- IBA has announced it will postpone the upcoming Strong Women Strong Business conference due to concerns around COVID-19
- The 2020 Strong Women Strong Business conference was due to bring together approximately 350 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesswomen in Darwin on 27–30 April
- While this decision was not taken lightly, the health and wellbeing of conference participants is of paramount importance to IBA
- IBA remains committed to rescheduling the conference for a later date and continuing to invest heavily in the Strong Women Strong Business network and online platforms
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has confirmed that due to the increasing concerns around COVID-19, the 2020 Strong Women Strong Business conference will be postponed until further notice.
The 2020 Strong Women Strong Business conference was due to bring approximately 350 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesswomen together for three days of sharing, mentoring and business development.
The IBA Board and Executive team remain completely committed to the Strong Women Strong Business network and intends to reschedule the conference as soon as the health and wellbeing risks subside.
“Strong Women Strong Business is an incredibly important initiative to IBA and we will continue to do everything we can to support, promote and develop strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesswomen,” said IBA Business Solutions Director Stella de Cos, an Arrernte woman.
“We are deeply saddened to be making this announcement, but the health and wellbeing of conference participants and staff is of paramount importance to IBA,” said Ms de Cos.
“Unfortunately bringing together that many people from across the country, particularly those from remote communities, presents too many unnecessary risks at this point in time.”
Ms de Cos encouraged conference applicants to remain active in the online groups and join the mentoring platform to deepen their relationships and learning.
“While the conference is a wonderful opportunity to bring so many different women together to share and learn, our Facebook community has almost 2,000 women and continues to grow every day. There is also the online mentoring platform that connects Indigenous women from across the country to help guide and mentor each other.”
“Perhaps now more than ever, our businesswomen need to support and nurture each other, and these online tools are a great way to feel connected even if we can’t come together in person right now.”
IBA is currently reaching out to all conference applicants to notify them of the postponement and will continue to share more information on online developments and new conference dates as they develop.
IBA is currently in the process of developing a support package for our business customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis which will be released shortly. This support package will be in addition to the Bushfire Crisis Fund IBA announced in January; information about this funding package is available on the IBA website.
Further information on Strong Women Strong Business can be found at strongwomenstrongbusiness.com.au