Ms Jodey Brockhurst is a vivacious Kamilaroi woman from Murri country. A graduate of the WAALI Yorga Djenna Bidi program, Ms Brockhurst has built a career in the Oil & Gas sector since receiving her Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics. Serving as Deputy Chair to Engineers Australia National Committee on Mechatronics and employed as a project manager for Chevron, Australia, Ms Brockhurst combines her enthusiasm for innovation with a passion for diversity and inclusion. She is continuing her development through courses with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Sharon Davis

Team Leader, Aboriginal Education Team, Catholic Education Western Australia

Sharon Davis is from both Bardi Kija Peoples of the Kimberley and is the Team Leader for Aboriginal Education at CEWA. The Aboriginal Education Team strive to support Catholic schools to embed culturally responsive school improvement processes that enhance educational experiences for Aboriginal students and their non-Aboriginal peers.   

Sharon holds a Bachelor in Education (K-7) specialising in Aboriginal education, graduating with a number of honours, including the Vice Chancellor’s Medal for the University of Notre Dame's School of Education. In addition, Sharon recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.    

Sharon has a deep professional and personal commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and respect for all. 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.