Debra Searle MVO, MBE, who shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo, is set to tell the story of her inspiring journey at the Womble Bond Dickinson Business Leader Dinner, which will be run in partnership with Mayflower 400, and take place at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth on the 7th November.
The event, hosted by transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) which has a large office in Plymouth, is the first of a speaker series that will explore the key themes of the Mayflower 400 commemoration and Debra will tell the story of her journey across the Atlantic which is reminiscent of the historic voyage of the Mayflower ship from the UK to the ‘New World’ of America some 400 years ago.
Debra Searle MVO, MBE, said: “I am delighted to be supporting the Mayflower 400 Speaker Series and relating my own experiences to that epic and significant voyage made 400 years ago. My solo journey across the Atlantic taught me a great deal about the importance of attitude and mind-set. I’d like to also say a big thank you to Womble Bond Dickinson for inviting me to join them in celebrating their first speaker event of the series here at the National Marine Aquarium.”
Charles Hackett, CEO Mayflower 400, said: “2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Debra to Plymouth where she will share the story of her incredible, life changing journey.”
Craig Moore, Partner and Head of WBD’s Plymouth office, adds: “We’re delighted to be part of the Mayflower 400 initiative and to be welcoming Debra and our clients at the National Marine Aquarium to celebrate the voyage of this iconic ship that shaped the history of the world and continues to be an integral part of our heritage.”
“400 years ago The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth where we have one of our eight UK offices and landed in Boston where we opened in the US last year following our combination to create transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson. It couldn’t be more appropriate for us to be supporting this excellent initiative celebrating the ties between the US and the UK. ”
The Mayflower 400 commemoration programme in 2020 will comprise over 400 events that will span four Nations—Britain, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag—and is anticipated to yield a significant £440mn impact on the business turnover across the UK Mayflower Compact destinations. But business leaders are gathering to explore how business might further work with the anniversary for transatlantic opportunities.