Coffee WISE: Jane Tullis

On Monday, November 11, Jane Tullis will come to speak to our group as part of our monthly Coffee WISE meetings to further our networks as we learn from others. Jane was the President of the Community Alliance Party and ran as a candidate in the seat of Ginninderra in the 2008 ACT election. She is an ongoing active member of the Canberra community. Below is a summary of what she plans to speak with us about.

How to Flourish in the Workplace

The word ‘flourish’, according to the dictionary, means to sustain continuous, steady, strong growth; to thrive, to be successful, to be in one’s prime. 

By what do we measure a person’s flourishing?  Unfortunately, what we often mistakenly try to do is measure it in terms of worldly-recognised success factors rather than taking a holistic perspective.  We measure on the flourish-o-metre what job level you hold, what type of job you have, how many promotions you have had, perhaps how many times you have been published, what your pay level is, etc.  But when push comes to shove, and we see a crack appear in the outward success story, is it possible to still be deemed to be flourishing?  Is flourishing a fickle concept that waxes and wanes with your outward appearances of success?

Wherever you are positioned on a day-to-day basis, flourishing is all about how you handle yourself in any given circumstance, not what outcomes you may strive to achieve.  Is the ‘inside’ you genuinely reflected in the ‘outside’ you?

My experiences of flourishing are not so much based on what you might deem success stories; but on personal examples such as the time I fainted in front of 20 men in Melbourne wearing a flowing dress that flowed where it shouldn’t, the great cherry tomato incident of 1986, through to the exploding underwear disaster of 2008.

I look forward to sharing some lessons learned as we flourish together on the 11th of November.

– Jane Tullis




To kickstart the Women’s Group Mentoring Program 2013-14, we spent three days together at the Murramurang Resort on Durras South Coast participating in a teambuilding workshop. Our houses, husbands, kids, dogs and jobs were set aside in what is a rare opportunity in most busy women’s lives, to focus on ourselves and our goals for the next 12 months. Together, the nine of us, working for the same University but with a diversity of experience, shared hopes and insights and created a vision for what we hoped to achieve through the program. There was a common desire to break down silos within the University by building stronger networks, and each of us shared a desire to build our own confidence.

By the end of the three days, we had already begun to strengthen our networks and confidence, as we have come to know each other well and we had started with a plan for the next 12 months. We planned our objectives, activities, and goals and we formed a group which we entitled ‘WISE: Women In Synergy Experience’. We hope that you enjoy reading about our experiences, and sharing our insights and what we come to learn over the next 12 months.

Please feel free to comment on our posts, or contact us at