Jodi Palmer

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

I help people and businesses to be better participants in society.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

Growing up in regional Qld, when I achieved good results at school I was asked “Are you going to do Medicine or Law?” I didn’t enjoy my visit to an anatomy lab, so law it was. I enjoyed my legal studies and have now found the part of the industry that fits for me – but I didn’t even know this was an option when I started in the industry.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Equality, balance, potential.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

A truly diverse leadership base, with strong ties into the diverse membership base, and constant listening. The way it has always been done will not serve the industry in the next 10, 20, 30 or 100 years and leaders need to be not just open to change, but driving for change.

Jodi is Vice President Legal & Compliance at Volvo Group Australia.