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27th National Space Symposium Offers Special Events for “New Generation” Space Professionals

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27th National Space Symposium Offers Special Events for “New Generation” Space ProfessionalsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 14, 2011) — The Space Foundation’s 27th National Space Symposium will feature almost a full week of events targeted to a new generation of space professionals, kicking off on Monday, April 11, with the popular “speed mentoring” new generation leadership exchange.

The premier gathering of the global space community, the 27th National Space Symposium is being held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. All new generation events are geared toward Symposium attendees, ages 35 and younger, who are completing their educations or are in the early stages of their careers. Part of the Space Foundation’s New Generation Leadership Initiative, the Symposium activities include the leadership exchange, a welcome reception, workshops, a working lunch and a Thursday-night closing reception for all attendees.

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There are no additional fees for eligible attendees to participate in the targeted events, but registration is required. New generation participants are encouraged to participate in dialog about the upcoming activities at the 27th National Space Symposium and future New Generation Leadership Initiative activities through Twitter, #NewGenSpace.

About the Leadership Exchange
The new generation leadership exchange provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to get career advice from distinguished and experienced industry leaders in a dynamic environment. Using a “speed mentoring” format, the participants meet briefly in small groups with the executives, rotating through multiple mentoring sessions during the event. The confirmed executives are:

  • The Honorable Barbara M. Barrett, chief executive officer of Triple Creek Guest Ranch, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Space Foundation board member 
  • Emmanuel de Lipkowski, space attaché and representative for the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the government agency responsible for France’s space policy, based at the French Embassy in the United States of America 
  • Martin C. Faga, former director of the National Reconnaissance Office and Space Foundation board member 
  • The Honorable Lori B. Garver, deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Lon Levin, president of SkySevenVentures and Space Foundation board treasurer
  • James Maser, president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Space Foundation board member 
  • Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF (Retired), senior executive advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton and director emeritus of the Space Foundation 
  • Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General, co-chair of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and Space Foundation board member
  • Patti Grace Smith, principal of Patti Grace Smith Consulting and Space Foundation board member
  • Debra Westphal, partner at Toffler & Associates

The Monday afternoon leadership exchange will be followed by a networking welcome reception for new generation attendees.

Reception in Celebration of New Generation Space Leaders
To ensure the entire 27th National Space Symposium audience is aware of the program, everyone who attends the Symposium is invited to a closing networking event, the Reception in Celebration of New Generation Space Leaders, to be held on April 14 after the Space Technology Hall of Fame® dinner. No registration is required for the reception, which is co-sponsored by Iridium, International Space University, Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., Moog and Space Generation Advisory Council.

About the 27th National Space Symposium
The 27th National Space Symposium combines serious discussion with high-level networking and offers workshops, forums, panels and presentations covering all aspects of space. Online registration and more information, including agenda, speakers and exhibitors, are available at
. 27th National Space Symposium registrants, 35 years old and younger, who are interested in attending new generation  events must indicate their interest when they register for the Symposium by checking the appropriate boxes on the online registration form.

27th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors include: ADD STAFFa.i. solutionsAnalytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)ARES Corporation; ArianespaceATK; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Blue Ridge Networks; The Boeing Company; Booz Allen HamiltonCisco Systems, Inc.EuroconsultFisher Space Pen Co.; GMVGeneral Dynamics; IBM; ILA Berlin Air ShowIntegral SystemsIntelsat General CorporationInternational Academy of Astronautics (IAA)International Space University (ISU); IridiumLockheed MartinMaui Economic Development Board (MEDB); MoogNorthrop GrummanParadigm; Pratt & Whitney RocketdyneQinetiQ; Raytheon; SAIC; SES World SkiesSpace Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) ; SpaceSystems/LoralSpaceX; Stellar SolutionsSwedish Space Corporation (SSC)United Launch Alliance; and United Space Alliance. Aviation Week; Defense Systems; and Space News International are official media partners. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; interested companies should contact [email protected].

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is
a global, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, military and intelligence. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit Follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

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