Born Global: June 2021

Hello friend,

In this uncertain and unprecedented time, the concern on many Australians’ minds is that of the future of work. Future-proofing jobs and businesses has taken on a whole new meaning, and hindered communications through lack of in-person contact has had a widespread international impact. We are aware that our members are eager to adapt to this new working world with the aim to creating opportunity out of this period.

This month we focus on the future of work and the global Aussies working to improve the outlook for all people and businesses on a global scale, post-pandemic and beyond. We provide resources for how to deal with the new stress of working in a pandemic from Advance Award winner Susan David, and how to future-proof your business through the use of AI, blockchain and robotics. To help assist those who are transitioning we’re hosting the Advance #CoffeeHour, and we’re expanding on our commitment to bettering the future of working professionals through the 2021 Advance NextGen program. Make sure you register!

Diversity and representation have also become a cornerstone of creating a successful business, which was highlighted this month at the Advance GameChanger boardroom lunch with Kate Glazebrook, and is discussed in a postcard by Natasha Norton based in Hong Kong. So no matter your current working situation, this edition provides lessons and insights relevant for everyone.

‘Till next time,
Johanna Pitman


San Francisco-based Advance member Ash Fontana spoke to David Perell about his new book, ‘The AI-First Company’, showing how to use Artificial Intelligence in your business – whether you’re selling stuff online, running a family business or leading a large company – through usable frameworks and practical advice. More


Susan David, PhD, 2017 Advance Education Award winnerand author of ‘Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life’, has partnered with TED on a new podcast, ‘Checking in with Susan David’, to offer a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty. More


The 2021 Advance NextGen Program aims to inspire an international outlook in career planning, expanding on Advance’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders. Individuals in the final year of their university degree through to the first 5 years of their career are invited to participate, but hurry! Applications close very soon. More


Advance member Natasha Norton moved to Hong Kong mid-pandemic in June 2020. With the help of the expat community, she is firmly entrenched in her new home a year later. Her professional and personal passion of working towards a future of diversity, inclusion and equality has only been fuelled further by the home of the ‘fragrant harbour’. More


San Francisco Bay Area-based robotics expert Andra Keay, is continuously growing opportunities for Australia worldwide by helping Aussie deep tech startups go global. She discusses her journey and provides tips to help accelerate the future of Aussie startups, investors and policy makers in the robotics space. More


As part of the Advance GameChanger Boardroom lunch series, Herbert Smith Freehills hosted a conversation with startup co-founder and award winner Kate Glazebrook. The rich and motivating discussion demonstrated how Kate’s global career shaped her understanding and determination to make an impact through technology. More


There’s still time to register for the chance to share your story and hear from our team about opportunities and networks to help you settle back home. Join us on 30 June 5:00pm AEST. This is scheduled to suit Asia and European time zones (as we alternate with North America-friendly timing). More


Whether you’re looking to return home, are already here or firmly planted overseas – we’ve got vacancies and opportunities for everyone! New jobs are added every week, and you can search our job board by region, keywords and the type of work you’re looking for. Make sure to check out the events board as well for any networking events. More