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Making it 'her business' to be an insider with Lisa Chung AM

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 10/16/2020

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A fourth generation Tasmanian to Chinese parents, in this podcast Lisa Chung AM shares how she has embraced cultural and gender challenges throughout her successful career as a lawyer, Non Executive Director, Managing Partner and Chair. 

Moving from Tasmania to Sydney in her early 20s in a bid to leave the law, Lisa ended up taking a job at Blakes (now Ashurst) where she stayed for 20 years, rising to Partner, Managing Partner and Chair.

Lisa grew up in Hobart with a hard working family who taught her the importance of being adaptable and fitting it. Advice from her father has etched her career - "be comfortable having tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace as well as a tradie".  

Lisa is an experienced Non-Executive Director, lawyer and Chair, with a long history sitting on the Boards of a range of commercial and for-purpose organisations, spanning a wide range of sectors (see notes). 

Passionate about people and place, Lisa’s executive and board roles have been industry agnostic, choosing roles based on their impact and connection rather the industry - demonstrated by her diverse experience, including:

  • Chair of the board of a professional service partnership
  • Chair of Urbis (a professional service company)
  • Non Executive Director of an ASX
  • Chair of a long standing NFP, The Benevolent Society
  • Chair of an advocacy organisation
  • Being on the board of Australian Unity, a mutual fund
  • Chairing family companies 

In this podcast Lisa explores how she overcame cultural and gender challenges, the important role her mentors have played, as well as providing advice on how to approach a board  “interview” – or "peer discussion", as she likes to call it.  Lisa also talks about the benefits of being on multiple boards.

In 2020, Lisa became a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through charitable and cultural organisations.

Lisa Chung AM

Non Executive Director, Australian Unity
Chair, The Front Project
NED, Artspace
Maddock, Consultant

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Claire Braund (host)

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