Fabian Dattner

Leadership expert and founder of Homeward Bound.


In December 2016, at the age of 63, Fabian Dattner, well-known leadership expert, author and women’s advocate, climbed aboard a ship bound for Antarctica. As she did so, she stepped on to a global leadership platform; for that ship was carrying the first 76 women of Homeward Bound, a 1,000-strong collaboration of women who it’s hoped will help change the face of leadership on the planet within 10 years.

Homeward Bound literally came to Fabian in a dream and, as its founder, she has been emboldened to bring to life her pragmatic vision for a new way of leadership; one that puts collaboration, compassion and the legacy of our planet front of mind.

Homeward Bound’s message has reached some 500 million people worldwide and attracted women from 30 countries, propelling Fabian into a space where she can put into practice her own radical vision for what inclusive leadership for the greater good could and can look like.

Current experience:

Author of four books about leadership, three-times finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen of the Year awards and named as one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women, Fabian is down-to-earth, informed, entertaining and provocative and an outstanding and much sought-after facilitator and panelist.

Previous experience:

As founding partner of leadership consultancy Dattner Grant, she brings 30 years’ experience advising, challenging and mentoring some of Australia’s most senior leaders across industry and government. Fabian is no stranger to courage, having seen her way through the very public failure of her family business in the 1980s; she is a creative strategist and embraces and encourages deep learning.

Her insights into leadership, her own experiences of the highs and the lows that come with it, her big heart and even bigger vision make her an unforgettable and often, life-changing, presenter and speaker.


Talking Points
The Practice of Leadership
Culture Development
Women in STEM
The World's Largest All Female Expedition to Antarctica: Lessons in Leadership, Collaboration and the Untapped Power of Women.
Female leadership in the age of women
Trust - a New Paradigm
Intergenerational Leadership
Leadership Theory vs Quality Leadership in Action