I’m thrilled you’ve taken the time to stop by this wee corner of the Internet.

I’m Jemma Balmer, a lover of equity, good books, an interesting problem, and great conversation. I work to try and help people understand their privilege in being able to give, and invite them to become part a story that is bigger than their own.

I was born in Sydney but moved overseas at a young age and grew up in Wellington. I’ve lived in Christchurch since 2010, so this colours quite a bit of my story.

My writing is for those interested in working for good, leadership, honesty, anti-racism, creativity, learning, millennials, Imposter Syndrome, our obligation to future generations, good marketing, social justice, vulnerability, privilege, empathy, or leaving the world a better place than when you found it.

I use this space to decipher what I think, and try and communicate that to others who are interested. I hope you’re one of them.

During the second half of 2020, I’m putting my focus in a few other areas instead of writing, so my posts aren’t happening as often as they previously have been.

Regardless of how often I write, I’ll do my best to:

  • Share what I am doing.
  • Create interesting work.
  • Connect people that I know together who might enjoy one another’s company.
  • Leave my Imposter occupied with a good book in the corner, while I’m over here, doing those three things above.

I can promise you that I won’t blog about coffee, cats, gardening or the price of property. You have my word.

The views shared here are my own, and are not shared by my family, friends, colleagues, or the organisation that employs me.

I do write quite a bit about Seth Godin’s altMBA. The altMBA delivers a condensed learning experience through teamwork, personalized feedback, coaching, curated readings, and shipping 13 projects in four weeks. I write about it because it changed a few things I fundamentally believed about myself.

If you find yourself reading this blog and you’ve got some questions, I’d highly encourage you to check the programme out here. If you want to talk to a Kiwi who’s been through the altMBA and then coached it, I’m your lady. Hit me up.

Here, I am learning to share myself, in the hope that it is a gift that reflects back to others what they need to see, to take them on the journey calling their name.