Karen Iles is a lawyer, accredited mediator, consultant, board director, sexual assault survivor and Dharug Aboriginal woman.
Founder and Principal Solicitor of Violet Co Legal & Consulting, a social enterprise with the purpose to create radical solutions and just outcomes for women, gender diverse and First Nations people.
Karen Iles speaks on a variety of topics in her professional realm including; women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s issues with the justice system, Workplace discrimination, Workplace sexual harassment and assault, good governance, diversity, equity and inclusion programs, corporate social responsibility, social justice and the value of mediation and alternative dispute resolution in workplace and community contexts.
She focuses on practical steps that businesses, organisations and teams can take to create change for women and First Nations’ peoples. She blends legal and consulting trends with personal experience and (de-identified) real life client examples to motivate change.
Karen also speaks publicly, and in the media, about her personal lived experience of sexual assault, police accountability and the justice system to inspire social change and motivate others to overcome adversity.
In 2022, Karen was featured in the Guardian Australia, A Current Affair, ABC 7.30, ABC Radio and Mamamia and was the recipient of the Law Society of NSW 2022 Pro Bono Service Award.