CEO Phillip Jenkinson started Baidam Solutions as a tribute to his late father’s passion for Indigenous rights and his desire to leave the world in a better place. In our latest INSPIRE 20 podcast, showcasing executives from around the world who are making a difference in terms of inclusion and diversity in their organizations, communities, or in their industries, Phillip talks about his commitment to bridging the gap of Indigenous and First Nations people in the IT security sector. First Nations recognizes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of Australia representation.
In it to win it
An ex-serving member of the Australian Defense Force, Phillip explains how he couldn’t think of a First Nations man or woman who he’d either worked with or worked for in IT security and realised that Baidam could meet that challenge head on. A Micro Focus gold partner, Baidam’s business goal is to become Australia’s leading Indigenous IT security solutions provider by 2025, and they are off to a great start.
Phillip emphasises the importance of partnerships with some of Australia’s largest employers to create job opportunities and funding for cybersecurity certification training and how he gives a significant percentage of the company’s profits to providing pathways to employment in the IT sector for Indigenous and First Nations people. It is an inspiring story and great example of how organisations can combine profit with social good.
Jenkinson advises leaders to stay the course and lead by example if they want to bring lasting change.