I got your back, you've got mine. It's this bond that's kept all our mob together. An unspoken rule to ensure we survive.
Marlee Silva is an Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti tribes of NSW.
Starting her career in the non-profit sector, Marlee’s path was shifted toward a more public profile when she was employed as the Co-CEO of Aboriginal education charity AIME Mentoring. A role which saw her shadow the work of AIME’s CEO for twelve months and in turn, act as the representative of the organisation's story and direction, in the media and through keynote speaking. It also gave her the opportunity to study at the Summer Institute of General Management at Stanford University in the U.S., making her the first Aboriginal woman to do so.
Marlee has continued to emerge as a skilled public speaker and presenter. She is also the best-selling author of My Tidda, My Sister: Stories of strength and resilience from Australia's first women and the host of Always was, always will be our stories, a podcast dedicated to showcasing Indigenous role models, from all walks of life.
Having gained radio experience as a casual host on national youth broadcaster triple j, Marlee has also continued to expand her media reach with successful appearances on NITV’s January 26th Sunrise Ceremony and ABC’s Q+A, both in early 2020.
Marlee is determined to utilise her storytelling skills to inspire people and create change, and uses her platform to advocate for the causes she is most passionate about, which has previously seen her named as a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Commission 'Young People's Human Rights Medal' in 2019. Writing often about issues impacting the Indigenous community and the experiences of women and girls in particular, Marlee has also built a strong online presence with a community of 16k followers on her personal Instagram account and 13k thousand on the account dedicated to her podcast.
Marlee also volunteers for various charities and sits on the board of ID. Know Yourself, an Aboriginal founded charity which provides support to Indigenous children living in out of home care, and Little Colossus, a social enterprise which raises much needed funds for youth mental health programs through the profits raised in the sale of its products.
Marlee and Keely Silva: young Aboriginal women, entrepreneurs and role modelsMarlee and Keely Silva are young Gamilaroi and Dunghutti sisters who co-founded Tiddas 4 Tiddas, a popular social media platform. The English translation of Tiddas 4 Tiddas is Sisters 4 Sisters, and the platform showcases stories of excellence from women from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
B&T Changing The Ratio: Tiddas 4 Tiddas' Marlee SilvaAhead of B&T’s upcoming Changing the Ratio conference, reporter Ally Burnie sat down with Tiddas 4 Tiddas founder Marlee Silva to get the lowdown on what she’ll be speaking about at CTR, and a little bit about what inspired the podcast and Instagram page.
Marlee Silva on Q+A: The Australian Identity: Who Are We?Marlee Silva is a 24 year old Aboriginal woman from the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti nations. She is the founder of social media based movement 'Tiddas 4 Tiddas', which uses strength-based storytelling to champion the voices of Indigenous Australian women and girls.