Julia Banks

Author, speaker, consultant

Julia Banks is an author, writer, leadership consultant, and keynote speaker 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’s expertise is in leadership, safe, healthy, and respectful workplace cultures, diversity and inclusion, governance and risk and issues management. Julia is currently undertaking her PhD at Deakin University regarding workplace culture, and she has another book in the pipeline.

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, specifically addressing workplace coercive control.

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 speaking events

June 2024 – Lawyers Weekly Inaugural Partner Summit

“It was thrilling to have an emcee and panel moderator of Julia’s calibre at our event – her stage presence, anecdotes, and insightful interaction with event speakers took the quality of multiple sessions to the next level. We’re very pleased to have been able to work with Julia!” Jerome Doraisamy, Editor Lawyers Weekly

Julia did amazing work …a natural who made us all feel very comfortable and enabled the conversation to flow so well. Little wonder why we got such great feedback after the session.’’  Miki Simonovski, Founder and Director, Fee Synergy  

Sorrento Writers Festival

In Conversation with Grace Tame and Panel discussions regarding workplace culture and leadership with various people such as  Bernard Salt, Mim Barlett and Kate Jenkins. 2024

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’s exclusive TV interview with 7.30’s Laura Tingle.

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