Karen Grumley

Head of Legal - Coal

Pacific National

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Her story

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

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

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 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.

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.

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