Carol Schwartz AM

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Carol Schwartz AM

Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute Australia
Non Executive Director, Stockland
Non Executive Director, Bank of Melbourne
Founder, Trawalla Foundation
Chairman, Our Community

Current Positions

Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute Australia
Non Executive Director, Stockland
Non Executive Director, Bank of Melbourne
Founder, Trawalla Foundation
Chairman, Our Community

Previous Positions

President, Melbourne International Arts Festival
Deputy Chair, Australian Women Donors Network

Areas of Expertise

Business Property, Service and Retail, Social and Environmental Responsibility, Women in Business
Finance Finance and Government, Global Financial Health
Not for Profit Art and Culture, Education, Employment and Training, Environment, Conservation and Heritage, Governance


With a dynamic leadership career spanning the property, arts, finance, government and health sectors, Carol Schwartz is recognised as an esteemed commentator on gender equality, women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise, business and finance issues.

As Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Carol is the driver of the initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media.

Her current directorships also include: Chairman of Our Community – a social enterprise supporting community organisatons with educational resources and links to business and government; Director Qualitas; Director, Yarra Capital Partners; Director, Stockland; Director, Bank of Melbourne; Board member St James Ethics Foundation and Executive in Residence at Melbourne Business School. Carol is also a Council member of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, a member of the Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board and a member of the Milken Global Advisory Council.

Previously, Carol 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. Prior to this, Carol was 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 Honours 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 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.

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