In a world craving innovative leadership and change makers, two exceptional women, Jas Chambers and Nichola Clark, #TeamHB6, brought together by Homeward Bound Project’s transformational leadership initiative, showcase the power of collaboration in advancing scientific research and how this translates to policy. Hailing from different corners of the globe—Australia and the USA— both Jas and Nichola are transcending geographical boundaries to address the world’s challenges effectively, forging a path towards a brighter future.

Jas Chambers, Chair and Co-founder at Ocean Decade Australia, an NGO with a vision of achieving a sustainable ocean future for all Australians and the region, connecting stakeholders across science and research, civil society, government and business. Meanwhile, Nichola Clark, Senior Officer, Ocean Governance, leads the Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on the UN treaty for areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) and advocating for high seas marine protected areas.

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Photo: Jas Chambers and Nichola Clark from #TeamHB6.

Both Jas and Nichola participated in Homeward Bound’s largest expedition to Antarctica in 2023, bearing witness to the critical state of our oceans and the planet. Their journey began before the expedition at a Homeward Bound meet-up during the United Nations Ocean Conference, Lisbon in 2022, where their shared work in international ocean policy sparked a conversation that led to a fruitful collaboration on the Antarctic voyage, educating their cohort about challenges and opportunities in ocean governance.

More recently in May, Nichola was an expert panellist for the Ocean Decade Australia Global Ocean Governance webinar.

Jas and Nichola showcase how pooling knowledge leads to impactful solutions. However, their collaboration isn’t just about sharing knowledge; it’s about amplifying voices and leveraging collective expertise to address the sustainability of our planet effectively.

Photo: Jas Chambers and Nichola Clark from #TeamHB6. Credit: Jas Chambers

Their convergence under Homeward Bound Project’s global network underscores the organisation’s commitment to collective action for a sustainable future. Through collaboration, innovation, and shared purpose, they exemplify the transformative influence of women in leadership, driving towards a brighter future.

As we applaud these women for making a difference, let’s also celebrate the myriad of collaborations and collective impact projects within our network of over 800 women and non-binary individuals, showcasing the strength of our alumnae and the potential for impactful change through unity.

Join us in celebrating women leaders in STEMM and let’s continue to collaborate, innovate, and inspire change together.