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Author, Business Leader, former Federal Member of Parliament & Corporate Lawyer

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

Julia Banks is an author, businesswoman and former Federal Government and Independent MP & corporate executive and lawyer who recently published a bestselling book titled PowerPlay; Breaking through bias barriers and boys clubs

Julia has extensive experience in the corporate and legal sector, served as a Federal Member of the Parliament of Australia and currently holds several non-executive advisory roles.

Current Work:

Julia's bestselling book Power Play: Breaking through bias, barriers and boys clubs contains practical advice and anecdotes revealing the unvarnished realities of any workplace across all sectors where power disparities and gender politics collide; From the unequal opportunities, casual sexism and systemic misogyny, to pressures around looks, age and family responsibilities and the consequences of speaking out.

Julia's extensive experience is across the private and public sectors, having worked as senior corporate counsel and executive director roles for global companies for over 20 years prior to being elected as a Federal Member of Parliament in 2016. Julia's key areas of expertise and leadership experience are in the areas of governance, workplace culture risk, issues and crisis management.

Julia currently holds a number of non-executive advisory positions.

Previous Experience:

Julia has held leadership positions such as General Counsel, Executive Director, Company Secretary and Head of Risk and Compliance for some of the world's most recognisable blue-chip companies, including Kraft Foods, GlaxoSmithKline and GWF (Associated British Foods). She is also formerly a Director of the "Australian Made" company and a Member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property ("ACIP").

During her Parliamentary term, Julia launched and was Chair of the inaugural committee for Womens' Health, Chair of the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee, UNICEF, and overseas country groups and a member of the Economics Committee during the Banking Inquiry.

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

Risk, Crisis and Issues Management

Winston Churchill said “Never waste a good crisis”

There’s never been a more apt and timely statement about the intrinsic link between outstanding leadership and good crisis, risk and issues management. The coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented crisis on its own and in its consequences, namely that governments and businesses are managing micro versions of this crisis as it pertains to individual countries, industries and businesses.

Leading and managing a crisis well harnesses trust with internal and external stakeholders and maintains the high reputation of brands and companies

Julia Banks is a risk, crisis and issues leadership management expert, with extensive and cross-functional experience in this area - Julia’s clear analysis and advice on what needs to be done before during and after a crisis and special situations is exemplary and invaluable.

Julia’s speech will be tailored to the business and level of audience required. It typically pertains to middle management through to Board level.

After many years of leading crisis and issues management in large corporates and dealing with internal stakeholders (employees and matrix organisations) and external stakeholders including consumers, customers, regulatory authorities, the media and governments both across Australia and internationally - Julia Banks developed the PACCSSA approach as outlined below - which she will explain this model in detail whilst focussing on real examples and elements tailored to your business.
- Preparedness
- Authenticity
- Communication
- Courage
- Speed
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Aftermath review

Key Takeouts:
- A detailed outline of the PACCSA model to implement or harness best practice crisis management tailored to your business.
- How to build this into your strategic business plan to ensure business continuity and reputational maintenance.
- Confidence that with authentic courageous, collaborative and communicative leadership your business will survive a crisis and thrive.

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 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

The eloquent, audacious, courageous statement of disruption of Julia Banks…She will go down in history for calling out truth to power.

Nikki Gemmell, Author & Journalist

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.


I feel incredibly just go and grab the world by both hands.

Avila College Senior Student

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

We were so lucky that Julia was able / willing to speak at our IWD Book Club. She was inspiring and authentic and made our event so successful. Despite being incredibly busy, she was so committed to our book club initiative and communicating the purpose of her book to Deloitte. Thank you Julia. It was a privilege to meet you and work with you. Can't wait to see how Safety Respect Equity unfolds.

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