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 Rangle.io
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