Welcoming Tracey Spicer AM to gemaker

We’re delighted to welcome the lovely Tracey Spicer AM to our gemaker team as Head of Media & Communications. She’ll be helping share the extraordinary stories of our Australian innovators who are changing the world.

Tracey is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.

The inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and emcees in the region. In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for the Me Too movement, and won the national award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership through Women & Leadership Australia.

In 2018, Tracey was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. She was also named Agenda Setter of the Year by the website Women’s Agenda. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia. Highlights of her outstanding career include writing, producing and presenting documentaries on women and girls in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, Cancer Council NSW, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund, SISTER2sister and Purple Our World, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than six million views worldwide. Tracey’s essays have appeared in dozens of books including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.

Recently, the ABC highlighted Tracey’s #metoo work in the three-part documentary
series Silent No More, which featured the stories of hidden survivors.

A few words from Tracey…

I’m excited to announce I’ve just signed the contract for a new role with gemaker.

The Managing Director, Natalie Chapman, is a pioneer of flexible work and an outstanding woman in STEM, spending almost two decades turning terrific tech ideas into brilliant businesses.

Natalie has created a team of savvy individuals to build the next generation of knowledge-based industries, desperately needed at this time. My role is to share these good news stories, such as:

  • Stormseal, an Australian builder using world-first technology to protect our homes and speed-up recovery from natural disasters.
  • Wildlife Drones, developed by university researchers to monitor endangered species in dangerous or remote areas.
  • Wysiwyg 3D, with the widest range of 3D scanners for the medical, manufacturing and entertainment sectors.

As a profit for purpose organisation, gemaker does plenty of pro bono work, sponsoring STEAM initiatives in public schools and mentoring a diverse range of women in STEM.

I could not be prouder to support this work. While researching a book about AI bias, I’ve developed a deep interest in thetech sector. Coupled with my passion for equity, it’s a perfect fit.