Mariam Issa comes from an oral culture that uses the wisdom of it's elders for centuries. She uses numerous platforms as a story teller, communicator and nurturer to reach out to all members of community.
She regularly speaks to primary, secondary, university, teacher, corporate and general public groups, as well as parent and private function groups. Her message motivates and inspires her audience to draw on their compassion, find inner strength and resilience.
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Mariam has a beautiful and inspiring outlook on life, and a rare ability to share her values and ideals with an audience. Her life story is extraordinary; characterised by an unwavering determination to gain an education, make a contribution,support her family and build a sense of community.
Born in Somalia, raised in Kenya and relocated to Australia as a refugee, Mariam has a rich cultural heritage and an array of inspiring stories, which readily connect and resonate with people. I have no hesitation in recommending her to any organisiation looking for an engaging speaker.
Director of Leadership, Melbourne Grammar School
“Mariam Issa has now guest lectured for two years in our postgraduate subject Participation and Negotiation. Both times, she has enthralled 40+ postgraduates in professional planning, architecture, and environmental studies.
Mariam is an inspiring public speaker and storyteller. Her work in bringing women and communities together has greatly affected the students and we have heard from them how her story is going to have an impact on their future work.
I would not hesitate to recommend Mariam as a speaker, or an advisor on community development and inclusion.
It is a privilege to know her.”
Dr. Carolyn Whitzman | Professor of Urban Planning Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning | Melbourne University