12–14 September 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

Rising Leaders in Aerospace

AIAA's Rising Leaders in Aerospace is a special initiative that provides a forum for young aerospace leaders to learn from and engage with others.


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Planned Activities

Boxed Lunch Panel: Propelling Us Forward: Growing Diversity in the Aerospace Sector
Tuesday, 12 September, 1230-1400 hrs

Despite making major advances in recent years, the aerospace sector still struggles with diversity, as many groups which comprise a large portion of the US labor force only account for a small fraction of the aerospace workforce. This panel will provide perspectives on the role of diversity in STEM fields and how creating a diverse workforce can propel technological innovation. Panelists will also discuss efforts and best practices for closing the gap in STEM fields for minorities and women. Panelists will share their personal commitment, experiences, and activities related to growing diversity in the workforce as well as the efforts of their associated organizations. Boxed lunches will be available for the first 70 young professionals who attend. Panelists include:

  • Sofia Russi, Denmar Technical Services (Moderator)
  • Jaymee DeRosario, International Metal Source
  • Anna Marie McGowan, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Melissa Sampson, United Launch Alliance, LLC

Speed Mentoring and Reception
Wednesday, 13 September, 1600-1830 hrs

Accomplished members of corporations and AIAA will be taking time to meet with the Rising Leaders participants and share their experiences. This event is a great way to get insight from top-level officials and make some great new contacts. And, maybe, they will end up being a mentor for more than just the 15 minutes at this event. Continue your conversations and networking at the reception which will immediately follow. Take time to socialize with your fellow young professionals who are also attending the conference. Having just participated in the speed mentoring, you’ll definitely have at least one thing in common. Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity.

SGAC Presents: Shaping the Future of Space, an interactive event for students and young professionals
Thursday, 14 September, 1000-1200 hrs

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is a global organization whose mission is to bring the views of the next generation of space leaders to the highest levels of the space sector, including the United Nations. Learn about how you can get involved in this international professional organization and hear from three young professionals about how this significantly impacted their careers in aerospace!

This presentation will be followed by an interactive workshop where you will engage with fellow young professionals in discussions about the future of the space sector, in light of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, and formulate ideas regarding what the next 50 years of space exploration should look like. This forum will enable both excellent networking and also a unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of your global space colleagues. No specific prior knowledge or experience is required - and introduction to the Outer Space Treaty will be provided prior to discussions commencing. Grab a cup of coffee, bring an open mind and be ready to engage with your peers in the space sector!

Dates to Remember

  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 22 Aug 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 28 Aug 2017

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