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Chief Counsel Q&A

  • Clayton Utz Canberra (map)

On 6 June 2019, WLA members and guests heard from and gained some insights from our panel of General/ Chief Counsels:


Brigadier Bronwyn Worswick – General Counsel, Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Janean Richards – Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 

Kristen Porter – General Counsel, Dexar Group (Independent Property Group, Peter Blackshaw Real Estate, Purdon Planning).

The panel members shared their personal journeys to their current roles, all taking a leap of faith and embracing the unknown. With regards to their personal career paths, the central theme discussed was to hone soft skills and leadership skills (you might never have all the technical skills for the job you apply for but don't let that deter you from putting in an application) and to find formal and informal mentors for guidance.

During the Q&A, the panel also spoke honestly about sexual harassment in the workplace and the importance of cultivating and celebrating innovation.

We would like to extend our thanks to Clayton Utz for sponsoring this event.

Earlier Event: May 30
WILO and WLMP Cocktail Event
Later Event: June 19
Come to The Bar