Program speakers

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Julie Reilly OAM

Chief Executive Officer

Julie is the CEO of the Australians Investing In Women, a national NFP that advocates for, promotes, and facilitates gender-wise philanthropy.

She is passionate about sharing the benefits of investing in women and girls and was recognised for her impact in this work in Pro Bono’s inaugural IMPACT 25 Awards in 2014.

Before joining Australian Investing in Women, Julie’s diverse experience spanned government, corporate, NFP, university and media roles.

She has co-ordinated international OECD conferences, won an Excellence Award for her work with the National Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity at Swinburne University and in 2017 was named in the Herald Sun’s 50 ‘Women in Victoria You Should Know’.

Julie has studied Philanthropy and Social Investment and has served on NFP and philanthropic boards. She currently holds Advisory Board roles with the Perpetual Foundation, Canadian based Fora, and MECCA’s M-Power Program.

In 2017 Julie was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study global strategies for increasing giving to women and girls and in 2018 travelled to the U.S, U.K and Europe to undertake this research.

In 2021, Julie was recognised for her contribution to the community through charitable organisations with the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

With her husband, Lindsay Field, she co-produced Myer’s annual Spirit of Christmas CD which, over 25 years, raised over 8.5m for charity. Julie is most proud of co-producing two intelligent, independent, capable, compassionate daughters.