SESSION 9 – In Conversation with Adam Goodes
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AFL Legend, Businessman, Community Leader & 2014 Australian of the Year
Adam Goodes is an advocate for Indigenous Australians, a symbol of resilience and optimism and an inspirational role model who works to create a better Australia for all.
Adam is a proud adnyamathanha man, known for his leadership within the Indigenous community. In 2009, Adam set up The Goodes-O’Loughlin Foundation (GO Foundation) with former Sydney Swans teammate Michael O’Loughlin. The GO Foundation’s vision is to create a brighter future for Indigenous children through education.
In 2014, Adam was named the Australian of the Year. This distinguished award recognised Adam’s community work and advocacy in the fight against racism, empowering the next generation of Indigenous Australians.
In 2016, Adam co-founded the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (iDiC) that provides education, skill training and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians to support large defence and infrastructure projects.
He is a dual AFL Brownlow Medallist and premiership player for the Sydney Swans, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative in the International Rules Series. Adam Goodes holds an elite place in Australian Football League’s history. He announced his retirement from AFL in September 2015, leaving the field as the Swans’ games record holder on 372, and one of the most decorated players of all time.
Adam’s work within the corporate world extends to advising large organisations such as David Jones and Qantas, on their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). He is also currently an ambassador for many prominent brands including Toyota, David Jones, Qantas and Woolworths. With the supermarket giant, he is a board member for Support Through Australia Natural Disasters (STAND), a disaster relief program founded by Woolworths, which has partnered with The Salvation Army, Rural Aid, Lifeline and Foodbank.