Help Krissa Empower Women in STEMM & Fight Climate Change!

By Krissa Skogen

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The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders & realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction
--Rachel Carson, marine & conservation biologist & author

Thank you for visiting my campaign page!

My name is Krissa Skogen and I am a conservation scientist and botanist.

I am honored to participate in Homeward Bound's global initiative to train women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) to be leaders to effect change!

Homeward Bound focuses on topics that have been close to my heart my entire life – science, environmental sustainability and the contributions of women in the public and private spheres. Your donation will support my participation in the Homeward Bound program, including fees associated with leadership training, outreach and the expedition to Antarctica (ship fees, lodging, airfare).

My scientific career has always been driven by a desire to contribute to conservation and biodiversity challenges. As a young scientist, I looked up to women who came before me and now feel a deep responsibility to help make the path forward easier for those who follow. I strive to ensure that achieving their goals is not inhibited by the constraints of bias (implicit and explicit) and a society with different expectations for men and women in the public and private spheres.

I am a conservation biologist and botanist who studies plant-pollinator relationships, ecology and evolutionary biology (visit my lab website for more info). I grew up in Fargo, ND and spent my summers exploring the lakes of Minnesota with my siblings. I received a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut. Currently, I am a scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden and adjucnt professor at Northwestern University where I conduct research, mentor graduate students, and engage in outreach. I have mentored over 60 young and early-career scientists (24 graduate, 32 undergraduate students, and two postdoctoral fellows), of which 38 are women,one is gender fluid and 16 are underrepresented in the STEMM fields.

I love participating in outreach and education opportunities that allow me to share my work and my passions outside the academic sphere. I am also dedicated to engaging in public policy and have learned much through congressional office visits, drafting a bill that was introduced in the House of Representatives, and co-chairing the Public Policy Committee of the Botanical Society of America and the Plant Conservation Alliance - Non-Federal Cooperators Committee.

I am committed to creating a diverse and inclusive scientific community that fosters and supports opportunities for women and underrepresented groups while tackling today's most urgent and challenging threats to biodiversity and human health.

Women need to be represented in STEMM, in both scientific leadership and policy-making roles. I am thrilled for you to join me as a part of a global network of dedicated women in science working to advance these important goals!

If you believe in me and are committed to diversifying STEMM and tackling climate change, please support my campaign!

Why Women, STEMM, and Climate Change?

The integration of women in STEMM, leadership, and creative problem solving is needed to overcome the challenges we face both in science and society.

Evidence shows that empowering women through education is one of the most effective ways to address global climate change. Women represent half of the global workforce & the majority of recent college graduates. Yet women remain globally underrepresented in leadership positions and face unique barriers to successful careers in STEMM. In addition, women are disproportionately affected by climate change and are least represented in decision-making positions (World Health Organization, and United Nations).

The recent IPCC report demonstrates the urgent need for leadership and policy changes that will determine the quality of life into the future.


Homeward Bound is a leadership initiative working to build a global network of 1,000 women by 2025. In doing so, the organization aims to help shape and influence effective STEMM leaders, to change the face of science and draw attention to the global climate crisis.

Leveraging the unique leadership styles and efficacy of women, Homeward Bound's goal is to ensure that the future of STEMM reflects the diversity of the human population and benefits from the talents and strengths of women.

The 12-month program fosters opportunities for collaboration and leadership, and culminates in a three-week expedition to Antarctica. The trip, which brings together current-year participants for intensive, integrated leadership training, expands upon the achievements of the proceeding months.

To date, Homeward Bound has trained 233 women. I am a member of the 4th cohort, HB4, which includes100 women from 33 countries and is the largest group of women with STEMM expertise to embark on an Antarctic expedition.

Supporters of Homeward Bound included Jane Goodall, Christiana Figueres (Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010-2016) and Sylvia Earle (oceanographer & National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence).

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Why Antarctica?

Antarctica is responding to climate change at unprecedented rates. The Homeward Bound expedition presents an unparalleled opportunity to observe firsthand the influence of human activities on the environment and provides critical insights into the global-scale change required.

This iconic environment captures the imagination of humankind and extends a unique chance to connect with fellow scientists and the public in a fundamentally different way.

With Antarctica as a backdrop, Homeward Bound participants will highlight initiatives that use evidence-based science to inform meaningful change and policy decisions to help address the climate crisis.

Help women in STEMM achieve their full potential!

Leadership training is at the core of the Homeward Bound experience. Your donation will support me in my Homeward Bound journey, providing me with the skillset and connections to launch strong representation of women in STEMM at all levels – from the classroom to the boardroom to the halls of Congress & beyond!

Your donation will support my participation in the Homeward Bound program, including fees associated with leadership training, outreach and the expedition to Antarctica (ship fees, lodging, airfare).

Visibility, in particular, is essential to addressing the fact that when women are absent, fewer girls consider STEMM careers for themselves. For every $1,000 I raise, I will deliver a presentation to elementary - high school students from groups that are underrepresented in the STEMM fields and to underserved communities in the Chicagoland area and beyond. This will serve as a continuation of past efforts through collaborations with Project Exploration (Sisters4Science) and local schools.

Presentations will highlight my career as a scientist, my commitment to conservation and the environment, and my experiences with Homeward Bound expedition to Antarctica.

Updates on will be provided on my website:

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Global sponsors include ACCONIA, Human Synergistics, Kathmandu, among others.

Donations in excess of my goal will be used to support other members of Team USA &/or the Homeward Bound Scholarship Fund.

Invest in women. Invest in science. Invest in the future. Invest in Homeward Bound.

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