This episode is proudly sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia who serves, partners and invests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to own their own future.
Welcome to the latest instalment of the IBA Partnership series. On this episode, I yarn with the amazing Liandra Gaykamangu.
Liandra is a Yolŋu woman from North-East Arnhem Land and the Founder and Creative Director of Liandra Swim, an eco-conscious designer swimwear label that fuses contemporary Aboriginal art and swimwear fashion. Liandra Swim allows people, from all walks of life, to authentically engage and connect with Australian Indigenous culture in a new and exciting environment. Only four years old, Liandra Swim has already been featured in Vogue US, Elle Italy, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire and it was also recently showcased at the 2021 Australian Afterpay Fashion Week. Liandra scaled her label whilst operating from Milingimbi in North-East Arnhem Land, a region where she has strong familial ties.
Liandra Gaykamangu is the co-CEO and a Board Director of Enterprise Learning Projects; a not-for-profit organisation that is 100% Indigenous controlled. Through her role at Enterprise Learning Projects, Liandra works closely with to support the growth of remote Indigenous entrepreneurship, stretching from north Queensland and throughout the Northern Territory.
Liandra is also a qualified English/History high school teacher and has seven years’ experience in the education industry, with teaching stints in metro New South Wales and remote Northern Territory. She is passionate about education and strongly believes knowledge is power.
On a personal level, we yarn about family and the important role models in her life who set the foundations for her to create and operate a successful business. We of course yarn about IBA, her affiliation with the Strong Women, Strong Business program and why it’s so important for First Nations women to support each other in their business journeys. We find out how the IBA Accelerator Program helped Liandra to take Liandra Swim to the next level and so much more!
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