Director and Head of Content
Heather worked for over a decade as a science news journalist and producer at the ABC and CSIRO before becoming managing editor of science magazine, Cosmos, where she was runner up best Editor (circ, >25,000) in 2012. As founder of Refraction Media, Heather's vision is to inspire through innovative STEM storytelling. She has worked with clients including Google USA to create digital campaigns, VR stories and magazines and leads Refraction's content expertise.
Director and CEO
20 years of experience in print, broadcast and digital media helped Karen to apply a large-scale vision to developing strategic communications platforms as well as a host of custom solutions for clients. With a focus on collective impact, Karen has brought together over 200 champions of STEM who share the Refraction vision: to inspire a smarter future. In 2016 Karen was a finalist for Publishing Executive of the Year and a 2015 finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Gemma has a solid career in writing, editing and digital marketing. Before joining Refraction Media she was Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and was formerly a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine. She has also written for and edited industry engineering publications. Gemma has a journalism degree from UTS and spent a semester studying environmental journalism on a scholarship at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She is responsible for overseeing the print and digital editions of Careers With STEM. Gemma is passionate about equipping the next generation with vital STEM skills and inspiring future STEM advocates to meet some of our biggest challenges.
Three decades in publishing (Yes, from cut and paste to digital!) makes veteran publisher Natalie the voice of experience. After publishing mass-circulation teenage magazines and retiring to a lifestyle magazine, Natalie realised that assisting with the education of our youth is the most important role for her to play now. She is delighted to be involved in the movement towards STEM and focusses on that special relationship between audience and market.
Eliza is a UTS Media Arts and Production graduate with a demonstrated history creating digital content. Eliza co-founded a startup called The Ladies Network in May of 2015, which aimed to bring women and diversity to the forefront of the art world. As the Digital Producer of CareerswithSTEM.com, Eliza is passionate about creating content across the website, social and video channels that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.
With 20 years experience in the publishing and content world, Pippa has a demonstrated history in delivering the right words to the right audience. She's worked across lifestyle, youth, health/fitness and fashion genres with strong skills in copywriting, editing, and online journalism. Pippa has a passion for sharing cool, interesting information and spreading the STEM message. With a soft spot for our younger readership, Pippa is a huge fan of the Refraction purpose and is excited to be part of the team.
As the part-time editorial assistant for Refraction Media’s content platforms, Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement through exciting and inspiring science content. With a diverse research background in renewable energy technologies and several years of tutoring and teaching experience, Larissa lives and breathes STEM. Larissa studied Engineering and Arts at the University of Queensland and is currently completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Newcastle.
Katherine has worked in publishing, design, and advertising – earning her various honours such as the 2009 Peoples Choice Award, 2009 Education & Arts Award and the Graphic Designer of the Year 2006 Bell Award. In 2010 Katherine decided to run her own business under the name KatPower Design. She enjoys working with clients who possess an optimistic attitude towards life with moral and passionate intentions, and currently assists Refraction Media with all things fun and creative!
Sally has written educational material for a wide number of organisations. She collaborated with Macmillan publishing as the main author of their inquiry-based science workbooks. Sally has also consulted for ACARA, ACER and the ABC. Sally has Level 2 FAPSA Philosophy in Schools accreditation, a MEd specialising in Gifted Education, and is a NSW BOSTES QTC registered professional development provider.