Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling in Australia: Katrina Rathie (KWM)

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Nicknamed “chatterbox”, young Katrina once aspired to become a journalist. Growing up in an Asian household, she struggled with cultural expectations that made her feel different from her peers. But instead of shying away from it all, she decided to embrace it. Motivated by her grandfather’s words, Katrina pursued a career in law in order to create positive change in the world.

Katrina is a trailblazer in so many ways, and so you cannot simply put her in a box. It is no wonder that, in her early 30s, Katrina became one of the youngest partners at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, now King & Wood Mallesons, one of the biggest law firms in the world. She has now been the Partner in Charge at their Sydney office for the past 7 years.

In this session, Katrina will share with us interesting stories about her upbringing, her career and her advocacy work in bringing about Diversity & Inclusion in the Australian workplace. Watch the above video to hear Katrina’s secrets to her success, and the lessons learnt on her journey.

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About Katrina Rathie

Katrina Rathie is Partner in Charge, Sydney at King & Wood Mallesons which was named Law Firm of the Year 2020 at the recent Australian Law Awards.

Katrina is the winner of the Board & Management category in the AFR Women of Influence Awards 2019 and is a member of Chief Executive Women. She has been named NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year and IP Partner of the Year. As an Australian with a Chinese cultural background, she is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

She sits on the Advisory Board of Media Diversity Australia, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW, the Culture Strategy Committee of the University of Sydney, the Law Advisory Board of UNSW and Alumni Leader of UNSW Business School.

Katrina is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a number of directorships including Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, NSW Rugby Union/Waratah’s Rugby and Osteoporosis Australia. She is Chair of the Cranbrook Foundation and Vice President of Cranbrook School Council. Katrina holds a Commerce/Law degree from UNSW and is admitted to practice law in Australia and New York.