Homeward Bound

May 14, 2018

Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of breathtaking Antarctica. The program has reached over 250 women from over 100 different countries, focusing on women in science. The year-long program will allow the chosen participants the chance to learn leadership skills, self-awareness, strategy, science, communication and they will also gain access to a powerful global network of women scientists.

There has been a Nobel Laureate, the program’s first African participant, a children’s science TV presenter and a renowned Australian model amongst the women that are attending the program. They have gone on to receive additional grants, start their own education programs as well as working with large corporations such as NASA to establish new models for addressing climate change.

The program has made waves across the globe in 2016 being the largest all-female group to travel to Antarctica on their first voyage, the second voyage breaking their own world-record. They also held the world’s most remote gender-forum.

Homeward Bound is set to invite more women to join its global collaboration in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) this month.

Applications opened last week and will remain open until 18 May as Homeward Bound takes the next step towards its goal of networking 1000 women in 10 years. Initiated in Australia in 2014 Homeward Bound has become synonymous with women’s empowerment on a global scale.

The new team, already dubbed #TeamHB04, will be their largest cohort yet as they look to welcome 100 women of all ages from around the world. The fourth program launches in early 2019 and will run throughout the year. Over 11 months, the revolutionary program will be delivered via monthly video conference calls and small personal meetings with collaboration, leadership, peer coaching and gender equality all high on the agenda. It will culminate in a voyage to Antarctica, departing Ushuaia, Argentina, on November 22 and returning on December 10, 2019.

Founder Fabian Dattner comments, “This is what it means to build a global collaboration of women in STEMM. We are serious about diversity and encouraging these women to support one another. We want to bring together women from all walks of life, from different backgrounds, and support them into leadership and decision-making as it informs the planet. We are particularly focused on supporting women from countries most affected by climate change.”

Fabian continues “One of the things we find every year is how few women really believe they have what it takes to join Homeward Bound. “Imposter syndrome” dogs even the most experienced, talented women.

It’s this simple: if you have a background in science, want to explore what leadership is really about, are serious about shaping the future of the planet and want to be part of a caring, collaborative community, we want to hear from you.”

Find out more about the initiative here.

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