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Comedy for Climate Action

Comedy for Climate Action

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield, award-winning science communicator, performer, and lecturer at the University of Galway’s School of Natural Sciences, an alumna of Team HB4, and Homeward Bound faculty member (Team7/8), is leading a new project called ‘We Built This City on...

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A Beacon of Influence and Impact in STEMM

A Beacon of Influence and Impact in STEMM

We extend our congratulations to Alice Ruhweza an alumna of Homeward Bound [#Team HB2], for being recognised as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Africa at the prestigious 5th Africa Women Summit in Nairobi.  The Africa Women Summit, renowned for bringing...

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Global Collaboration in Action

Global Collaboration in Action

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...

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Earth Day, empowering women change makers

Earth Day, empowering women change makers

Earth Day, an annual event, serves as a reminder of the challenges we face and the opportunities for impactful change toward a more sustainable future. This year’s theme is Planet vs Plastic, highlighting the urgent need for collective action to combat plastic...

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Celebrating Women in STEMM

Celebrating Women in STEMM

Today, 11 Feb, is a day that holds great significance in the Homeward Bound calendar, as we honour the invaluable contributions of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine). On this day, we mark the International Day of Women and...

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Message from the CEO, Homeward Bound – An eventful 2023

Message from the CEO, Homeward Bound – An eventful 2023

I’m so delighted that you are all back safely from the eagerly anticipated voyages to Antarctica. Based on all the social media posts I’ve seen; I would describe your collective energy as ‘joyful.’  I too share in your joy, appreciating the invaluable face-to-face...

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Sharing a message of inspiration and hope

Sharing a message of inspiration and hope

Photo: Dame Jane Morris Goodall   Dame Jane Morris Goodall, an avid supporter of our women’s leadership initiative, shares a message of inspiration and hope. As the expedition comes to a close, our 188 voyaging women are reflecting on the effects of climate...

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Celebrating the Return of the Island Sky from Antarctica

Celebrating the Return of the Island Sky from Antarctica

As we warmly welcomed back the intrepid women of Homeward Bound from their Ushuaia voyage last week, we are equally thrilled to celebrate the safe return of the Island Sky. The Island Sky embarked on its own adventure from Puerto Madryn, Argentina, on November 12....

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Celebrating Excellence: Dr Paola Magni

Celebrating Excellence: Dr Paola Magni

Homeward Bound extends our congratulations to Dr Paola Magni, an alumna of Homeward Bound (HB6), a distinguished forensic scientist and an innovative thinker, for her recognition as a finalist in the 2024 Australian of the Year awards for Western Australia. Dr Magni...

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Celebrating the Return of the Ushuaia from Antarctica

Celebrating the Return of the Ushuaia from Antarctica

We are overjoyed to welcome back the intrepid women of Homeward Bound who recently voyaged on the Ushuaia ship to Antarctica, marking the end of an incredible 19-day journey at sea. The Ushuaia has safely returned to its origin in Ushuaia, Argentina, carrying with it...

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Jodi Schmidt, Expedition Leader on The Ushuaia, Antarctica

Jodi Schmidt, Expedition Leader on The Ushuaia, Antarctica

Meet Jodi Schmidt, Homeward Bound board chair and expedition leader of The Ushuaia voyage, currently navigating the waters of Antarctica. The heart and soul of Homeward Bound is with the 80+ women, with a STEMM background,  accompanying Jodi on board, each bringing...

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Christiana Figueres Inspires Women of Homeward Bound

Christiana Figueres Inspires Women of Homeward Bound

This week, on November 3rd, one of Homeward Bound's two voyages to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina, as part of Homeward Bounds largest all-women expedition. Prior to the upcoming voyages Christiana Figueres graced the Homeward Bound community with her...

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Meet four extraordinary women representing Africa

Meet four extraordinary women representing Africa

Hailing from South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, these visionary individuals are part of the African cohort preparing for Homeward Bound's historic 19-day expedition to Antarctica this November. In a recent webinar hosted by Homeward Bound's CEO, Pamela Sutton-Legaud,...

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HB8 Spotlight: Emma J King

HB8 Spotlight: Emma J King

Meet Dr Emma J King from Homeward Bound 8: a neurodivergent science communicator, space enthusiast and entrepreneur with a background in physics and a passion for wildlife and conservation. Dr King was one of the top 2% of candidates in the 2021 European Space Agency astronaut selection process.

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Faculty Spotlight: Aaniyah Martin, Science facilitator

Faculty Spotlight: Aaniyah Martin, Science facilitator

Meet Aaniyah Martin, a science facilitator at Homeward Bound who has 15 years of experience in the conservation sector with a strong emphasis on finding the balance for what is good for the Earth and good for the people. Aaniyah lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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“It is so important to know yourself”: The Busara Circle’s Lori Campbell

“It is so important to know yourself”: The Busara Circle’s Lori Campbell

Meet Lori Campbell: inaugural Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Regina in Canada. Lori is a Two-Spirit Cree-Metis woman, the granddaughter of a residential school survivor, a survivor of the Sixties Scoop, and a new recruit to Homeward Bound’s Busara Circle, a group of women who Homeward Bound calls on for their wisdom, experience and leadership.

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HB8 Spotlight: Lauren Fritz, marine advocate

HB8 Spotlight: Lauren Fritz, marine advocate

Meet Lauren Fritz, a PhD student in marine mammal ecology based at the University of California who initially studied chemical engineering and developed a love for the ocean when she studied abroad in Perth, Australia. Lauren is a member of HB8.

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STEMM still a challenging place for women, say leaders

STEMM still a challenging place for women, say leaders

Four Homeward Bound 1 alumnae: environmental scientist Dr Anne Christianson, malariologist Dr Sarah Charnaud, sustainable buildings advocate Dr Samantha Hall and sociologist Professor Meredith Nash are featured in The Leadership Professional Development Videos launched today in partnership with The Leadership Film and Homeward Bound. The four case studies have been developed for use by professional facilitators, corporate trainers, educators and government managers to create awareness of systemic gender inequality, illustrate the significant personal impact of issues such as harrassment, imposter syndrome and the gender pay gap on women in STEMM and the wider female workforce, and motivate real and lasting change in the workplace.

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World’s largest initiative to elevate the visibility of women heading to Antarctica

World’s largest initiative to elevate the visibility of women heading to Antarctica

“Antarctica is the inspiration for collaboration for these leaders, a place to be inspired to work together,” Homeward Bound CEO Pamela Sutton-Legaud says. “Seeing first-hand this dramatic landscape under attack from the climate cements the intention for the women to collaborate as leaders.”
Homeward Bound is thrilled to announce that almost 180 women who are leaders from 25 countries will voyage on two ships to Antarctica with Homeward Bound in November to ensure the sustainability of the planet.  

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I was a Meteorologist in Antarctica

I was a Meteorologist in Antarctica

Louise Carroll from #TeamHB7 has been a meteorologist at Davis, Casey and Macquarie Island and is planning to return for her fifth expedition this summer. The meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology in Canberra explains what drew her to the field of meteorology, and why she keeps returning to Antarctica.

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“A safe space to reflect”: the importance of coaching at Homeward Bound

“A safe space to reflect”: the importance of coaching at Homeward Bound

In the Homeward Bound program, participants will have one-on-one coaching sessions delivered by one of Homeward Bound’s 60+ global community of coaches who are accredited to use Human Synergistics’ Life Styles Inventory (LSI), a powerful assessment tool. In this interview, Homeward Bound’s Lead Coach Simon Osborne, and coach Natacha Wilson, describe the LSI and what participants can expect to gain from working with coaches in the program.

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The Convergence: committed, compassionate and ready to lead

The Convergence: committed, compassionate and ready to lead

On completion of the virtual Homeward Bound program, participants become members of a global alumnae network called The Convergence. Here, Convergence members Jana Schniete (HB4), Roshni Sharma (HB5) and Katharina Heil (HB6) describe the purpose of the collaborative volunteer endeavour and some Convergence projects.

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Curiosity, challenge and impact: an insight into Homeward Bound’s Leadership program

Curiosity, challenge and impact: an insight into Homeward Bound’s Leadership program

The Homeward Bound global leadership initiative is structured around four core program streams, each led by facilitators who have expert knowledge in those areas. Here, the facilitators of the Leadership stream in the current Homeward Bound 7 program, Jo Porter (left) and Christine Seddon, describe what participants learn about leadership in the Homeward Bound program.

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‘Shifting the Culture’: HB alumna reflects on impactful program

‘Shifting the Culture’: HB alumna reflects on impactful program

Karin Verspoor was a computational linguist who worked at the intersection of technology, science, and medicine when she joined Homeward Bound’s third cohort, or TeamHB3, in 2018. In this interview, Professor Verspoor describes the impact of the Homeward Bound program on her leadership and career.

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Homeward Bound announces scholarship opportunity for South Pacific woman in STEMM

Homeward Bound announces scholarship opportunity for South Pacific woman in STEMM

Homeward Bound today announced a new scholarship supported by BOC that will provide one woman with a background in STEMM the opportunity to participate in the ground-breaking Homeward Bound leadership initiative. The full scholarship is open to women across the South Pacific region including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Zealand or Australia.

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HB7 Spotlight: Susan McDonald

HB7 Spotlight: Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald is an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer with over 11 years of experience in designing and overseeing major engineering infrastructure programmes in the power, utilities and renewables sector. She is the Energy Transition Lead within Deloitte‚ Net Zero Transformation Strategy team and she’s also been awarded for her work in reimagining at-home COVID19 tests to make them more inclusive and accessible.

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Urgent effort needed to curb pandemic’s ‘astounding’ plastic problem

Urgent effort needed to curb pandemic’s ‘astounding’ plastic problem

During COVID-19, 129 billion masks and 65 billion gloves are being consumed, while 42 billion plastic cups and 40 billion plastic bottles are being used on a monthly basis. This is contributing to a rise in major health and environmental issues such as entanglement of wildlife, microplastic bioaccumulation, even reproduction issues in people, eight women in STEMM from #TeamHB4 and #TeamHB5 have found.

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“The world needs your unique gifts and insights”: The Busara Circle’s Hinemoa Elder

“The world needs your unique gifts and insights”: The Busara Circle’s Hinemoa Elder

Dr Hinemoa Elder is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in New Zealand. She is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent and is a staunch advocate for Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, the Māori language and cultural lore. The HB4 participant is a new recruit to Homeward Bound’s Busara Circle, a group of women who Homeward Bound calls on for their wisdom, experience and leadership.

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HB7 Spotlight: Linda Keyes

HB7 Spotlight: Linda Keyes

Women remain underrepresented in emergency medicine and in the niche fields of wilderness and high altitude medicine. We need women leaders as role models, and the women leaders we have need to actively raise up the next generation.

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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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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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This is our time podcast launch

This is our time podcast launch

Series 2 of the This Is Our Time podcast, recording during the 2018 voyage of Homeward Bound 2, was launched last week with an online celebration.

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“Jailed Indefinitely”: #TeamHB6’s Liz Rickman on leadership

“Jailed Indefinitely”: #TeamHB6’s Liz Rickman on leadership

In June 2002 #TeamHB6’s Liz Rickman took her turn as a peaceful Greenpeace protestor chained aboard the M/S Fagervik at the Swedish port of Norrköping. When police boarded the ship, cutting through the chains and taking Liz and two companions into custody, she was calm and felt assured that the “normal process” would follow. But it didn’t.

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Networks are key to advancing Women in STEM

Networks are key to advancing Women in STEM

A report from The Asia Foundation shows how women’s STEM networks, such as Homeward Bound, play an important role in overcoming barriers and advancing opportunities for women and girls; for example, to create and sustain a space for sharing, support, and mentorship.

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Sylvia Earle – Filmed Faculty

Sylvia Earle – Filmed Faculty

Sylvia Earle, in her 80s, is mesmerising in her intelligence. Marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, explorer-in-residence since 1998 for National Geographic, first female chief scientist of the U.S. NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and named by TIME as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. She was interviewed in October 2016 by Fabian Dattner for Homeward Bound Projects. Hear her telling of decades old sexism and the facts of her leadership of the Tektite Project in 1970.

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What are the drivers of wellbeing for leaders?

What are the drivers of wellbeing for leaders?

Giving women the skills to be willing and capable of taking their place as leaders means addressing and working on wellbeing. Homeward Bound is using the evidence-based set of tools in the Global Leadership Wellness Survey (GLWS) in the online component of the leadership program, helping participants gain a complete view of factors affecting energy, resilience, and wellbeing, and the resources to meaningfully improve them for themselves, their teams and their organisation.

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Love letter to Clare Bowditch – National Press Club

Love letter to Clare Bowditch – National Press Club

Clare Bowditch is a beloved  Australian award-winning musician, actor, author, and speaker on topics of modern mental health, big-hearted business, and all things “being woman” and is part of the onboard filmed faculty for Homeward Bound. This week she spoke at the National Press Club of Australia on “Music, Meaning and Money”. HB’s visionary founder Fabian Dattner shares this love letter to a great leader.

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Australian Bushfire impact

Australian Bushfire impact

Following the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season, a small group of women from #TeamHB4 took the lead on writing an open letter to the Prime Minister with the hope to influence Australia to switch from coal-burning to 100% renewable energy powered by the sun and wind.

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2021 Scholarships announced

2021 Scholarships announced

Improving diversity and inclusion in our programs is a key priority for Homeward Bound, and and we are delighted to announce two scholarships that offer financial support to #TeamHB6.

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Jane Goodall – Filmed Faculty

In 2016 Homeward Bound founder Fabian Dattner flew around the world, talking to amazing women leaders about leadership for our planet.
This excerpt from Dr Jane Goodall explores the sort of leadership the world needs now.

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HB6 Spotlight – Abeer Al Saud

HB6 Spotlight – Abeer Al Saud

The fuel in my being is energized by working and I enjoy the thrill of doing things that evoke my passion. Whenever I realize that my actions and beliefs change archaic routines, that stimulates me to move one.

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An open letter to #TeamHB6

An open letter to #TeamHB6

Homeward Bound is an inspirational, focused, pragmatic, global collaboration for and with women in STEMM, to role model and evolve a very different way of leading. We share common cause – to care for Earth as our home, and we have the expertise, intellect and will to do something about it.

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Search for a new CEO begins

Search for a new CEO begins

The Homeward Bound Board is excited to announce that Homeward Bound has begun the search for a new CEO to manage the next phase of expansion and growth of this incredible leadership initiative.

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Leadership in times of trauma

Leadership in times of trauma

… leadership is everywhere; not just in those positions labeled as such. All of us can apply the principles of trauma leadership every day. We can apply it to ourselves, our families and workplaces, and the way we show up in the world.

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Homeward Bound: Learning leadership in and from Antarctica

Homeward Bound: Learning leadership in and from Antarctica

Cassandra Brooks (left) and Dr Justine Shaw (right). Image: Will Rogan Icy wind from the Antarctic continent stings our faces as we crouch in the zodiacs straining to hear the crackling of the ice. Water rises and falls around us as if it’s breathing. Small pieces of...

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Te mana o Hinehukapapa. We are ancestors of the future.

Te mana o Hinehukapapa. We are ancestors of the future.

Walking up the snowy peak in Antarctica I am pinching myself. High above the ocean, the strange shapes of icebergs make for a surreal panorama. It is quite literally awe inspiring. It is a place where our Mother Earth reigns supreme. I am not alone. I stand with 100...

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Q and A on Collaboration with Aparna Lal

Q and A on Collaboration with Aparna Lal

MAKING RESEARCH USEFUL: THE POWER OF DEEPER COLLABORATION BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND POLICYMAKERS Q&A with Aparna Lal and Julia May, Co-founder, Visibility stream, Homeward Bound Aparna Lal is an ecologist and public health researcher interested in how environmental...

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Leadership and Trust: Associate Professor Sandra Radovini

Leadership and Trust: Associate Professor Sandra Radovini

What is trust? Trust is a key pillar of all good relationships; it is the foundation that supports strong and long-lasting collaborations. It is the base of effective team work. Trust can be thought of as an invitation: an invitation to openness, to communication, to...

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Learning from a Century of Leadership

Learning from a Century of Leadership

As a marine ecologist, I applied for Homeward Bound without having any idea of what leadership could mean for a scientist like me. For a long time, the word leadership was beyond my grasp, for the simple reason that the word has no translation in French. However, I...

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We Need Trust to Build Strong Leaders

We Need Trust to Build Strong Leaders

  As a young woman, I was involved in a dance community. Before dancing, we held each other’s arms in pairs and stared into each other’s eyes while taking deep breaths. We then touched each other’s foreheads with our fingers and together said “I trust you because...

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Leadership and Inclusiveness: Fern Wickson

Leadership and Inclusiveness: Fern Wickson

When I was offered the role of Lead Facilitator for Homeward Bound 4, I was extremely excited but also a little bit daunted. Part of my job as lead facilitator is to enable a faculty of twelve exceptional women leaders from all around the world to deliver a leadership...

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Welcome to Homeward Bound 4

Welcome to Homeward Bound 4

By Dr Jen Martin (Visibility Faculty - Onboard Sci-Comms Facilitator)   The clouds were sitting low, obscuring the mountains as the one hundred women of Team HB4 finally came together in Ushuaia last night for our welcome dinner. As we gathered, the noise levels...

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