Born Global: November 2023

Hello Friend,

So many reminders this month that global Australians are at the forefront of current affairs including:

  • Annette Young amplifying the voices for peace in the Middle EastπŸ‘‡;
  • Advance Ambassador, Georgie Skipper, navigating APEC in San Francisco;
  • Sean Turnell, the economic advisor wrongfully imprisoned in Myanmar, releasing his poignant memoir πŸ“– .

Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking a lot about loneliness amongst global Australians. It’s important to recognise how normal this is and to know what resources are available. The holidays can be a particularly tough time, so we’ve pulled together a list of festive events ⭐️ to help connect Aussies overseas. And for those moving back to Australia, our #CoffeeHour on Dec 6th should help you find like-minded returnees. Fittingly, our postcard this month shares insights (and a special 🎁 discount!) from Irene McAleese as she returns to Australia after 25 years abroad πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ 

Finally, I’m excited to announce that our esteemed panel of Advance Ambassadors includes 19 new appointees! I’m grateful to these leaders for volunteering their time to help Advance grow our engaged community of global Australians.

β€˜Til next time,
Johanna Pitman
CEO | Advance

This month’s image ☝️ – The Blue Mountains, beyond the eucalyptus. But why are they blue? It’s not just the gum leaves; it’s the eucalyptus oil released into the air that creates a bluish haze.


Advance CEO, Johanna Pitman, delves into the complex experience of loneliness among global Australians. Loneliness can impact mental health, but recognising its signs and taking deliberate steps to connect can make a world of difference. Johanna shares strategies to meaningful connections here


We proudly introduce 19 global Australians who have been appointed to our esteemed panel of Advance Ambassadors 🌐🀝. The Ambassadors, located around the world including Australia (to support returning Australians) have deep local networks and expertise, and generously support other global Australians.


GameChanger Annette Young used her platform as the producer and host of France 24’s current affairs program β€˜The 51 Percent’, to shed light on the work of brave women peace activists. They share the challenges they face and their efforts to foster positive change in the region. Watch now πŸ§‘β€πŸ’»


After 25 years abroad, Irene McAleese, Co-founder of See.Sense, is returning to Brisbane. She reflects on the challenges, the power of connections, and life as an entrepreneur in the cycling industry πŸš΄β€β™€οΈβœ¨. AND if you know some cyclists, πŸ‘€ look for the discount code to get some very smart bike lights here!


Aussies in NYC! πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ίβœ¨Theatre maker Tina Mitchell’s “For Tender” hits the Big Apple in December. Co-written with Matt Russell, the show blends physical theatre, aerial feats, and satirical humour, exploring the tumultuous journey of love. A uniquely Australian, heartwarming, and hilarious experience. Tickets here.


In “An Unlikely Prisoner”, Sean Turnell shares a tale of resilience during 650 days of imprisonment in Myanmar. Despite facing unimaginable hardships, his indomitable spirit and unwavering optimism prevailed. A poignant journey of survival, humour, and love, proving that even in darkness, hope can be a powerful companion πŸ“– Find the book.


Join us on December 6th for a unique #CoffeeHour β˜• tailored for members planning to move back to Australia and those who have already made the leap. Network with fellow returnees, and access valuable resources to ease your reintegration journey. πŸ“£ Special callout to Talent Return Program alumni to join this reunion!


Festive celebrations ⭐️ are happening with Aussies near you! This page includes end of year events put on by local Aussie groups around the world. From enchanting winter markets to vibrant festivals in Asia, immerse yourself in the magic of lights, holiday treats, and reconnecting with & meeting new friends.


Surprisingly last month’s poll showed that 39% of you aren’t familiar with your local Aussie organisation. We connected with Aussie Chambers to learn about their priorities – content-rich events; growing membership; and programming for younger members. Find your local business, social or sporting group on our 🌏🐨 Aussie Networks page!


As we approach the year’s end, find exciting opportunities on our global jobs board πŸ’ΌπŸŒ From innovative tech roles to leadership positions, and whether you’re seeking a career change or a new challenge, discover your next role! Explore our jobs board now.

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