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Author, Leadership Consultant, & Former Federal MP


Successful leaders trust their instincts, always listen, and use their voice.

Julia Banks is an author, writer, and leadership consultant, who works across the private, corporate and public sectors, and all levels of government.

Julia's current work is broad ranging: from being a keynote speaker and panel facilitator to engaging in "In Conversation" and workshop sessions with both small and large groups, to being a guest mentor at CEO and CxO roundtables.

Julia’s expertise is in leadership, safe, healthy, and respectful workplace cultures, diversity and inclusion, governance and risk and issues management. Julia is currently undertaking her PhD at Deakin University regarding workplace culture and has a new book in the pipeline.

Julia Banks brings a unique and broad experience to her work - and is an experienced executive corporate and board director, non-executive director, and advisory board member who has worked with global companies and Australian organisations across industry and government sectors. Julia has held senior executive director roles in corporate affairs and as general counsel and company secretary and served as a former federal government and independent MP.

Julia's bestselling book ‘PowerPlay, Breaking Through Bias Barriers and Boys’ Clubs' received excellent reviews and was nominated in the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards - it is a resource guide for those aspiring to leadership positions and part memoir.

Julia also regularly authors opinion pieces that have been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper and The New Daily, and has appeared in radio and television, and mainstream media interviews regarding current affairs.

Julia Banks graduated in Arts & Law from Monash University in Melbourne Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Governance Institute.

Talking Points

Business & Organisational Workplace Culture

Based on Julia’s extensive experience in public life and the corporate sector she will tailor her speech to the level of audience across both the private and public sectors and academic sporting and other educational institutions.

She covers the topics aligned to her extensive experience in the areas of workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, trust ethics and governance, risk and crisis management and the role of trust and values of doing the right thing in authentic leadership.

Trust, Governance and Ethics

Good governance, ethics and trust must be lived and breathed by every individual in the organisation. In the private and public sector, in sports, academia, the arts and in politics and at all levels of government. An organisation’s brand and reputation for employees, consumers, and all stakeholders are contingent upon good governance.

The hallmark characteristics of best practice of good governance constructive action, authenticity, courage, and resilience. Listening to experts and feedback from all stakeholders and regular and clear communication Why? Because it's only when these things happen that the ongoing success of induvial leaders and organisations can be assured.

Key Takeouts:
- Be Strong. Be Accountable. Take Responsibility
Courage and resilience are required in good governance particularly in crisis risk or reputation management situations. These situations are disruptive and intense, but they always acutely define leadership skills

- Be yourself
Authentic leadership and trusting your instincts will rarely let you down. Speaking your truth even if it is your truth to power and staying aligned to your moral compass. Staying silent or being induced into silence is the single biggest killer of ethical behaviour.

- Listen and Communicate
Listening to experts and all stakeholders is key in harnessing good governance and authentic courageous leadership should always prevail.

Breaking through Bias and Barriers in the Workplace

Julia Banks recently released bestselling book, PowerPlay: Breaking through bias, barriers and boys clubs reveals the unvarnished realities of any workplace where power disparities and gender politics collide: from the unequal opportunities, casual sexism and misogyny to pressures around looks age and family responsibilities.

In this Keynote Julia shares personal stories of her own and others and practical advice and tailors this to the audience across any workplace sector. It contains key messages inspirational and practical for those aspiring to lead and for leaders.
Julia Banks is an outstanding parliamentarian with a life’s experience in the Business world. Her book Power Play is “Real raw human and forensic." The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, 29th Prime Minister of Australia

Julia’s presentation was thoughtful and insightful, focused on our event themes of safety, culture and leadership. Her openness and honesty in talking about her professional and personal experiences resonated particularly well with the executive-level audience.

Vic Water

It’s definitely a great day in the office when you have guest speaker Julia Banks come in to discuss ethics. Much respect can be paid to people that stand up for what is right, especially in times of resistance.


Julia Banks was the best rated speaker for the day.

Governance Institute of Australia

Wonderful guest speaker and focus on authentic self.

The Leadership Institute Women in the Public Sector

The powerful cohort who run our major organisations should stop the diversity box ticking and read PowerPlay instead.

Catherine Fox - The Business of Sexism

Julia was inspiring and authentic and made our event so successful. We were so lucky that Julia was able and willing to speak at our IWD Book Club. She was inspiring and authentic and made our event so successful.


Julia’s session was great, she had really interesting insights and a depth of knowledge across issues from both her corporate and public career - we had great feedback

Grain Trade Australia

Great session. Very insightful into integrity and leadership.

Australian institute of Health and Safety

Great to have an opportunity to hear {Julia Banks speak} and sharing her thoughtful insights and interesting perspective.

Monark Property Partners

Julia Banks is a competent, smart woman who has moved the conversation forward about the treatment of women in politics and other workplaces. Her book Is brutal and astounding. I couldn’t stop reading.

Rachel Griffiths

… an outstanding presentation… some important lessons for our industry.

Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Julia was incredible! Engaging, entertaining and impactful. She made the event a success.

Payton Capital
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