Maria MacNamara – On Reinvention
Our guest on the show this week is someone who’s a textbook case in career reinvention.
Maria MacNamara completely reinvented her career after two and a half decades working in professional services. After finally getting sick of what she describes as misogyny and bad behaviour, Maria knew she had to call it quits and leave professional services for something completely different.
Now, that’s not to say professional services today has the same issues Maria experienced, and Maria is the complete diplomat on this topic, but suffice to say she needed a change and knew she wanted to do something completely different.
And so she did! Maria worked in politics and government in completely different roles including digital transformation for a number of years and immersed herself in the startup world. Today Maria’s role is CEO of Advance which is all about connecting global Australians with one another and to Australia, in order to create economic and cultural opportunities, collaborations, investments and innovations.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- How being an immigrant set Maria up for successful reinvention
- What it takes to reinvent your career
- Maria’s principles for successful innovation, and
- Her advice on networking and connecting.
Enjoy this episode with the constantly learning and always connecting Maria MacNamara.
Start-ups Maria has Mentored
- Stone & Chalk and its new acquisition Ribit.net
- Curious Thing
- Hyper Anna
- Startup Muster