Julia Banks

Author, speaker, consultant

Julia Banks is an author, writer and leadership consultant, who works across the private, corporate and public sectors, and all levels of government. Julia’s current work is broad ranging: from being a keynote speaker and panel facilitator, to engaging in “In Conversation” and workshop sessions with both small and large groups, to being a guest mentor at CEO and CxO roundtables.

Julia Banks brings a unique and broad experience to her work – and is an experienced executive corporate & board director, non-executive director, & advisory board member who has worked with global companies & Australian organisations across industry and government sectors. Julia has held senior executive director roles in corporate affairs and as general counsel and company secretary and served as a former federal government and independent MP. Julia is currently undertaking her PhD at Deakin University in Melbourne, regarding workplace culture, and also has a second book in the pipeline.

Julia’s bestselling book ‘PowerPlay, breaking through bias barriers and boys’ clubs’ received excellent reviews and was nominated in the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards – it is a resource guide for those aspiring to leadership positions & part memoir.

Julia also regularly authors opinion pieces which have been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper & The New Daily, and has appeared in radio and television, and mainstream media interviews regarding current affairs.

Julia Banks graduated in Arts & Law from Monash University in Melbourne Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Governance Institute.

Recent testimonials

We were delighted to have Julia Banks as keynote speaker for the 2023 NAWIC Christmas breakfast. She delivered an inspiring and insightful talk, with the anecdotes from her personal journey clearly resonating with the audience. We highly recommend Julia as a speaker for future events. – Emma McCaughey, NAWIC QLD President.

“Julia’s presentation was thoughtful and insightful, focused on our event themes of safety, culture and leadership.Her openness and honesty in talking about her professional and personal experiences resonated particularly well with the executive-level audience.”– Jo Lim – Chief Executive Officer – Vic Water

“… an outstanding presentation… some important lessons for our industry” – Stephen Durkin, CEO, Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy- International Womens Day event

“Julia was incredible! Engaging, entertaining and impactful. She made the event a success.“- Senior Executive – Payton Capital

‘Power Play’ is available for order https://www.booktopia.com.au/power-play-julia-banks/book/9781743797204.html

Julia’s work is consistently highly praised by organisations such as Deloitte, Australian Institute of Health and Safety, Melbourne University Business School, the Governance Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Mining, NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction

‘Power Play’ is available for order https://www.booktopia.com.au/power-play-julia-banks/book/9781743797204.html

Julia Banks
Julia Banks
Julia Banks

Recent Speaking Events

Mentor List : MasterMind

Being a guest mentor in over 20 x 2023 sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with CEOs and CXOs in the Masterclass/ Mentor List program meant Julia’s insights and advice has reached executives from across public & private sectors including health, academia, professional services, manufacturing , banking, legal, finance and insurance, property to name a few.  

We were delighted to have Julia Banks as keynote speaker …an inspiring and insightful talk, …clearly resonating with the audience. We highly recommend Julia as a speaker for future events.

Emma McCaughey, NAWIC QLD President.

“Exciting , entertaining and insightful – helped make our event a resounding success” … “Exceptional Speech” … “Inspiring”

Participants and organisers, NAWIC – National Institute of Women In Construction, December 2023

7.30 Interview

Watch Julia Banks exclusive TV interview with 7.30’s Laura Tingle.