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NEXT MONTH, THE AUS­TRALIAN LEAD­ER­SHIP EX­PERT WILL TAKE 76 FE­MALE SCI­EN­TISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ON A VOY­AGE TO ANTARC­TICA – TURN­ING AN IN­SPIR­ING DREAM INTO A GLOBAL MOVE­MENT

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Travel - Stel­lar picks The Home­ward Bound ex­pe­di­tion de­parts on De­cem­ber 2; home­ward­bound­pro­jects.com.au.

The idea of an all-fe­male Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tion came to me in a dream. In late 2014, I dreamt I took 45 women on a ship for a state-of-the-art lead­er­ship pro­gram. The women were from dif­fer­ent sci­ence back­grounds, and the ex­pe­di­tion was called Home­ward Bound. It was so vivid; I could see ev­ery de­tail of what we would do.

The day of the dream, I had eaten lunch with a group of women who were study­ing po­lar sciences and work­ing in Antarc­tica. They joked that you had to have a beard to have a lead­er­ship role in po­lar sciences. They spoke about how of­ten in­cred­i­bly ca­pa­ble, col­lab­o­ra­tive women were passed over for men. I am not an an­gry per­son, but I came home with anger in my heart.

When I woke from my dream, I set the idea in mo­tion. I wrote a pa­per about the voy­age, the women and the pur­pose. The plan es­ca­lated quickly with the help of Jess Mel­bourne-thomas, a ma­rine ecol­o­gist. The project is now fully funded and we have 76 women de­part­ing on the 20-day ex­pe­di­tion next month.

The women are all highly qual­i­fied sci­en­tists, from zo­ol­o­gists to physi­cists, so­cial sci­en­tists to doc­tors, and neu­ro­sci­en­tists to vets. What will it be like to be on a ship with that much brain grunt? I have no idea, but it’s go­ing to be f*ck­ing awe­some – and cold!

The ship is an ice­breaker and will be like a well-stocked three-star ho­tel. They say it will be hot on board, but it’s go­ing to be mi­nus-10 de­grees at night in Antarc­tica.

My hope is that ev­ery woman will be able to lead more ef­fec­tively when they leave the ship. On top of that, she will know that she will never be alone at the lead­er­ship ta­ble again. From there, we will be able to im­pact the world.

Women want to lead for the greater good. I’m propos­ing that, for the best lead­er­ship, women should share the

ta­ble with men. Not to di­min­ish them, but to bring strength to the ta­ble.

I am most look­ing for­ward to that mo­ment on the ship when I will look at the faces of these com­mit­ted peo­ple and this won­der­ful fac­ulty, and I will say, “We did it.”

If you’ve ever won­dered how a global move­ment be­gins, this is how it starts. And this is only the be­gin­ning.

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