Julia Gillard checks in with Arianna Huffington in last ‘G’Day a Day’ film from Optus

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has caught up with Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, in the final instalment of Optus’ ‘G’Day A Day’ campaign.

The campaign kicked off in April with Australian athletes and sports personalities sharing their video calls checking in with each other. Since G’Day A Day’s launch the campaign has expanded and seen Richard Wilkins check in with his son Christian, Rebecca Maddern chat with 2GB’s new breakfast host Ben Fordham, and actor James Stewart call his mum, Beverley, and brother, Nick.

During their call, the pair discuss the progress of Huffington’s new business Thrive, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform, and Gillard becoming a ‘sensation’ on social media platform Tik Tok.

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The pair also discuss the importance of mental wellbeing organisations and how people have stayed positive during lockdown.

Gillard is now the chair of anxiety, depression and suicide prevention organisation, Beyond Blue.

Optus’ head of marketing, Mel Hopkins, said: “G’Day A Day launched in the midst of COVID-19 to inspire people to stay connected. In this last instalment we are delighted to bring together two fearless female leaders in conversation about the need, now more than ever, for empathy and collaboration.

“At the heart of this campaign is the idea of staying connected and optimistic, especially in uncertain times. These two inspiring women, who have had such an impact on politics, media, business and wellness, are the perfect finale for optimism as we move toward recovery.”

Gillard has acknowledged her new found stardom on Tik Tok, tweeting she was glad her speech about misogyny was her debut on the platform instead of the stair shuffle challenge, and repeated those sentiments in her discussion with Huffington.

Over the weekend, Optus launched its own Tik Tok dance challenge, #YeahWeBack, using the track ‘Move’ by Indigenous Australian artist Danzal Baker, also known as Baker Boy.


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