April 2022 Asking For A Friend

April 7, 2022

With guests, Jess Lilley, Creative Director and Co-Founder of The Open Arms, and Tara Hurster of the TARA Clinic.

Asking For A Friend teams an industry leader with a psychologist to give advice on career, mental health and everything in between. It’s there for the questions you don’t yet have the courage to ask of your boss or at your workplace for fear of how you may be judged or treated. Of course, we hope you can ask those questions, but just in case, you can ask them anonymously for a friend instead.

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Jess Lilley

Jess is a Creative Director and Founder of The Open Arms in Melbourne. She’s been doing the ad thing pretty solidly since 2000 - when she was listening to a lot of big riffs and working for peanuts in the independent music industry. But as fate would have it, Jess took a one-off freelance copywriting gig “to make ends meet" and thus began a globetrotting journey revelling in the pirateship-like camaraderie, inventiveness, occasional weirdness and always team spiritedness of creative departments in cities near and far. Throughout her career, Jess has continued to balance work with personal creative projects across public radio, photography, film and theatre.

Tara Hurster

Tara Hurster is a psychologist and the founder of The TARA Clinic, where TARA is an acronym for Therapeutic Addiction Recovery Assistance. She supports busy and successful people to regain control over substance use and addiction while leaving the guilt and shame behind. Tara's interest in the space of addiction began early in her career and over the years she has realised that addiction truly doesn't discriminate. After helping thousands of people to work through their experience of substance use she has focussed her sights now on disrupting the way we view addiction through reducing the negative stigma.

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