Leah Stangle

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

I problem solve legal and governance risk issues in complex resourcing scenarios.
I build a community of like-minded women pursuing gender equality.
I support and encourage family, friends and colleagues to do more of what makes them happy.
I provide a safe, loving and stimulating environment for my daughter to thrive and my husband and I to grow further together.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I respected the profession and the intellectual challenge appealed to me.

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

• Complex
• Equality
• Better solutions

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

A shift in how successful lawyers operate, demonstrating that you can be a respected practitioner and prioritise your family, friends, community and personal pursuits and not have to sacrifice your career.

Leah is Senior Legal Counsel at Downer Group and Not for Profit Director/Company Secretary at Brisbane Women’s Club.