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Break the Bias 2022: A NSW Celebration of Women in AALA and Community

  • 09 Mar 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Baker McKenzie (Barangaroo NSW) and Online

#break the bias 2022


Date: Wednesday 9 March 2022.

Time: 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.

Venue: Baker McKenzie, Level 46, Tower One, Barangaroo.

The evening will be hosted both in person and presented online as a Baker McKenzie conference. Accordingly, registration is essential to ensure you secure your seat or receive your personalised link to join the live stream, participate in the discussion and submit your Q&As.

Please note that in-person registration is limited. If you register to attend in-person and can no longer attend, please let us know as there is a waiting list. The event will be hosted under the Baker McKenzie social distancing policy. 

Click here to register to attend in person, at Baker McKenzie.


Register to attend online, via Webinar Conference.

Let’s stop talking about women in leadership, let’s start seeing women in leadership! Join the Asian Australian Lawyers Association as we host a celebration of the year of female leadership: in 2021, the NSW Branch of the AALA resolved to appoint Ms Katrina Rathie as the inaugural NSW Branch Patron. Additionally, the NSW Membership also voted to elect the first female NSW Branch President, Mrs Marija Gurlica
Join us as we celebrate these milestones and come together to ensure that female leadership continues to flourish and that we #BreakTheBias together.

Join Marija Gurlica, as she sits down with the inaugural NSW Patron, Katrina Rathie and Deputy Mayor of Fairfield Council, Dai Le to discuss female leadership and how we can #BreakTheBias.

Any queries? Contact nsw@aala.org.au

About Katrina

In July 2021, the NSW Branch proudly announced and warmly welcomed Ms Katrina Rathie as the inaugural NSW Patron. Ms Rathie is an Australian with a Chinese cultural background, her family originating from Guangzhou Province in Southern China.  Katrina brings to this role distinguished service to the Australian legal profession, extensive cross-border leadership and cultural skills honed through an esteemed 36-year career spanning Australia, Asia and the USA.

Katrina is a pre-eminent lawyer, well-known business leader and non-executive director who is proud to be a role model and champion for Asian Australians. She was named the overall winner in the prestigious Board & Management category in the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence list, recognised for her outstanding contributions to leadership in the law, advancement of gender and cultural diversity across Australia and Asia.

Katrina is excited to be named as NSW Patron of AALA and looks forward to continuing to advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in business, boards and throughout the legal profession.  Her wisdom and lived experience will be valued by AALA members. 

About Dai

Dai lives and breathes diversity and inclusion. Her mission is to help build an inclusive society where the leadership of mainstreams institutions and organizations genuinely reflect the diverse community we live in.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dai spent many years in refugee camps in South East Asia before being accepted for resettlement in Australia. Her childhood experiences and growing up with a dual identity – being a Vietnamese in an Australian and western cultural surroundings, helped to shape her perception of life. It has also made her a passionate advocate for refugees and migrant communities. She was recently re-elected to Fairfield City Council and also elected Deputy Mayor – the first Vietnamese woman with refugee background to be elected to the role in NSW.

Dai also founded her company Dawn Media Productions (DMP) (www.dawnmediaproductions.com) that helps established brands to amplify their personal stories and journeys on YouTube Channel as well as through bite-sized video snippets.

Dai had served as an Advisory Board Member to Multicultural NSW, a Government statutory body; as a director on the Local Government NSW Board. Dai was a former Ambassador for Fairfield Relay for Life and NSW Cancer Council Greater Western Sydney. Dai is also a councillor on Fairfield City Council, one of the most culturally diverse Councils in Australia.

A former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Dai was named one of AFR-Westpac's Top 100 Influential Women in Australia in 2014. With over 20 years of change making experience, Dai is a strong believer in the use of storytelling to inspire, educate and inform.

Dai is also a breast cancer survivor.

About Marija

In 2017, Marija joined as a Member of AALA and hasn't looked back since! During her studies, Marija always found herself advocating for diversity and inclusion, and stepping out into the legal profession whilst continuing this advocacy only seemed like a natural next step. In AALA, she found like-minded colleagues who shared a passion for their cultural heritage whilst also insatiably dedicated to contributing to the local community. Improving access to justice and promoting intersectional diversity, over the years Marija has become a strategic and vocal leader in our wider community. 

As we all do, Marija wears many hats: solicitor, sister, daughter, wife, mother, advocate, member of the NSW Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Committee and elected NSW Branch President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association....

Well known for her commitment to sharing stories, Marija encourages the growth of diversity in the legal profession and believes this can be done by celebrating and supporting each other.  To learn more visit: marijagurlica.com 


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