Lisa Annese


Lisa Annese has been Chief Executive Officer for Diversity Council Australia (DCA) since 2014, leading a team of professionals who all work in a flexible manner to:

  • Lead debate on diversity in the public arena,
  • Develop and promote the latest diversity research, thinking and practice, and
  • Deliver innovative diversity practice resources and services to enable DCA members to drive business improvement.

She is a highly respected and regular contributor to publications and regularly presents and speaks publicly in all areas of diversity.

A highlight of Lisa’s work has been leading the DCA Research team in a number of projects focussing on steps to enable and mainstream workplace flexibility including DCA: Get FlexibleDCA: Men Get Flexible and most recently, Future Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility by Design.  In particular this most recent project focuses on a new way of thinking about workplace flexibility, recognising that it is about more than accommodating an individual’s needs – it is about re-designing work at a team or organisation level to maximise both individual well-being and company performance.  Workplace flexibility is the key to enabling greater gender equality at work and making life more manageable and meaningful outside the workplace.

Other career highlights for Lisa include:

  • At the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (formerly EOWA), developing the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’, the first ever ‘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. For her contribution at EOWA, she was awarded a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service.
  • Co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace” which was named a “must-read business book” by AFR/BOSS magazine.

Lisa has a business degree from UTS (Sydney) and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources. She is raising three independent and broad minded daughters with her husband in Sydney and is heavily involved in local community activities with them.