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Nov
23
2014

Domestic violence: a survivor’s story

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Telstra is launching a new program in partnership with the Women’s Services Network (WESNET) to provide women impacted by domestic violence with access to a new smartphone, pre-paid credit and information on the safe use of technology.

“Trudy”, a domestic violence survivor, shares her experience of domestic violence and the importance of having access to safe and secure communications to remain connected with family, friends and essential services.

I was young when I first met my partner and I was quite swept off my feet. We got married after a short courtship and had a couple of children early on. There were warning signs that I really should have picked up on, but I didn’t acknowledge the signs until after I had children and his personality became more controlling. His manner and his behaviour was a lot stronger.

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Nov
21
2014

Teenage Dream: Katy Perry visits Loreto Toorak

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When Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak students Emma, Gillian, Lauren and Claudia heard that Telstra Thanks was giving Australian schools the opportunity to win a visit from Katy Perry, they leapt into action to create a video showcasing what makes their school special, unique and inspirational.

The school’s video was personally selected by Katy herself from hundreds of entries across the country, and the international superstar dropped into the school last week to meet with students ahead of her Melbourne concert dates on her Prismatic World Tour.

More than 1,000 students filled the school oval where Emma, Gillian, Lauren and Claudia performed a song for Katy, and the percussion group also performed her hit ‘Roar’.

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Nov
20
2014

Revolutions start with a ripple

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It’s been one year since I was a finalist at the National Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and I’m so excited for the next group of amazing business women to attend the event, which I must say was one of the most incredible nights of my life.

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards turned 20 this year, and in the lead up to the national finals in Melbourne next Wednesday, the 2014 finalists were surveyed to find out their views on what it means to be a business woman in Australia today.

The survey shows that there are two key issues facing women in business: firstly, it is getting more women into senior leadership roles; and secondly, the issue of pay equity.

A staggering 39 per cent of leading business women surveyed believed they have encountered a pay gap compared with a male doing the same job.

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Nov
18
2014

More rough times ahead

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We’ve already seen fires in South Australia and once again leaving their mark on our beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. In fact, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned that dry conditions and above average temperatures are expected to continue across eastern Australia until at least the end of the year.

Due to this, I thought it would be timely to remind our readers of how we in Telstra are prepared for peak weather season and what our customers can do also to prepare for summer emergencies.

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Oct
31
2014

One weekend can change the world

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Weekends come and go, but last weekend was the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

The women’s cancer fundraiser drew 756 participants and raised funds critical for research and care at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The second annual Weekend commenced in Brisbane and I, along with a team of six Telstra colleagues, gave it our all.

My team members, pictured right, were Sam Frawley (Team Captain), Deb Dobie, Amanda Gamosh, Debby Jackson and the wife of one of our Field Managers, Kyran Hynes.

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