Advance was delighted to host an intimate women’s lunch with Carol Schwartz AM, a strong advocate for women in leadership, with a passion for the arts, entrepreneurial businesses and social enterprises. The gathering was generously hosted by Advance Global Advisory Council member, Josephine Linden, at her Fifth Avenue offices in New York City on April 15.
Carol Schwartz is the Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, where she was the driver of the Women for Media initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media. Carol is also Founding Chair of Our Community, working to build strong communities through stronger community organisations.
Most recently, Carol was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University, inducted into the Australian Property Hall of Fame, made an Honorary Life Member of the Property Council of Australia and inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. Carol was awarded a Monash University Fellowship in 2010 in recognition of her professional distinction and outstanding service as a member of the alumni. 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 committee participant. Carol is also an Advance Global Advisory Council member. Carol is an inspiring example of global Australian leadership.
Other guests included Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO of Advance; Prue Clarke, Advance Social Impact Award winner; Nisha Dua, General Partner at BBG Ventures; Visnja Brdar, entrepreneur, brand and design specialist; Sheena Macrae, TV producer and creative; Rebecca John, former Partner at Lexington Partners; Dr Pamela Ryan, author, educator, social entrepreneur and public policy advocate; Hayley Sudbury, founder and CEO of WERKIN tech company, and Kathryn Ritchie, founder and global chair of Ignition Institute.