"Brave means aspiring to live a meaningful life."

Hi! I am Cathy Gylling,

an academic consultant who strives to do meaningful research with a social impact.

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I am a brave, risk taking, rule bending academic consultant who is passionate about doing work with meaning.

Through my love of sail racing, I have learned from an early age how to trust myself and those in the same boat to navigate the unknown sea with skill, precision, and confidence. The experience of sailing has influenced my education, work experience, and research aspirations.


I have had the privilege of working with established scholars in the fields of business, strategy, and branding. Out of this experience, I have achieved recognition as well as international experience. Most importantly, I have learned the value of business and its direct repercussions on society. My research now strives to make a positive impact on society by finding ways to measure the effects of business values and norms in the community we live and do business in.


I strive to have a community that serves a common purpose.

As a skilled sailor who is navigating a new sea of opportunities, I know that to succeed, I need a team built on trust and is passionate for a common goal. In my research, the goal is to challenge the ways we measure and value business by finding meaningful, innovative directions towards positive change. I truly believe that my research project BRAVE could take on this endeavour.


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The story of Karen and Me

Karen is a mahogany Dragon built at Wilenius Boat yard in Porvoo Finland in 1958.   My father received her as a present from his grandmother Karen Sigrid Säthren. His grandmother was so delighted that he had been accepted to study physics at the university that she decided to buy him a dragon, as he […]

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Helsinki Dragon Gold Cup 2018

Dear Friend & Dragon Sailor, Warmly welcome Helsinki Dragon Gold Cup 2018 at Helsinki Sailing Club from the 20th – 28th of July.  We hope to see as many international Dragon sailors as possible racing on Helsinki waters. Link to website: http://www.helsinkidgc2018.com Helsinki Sailing Club: https://hoski.fi/ Clarion Hotel Helsinki: https://www.nordicchoicehotels.fi/hotellit/suomi/helsinki/clarion-hotel-helsinki/ Finnish Dragon Sailors: http://www.finnishdragon.fi/fi/ International Dragon Association http://www.intdragon.net Karen Team Description […]

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Dragon Sailing

Are you Seriously into Sail Racing? We are looking for Experienced Sailors to join our Team with the primary focus on Gold Cup in Helsinki 2018 cathys-sailor_0217 Dragon Calendar, summer 2017 Racing schedule: 10-11/6 HSK Spring Cup Regatta 1-3/7   HSRM Helsinki Regatta R, Open Champ’s at 2018 Gold Cup Water Area 7-9/7 HSF Hanko-regatta […]

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