Carol has been recognised for her leadership via a range of honours including her 2019 appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia, an Honorary Doctorate from Monash University, induction into the Australia Property Hall of Fame, and a Centenary Medal. Carol was also named one of Australia’s most influential women in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s Inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards and inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll. In November 2020 Carol was recognised with the nation’s highest philanthropic honour, the ‘Leading Philanthropist’ Award by Philanthropy Australia.
Carol has chaired and participated in numerous listed and private company boards, and has also chaired major government boards and conducted significant inquiries on behalf of government. Carol’s current board roles include the Reserve Bank of Australia, EQT Holdings Limited and Qualitas Property Partners.
Throughout her career Carol has been a passionate advocate for women in leadership, particularly in business, politics and the media. As Chair of the Trawalla Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, she has catalysed a range of practical solutions, including the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, the Panel Pledge, and the Women for Media database. Carol is also the Founding Chair of Our Community, a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board, and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Board, Kings College.
Chair EQT Holdings Limited
Non-Executive Director Reserve Bank of Australia
Non-Executive Director Trawalla Group
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.
Learn more about Trawalla Foundation, visit their website:
There is no difference in the capability of women & men to design & perform outstanding research, yet the current funding system is biased against #WomeninSTEMM. Support an overhaul in the distribution of NHMRC funding - Sign the Petition! chng.it/W5VPKLjY via @ChangeAus
Let her finish: interruptions of female justices led to new supreme court rules theguardian.com/law/2021/oct/…
As quickly as we possibly can which is why @AliaviaVC and @kvaley and @MarisaWarren16 are doing such important and significant work shifting the paradigm around who are effective VCs and who are investable entrepreneurs! twitter.com/yasgrigaliunas…
Thanks so much @TraceySpicer ,presenter extraordinaire at our #pathwaystopoliticsforwomen program. The feedback from your session has been unbelievable. Thankyou for being part of our transformative program. twitter.com/TraceySpicer/s…
Such a thrill for the whole #pathwaystopoliticsforwomen team. @QUT has , like @UniMelb and @UNNSW , been such a fabulous partner, delivering an amazing program for aspiring women politicians and leaders. Thankyou for the great honour,@MargaretSheil and your team @WLIAus twitter.com/WLIAus/status/…
Survey: 42% of working women reported burnout related to job fox5ny.com/news/women-rep…
Gladys Berejiklian’s girlboss attitude didn’t work out too well for women smh.com.au/national/nsw/g…
Please contact Carol’s EA, Lara at:
Please note that the Trawalla Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund, which does not solicit funding requests from the public or have grant rounds. Should you wish to contact the Trawalla Foundation, please contact Sarah Buckley, our Executive Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.