After Avery Francis was promoted to her dream job, she was sexually assaulted at a work social. Put in a precarious position as part of the company’s HR department, Avery made the difficult decision to come forward and take action. However, although the individual was let go, Avery could not let go of the feeling that she was unsafe at her workplace. Months went by and she slowly became more and more depressed, suppressing her emotions of the incident, rather than dealing with them.

After an emotional breakdown, Avery took a leave of absence where she found art therapy and began to move through the trauma that had occurred. Upon arrival back to her job, Avery made the decision to leave the company to continue her pathway to thrive. Today, Avery is the founder of Bloom, a full service workplace design consultancy.

1.34 – Avery’s childhood

5.04 – Dropped out of school and had to pay her parents back. Ended up in recruiting.

7.02 – How Avery started her career after university

7.40 – Avery became the Director of Talent at 

8.58 – Started to distance herself from her colleagues

9.27 – Avery’s promotion

10.05 – The work social, celebrating her promotion

10.57 – Avery’s sexual assault

16.15 – Avery turns blame inwards, how the assault affected Avery’s sense of self

17.56 – The dinner after the assault

18.27 – What action Avery took afterwards

19.04 – The action Rangle took

20.57 – How Avery felt at work after her assault

21.43 – Avery’s rock bottom

24.08 – Amy’s reflection

25.10 – Tools Avery used to heal 

27.52 – Avery’s take on art therapy

29.50 – Sexual assault is often not a one-off situation

30.15 – Why Avery came forward 

31.16 – Amy’s second reflection

32.32 – What happened next?

34.10 – How Bloom was born

35.18 – What thriving means to Avery

37.05 – Avery’s advocacy for BLM

42.40 – Who Avery honours on the website

43.00 – Amy’s final reflection

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