Refraction Media’s Executive publisher, Karen Taylor-Brown, joins big brand names as finalist for Publish Australia’s Executive Publisher of the Year.

A global niche publisher in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), Refraction Media has gone from strength to strength since Karen co-founded the company in 2013.

“We think STEM underpins future careers, a smart economy and a better world,” says Karen, an ex ACP Magazines advertising specialist and previous Associate Publisher of Cosmos Magazine.

Refraction Media produce the Careers with STEM series, including the phenomenally successful Careers with Code magazine, which is distributed in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and inspires high school students with careers where computer science (CS) meets ‘X’, where X is their passion, another field or interest.

“We don’t know what the careers of the future will be. Careers with Code is about creating skills for the careers of tomorrow, through computational thinking, entrepreneurship and combining STEM with ‘X’,” says Karen.

Refraction also produce Postgraduate Futures, which showcases the 90% of postgraduates careers not in academia, and helps postgrads create a smarter future, and, a website showcasing Australian innovation to the world.

“This is an amazing acknowledgement of how Karen’s leadership has taken Refraction Media from a start-up STEM publisher into a global brand in just three years,” says Co-founder and Head of Content, Heather Catchpole.

Karen Taylor joins the CEOs of Junkee, Mammamia and NewsLife as a finalist in the 2016 Publish Awards. The full list of finalists can be found here.

Karen was a 2015 finalist for Telstra’s Women in Business awards and has grown Refraction Media to a multi-award winning STEM business that has worked with over 80 organisations, producing 50 products including 5 websites, 8 animations, 2 education apps and printing 750,000 magazines. Refraction Media won the Small Publisher of the Year award at last year’s Publish Australia conference and are also finalists in the Small Publisher category this year.

“We believe we’re the living case study for the Government’s National Innovation & Science Agenda,” explains co-founder and publisher Karen Taylor-Brown. “We’ve created jobs, we champion Australian innovation, we’re encouraging young Australians in STEM and we’re a company founded by two entrepreneurial women!”