Homeward Bound

What would the world look like if more women had a seat at the leadership table?

Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet.

The 12-month program has four core development components:

  • leadership development
  • strategic capability
  • visibility and science communication
  • science collaboration

These are delivered through online content and collaborative learning for almost 1 year, followed by additional learning in Ushuaia, Argentina, and also on-board the ship in Antarctica.

I am over the moon to be selected as a member of the HB4 cohort for 2019! Out of 95 women selected, there are just 2 members based in Ireland.

Why Women?

Despite making up 45% of the global workforce, women are globally underrepresented in leadership positions. This is despite women comprising 57% of recent college graduates. By providing these women with leadership and strategic skills, a sound understanding of the science, and a strong purposefully developed network, we will enhance their ability to impact policy and decision-making for a sustainable future.

Why Antarctica?

Regions of Antarctica are showing the fastest responses to some of the global sustainability problems we currently face. Antarctica offers an unparalleled opportunity to observe first hand the influence of human activities on the environment and provide critical insights into the global-scale change required. This iconic environment has captured the imagination of leaders in the past and the expedition experience of the Antarctic component of the Homeward Bound program creates strong bonds between participants.

Image Credit: National Geographic

Why Now?

If not now, when? The sustainability of our planet is in crisis and so is the state of leadership in our world. Homeward Bound aims to contribute to both these global issues. Learn more on their website.

Launched in 2016, the inaugural program culminated in the largest ever female expedition to Antarctica. Homeward Bound has led three cohorts of women through the year-long state-of-the-art program and Antarctic voyage, with the fourth cohort underway and due to depart for Antarctica in November 2019. Here you can learn more about the 95 individuals taking part in HB4.

I ran a fundraising campaign to cover some of the programme costs, by offering talks in schools & businesses before and after my trip in return for a donation. See the full breakdown of fees here.

If you or your organisation would like to know more please get in touch by email hereYou can also donate directly through my Chuffed page.

UPDATE June 2020:

The Chuffed fundraising campaign is now closed – huge thanks to everyone who contributed! Your support is greatly appreciated. I am back home after an unforgettable experience in Antarctica with an amazing group of women, followed by a South American adventure. I’m feeling inspired to act, to continue learning, and leading, in my personal and professional life. Here’s to even more positive climate action!