Progressing gender equality: Cassandra Heilbronn

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Tell us a little about your story, how did you get to where you are today?

I started working at MinterEllison three years ago – seven years to the day after I started my legal career! I work in the Insurance and Corporate Risk practice group, with a focus on sports law.

Progressing gender equality in leadership is important because…

You cannot be what you cannot see. Before making the move to MinterEllison I wanted to make sure it was the firm for me – one that values gender equality and is committed to ensuring women progress in law and life.

I champion gender equality by…

Leading a number of initiatives for women in the legal industry and broadly through my role as the President of Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ). Most recently, I helped organise an Equitable Briefing Evening at MinterEllison, introducing some of our corporate clients to a number of female barristers in Brisbane.

What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?

The biggest issue I've personally faced is the attitude of some other women. I’ve experienced firsthand what it is like to have women who, once they have reached the top, metaphorically speaking pull the ladder out and choose not to help the next generation. I've never experienced this at MinterEllison, but I think it is something for us all to be conscious of and look for ways to support those around us.

As an emerging female leader, working at MinterEllison has meant…

I have the flexibility, and the understanding and belief in me of my colleagues, to step up into the role of President of WLAQ. I would not be able to do that if it was not for the support and commitment of the firm, my managers and colleagues.