Speakers Profile - Jamila Rizvi

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Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is Deputy Managing Director at Future Women. Jamila writes regularly for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Jamila's best-selling book Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017 and long listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2018. Her second book, an anthology of letters about the first three months of life with a newborn, called The Motherhood, was released in April 2017.

Jamila has since edited Untold Resilience (2020) and Work. Love. Body. (2021) as well as writing a children’s book called I’m a Hero Too (2020). She has been named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review, and won the 2020 Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership (Victoria).

Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare, which she hosts with singer Clare Bowditch. The event attracts audiences in their thousands each year and has an online community of 10,000 women. She is also a co-host of The Briefing podcast, which reaches tens of thousands of young Australians every week.

Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics as an advisor to the Rudd and Gillard governments. She has advised governments at the highest levels on issues including employment, women, media, child care, and youth affairs.

Jamila is an Ambassador for the RMH Neuroscience Foundation and PLAN International and a board member of The Wheeler Centre.