Networking Breakfast

at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia 

Principal of MLC School, Ms Lisa Moloney and the Old Girls’ Union warmly invite all Old Girls to attend a networking breakfast.

Old Girl change makers Lija Wilson (Sutherland 1993), Pallavi Sinha (1993) and Megan Lavender (1988) will form a panel to discuss the mindset needed to look at old problems such as flexibility, hierarchy and prejudice from a different perspective.

Women network to learn from each other, share ideals and work towards a better future. Initiatives such as Lean In Circles and Standing on Our Shoulders are supporting women to make positive changes. The School and the OGU aims to facilitate these changes within our own community.

This is an outstanding opportunity to connect and share the morning with other Old Girls.

 

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Lija Wilson (Sutherland 1993)

Lija Wilson left MLC School in 1993. With a keen interest in business and in particularly, marketing, Lija held a number of roles with large organisations including Canon Australia, Fairfax Media, Domain, RSVP, Stayz and Qantas Group. She also did 12 months in the voluntary role of Head of Marketing for TEDx, focusing on innovation and supporting startups.

In 2017, Lija left the corporate world to pursue an interest in startups and to solve a problem she experienced first hand when navigating her return to work plans after maternity leave. She launched Puffling, a platform to support senior women finding flexible career options and has grown the business. Puffling now works with large organisations and government agencies to support gender diversity at senior levels and work towards creative flexible work solutions. Puffling has won a number of awards and Lija has been recognised for her leadership in this area, being named as a 2019 Flexible Work Day Ambassador.

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Pallavi Sinha (1993)

Pallavi Sinha is a multi-award winning Lawyer, Academic and Notary Public. She studied at MLC School, Burwood, and completed her HSC with a TER of 99.65 and full marks in three Unit Modern History. She was also extensively involved with extracurricular activities, including, Debating prefect and the President of Rotary Interact Club in her final year at MLC School. She subsequently completed Economics (Social Sciences) and Law degrees with honours from Sydney University, and was selected in the prestigious Australian Financial Review Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner list. She strongly believes in the importance of building strong connections and a meaningful legacy for future generations.

Pallavi has worked for the private, public and community sector. She formerly worked as a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, and as a Legal Mediator at CatholicCare in the area of family law. She is currently Principal of Lawyers with Solutions (LWS) and lectures at University of Sydney Law School. She established LWS from scratch, a multi-disciplinary firm offering education/training, policy, strategic and/or legal services. In 2018, she won a Corporate Vision Business Innovator Award.

A popular and well-known speaker and media commentator, Pallavi was the first Indian Australian woman to be invited to join Saxton Speakers Bureau. She has spoken at Global and National Conferences, and is regularly interviewed by the media. She participated in the Ethics Centre Intelligence Squared Debate with Stan Grant, Rita Panahi and Jack Thompson, and this was broadcast on ABC TV and BBC World. She has appeared on Skynews, ABC TV Q & A, The Drum, the 7.30 Report and BBC World. Her opinion pieces have been widely published in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and SBS. One of her articles reached over 250,000 accounts on social media.

Pallavi has been a spokesperson for disadvantaged groups, presented submissions before Government committees, and positively contributed to changes to Government policy to increase access to justice. In 2019, Pallavi was a Liberal candidate for the NSW Upper house State elections.

Pallavi has served on several Boards, and currently serves on the NSW Ministerial Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity, the Multicultural Consultation Council of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board. Pallavi is also an Appointed Supporter of the Joint Federal and State Government campaign to stop Domestic or family violence (DV), and a former People of Australia Ambassador and former Lifeline Counsellor.

Cover or feature stories on Pallavi are available in publications such as the Sydney Observer, Women’s Agenda, Lawyers Weekly and Indus Age.

To follow Pallavi and/or for more information about her:

www.facebook.com/pallavisinha2019
LinkedIn: Pallavi Sinha
Twitter and Instagram: mspallavisinha
www.pallavisinha.com.au

Megan J Lavender

Megan Lavender (1988)

Megan J Lavender is an MLC School Old Girl, a past treasurer of the MLC School Old Girls’ Union and a transformational leader of organisations with a focus on stakeholder engagement.

An experienced public company director and government board member, she is also peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector CEOs – having held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and third sectors.

Megan presently serves as a federal government appointed board member of the Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service and a state government appointed board member of the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage and has been commissioned by the NSW Minister for Lands as deputy chairman of the 107-year-old Gosford Showground Crown Lands Trust.

In addition to these three government board appointments, she also currently serves on a further thirteen boards, including as chairman of Road Sense Australia, independent chair of the University of Sydney Union Finance Committee, as the first female treasurer of the 116-year-old Royal Automobile Club of Australia, as company secretary of Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and a director of Special Olympics Australia, Gridiron Australia, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Mainly Music International, Australian Ice Racing, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Swimming NSW Aquatic Management, Friends of First Government House Site and the Bankstown Harness Racing Club.

Megan has served as an independent board member of the NSW Government appointed racing industry controlling body, as chairman of the Victorian based sporting social enterprises, Boots For All and Sport For All, and as a director of multiple public and private companies, associations and charities, including Comtax Credit Union, Co-op Bookshop, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Pathology Awareness Australia, Sport NSW, Women Sport Australia, Independent Living Centre NSW, Five Dock Leisure Centre, Macquarie University Union, Cancer Council Relay for Life, Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and the Australia Indonesia Association.

She currently operates her own management and strategic consultancy business and has previously served in several senior executive roles. Megan has also served as an elected city councillor on the City of Canada Bay Council and as ministerial advisor to the Australian Minister for Sport, Minister for Tourism and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games.

Megan is peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector chief executives and among a select few people conferred with a full fellowship by the Australasian Society of Association Executives – the professional industry association where she previously served as state chairman.

She is an arts, education, speech and drama graduate of Macquarie University and Trinity College, London.