Insecure tenure; competitive, male-dominated environments and ingrained barriers to flexible working, raising a family and gaining promotion meant there was a global absence of senior women leaders in STEMM.
Homeward Bound sought to tackle this challenge, through its vision of creating a 1000-strong global network of women in STEMM, all equipped with a new model of leadership; one that is:
In the five years since Homeward Bound’s inception Sarah and Julia have co-created and stewarded its core strategy and communications strategy and founded the visibility stream of the program, which supports women with the will and skills to be strategically visible.
They have designed and led each program, with 11 months of each program delivered to up to 100 women virtually, and the last month occurring in-person, at sea: Sarah and Julia have led three Antarctic expeditions between them: coaching, facilitating up to 100 extraordinary women in STEMM on board a ship.
They have also recruited and led a global, multidisciplinary team of visibility experts who support the delivery of the program.
They have worked thousands of hours pro bono, collaborating with a global, transdisciplinary team and helping the initiative to contribute in every way it can to a new model of leadership.
Women in countless scientific fields from the ages 21-70
Countries all over the globe
View the trailer to the documentary film released in 2020 about Homeward Bound’s first expedition, The Leadership, here
Homeward Bound photos by Oli Sansom
They are also clever, tenacious, loving, insightful and courageous.
As friends, fellow voyagers and founding contributors to Homeward Bound, their wisdom and guidance has shaped the Visibility Stream of the initiative, the communication strategy of the organisation and, indeed, many aspects of my own journey.
Their care for people, both as facilitators and coaches, is meticulous.
Founder and CEO of Homeward Bound
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