Maiden Fundraiser for YWIS

The Bay Theatre

February 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

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Join us for this exciting, historic film about the first-ever, all-female crew to enter the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race. As the young women competed in this male-dominated race, they overcame cultural, financial, and personal struggles. This empowering film is the backdrop for ISEA’s Young Women in STEM (YWIS) fundraiser.

The movie will be followed by a panel of women. Panel participants include Paige McDowell, a former YWIS participant, and Lily Heyns, ISEA’s relief captain. Paige will share her experience on a Young Women in STEM program, and Lily will share what it is like being a woman in a male-dominated career field. Questions for the panel can be emailed to prior to the event.

“The hardest part about stepping out of your comfort zone is the moment before you do it. Before I stepped on this boat for the first time, I was intimidated by the thought of being on the water for two days. Now, I am on my second voyage with the schooner and have just easily finished a three day adventure. If it hadn’t been for a donor like yourself, I still might have been waiting at that dock scared to step out of my comfort zone. My entire life has been changed by the Inland Seas Program not just because it encouraged me to follow my passion (marine science). Your donation has taught me how to thrive out of my comfort zone. Thank you.”

Katie Nicholson, past YWIS Participant


Doors open at 5:30 pm. Concessions available for purchase.

Evening events:

  • Introduction by Executive Director, Fred Sitkins
  • Maiden documentary showing
  • Panel of women share their experiences

Tickets: $10 each

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In ISEA’s YWIS programs, high school girls spend three days researching and sailing aboard the schooner Inland Seas. In addition to research and sailing, the young women experience defining moments. They step out of their comfort zones, gain confidence, follow passions, and confirm their career paths. Ticket prices and donations from this event support the 2020 YWIS programs. Learn more about the YWIS program here.


Thank you to Chemical Bank for sponsoring this event! All ticket proceeds and donations will benefit the 2020 Young Women in STEM programs.

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