As a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Jahna's talk focused on the challenges of navigating two worlds with different practices and responsibilities. Her ability to captivate the audience and deliver a powerful message was truly remarkable.
During her talk at the TEDxPerth 2023 flagship event, Jahna emphasised the importance of taking control of one's own narrative. "Remember, you set the tone and narrative for your life, because you live with the consequences of your decisions," she said. "Don’t allow other people to write your story for you, their perspectives of your actions are a deeper reflection of their own attitudes and behaviours." Jahna's vulnerability, authenticity, and honesty makes her a powerful and incredibly influential leader, not just for the team at IPS, but for the entire community of Perth, and across Australia.
By sharing her story, Jahna acknowledged the shared history of First Nations people and the need for truth telling, forgiveness, and healing.
"I embrace diversity in all of its forms, and acknowledge that I am the result of 60,000 years of evolving culture...," she said.
Jahna also highlighted the challenges faced by many First Nations employees who work as a bridge between their community and the organisation they work for.
"Working in two worlds can be exhausting," she said. "The constant requirement to balance the expectations and protocols of cultures and communities on one hand while meeting the expectations and demands of work roles on the other. For many First Nations employees, being the bridge that holds community and the organisation that we work for can result in burnout and job dissatisfaction."
Jahna's TED Talk was a powerful reminder of the importance of acknowledging and embracing diversity, and of the need to create workplaces that are inclusive and supportive of all employees. Her message will undoubtedly resonate with many people, both in Australia and around the world.
Jahna's commitment to truth-telling and reconciliation is an important part of her leadership style. By acknowledging the shared history of First Nations people and the need for healing, she is helping to build a more just and equitable society for all Australians.
Jahna's vulnerability, authenticity, and honesty are qualities that make her an exceptionally influential and powerful leader, not only for the team at IPS Management Consultants but also for the broader community in Perth and across Australia.
Keep an eye out for IPS Director Jahna Cedar's TED Talk, 'Walking in Two Worlds', which will be released soon on the Global TEDx YouTube Channel.
"Working in two worlds can be exhausting. The constant requirement to balance the expectations and protocols of cultures and communities on one hand while meeting the expectations and demands of work roles on the other. For many First Nations employees, being the bridge that holds community and the organisation that we work for can result in burnout and job dissatisfaction." - Jahna Cedar, IPS Executive Director
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