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Megan Barnett-Smith

National Manager, Community Impact

King & Wood Mallesons


Megan is the Community Impact National Manager at King & Wood Mallesons. She leads the Specialist & Community Services stream of King & Wood Mallesons’ Community Impact program, which, together with it's pro-bono and philanthropy efforts all pivot towards the strategic objective of reducing poverty and inequality.  Her area of legal expertise is Indigenous land law, having worked as a Senior Associate on native title, Aboriginal land rights and Aboriginal cultural heritage matters in every state and territory of Australia. 

Megan has a Masters Degree in Community Development and, in her personal capacity, is a Justice Advocate with International Justice Mission - the world’s largest anti-slavery and people trafficking organisation.  She also sits a board of a local not for profit organisation, sings with a local music group and is an active participant in her young boys’ school and kindergarten communities. 

Megan is a passionate social justice advocate and strives to inspire all staff to realise the potential positive impact their collective skills, resources and experiences can make in the communities in which we live, work and operate.

Talks at YOW!

How to infuse agility into the traditional mindset - Business Agility Australia 2019

In this talk Lani along with Megan Barnett-Smith, lawyer from King & Wood Malleson's Community Impact team will share some insights and practical steps on how you can cut through complexity and pioneer change that adds value in your context.

Facing the challenge of introducing and enabling agility and innovation within a profession that has had little change in the last century. Lani and Megan will share how they have navigated through tradition, hierarchy and ego in ways that have inspired and aided individuals and teams to think differently, collaborate, achieve consensus and demonstrate results.

Attendees will hear how Megan is embracing ambiguity to unlearn and identify new ways of working to create value and what impact this is having in her role.

The talk will spark ideas and experiments for the audience to apply in their environment.

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