September’s Asking For A Friend event (Aus)

September 2, 2021

With guests, James Duru, Creative Director of Design Studio and psychologist, Dr Sally Fitzpatrick from Everymind.

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.

speakers / Hosts

James Duru

James has spent the majority of his career working across design, branding and motion. In his role as Creative Director of DesignStudio’s APAC business he’s overseen the growth of the agency from a team of one, to a business of nearly 20 working with businesses in markets across APAC including Grab, Alipay, Konami, Sweat and ExpressVPN. Growing up as the son of a teacher he’s always had a strong interest in education and mentorship and its relationship to design. For the past five years he’s worked closely in partnership with UTS & D&AD, mentoring students through the course.

Sally Fitzpatrick

Sally is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. Sally has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the statutory child protection sector for more than ten years as a child protection worker, trainer, and project manager. She is currently the Program Manager, Mental Health and Research at Everymind, our partners in the Mentally-Healthy research study.

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