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Mia Freedman in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs on Mia's new book, Work Strife Balance

Presenter: Mia Freedman, Mamamia; Genevieve Jacobs, ABC Radio
Event date: 
6.30–7.30pm 8 May 2017
Venue: Manning Clarke, Theatre 2, ANU


Mia Freedman looms large in the Australian media sphere as the co-founder and Creative Director of the Mamamia Women's Network. In her new book, Work Strife Balance, she shares her most mortifying slip-ups in life, love and work, and how they came to shape the person she is today. "At Mamamia we call it FLEARNING - failing and learning. Learning through failing. In my teens, 20s, 30s and 40s, I've done a lot of both. I want this book to be helpful to every woman. And I know from experience the best way to be helpful is to be honest. It's easy to share your successes and your triumphs but the real stuff of life is far less transient: Eating disorders. Grief. Divorce. Losing a job. Losing a loved one. Losing your mind. Infertility. None of these things have rituals. In an age of social media brag-fests they mostly exist underground. But the way women connect is by sharing failures, disappointments and insecurities. Quietly. Privately. Over wine. Over text. Over fences. Female connections are forged through vulnerability not Facebook brags". Mia Freedman

"Whenever women are honest about their struggles, they give other women a gift. Mia delivers." Elizabeth Gilbert

"Mia Freedman's achievements as a relentless innovator in media are profound, but the real marvel is that she can still write a book like this. Funny, raw, fierce and - at heart - profoundly generous." Annabel Crabb

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About the speakers

Mia Freedman is a writer, broadcaster, author, columnist, a former editor of Cosmopolitan and Channel Nine presenter and executive and a digital empire builder. Mia is the co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia Media Company - Australia's largest women's digital media and podcast company. Mamamia women's media network is a juggernaut with a huge national profile among Australian women of all generations, 100 employees in five global offices and a monthly audience of over four million. Mia makes regular appearances on TV and radio and is the author of three books. She is married with three children and lives in Sydney.

Genevieve Jacobs presents the mornings show on ABC Radio Canberra. It's a task she attacks with relish, providing her with the opportunity to explore politics and current affairs, history, the arts and the environment. Genevieve's trademark is a strong connection with local issues, and a warm, well informed and humorous presentation style.

This event is free. Pre-book signings at 6pm and after the conversation at 7.30pm.