Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 - Homeward Bound

Australian leadership expert and founder of Homeward Bound, Fabian Dattner, believes that the intransigent absence of women in leadership roles globally is having dire consequences for the future of our planet.

Speaking at an event in Brisbane today to announce the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, Ms Dattner said that the actions we take now and in the immediate future are crucial to our planet’s future.

“Our planet is in strife, and the voice of women in STEMM might just tip the balance for our children. Research shows that women generally lead with greater inclusion and more collaboration, are trustworthy with assets and are guided by a legacy mindset – all of which is the kind of leadership the world critically needs now and which Homeward Bound seeks to amplify,” says Ms Dattner.

Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership initiative for women with a background in the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) professions. The 10-year goal of the project is to build a global network of 1,000 women with STEMM backgrounds to work on solutions to leadership and environmental issues.

“The time for action is now,” says Ms Dattner. “In order to build a more sustainable world, we must also build a more equal one, not tomorrow, not the day after, but today. Mother Nature needs her daughters. And she needs them now.

“Look at the world around us. At the time when unified action and true collaboration from our global leaders could make a real difference to where the world will be in 50 years time, our global leadership paradigm is collapsing and our future looks ever bleaker.

“What is needed is action, not words. Acknowledging the dearth of women in leadership is one thing, doing something about it is another. However, I am hopeful that things might be beginning to change. Look at the difference women like Christiana Figueres are making on the world stage. Look at Ethiopia, a traditional patriarchal society, with half of its cabinet positions now filled by women. The need for traits such as strength, perseverance, adaptability, determination and empathy, often ascribed to women leaders, are starting to be recognised.”

Supported by a global faculty of experts and environmental champions, including Christiana Figueres, who served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) from 2010 to 2016, Homeward Bound participants from around the world complete a 12-month program to increase skills in leadership, strategy, visibility and collaboration, while also broadening the scope of their scientific knowledge. The current Homeward Bound program culminates in a three-week expedition to Antarctica, one of the most ecologically sensitive and inspiring places on earth, on 28 December.

Homeward Bound’s third annual expedition to the Antarctic, in which 79 female STEMM professionals from 35 countries will take part is being supported by ACCIONA, which is being announced at this evening’s event.

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Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership program for women with a background in the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) professions. It is currently a third of the way towards achieving its 10-year goal of equipping a 1000-strong global collaboration of women to proactively lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making as it shapes the future of our planet.

Founded by Australian leadership expert Fabian Dattner in 2015, Homeward Bound reflects her concern for the practice of leadership globally, the intransigent absence of women in leadership, and fear for the future of our planet. Research shows that women generally lead with greater inclusion and more collaboration, are more trustworthy with assets and are guided by a legacy mindset – all of which is the kind of leadership the world critically needs, and which the program seeks to amplify.

Homeward Bound participants encompass over 35 nationalities and 25 STEMM disciplines. Supported by a global faculty of experts and environmental champions, participants complete a 12-month program to increase skills in leadership, strategy, visibility and collaboration, while also broadening the scope of their scientific knowledge. The program culminates in a three-week expedition to Antarctica, one of the most ecologically sensitive and inspiring places on Earth.


Adam Sawell
M: +61 401 096 507
W: homewardboundprojects.com.au/

Sarah Boykett

M: +61 403 193 146
W: homewardboundprojects.com.au/

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Homeward Bound, women in leadership, women in STEMM, women in science, environment, climate change, our planet's future

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