New Generation Initiatives

Space Symposium New Generation Space Leaders Program Featured Impressive Roster of Mentors

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The annual Space Symposium features events, mentoring and networking opportunities specifically aimed at young space professionals age 35 or younger.

Workshops, luncheons and presentations help New Generation participants understand critical space issues, such as how policy and budgets are developed. Multiple networking events brought young professionals together with senior leaders in an informal environment.

Mentors are selected from top space industry professionals and others at the top of their respective fields, such as author and Space Foundation board member P.J. O’Rourke (pictured).

Serving as mentors for the 2014 New Generation Space Leaders program were:

Brig. Gen. Cary C. Chun, USAF, Ret.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Programs, ASRC Federal

Brig. Gen. Timothy R. Coffin, USA
Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command

Pamela Drew, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and President of Information Systems, Exelis Inc.

John Elbon
Vice President and General Manager, Space Exploration, Boeing Defense, Space and Security

Richard Godwin
President and CEO of Zero Gravity Solutions

John M. Grunsfeld, Ph.D.
Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Philippe Hazane
Space Attaché and CNES Representative, Embassy of France to the United States of America

Shawn Linam
Co-Founder and CEO, Qwaltec, Inc.

William “Bill” Mackey
Counselor, Space Affairs, Embassy of Canada to the United States of America

Glenn Mahone
Vice President, Communications, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Jim Maser
Space Foundation board member

Jody Merritt
Vice President, Business Development, Scitor Corporation

Andrew Nelson
Chief Operating Officer, XCOR

P.J. O’Rourke
Space Foundation board member and author of 12 best-selling books

Charles “Charlie” Precourt
Vice President and General Manager, Space Launch Division, ATK

Mark Valerio
Vice President and General Manager, Military Space, Lockheed Martin

Deborah Westphal
Managing Director, Toffler Associates

Learn more about Space Foundation New Generation Initiatives, click here.

This article is part of Space Watch: June 2014 (Volume: 13, Issue: 6).