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Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global partners with top Australian university

Jessica Yun
·2-min read
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(Source: Getty)

In 2005, Arianna Huffington became the unstoppable force behind Huffington Post.

Then, two years later, she collapsed. The media mogul hit her head on her desk, broke her cheekbone, and had to get four stitches in her eye.

And it was all because she was working so hard, she had pushed her body to the point of exhaustion.

She didn’t know it at the time, but she was burnt out – and it’s been something she’s dedicated her life and work to eradicating, she told Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit earlier this month.

“I thought it was self-indulgent to take care of myself,” she said.

“In a way, I’m grateful,” she added, referring to her new, healthier lifestyle practices and her ‘sleep revolution’.

After she departed the Huffington Post in 2016, she launched Thrive Global, which works with corporations like Microsoft, Accenture, Walmart and Hilton to transform approaches to workplace wellness and mental health.

The organisation has only had headquarters in New York, San Francisco, Athens (where Huffington was born) and Mumbai – until now.

Thrive Global has planted roots Down Under through an exclusive partnership with Monash University that aims to address mental wellbeing and improve performance and productivity across Asia-Pacific.

The partnership comes at a time of heightened stress and anxiety levels triggered by the pandemic, with many workers forced to take on a greater workload with less resources.

“In ordinary times, being able to manage stress and build resilience is important — and right now, it’s essential. Employee wellbeing underpins corporate performance and is a catalyst for growth,” Huffington said.

“Our partnership with Monash University provides the opportunity to share all our science-backed tools and resources to help employees navigate the unique challenges and uncertainty we’re all facing right now, across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.”

Monash Business School Executive Education, professor Alex Christou, has been appointed to lead Thrive Global in Asia-Pacific.

Since wellbeing is not a one-size-fits-all approach for every employee, Thrive Global’s evidence-based programs will improve mental wellbeing while lifting productivity and engagement, Christou said.

“We have the capacity to customise to each organisation and individual through an AI driven digital journey to help instill new behaviours, protect mental health and lift performance.”

Monash Business School incorporates Thrive Global programs into its Global Executive MBA program.

Organisations wanting to register with Thrive Global Asia Pacific should visit

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