As Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Carol 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.
Carol was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her distinguished service to the community as a supporter of women in leadership roles, to social justice advocacy, and to business. 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, was recognised by Ernst & Young as the 2018 Champion of Entrepreneurship, Southern Region 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.
Together with her husband Alan and four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation, which works with individuals and organisations that have a vision for the future of Australian society.
Non-Executive Director Reserve Bank of Australia
Non-Executive Director Qualitas Property Partners
Non-Executive Director Trawalla Group
Director Skalata Ventures
Chair Women’s Leadership Institute Australia
Chair Our Community
Established in 2004 as a vehicle for the philanthropic activities of the Schwartz family.
The Trawalla Foundation invests in exceptional individuals and organisations focused on strengthening gender equality, creativity, sustainability and social justice within our society.
We are active funding partners, adopting a range of levers including grants, investments, skills, networks and advocacy, to catalyse and strengthen the work undertaken.
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Belinda I disagree. I don't believe we publicly acknowledge women nearly enough! @honourawoman is a critically important way to change that. As a recipient of an award I can assure you it's a life changing shot in the arm! It helps women realise their efforts are valued & matter. twitter.com/BelindaNoonan1…
There are so many amazing women in over half our population. We can’t leave their recognition to chance any longer @honourawoman #genderequality #RecognitionMatters @TomMcIlroy @CEWAus @hula_grl @BroadAgenda5050 @Virginia_Hauss twitter.com/honourawoman/s…
Construction is the second most male-dominated industry in Australia. AND its workforce is much better paid than the average Australian...let alone the average Australian woman. womensagenda.com.au/latest/co…
There are still “... hurdles and obstacles that seem to be only for women”. And we still need to “shake things up”. Great article & a “must read” from @BroadAgenda5050 #womeninleadership #genderequality twitter.com/Virginia_Hauss…
Quotas for women in politics sounds like a good idea, but sometimes it can backfire. India holds some lessons for other countries, including the US and Australia. @BroadAgenda5050 @Unwomen @UNWomenWatch @iwda @_WiIRD_ @UCBGL bit.ly/3eLWa8r pic.twitter.com/2mOx296vdm
Leadership traits are often gendered, but female political leaders globally constitute such a small sample size, it’d be unwise to make any sweeping generalisations, writes @emmakinloch in a new piece for @po_qu bit.ly/2Um7Ln9
We're pleased to share a new Leading Interviews episode - conversations with #womeninleadership. In this ep, Carol Schwartz AO talks to Elana Rubin about being the only woman in the boardroom and sponsorship in career progression. @cazzmelbourne @CEWAus youtu.be/91lNFrPhIpA pic.twitter.com/5ca7PHbfZF
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