CBGL are hosting the Thrive Festival during Wellbeing Week on 12th September

The College of Business, Government & Law are going all out for Wellbeing Week, with their Thrive Festival. A great event at the intersection of wellbeing and business, with guest speakers, including me!

Taken from the Thrive Festival Eventbrite

Welcome to Thrive Festival 2023!

Thrive is an empowering and nourishing event as part of Flinders Wellbeing Week for semester two that invites you to experience a unique blend of learning, connection, and enjoyment.

While university life is filled with exciting opportunities and experiences, it also presents intricate challenges when trying to navigate the demands of study with other life commitments. Thrive Festival offers you evidence-based tools, resources, and inspiration to empower you to take charge of your physical and mental wellbeing – and thrive!

Join us on the 12th of September from 11am-2pm at the Law and Commerce courtyard, located in the scenic North Ridge. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

Hear from inspiring guest speakers including:

  • Dr Gareth Furber on the psychological tools you can use to improve your own wellbeing
  • Courtney Grigg on how to achieve goals and overcome obstacles
  • Eloise Hall on how she managed to take care of her own wellbeing while building her thriving social enterprise TABOO Period Products, and also studying a double degree here at Flinders.

Explore our diverse stalls and make donations: Unlock those feel good hormones while getting puppy cuddles from Lions Hearing Dogs and contributing to causes trying to solve some of the worlds most challenging problems.

Participate in fun activities such as clay art, mindfulness colouring and mat pilates.

Fuel your body with delicious lunch options including a community BBQ available for a gold coin donation, and a pizza truck!

Let’s thrive, together!


While general registration for Thrive Festival is not necessary, seats to hear our guest speakers are limited, so please register to attend the following sessions held in the Law and Commerce courtyard, room 112.


Courtney Grigg, Generation Thrive, 12:05-12:35pm

Courtney Grigg is the General Manager of Social Enterprise, Generation Thrive, and is an expert on empowering people and teams to develop leadership, employability, and wellbeing skills.For more than a decade, she has been at the frontline of helping thousands of people grow, succeed, and realise their own potential, strengthening the future of our education providers, community, and workplaces through the next generation.

She has qualifications and deep experience in people management, human resources, program design, training, and coaching, and is a Flinders University Alumni. Generation Thrive offers e-learning programs, training workshops and 1:1 coaching that build skilled, productive, and mentally healthy individuals and teams. As a certified social enterprise 100% of their proceeds go back to fund leadership and wellbeing programs and services with marginalised or vulnerable youth.

In this session, hear from Courtney about the topic of achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. She will take you through the benefits of achieving your goals, the links between goal achievement and well-being, and strategies for staying motivated toward your career, education, and life goals.


Eloise Hall, TABOO Period Products, 1:05-1:35pm

Eloise is the Co-founder and Managing Director of TABOO Period Products, a social enterprise selling organic and ethically sourced period products with all company profits committed to ending period poverty. She is personally committed to making long-lasting, structural changes to bridge the inequality that exists in our communities. Eloise has received a number of awards for her work including EY Impact Entrepreneur of the Year, The Advertiser’s 2021 Woman of Year Rising Star Award, and a 2019 Women in Innovation finalist. To ensure others can follow in her footsteps, Eloise also sits on the advisory committee of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency and the board of the South Australian Social Enterprise Council.

In this session, hear from Eloise about how TABOO was built and how she managed to take care of herself whilst establishing the business, studying a double degree and working in hospitality. You’ll leave this session inspired and encouraged to work hard for the things in your life that you find rewarding, and equipped with tricks and tips as to how you too can find balance and wellbeing in any chapter of your life.


Dr Gareth Furber, Be Well Co: 11:35am-12pm

Dr Gareth Furber is a psychologist who works as the eMental Health Project Officer within Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) at Flinders. He writes, teaches, and delivers programs on mental health, self-care, productivity, behaviour change and healthy habit formation.

One of the programs he delivers is the Be Well Plan, an evidence-based multi-component intervention that teaches individuals how to build their own mental health and resilience plan. The Be Well Plan is the creation of Be Well Co, a spin-out from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), that translates research on mental health and wellbeing into practical tools used by organisations around Australia to improve the wellbeing of their employees.

In this session, Dr Furber will introduce you to the Be Well Plan and talk about specific psychological tools you can use to improve your own wellbeing, both as a student but also as you head out in the workforce. Some of those tools are good for productivity too!



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