Baidam CEO Phillip Jenkinson was interviewed by 27 Lanterns founder Claire Pales on her podcast The Secure CIO in June 2020. Listen to the podcast and review the summary below, as extracted from the podcast episode at https://www.27lanterns.com/pip-jenkinson.
Phillip (Pip) Jenkinson is an ex-serving member of the Australian Defence Force and has been involved in the ICT community in Australia for about 12 years.
Pip works for one of Australia’s leading Indigenous ICT security providers, Baidam Solutions, committed to giving back to the local economy as a way to help us bridge the gap of Indigenous representation in the IT security sector. The Baidam Initiative provides both specialist IT security certification funding and meaningful employment opportunities for First Nations communities.
Pip sits on a number of not-for-profit advisory boards and regularly supports the charity Solider On, which helps contemporary veterans and their families build successful futures. A husband, father, brother, son and proud supporter of the cause, Pip is passionate about creating real change.
In this episode, Pip shares with us the role that community involvement plays in Baidam Solutions’ growth, the barriers he has seen to organisations being more diverse and inclusive, and the current situation around STEM leaders on NFP Boards. As a passionate advocate for change, Pip also shares details on the graduate program Baidam has developed, and a brief overview of some exciting news to be launched during NAIDOC week.
00:39 – Acknowledgement of country
00:51 – Pip’s introduction and background
02:13 – Sorry Day
02:58 – Pivotal moments in Pip’s career
04:50 – The driving force behind the creation of Baidam Solutions
07:15 – The growth of Baidam and community involvement
08:45 – Barriers to more diverse and inclusive organisations
10:04 – “CHOICE is the acronym that we use in Baidam to articulate our value proposition. Courage, honesty, originality, innovation, to challenge the status quo, and to educate or to be educated…to a culturally significant story.” Pip Jenkinson
12:28 – The future for first nations in ICT
15:56 – Planning growth in Baidam’s grad program
16:01 – “One of the reasons why Baidam was created in its infancy was that I was unable to rattle off indigenous participants in the IT security space as quickly as I could indigenous sports stars, or indigenous politicians, or activists, or musicians.” Pip Jenkinson
23:38 – ICT and Cyber on Boards in not-for-profits
26:00 – What does real change look like to Pip
About The Secure CIO Podcast
Claire Pales is the Amazon Best Selling author of ‘The Secure CIO’, a mother, an aspiring runner, an industry speaker, volunteer and blogger. In the Secure CIO Podcast, Claire chats with some of the cybersecurity industry’s greatest minds. Taking a page from her book ‘The Secure CIO’, the podcast features conversations about leadership, diversity, sourcing of great cyber security talent and opinions on the skills crisis.
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