Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed Lisa Annese as the firm’s first Diversity Manager.

Lisa joins Corrs from the Diversity Council Australia, where she was Programs Director, working with Australian businesses to help develop and implement their diversity initiatives.

Lisa has also worked with the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) where she was instrumental in the development of the first census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’, the first ‘Business Achievement Awards’, the creation of the ‘Employer of Choice for Women’ citation and the development and implementation of the policy framework for the EOWA Act (1999) with Australian businesses.

Lisa co-authored Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace which was named a “must-read business book” by AFR/BOSS magazine and has strong ties with various United Nations organisations, including the UN Global Compact, the UN Alliance of Civilisations and UN Women.

Christine Covington, partner and chair of the firm’s Diversity Council said, “Lisa’s appointment reinforces Corrs’ commitment to our 2015 Diversity Strategy to create a high performance culture that not only supports diversity, but celebrates it. We’re delighted to have the benefit of Lisa’s extensive professional experience to assist in the implementation of our diversity goals.”

At Corrs, Lisa will be responsible for driving and implementing a range of diversity initiatives, including Corrs’ participation as an industry partner in the Melbourne Business School Gender Equality Project and publishing an ASX Guideline compliant Diversity Policy.

“Corrs participation in the Gender Equality Project will put us in touch with world class practices and research to help the firm respond more effectively to the needs of our workforce. The project will provide evidence based training programs and create opportunities to give feedback on our own policies, systems, cultures and procedures,” said Christine.

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