EXCITED, INSPIRED, PASSIONATE, COMPASSIONATE; THESE ARE ALL WORDS THAT COME TO MIND AFTER A RECENT CONVERSATION WE HAD WITH CAPT. KELLY J. GORDON, DISCUSSING HER LATEST VENTURE ‘YACHTIE MINDS MATTER'.
Alongside guest speaker Emma Ross, Capt. Kelly will host a Yachtie Minds Matter seminar on September 28 at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Delving into pivotal conversations on confronting challenges in the yachting arena, such as sexual harassment, bullying, substance misuse, and gender bias, the talk endeavours to highlight pathways to address the industry's less-talked-about issues.
After our discussion, it was clear to us this is something we wanted to support and are proud to be a sponsor of the event.
Below, Kelly openly talks about this initiative, how it came about, and just what it means to her.
OI: What inspired you to launch "Yachtie Minds Matter”? I am living my best life and the happiest I have ever been, but that wasn’t always the case. I went through some very low points in life, but being able to look back on that and then look at the ‘now,’ I want to share my experiences, good and bad, and how I got to where I am.
When I hear stories of bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, loneliness, and a multitude of other concerns that lead to a decline in one’s mental health I feel compelled to speak up and encourage others to do so.
We must be our own advocates in life. Ultimately, the hope is that by sharing my story that I can inspire at least one person to live their best life. If I can do that, then I have done my job.