Karen Grumley

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

I work with my colleagues to understand our business, create value for our customers and prevent problems from arising – all while having fun, learning and stretching myself to be #morethanalawyer.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I’m naturally curious – I seek to understand the world around me, how it works and how can I improve it. From a young age, I saw the law as a way to quench that inquisitiveness, and look to solve problems with others.

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

A different perspective.

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

As leaders we need to make a choice – to have the courage to create our own inclusive teams and organisations – that will bring diverse thinking to our industry. One action at a time is all it takes – to change our habits, to be intentional and to celebrate our success. If we each do something, momentum will build.

Karen is Head of Legal – Coal, Pacific National / Immediate Past President and Chair of Association of Corporate Counsel Australia.