by Elizabeth Bardwell

As a modern woman, juggling a career and my family life, I often call on lots of extra resources. My husband, extended family, nannies, baby sitters, friends – you name it, I’m not shy in asking for a bit of help to get me through my day.

But – just days away from International Women’s Day – I know that what I’m able to juggle today wouldn’t have been possible in the past.

My story is one that would be similar to many women. I’m a wife, a mother, a daughter and a professional… I also carry my fair share of guilt, as most mums (and dads) feel.

As for spending time with my friends and broader family – well, if they’re not on Facebook or Instagram we have probably lost touch.

But when my son was born, I was hit by a very harsh reality. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it all. There was no doubt in my mind, things would always be compromised. I loved my son, my husband and this new adventure in our lives. But I was also driven by my work… my career had always defined me.


by Tracey Grimson

Welcome to your weekly Telstra Media wrap, where we bring you the biggest news stories from the week, every Friday.

Little-known fact: when it comes to rugby league, I was born a St George supporter.

These days I’m more about the AFL, having migrated across state borders to Melbourne a few years back. But while the girl’s moved out of the NRL heartland, there’s still a little of NRL heartland in the girl, and so I’ve already grabbed my NRL live pass for this season, including my one-week free trial. Lucky for me, there’s an archive of over 400 old games (did I mention I’m a St George supporter?!), as well as up to seven live games each week. Love the primal thud of footy players hitting the ground! 


by Kate Hughes

Millions of Australians place trust in Telstra every day to protect your privacy and keep your data secure. As part of honouring this trust, we are introducing new transparency measures that mean you will have more access to the data we hold than ever before.

In a first for the Australian telecommunications industry, we will be giving you access to the metadata* related to you that we would provide in response to a lawful request without a warrant from a law enforcement agency.  We believe that if the police can ask for information relating to you, you should be able to as well.

With digital technology increasingly central to our lives, we are generating more data than ever before. With this trend has come some community concerns about who has access to this data.  


by Nick McCormack

The last two weeks have been nothing short of awesome as we kicked off our first year of sponsoring the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Not satisfied with simply sitting on the sidelines and watching the parade go by, we wanted to get in the action and embrace this year’s theme of passion.

We’re passionate about connecting people to the things they love and creating unique and surprising experiences, so we’ve been working closely with the SGLMG team to bring this to life.

While there is still the marquee parade to go (which we’re really excited to be involved with) we’ve done a short summary of what has transpired so far between Telstra and SGLMG.


by Monty Hamilton

Welcome to the first in what I hope is a series of posts, where I’ll be catching up for a coffee with some digital leaders from across the globe – and sharing some updates, advice and thoughts as we collectively continue our journey toward a brilliant digital future.

I caught up with Holly Cardew in San Francisco’s Mission District at a great little cafe called Linea. Holly is the founder of pixc – a start-up business in the eCommerce and product photography space. Holly and pixc are graduates of Telstra’s muru-D Accelerator and were awarded the inaugural Telstra Australian Digital Scholarship at the 2013 Australian Digital Summit

Current contributors

Elizabeth Bardwell

General Manager Social Media and Creative Services

Corporate Affairs, Telstra

Tracey Grimson

General Manager, Content Publlishing

Telstra Media

Kate Hughes

Chief Risk Officer


Nick McCormack

Local Social Media Community Manager, NSW

Communications, Telstra