October Breakfast – Back to Work

19 Oct 2020

October 27 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

As we’re learning to navigate our way through this pandemic, one of the biggest discussions around the table is – how do we return to our original working environment?

For our October Breakfast, we have gathered three incredible women to talk about their experiences with physically getting back to the workplace.

We’ll have some different perspectives on transitioning from the home office to the ‘real’ office, including anxiety around leaving the home environment, the challenges with making things COVID safe, managing employees and workplace culture through this adjustment phase and supporting individuals with flexible working conditions.

I hope you can join us for this inspirational morning!

Kimberly Lewis is the General Manager of Hunter Prelude, a Not for Profit Charity providing Early Intervention & Therapy services. Hunter Prelude is based in the Hunter Valley and supported by an amazing team of Educators & Therapists.

Kimberly has experience in leading teams under the NDIS and working as a Speech Pathologist within the government, non-government and private sectors. Driven by her personal experience with disability, Kimberly is motivated to support teams through change to provide better outcomes for children and their families.

Kimberly is inspired as a leader to invest in people and with a growing workforce provide best practices services that are flexible, inclusive and support women at work.

During what has been a challenging year at the early stages of her career Kimberly continues to be guided to make decisions based on the teams core values of Respect, Collaboration and Creating Opportunities. As a leader, Kimberly has a passion for learning from her team to support her team as they return to a mix of face to face and online work.

Michelle Faithfull, Events & Community Relations Manager – Compass Housing

With over 30 years’ experience in operations, business development, project & legal practice management Michelle also has a long history of giving back to the community with volunteering, fundraising and coordinating events for multiple charities, earning her the title of Newcastle Citizen of the Year in 2020. Her community work and events experience has seen her role with Compass Housing over the past 5 years, transition full time into the events and community relations space, with a focus on supporting people experiencing homelessness, and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Outside of her day job, Michelle travels the world as a fundraising trek leader with Inspired Adventures and is also a marriage celebrant. Bringing people together for common causes is her passion and purpose in life.

Emma Mears, HR Business Partner – The Benevolent Society

With 20+ years experience in Human Resources working across many industry sectors and national and international locations, Emma has recently stepped into the Not For Profit space with The Benevolent Society. With a talent for practical people solutions Emma is passionate about working with leaders to drive an exemplary employee experience that supports business and client outcomes.

With over 1100 staff across 3 states The Benevolent Society transitioned to remote working quickly and has developed a good understanding of the good the bad and the ugly of remote working. With the return to work TBS is looking at the working landscape very differently, considering a number of flexible options to support employees and clients that Emma can share with you.

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