James Duru, Creative Director of DesignStudio APAC and Tara Hurster, CEO and Psychologist at the TARA Clinic
Special guests, James Duru of DesignStudio and Psychologist Tara Hurster join us for our latest event. 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.
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.
Many executives struggle with the overuse of drugs, alcohol, and other unhelpful behaviours. The TARA Clinic, where TARA is an acronym for Therapeutic Addiction Recovery Assistance, is the modern solution to addiction treatment and supports successful people to regain control over substance use and addiction while leaving the guilt and shame behind. Tara Hurster is a psychologist and the founder of The TARA Clinic. She understands that people are looking for practical solutions to help them find the freedom they truly crave. As such, she has been the driving force to curate On-Demand Courses and Interactive Programs for people around Australia to have access to practical addiction treatment without needing to interrupt their lives.