Homeward Bound Women In Science Leadership Expedition to Antarctica
In December 2016, Shelley was one of 76 women from around the world selected to be part of the inaugural Homeward Bound Women In Science Leadership Expedition to Antarctica - the largest all-women's expedition to the frozen continent. Read about Shelley's experience below.
Homeward Bound is an inspiring leadership and strategic initiative teamed with a science education program on climate and earth system research, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The purpose of Homeward Bound is to elevate the leadership role of women in science, especially in the areas of sustainability and climate change, and to ultimately have more women with a seat at the table of some of the most important decision-making tables in science and science policy, globally.
elevate each participant’s leadership capabilities
educate the team on how polar science can tell us what is happening to our planet
refine their skills to design and execute strategy, devising plans for future collaborations as women working towards a sustainable future.
- women are underrepresented globally in leadership positions and change has been incredibly slow despite increasing dialogue and process/systems changes
- women are emerging in all universities as significant percentages of graduates, they take up significant percentages of our workforce; however they are in a profound minority globally in executive decision making roles
- by giving these women the leadership and strategic skills, coupled with a sound understanding of the science behind the state of our planet, could this be the start of a global collaboration of women able to influence policy and decisions towards a sustainable future?