Julie Okely is a dedicated Kamilaroi entrepreneur, fully linked in with the Canberra Innovation ecosystem. She is a regular participant in the Canberra Innovation Network, a contributor to the ANU’s International Business Competition and a Griffin Accelerator participant. Julie is a strong supporter of innovation in Canberra and Indigenous business. She mentors aspiring Indigenous Businesses and helps with governance. Julie manufactures products that are distributed across Australia and the International platform. She has owned several Hairdressing Salons during her 26 years in Business.
Julie is the CEO and Founder of Dilkara Essence of Australia hair products, Dilkara Hair Salon, and co-founder of the Indigenous ti-cultural Consultancy firm, Desert Spirit.
Julie has had many achievements including - 2017 Supply Nation Indigenous Businesswoman of the year winner; 2015/16 ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Business of the Year winner; 2016 Best New Business ACT and 2016 Telstra Women in Business, Finalist.