Indigenous leader Bernice Hookey

TP Human Capital extends its heartfelt congratulations to Bernice Hookey for her extraordinary accomplishments in 2023. A year filled with significant triumphs and inspiring leadership, Hookey has been a beacon of change and a role model for many.

Bernice Hookey, a proud Waanyi and Muruwarri woman and the founder of MZB Empowerment, has had a noteworthy year. Despite facing personal challenges, her resilience and dedication have led to several commendable achievements in promoting Indigenous inclusion and empowerment.

Hookey’s journey this year began with a finalist nomination for the Women Changing the World Awards 2023, a prestigious global recognition. Her efforts were honored with a Bronze Award, a moment she described as both humbling and inspiring. This recognition placed her among distinguished First Nation leaders, spotlighting her as an influential Aboriginal woman leader.

Her advocacy continued at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) National Conference, where she shared her leadership experiences. Hookey’s impact was further recognized at the AusMumpreneur Awards, where she won Gold for Indigenous Business Excellence and Bronze for Leadership Excellence.

Participation in the Australian Rural Leadership program, sponsored by the National Indigenous Australian Agency, was another highlight of her year. This intensive program, spanning 15 months and various locations, including New Zealand, honed her leadership skills and expanded her network.

Hookey’s appointment to the James Cook University College of Business, Law, and Governance (CBLG) Advisory Board is a testament to her growing influence and commitment to driving positive change.

Throughout the year, Hookey faced and overcame personal adversities, reinforcing her belief in the power of networking and community support. Her journey, marked by both highs and lows, illustrates her resilience and unwavering commitment to her vision.

Bernice Hookey’s achievements in 2023 are not just a personal triumph but a beacon of hope and inspiration for many. Her story resonates with Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision – a dream not just for oneself but for the collective betterment of the community.

TP Human Capital is proud to recognize and celebrate Bernice Hookey’s incredible journey and contributions. Her determination, leadership, and advocacy continue to inspire and pave the way for future generations.

[This article has been adapted from the original work of Elaine Wilson, published
in the Townsville Bulletin on December 10, 2023.]

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