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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!! […]
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 […]
In my youth, I didn’t think about diversity, much. My Hungarian father came to Australia on a boat with his resilient and resourceful parents in 1949, but that wasn’t unusual in our neighbourhood.
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 […]
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 […]
I shadowed the Co-Founder and Managing Director of gemaker, Natalie Chapman for a week. I assumed I would be in an office, but over the week I travelled a lot and learned a lot. Monday We were at the University of Wollongong to run a training program for researchers so they can develop long-term relationships […]
The team was extremely friendly and approachable, I highly recommend it to any students considering a career in a STEM industry.