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International Women’s Day with Anne-Marie Elias: Digital Disrupter


Why is it important for companies to take time out to honour IWD?

While I am not a fan of single days – it is important to stop and acknowledge IWD to celebrate the women who have contributed to our companies. IWD is a great way to stop and think about the contribution of women in our organisations, sometimes the quiet achievers or the unsung heroes.


What does the IWD hashtag this year, #BalanceforBetter, mean to you?

Oh, this hashtag means a lot to me, I was a sole parent from when my kids were 3 and 7 and when they grew up it was time to care for my parents. Balance for Better is so important for women, especially who often have caring responsibilities outside work. Balance for Better is especially important with the casualisation of work – we individually must ensure that our time is spent well and is balanced to meet the increasing demands of our limited time.

Wellbeing is one of the most important topics for corporates, as the Lab Director for an NFP Wellbeing Enterprise Lab – unboxd.org.au we are always striving to improve the wellbeing of our staff and customers, and we know if we get that right we will thrive in every aspect of our life.


What advice would you give to your 16 year old self on the journey of being a leader in technology?

Ooh, so many pieces of advice in retrospect.

Surround yourself with good people. You don’t have to be a tech person to get into tech – my background is policy and social impact. Believe in yourself and what you contribute to the world. Have compassion for yourself and others – life is tough. Find your passion and purpose and follow that with all your heart. Passion and persistence are the two most important things to help you achieve what you want