Upon graduation of the Homeward Bound program, each participant becomes a member of a global alumnae network (which we aim to number 10,000 by 2036). This network is called The Convergence, and it was so-named by members of the first graduating Homeward Bound cohort.
The name reflects two phenomena that parallel key aspects of the Homeward Bound initiative:
- The Antarctic Convergence is a significant natural boundary – unique to this polar region – where the relatively warm waters of the world’s southern oceans meet the cold, north-flowing Antarctic waters. Crossing this threshold means entering a zone rich in marine, land and bird life that is rare on the other side. For the participants of Homeward Bound, crossing this threshold also serves as a metaphor in their leadership development journey. Having completed 11 months of their program largely online, once on-board together and voyaging into Antarctic waters, they cross into exploring unique personal and collective territory, rich with diverse and meaningful experiences.
- ‘To converge’ is to meet, to come together. The HB alumnae network is a space in which women sharing a background in STEMM and the experience of Homeward Bound also bring a unique combination of talents, skills and passions. In this space, there is opportunity for connection and collaborations that can serve as a testament to the greater power of ‘we’ rather than ‘I’.
The naming and subsequent framework of representation that was set up by the cohort also reflects a key tenet of Homeward Bound – that this is a collaborative endeavour, shaped by the feedback and ownership taken by all those involved, not just a few ‘at the top’ of a leadership structure.
The Convergence Steering Committee (TCSC)
The committee acts as a conduit between alumnae and Homeward Bound leadership, to facilitate connection and information exchange, to offer support to new cohorts, to provide updates about what alumnae are up to and how alumnae can get involved in Homeward Bound projects. The Committee consists of 10 members from across all graduate cohorts. They connect to alumnae via social media, quarterly newsletters and other communication platforms.
You can meet and connect with the TCSC here.