Leanne is a woman of the Dhulanyagen Ulupna Clan, Yorta Yorta nation and Executive Director of Koorie Women Mean Business.
She has an extensive advocacy background working in indigenous, legal and women’s sectors, and has represented Australian Indigenous Women at the United Nations, New York, as well as undertaking a UN Fellowship in Geneva.
Leanne comes from a line of strong women, her grandmother and mother are both highly respected Aboriginal leaders. Leanne has made significant contributions over many years to Aboriginal communities in the areas of economic development, employment, community development, tourism and the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in business.
She is passionate about the elimination of violence against women and children and was instrumental in the development of the ‘Iramoo Zone’ – Mentors in Violence Prevention program. Her career spans more than 30 years, and is Chairperson of the Outback Academy. She made the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll – Minister of Women’s Affairs in 2004, and attended the United Nations Convention on the Status of Women in 2010.
Hear Leanne speak in Justice for Indigenous Women Break Out session, as part of We Can + We Will. She will also be delivering the Welcome to Country on Day One and Day Two of Breakthrough alongside Duré Dara OAM.