Founded in 2008, the Space Foundation’s New Generation initiatives target aerospace professionals 35 and younger. The program fosters meaningful, long-term peer relationships by providing access to top space leaders through program opportunities at Space Symposium and throughout the year. Our goal is to fuel the future for young professionals and be the driving force in helping them launch their careers further.

New Generation Features

  • Access to top space leaders
  • Perspectives on industry developments and global space initiatives
  • Valuable mentorship opportunities
  • Significant networking and team building events

New Generation initiatives include both stand-alone events and targeted programs, featured in conjunction with major space activities and conferences, such as the annual Space Symposium.


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Share your ideas, meet other New Generation Space Leaders, and maintain relationships with those you've already met through the Space Foundation New Generation Space Leaders social media channels!


Space Symposium Activities

More than 300 young space professionals annually participate in specialized New Generation Space Symposium programs. One for the highlights is the popular "speed mentoring" leadership exchange where up-and-coming space professionals meet with senior industry leaders to gather insight and get career tips.

Workshops, luncheons and presentations help New Generation participants understand critical space issues, such as how policy and budgets are developed.

Multiple networking events bring young professionals together with senior leaders in an informal environment. In addition, our daily Space Symposium master moderators all represent the New Generation ranks.

Swigert Society - Young Leaders

A leadership giving program designed for those aged 35 and younger

Invest. Engage. Make a Difference. Swigert Society Young Leaders are tomorrow’s aerospace, science, and technology leaders – and philanthropists.

Leaders understand that giving back to the community and organizations they are passionate about drives innovation and provides us with a greater future. But, you don’t have to wait until your well into your career or retirement age to be a leadership investor.

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