Setting sail for more female leadership in transport

By Mette HOÉ

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Homeward Bound has selected me, Mette Hoé, as 1 of 75 female in STEM from around the world to go on an epic journey to Antarctica in January 2019.

I will be spending 3 weeks in Antarctica, during which time there will be workshops on leadership skills, strategic innovation and how climate change is impacting this amazing place and the rest of the planet.

With these new tools, I wish to raise awareness about that, only 20% of tech jobs are held by women, and 22% in transport. With male-dominated fields, there is a risk that future urban development and transportation solutions are based on their understanding of performing possibility.

We need gender equality and diverse values in the planning and debate to make sure that new transportation solutions include performing possibility for everyone. Where a join focus should be liveability, high quality of life and are tackling climate changes.

Photo Lasse Steinmetz (30A)

Empower women to lead

 It has been demonstrated that diverse teams with an equal gender balance are more efficient, take more risks and solve problems more effectively. Humanity needs all the creativity, brain power and problem-solving ability we can muster, if we are to solve the problems the world faces. It is therefore critical that women take an equal place at the highest levels of leadership.

I still remember the first conference I attended. I almost ran away, seeing only old men in the same dark suits. Things have changed since - I am glad that I stayed. Age mix, gender mix, cultural mix and more creative dressing is seen. I have come across some powerful women who have inspired me, such as Robin Chase, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Janette Sadik-Khan. Not to forget Lise Drewes, who was the only female professor at my facility back at Roskilde University. Still, we need to empower more women to lead, if we want the world to be a better place with everyone for everyone.

"If you can change the street, you can change the world” by Janette Sadik-Khan

Streets in Copenhagen - Photo Niels Hoé, HOE360 Consulting

At a glance

This new year eve - 75 women from all over the world, will cross the Drake Passage on the way to the Antarctic Peninsula. It will be the culmination of a year-long professional program for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Help me be one of them and the first Dane to be included in the Homeward Bound project.

We all know it’s true: both transport and tech are industries traditionally dominated by males. You’ve likely heard statistics about, how only 20% of tech jobs are held by women, and 22% in transport, which has led to a call for wider acceptance of all genders – especially in leadership. From this, a number of initiatives have popped up around the world, including the Homeward Bound project.

Homeward Bound is a worldwide not-for-profit initiative: The goal is to equip 1,000 women over 10 years with leadership skills and strategic decision making in the context of global climate research. Improved gender balance contributes to more diverse workplaces with positive effects both internally and externally. Moreover, it positively influences the attractiveness of jobs and the competitiveness of the sector.

Make me a part of Homeward Bound

I am one of the key actors in Denmark in the transition from fossil fuel transport to electric transport. I have initiated and been involved in many activities in the uptake of electric vehicles both in Denmark and globally. As a highly sought-after speaker and adviser to the European Commission, I debate and take women's voice in a male-dominated sector. I am appreciated and highly respected, for my ability to see opportunities and make things happen. In realizing equal accesses to sustainable mobility, I believe it is central to get more women involved in the transport sector.

Being part of the Homeward Bound 2018-2019 program is a year-long global leadership education which culminates New Year's Eve 2018, where we sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Antarctica. Here, as the third team, we will stay for three weeks and undergo an intensive education course in the Life Styles Inventory and 4MAT Learning Styles. Through the recognized management models, I will achieve skills in strategic leadership, capacity building, coaching processes and media training.

How can you help me setting sail to Antarctica?

The total cost of the programme is 24,700 EUR per person, however, Dattner Grant Pty Ltd, partners of the programme will cover 12,350 EUR. Furthermore, my workplace has donated 2,000 EUR. Now it's up to me to raise the remaining funds. Besides this significant investment, the funding includes travel to Ushuaia and back, chartering the ship, insurance and equipment. Total fund to raise is 13,300 EUR before TAX. In Denmark crowdfunding is taxed with 40 % - making my goal of total 18,62 EUR.

I have created some wanna-have perks, which you can select on the right panel. Any donation, may it be small or big, brings me a step closer to be a part of Homeward Bound Project, going to Antarctica and stepping up the leadership latter and setting sail for equal measures for a joined future.

Af hjertet tak!

To everyone that has supported me already, both in mentorship, promotion, financially and by sharing my story- A huge hug and a heartfelt thank you!!!!

Promotion video:


  • Marie Staun, Friend, professional intermediary and IT-shark


Graphic illustration

  • Eva Høyer, More illustrations in the series “Once we were travellers, now we are here as a fragment of time” have a look at Instagram



  • Sofus Taulborg Madsen, 9-year old and nephew


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Team Members

Mette HOÉ

Eva Høyer

Homeward Bound

Klaus Bondam

Lærke Flader

Marie Staun