“Our society is based on the masks that we wear” (Australian author, John Marsden)
The workplace can be a dog eat dog world. Any hint of weakness or vulnerability is quickly sniffed out. So while we all carry burdens and troubles, workplace culture demands that we wear a mask and cover it up.
Yet at the same time our culture prizes authenticity. We live in a time of “you do you”. And for the Christian person, we know that it’s often in sharing our burdens and weaknesses that the way is opened up to conversations about the bigger questions of life.
So imagine if Christians in the workplace were the kind of people marked by an honest vulnerability. The kind of people who didn’t hide our weaknesses. And in doing so we bore witness to the One who gives us our true strength. What if we were UNMASKED?
Join us at the 2020 Life@Work conference as we discover how only the Christian faith helps us take off the mask and be real with our colleagues, both for our good and theirs, and ultimately for God’s glory.
Andrew Laird works for City Bible Forum in Melbourne and directs Life@Work - an initiative aimed at connecting Christian faith with our daily work. He’s also the author of a book, Under Pressure: how the gospel helps us handle the pressures of daily work.
Dr Michael Spence AC is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, a position he has held since 2008. He is also an ordained Anglican priest. He is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he headed Oxford’s law faculty and its social sciences division.
Lynne leads the Health Economics and Social Policy practice for Deloitte Asia Pacific, and has 20 years of deep experience as a lead partner in that field with Access Economics and Deloitte, providing evidence-based research, modelling, strategic and policy advice for public and private sector clients in Australia and overseas. She also served as Managing Partner of Deloitte Canberra from 2011-2018, has led large teams of people across multiple geographies, and headed Deloitte’s Corporate Social Responsibility practice in Australia over 2015-2017. Prior to joining the private sector, Lynne worked as an international economist for ten years in a number of Australian Government departments. Lynne currently holds a variety of not-for-profit and other board roles, is completing a PhD in health economics at ANU, and is an enthusiastic Anglican church member, wife and mother of four adult children.
Growing up in a Christian family on the beautiful south coast, Alison studied a BA in Communications at CSU Bathurst and established a career in communication and event management, mostly in the not for profit sector. A move to Canberra saw Alison switch into the teaching and TAFE sector for ten years before joining the public service in 2011 and shifting gears into organisational and workforce development. Now Head of People and Culture at Sport Australia, Alison is still passionate about people potential and workplace cultures. Alison has been doing life with Jesus for a long time – and definitely doesn’t always get it right – but remains convinced He is the way, the truth and the life. A work and personal life without the hope of Jesus sounds unbearable to her.