The Unspoken Challenge: Menopause in the Workplace

As I reflect on my journey through menopause and its impact on my professional life, I’m struck by the silence that shrouds this natural phase of life, especially for women in STEM. The facts are stark and telling: women of menopausal age represent the fastest-growing workforce demographic. By 2030, 25 percent of the female population […]

10+1: Celebrating in person with cupcakes

It’s been a strange few roller coaster years. Lockdowns, uncertainty, Covid fatigue. When was it going to end? And more importantly, was Covid going to scuttle our birthday plans again? Not this time. gemaker is 11 years old. It’s a huge achievement, and we wanted to acknowledge and celebrate that by getting together an eclectic […]

Our 10th birthday gift to you: 10 tips for start-up success

It’s been a busy decade for the gemaker team. We’ve paused to celebrate our achievements and compile the following list of the top 10 things we’ve learned along the way, which we’re calling the ‘gemaker ten’. Groundwork: Remember the ‘five P principle’: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. I lined up my first contract before leaving […]

A time of great change: Celebrating gemaker’s 9th birthday

This month, gemaker completes its ninth journey around the sun. And what a year it’s been. Catastrophic bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have fundamentally changed how we live and work. Almost all Australian organisations and businesses have suddenly had to figure out how to support their employees to work flexibly – something that gemaker has […]

Challenges and opportunities for graduates: resilience, adaptability and climate action

gemaker Managing Director, Natalie Chapman, gave the occasional address at the University of Wollongong graduation on 24 June 2019. Below are the video and transcript of the speech. Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Magassy, Presenting Dean of the Business Faculty, University colleagues, guests, family and friends and most importantly all the graduates here. First of all congratulations!! […]

International Women’s Day: a balanced report

The theme for IWD2019 (8 March) is #BalanceforBetter: The better the balance, the better the world. The bad news We still have far to go before the Australian workforce is gender-balanced. Firstly, there are financial imbalances: Secondly, there are leadership imbalances. Women represent only: These imbalances can’t be blamed on women being less qualified, because […]

Networking not working? Here’s the smarter alternative

Who likes networking? I ask this routinely when training researchers in industry engagement. The response is always a collective groan. Maybe networking is fun for exceptionally extroverted people, but for most of us, it seems fitting that the word includes ‘work’, because we find it hard slog. Why do we go to networking events? To […]

How small business can have a big impact on STEM education

To sustain Australia’s STEM industries, businesses need to step up and help schools and teachers to educate and motivate the next generation of innovators. You don’t need to be a large corporation to have a positive impact on STEM education, as demonstrated by gemaker’s small but powerful contributions in 2018, described below. We hope to […]