Mob Pod - Cara Peek from Cultural Intelligence Project

10 minutes

Cara Peek is a multi-award-winning social disruptor from Remote Northern Australia. She identifies as many things, a Yawuru/Bunuba woman, a successful lawyer, a diverse entrepreneurial leader, and an innovative Cultural Intelligence Strategist.

With a specialty in place-based, people-centred solutions with global reach, Cara is currently focused on delivering Make It Happen HQ First Nations Innovation Hub and Think Tank and raising the cultural intelligence of Australian Society through Cultural iQ Education.

Cara has worked closely with many regional communities across Australia, the U.S., and Canada as part of her personal mission to create deep, positive social change for First Peoples globally. As Co-Founder of The Cultural Intelligence Project, her work predominately addresses the need for more global conscious business practices, with a hard lens on female empowered narratives within this space.

Inspiringly, Cara also founded Saltwater Country, a First Australian Female-led charity committed to the advancement of First Australians by improving their social, emotional, economic, and cultural wellbeing with a particular focus on Rural, Remote, and Regional Communities.

Cara is the current recipient of the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, AMP Tomorrow Maker Award, Agrifutures Western Australian Rural Woman of the Year and was most recently named Agrifutures National Rural Woman of the Year.


The Davidson Institute’s Lisa Gissing talks to Cara about her journey and her thoughts on NAIDOC 2022.


The choices and decisions made by Cara are her own and this podcast is about her journey and not intended to be advice. This information is general in nature and has been prepared without taking your objectives, needs and overall financial situation into account. For this reason, you should consider the appropriateness for the information to your own circumstances and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice. © Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL and Australian credit licence 233714.

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Lisa Gissing

From Melbourne to Perth to the Tiwi Islands, from Launceston to Port Moresby, Lisa has helped many individuals, communities and businesses to build financial confidence for over ten years. From developing and delivering face to face workshops, to facilitating webinars and creating educational tools, she is committed to delivering education with impact, flexibility and sensitivity tailored for each audience. She is responsible for delivering on Westpac’s Reconciliation Action Plan financial education commitment. In 2016 she was runner up in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards recognising her work around Inclusion and Diversity. Her story was featured on the Westpac Careers website as an example of people helping people and she is also here to help you.

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