Nikki Henderson Inspires Students

Guest speaker and Britain’s leading female offshore sailor, Nikki Henderson, inspires Grades 8 and 11 on excelling in leadership and creating the right path in life and the future. 

In 2018 aged 25, Nikki became the youngest round-the-world race skipper in history. She built a racing winning team from 60 disparate individuals; aged between 18 and 70; 16 different nationalities; united under Nikki’s leadership. Together they faced 100+mph winds, seas as high as skyscrapers, and the relentless fury of mother nature as they safely navigated our world’s greatest oceans. Most recently, she famously skippered the climate activist Greta Thunberg safely across the North Atlantic – delivering Time's person of the Year 2019 – in time – to speak at the COP19 UN Climate Conference. 

Nikki partners sailing with her other passion: storytelling. Profoundly affected by the lessons she learned sailing around the world, she shares her unique insights into the human side of this extreme sport, where strong leadership can be all that separates life and death. Nikki points out that as a leader, people should take responsibility and become an active participant. She also notes on the key ideas on leadership; values and principles are the foundations of good leadership, empathy is a leader’s most valuable tool, and social interaction and communication skills are critical.