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HB Blog: Follow the journey

Learning to Lead During the Global Pandemic: Bernie-Anne Freeman

Learning to Lead During the Global Pandemic: Bernie-Anne Freeman

I’ve just wrapped up the first part of an experience like no other. It all began in June 2019, when I was selected for the fifth cohort Homeward Bound (HB), a global leadership program for women in STEM. This connects likeminded women from around the globe for an intensive online leadership program that culminates with a voyage to Antarctica.

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5 ways climate change boosts tsunami threat, from collapsing ice shelves to sea level rise

5 ways climate change boosts tsunami threat, from collapsing ice shelves to sea level rise

Most tsunamis are caused by earthquakes, but a significant percentage (about 15%) are caused by landslides or volcanoes. Some of these may be interlinked – for example, landslide tsunamis are often triggered by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. But does climate change also play a role? #TeamHB6’s Jane Cunneen is a geologist specialising in plate tectonics, geophysics, earthquakes, tsunamis, and natural hazard mitigation.

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Celebrating the “right kind” of leader

Celebrating the “right kind” of leader

Homeward Bound wellbeing faculty member Sandra Radovini’s promotion to Professor at The University of Melbourne is an event to be celebrated because it is rare to find women like Sandra, who don’t follow the prescribed academic path, elevated to these roles.

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Why women in STEMM need a whole of life personal strategy

Why women in STEMM need a whole of life personal strategy

Putting together a leadership program for women in STEMM with the potential to ensure the sustainability of the planet is not a task for the faint hearted. Kit Jackson was on board the Homeward Bound “ship” from the start, identifying early on that these women needed more than business strategy tools to be effective leaders. They needed a Personal Strategy.

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#HBClimateLeaders at COP26 Glasgow

#HBClimateLeaders at COP26 Glasgow

The COP26 summit in Glasgow runs from 31 October until 1 November 2021, brining together governments and other parties from around the world to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Antarctica is running out of time: Homeward Bound collaboration calls for new MPA

Antarctica is running out of time: Homeward Bound collaboration calls for new MPA

AntarcticaNOW is an international group of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) with disciplinary fields ranging from Antarctic research to conservation biology and public policy. It was founded by members of #TeamHB4, during the world’s largest ever all-woman expedition to Antarctica in 2019.  AntarcticaNOW members are united by a single cause: protecting the spectacular biodiversity of Antarctica.

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Leadership lessons driving the race to net zero: Lorna Slater

Leadership lessons driving the race to net zero: Lorna Slater

Everything about our society is built on consuming as much as possible. Our economy, our social status, our success markers, our ‘normal’, is all built on buying more, more, more. Unfortunately this leads to a narrative that tackling the climate crisis means that we have to live poorer lives, when in fact is that it means that we can live lives that recognise what really matters: family, friends, time well spent, meaningful work, abundant nature.

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Questions on leadership for #TeamHB5

Questions on leadership for #TeamHB5

This week marks the end of the virtual development journey for the 5th cohort of Homeward Bound, #TeamHB5. For the past 18 months, 80 incredible women in STEMM , from all over the world, have come together every month to strengthen their connections as a community and to evolve their leadership practice. 

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Why women’s visibility is a central pillar of Homeward Bound

Why women’s visibility is a central pillar of Homeward Bound

“You can give women leaders the best training in leadership, strategy and science, but if they don’t know how to make themselves seen and their real capability remains invisible, then all that potential might go to waste. And we simply don’t have time for that to happen.” So say the directors of Visibility Co, the team behind Homeward Bound’s visibility stream.

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Inclusion – space to recognise and challenge implicit bias

Inclusion – space to recognise and challenge implicit bias

Implicit biases are based on our unconscious stereotypes and shape our social preferences and behaviour. We want to believe that we are not racist or sexist. However, being brought up in a certain cultural context makes unconscious biased reactions inevitable.
The #TeamHB4’s Katja Ovchinnikova learnt about bias studies, the more motivated she was to promote diversity and inclusion in STEMM.

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JOIN #TeamHB7

JOIN #TeamHB7

Applications for the 7th cohort of the Homeward Bound women in STEMM leadership initiative are now open. 

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The leadership we need

The leadership we need

Homeward Bound founder Fabian Dattner encourages men and women everywhere to be more as leaders and to expect and ask for more from leaders above them.

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Eureka! Homeward Bound faculty Prof. Sharon Robinson.

Eureka! Homeward Bound faculty Prof. Sharon Robinson.

Homeward Bound science stream facilitator Professor Sharon Robinson from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong (UOW) is a finalist in the 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for leadership in innovation and science.

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Our Sunburnt Country – Anika Molesworth

Our Sunburnt Country – Anika Molesworth

#TeamHB4’s Anika Molesworth is a farmer, scientist and storyteller. Her book, Our Sunburnt Country, tells of the heartache the decade-long Millennium drought, climate change and her hope-filled vision for the future.

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Leading the science – Nicole Webster #TeamHB1

Leading the science – Nicole Webster #TeamHB1

“If I reflect on my time with Homeward Bound, I think probably one of the biggest take homes for me was just this eye-opening exposure to some of the challenges that my female colleagues had faced throughout their careers.”

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