Sally Pitkin

Consultant

Clayton Utz

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Her story

Sally, a consultant at Clayton Utz with thirty years of corporate experience, is a recognized leader in corporate governance. Serving as a director and board member, she actively contributes to private, public, and nonprofit sectors as a Chair. Sally mentors emerging lawyers and non-executive directors, fostering diversity and supporting the advancement of women. Envisioning diversity as fairness, creativity, and success, she emphasizes the need for broader representation in the legal industry. Sally's journey into the legal profession was fueled by a determination to challenge stereotypes, joining despite being told it was no place for a woman in 1976.

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

I am a Chair and Board Member of a range of organisations in the private, public and not for profit sectors. I also consult to the law firm where I was a partner, and support emerging lawyers and non-executive directors as a mentor.

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

Fairness, creativity, success.

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

A broader representation of people from different backgrounds, including gender and ethnicity, at all levels of the industry.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

In 1976 I was told the legal profession was no place for a woman, so I joined.

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