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The Island Sky Voyage 2023: Reflecting on the Journey.

A Day in the Leadership Initiative in Antarctica

A Day in the Leadership Initiative in Antarctica

Authored  by Alessandra Salgado   What is a day like in the Homeward Bound leadership initiative in Antarctica? Accompanied by snowy peaks, today we had a workshop on leadership behaviors 💡, we took our curiosity about the impact of climate change to Goudier...

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What lies beneath.

What lies beneath.

Authored  by Gina Ziervogel   The light and colour of icebergs is awe-inspiring. As with many things, much lies beneath the surface. This #homewardbound2023 Antarctic voyage is helping us uncover what lies beneath good leadership and be in awe of this special...

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Creating our new home

Creating our new home

Authored  by Kirsten Maclean   The Island Sky is currently home to approximately 109 women and non-binary people (plus ship crew, expedition crew and hospitality team), with a background in STEMM, dedicated to work as a collective to contribute to the...

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At One with the Penguins

At One with the Penguins

Authored by Catherine Lopes   After an unexpected rough day sailing through the waves, we made it! Yes, we landed in Antarctica! It is cold and windy on Aitcho Island for us, but not for these penguins.  We stood still watching them, but only a few of them stood...

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We have arrived!

We have arrived!

Authored by Niamh Shaw   We’ve all become accustomed to a daily routine here on the Island Sky. I look forward to our morning announcements over the PA system, but this morning’s announcement was particularly special. Our expedition leader, Claudia, asked us to...

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We sing. We dance. We seek joy.

We sing. We dance. We seek joy.

Authored by Anindita (Anung) Samsu   Homeward Bound is about the leadership, strategy, and visibility of women and non-binary people in STEMM. It has also emerged during our voyage that Homeward Bound is about the joy we seek and cultivate together - through...

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We are at a tipping point…

We are at a tipping point…

Authored by Maria De Giano, Anna Ferré Mateu, Claudia Alvarado   We are at a tipping point... “Mother nature needs her daughters EVERYWHERE”- that was the message today from Homeward Bound Faculty presenter Fern Hames as we discussed how we will connect with...

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The last time seeing green

The last time seeing green

Authored by Kathryn Michie   Our time in the Falkland Islands has been full of surprises - extreme weather, gale force winds, and sheep sharing the beach with King Penguins. Looking over the windswept Gypsy Bay of Stanley (the capital of the Falklands) and...

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The resilience of Falklanders

The resilience of Falklanders

Authored  by Isobel Romero Shaw   At our cabin windows this morning, bleary-eyed in pyjamas, we had an unexpected sight... land rovers. After several days sailing around the outer Falklands, we had docked at the capital: Stanley, pop. c. 2500. The wind and rain...

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A personal journey

A personal journey

Authored by Alexandra Jones   We’ve been exploring personal strategy in this phase of the journey. Being strategic requires time to zoom out and dedicate attention to our intentions, choices and actions in life. As a sole parent with a young child at home, it’s...

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Daily Correspondence, Ship’s Journal

Imposters? Or increasing opportunities for collaboration?

Imposters? Or increasing opportunities for collaboration?

Authored by Jacqueline Madsen   “I’m curious. Who feels like they don’t belong here? Raise your hand” Homeward Bound co-founder Fabian Dattner began. About 80% of the room raised their hands. I am one of the people who raised their hand, as an electrical engineer...

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Beyond comfort zones

Beyond comfort zones

Authored by Julia Wagemann   Today is our eighth day aboard the Island Sky. A week ago, we boarded The Island Sky in Puerto Madryn for a journey to Antarctica, a journey beyond the comfort zone for many of us. As our journey progresses, this is the furthest south...

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The global initiative for underrepresented genders in STEMM

The global initiative for underrepresented genders in STEMM

Authored by Eva Sirantoine and Samantha Elie   #PolarPrideDay.  Women in STEMM lack representation, in spite of the recent tremendous efforts made around the globe to promote past and present important women and their contributions to the STEMM disciplines....

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Learning from penguins

Learning from penguins

Authored by Gabriela Sardinha   It's amazing how we lose track of time when we're so immersed in an experience. Sometimes this has positive effects, such as a sense of community with women we've only known for a very short time. The common purpose of everyone...

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Doing Life Hard

Doing Life Hard

Authored by Clare Bond & Sallie Pearson   Today we enter calmer waters. Sheltered by the Falkland Islands in the sunshine, we gather to explore the LSI leadership diagnostics (Life Styles Inventory), contemplate our own leadership, our internal narratives,...

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Stronger Together

Stronger Together

Written by Annemieke Hartman Jemmett   Leading in emergence and the value of collaboration.There are big challenges all around us.  It is quite overwhelming to hear the diverse news stories each day.  From flood, drought, coastal erosion, extinction of species...

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There is no plan B

There is no plan B

Authored by Kirsten Maclean   For the next 20 days I am part of a collective of 109 women from 25 countries with a background in STEMM. We are voyaging together in the Antarctic Peninsula (via the Falkland Islands/Malvinas) to bear witness to the impacts of a...

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How we’re building a sustainable future, together!

How we’re building a sustainable future, together!

Authored by Tiffany Vora.   What does the word “sustainability” truly mean? As I sail toward Antarctica with the Homeward Bound initiative, I’m discovering that the word “sustainability” means different things to different people. These days, the word...

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No Plan B – Past Civilisation

No Plan B – Past Civilisation

Authored by Annemieke Hartman Jemmett.   Upon embarking on the Island Sky, the pictures on the wall of the reception area brought me face to face with Antarctic history. In that moment, I realised that I am following in the footsteps of the great leaders:...

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On the way to Antarctica via Amazon

On the way to Antarctica via Amazon

Authored by Simone Carolina Bauch.   As I lay on my bed on the first night aboard the Island Sky, I could feel the ship moving up and down with the waves. With my eyes closed I remembered I had the same feeling many years back during my PhD fieldwork in the...

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