Carol Schwartz

Carol Schwartz AM,
Founding Chair

Carol Schwartz is one of Australia’s leading business identities. Carol has extensive experience in business, property, the arts, community organizations and has been a director on a large number of public company and government boards.

Carol is currently the Chairman of Our Community and Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia. Some of Carol’s other directorships include Director, Stockland, Director, Bank of Melbourne, Director, Qualitas Property Partners, board member St James Ethics Foundation, board member National Australia Day Council, Executive in Residence at Melbourne Business School, council member of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, board member Centre for Advanced Journalism, University of Melbourne, member of the Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board,member the Milken Global Advisory Council, member Harvard Kennedy Women’s Leadership Board and she is also the Co- Chair in Australia for Women Corporate Directors.

Carol until recently was Deputy Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network. Carol is also the immediate Past President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival where she served from 2005-2009. Carol’s other previous roles include Chair of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT), and National President of the Property Council of Australia.

Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honors list in 2006 for her achievements in business and commerce and her contribution to community and the arts; Carol also received the Centenary Medal in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service as a leading business executive and board participant. Carol was awarded a Monash University Fellowship in 2010 in recognition of her significant contribution to the community through her professional distinction and outstanding service as a member of the alumni. In March 2011 Carol was inducted into the 2011 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll.

Together with her husband Alan and four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation. The Trawalla Foundation invests in social enterprises and opportunities that focus on arts, ideas, innovation and scholarship.

  • "Carol Schwartz AM to advise on gender equality in the workplace", Media Release, 23 January 2013.
  • Denis Moriarty

    Denis Moriarty

    Denis Moriarty is the Group Managing Director of Our Community. He has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He was the former head of the Victorian Government's Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy, and former Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Commission.

    Denis is a graduate of both the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and the Williamson Community Leadership program, and a member of several non-profit and private boards. He is passionate for change and improving the lives of the most disadvantaged in society, not in a charitable notion but one based on communities taking charge of their own destiny.

    He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for his work in establishing Our Community and he sees Our Community as an organisation to assist, inspire and encourage debate and improve the social fabric and soul of Australia through its 600,000 community organisations.

    Cathy Truong

    Cathy Truong

    Cathy Truong is the Executive Officer of Trawalla Foundation. She has worked in the third sector for the past ten years, with a focus on effective philanthropic practices and capacity building for non-profit organisations.

    Most recently, Cathy worked with the Social Impact and Leadership & Learning teams at Social Ventures Australia. She was responsible for the project management of numerous projects for SVA, ranging from the social enterprise reporting framework through to the introduction of the new online financial training tool designed to support non-profit CEOs and executives.

    Cathy's experience in the non-profit sector also includes roles as the Capacity Builder Manager for the Foundation for Young Australians and as an Executive Director of Our Community. Prior to this, she held senior positions in the corporate sector including Co-Founder & Product Director for Wishlist.com.au and as Senior Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting (Telecommunications & Information) in the Melbourne, New York and Hong Kong offices.

    Cathy has always remained active on numerous non-profit boards, including over the past decade Urban Seed, Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria and local education councils.

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