Remarkable Women Lecture: Breaking Boundaries
Monday 23 Mar 2020
19:00 - 21:00 GMT
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Former professional yachtswoman Jeni Mundy (LEH 1971-1981) returns to LEH to share the inspirational story that earned her a place in the history books and to reveal how it has given her the confidence to lead a pioneering life.
Jeni was part of the first ever all-female crew to compete in the notoriously difficult Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989/90. She went on to become the first female Chief Technology Officer for Vodafone and is now Managing Director UK and Ireland for Visa.
“Just because there's no one who looks like you doing it today, doesn't mean you can't do it tomorrow,” says Jeni. “I learned about the power of teamwork and the immense satisfaction and ability to conquer everything that comes with it. If I can help inspire even one other girl to push herself further than she felt she could, then that is a good day.”
The gripping real-life story of taking part in the longest and most challenging race on earth on board the Maiden yacht, of the ocean terrors and the raging sexism faced by the all-women crew, has been turned into a feature-length documentary. ‘Maiden’ is currently available to view on Netflix, iTunes and Sky Store.
Following a crowd-funding campaign the Maiden yacht has been extensively renovated and is now taking part on a world tour, skippered by a new generation of highly talented all-female crew members. Their mission is create awareness of the 130 million girls who are currently not afforded an education and to raise funds for the charities who campaign for that basic human right.
Tickets £15, £5 concessions, with all proceeds going to the Bursary Fund.