With a dynamic leadership career spanning property, the arts, finance, government and health sectors, Carol Schwartz AM is recognised as an esteemed business person and entrepreneur, focusing on gender equality, women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise, business and finance industries. Carol was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia 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. In 2016 Carol became the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Property Hall of Fame as well as being made an honorary life member of the Property Council of Australia and will bring her expertise in business and commerce to the Advance Global Advisory Council.
Her current directorships include: Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia where she is the driver of the womenformedia.com.au initiative, which aims to increase female representation in the news media; Chairman of Our Community – a social enterprise supporting community organisatons with educational resources and links to business and government; Director Qualitas; Director, Stockland; 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.
Previously, Carol was Deputy Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network. Carol is also a 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.
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.