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First Nations Journalist & Storyteller


This country needs more First Nations stories, told by us and for us.


Madison Howarth is a Wonnarua and Yuin journalist with an ardency for storytelling through a First Nations lens.

Madison completed a Bachelor of Media in Communications and Journalism with Distinction at UNSW and has written for publications such as NME, The Sydney Morning Herald, Women's Agenda, Refinery29 Australia, 9Honey, Future Women and more.

Talking Points

Indigenous Empowerment

Madison speaks to her family’s experience of the stolen generation, overcoming intergenerational trauma and breaking cycles to achieve success against all odds. Madison also speaks to injustices in Australia, inequality of opportunity in education and the workforce in particular, and how we can make changes to create a more inclusive and equitable country for all.

The audience will walk away with:

- A first-hand account and deeper understanding about the truth of this country, its policies and the continued and sustained effect it has had on First Nations people
- An understanding of intergenerational trauma and how this can impact access to opportunities, education and socio-economic status for generations
- Changes people can make to the way they think and engage in conversations about the true history of this country and First Nations people

Blak Feminism in Australia

Madison breaks down the importance of intersectional feminism, in particular, the need to include First Nations voices in all discussions of women’s rights and equity in Australia. Madison points to the issues that have been prevalent in the past, what issues currently exist and what changes we can make to progress towards a country that is more equal. Madison shares personal and family stories and experience that captures the audience making for a meaningful and resonant presentation.

- The audience will walk away with:
- A deeper understanding of the experience of Blak women in Australia
- The role of the matriarchy in Aboriginal families and communities
- The importance of intersectional feminism and how to ensure feminism is moving towards being more inclusive

Indigenous Education and Diversity in Australian Media

Madison can speak to the importance of providing more education opportunities to Indigenous students through holistic support - financial and educational support but also career mentoring, cultural mentoring and the power of networking opportunities. Specifically, how these opportunities and support can make Australian industries more diverse and in turn successful. Australia media has long been exclusive with more diversity only seen in recent years, yet it provides a platform for representation and the opportunity to reflect the true picture of what Australia looks like. Stories told by diverse communities themselves will only enrich Australia’s media from news to entertainment.

Key Takeaways:
- The understanding of the importance of diversity in Australian media and how that can be positive for the country as a whole
- An understanding of the importance of holistic support for Indigenous students
- An understanding of how to create more opportunities for Indigenous students as they leave the school system, and pursue higher education and/or enter the workforce
Madison is a warm, articulate and expressive presenter. She is highly professional in both her preparation and execution, and a pleasure to work with. Madison’s Acknowledgement of Country at our 2021 Leadership Summit was rated by many attendees as their highlight of the whole event. She is a powerful and engaging voice for young Australian women and the next generation of First Nations people. Jamila Rizvi, Deputy Managing Director, Future Women

Madison is fast becoming one of the key voices of her generation. She is articulate, poised, warm, generous and compelling. Future Women regularly uses Madison as a speaker at our flagship events. She has always exceeded our expectations. Madison connects deeply with audiences, large and small. She’s a natural.

Helen McCabe, Founder and Managing Director, Future Women
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