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Accelerating the

REPLAY | Presented16 March 2021 | 1000 – 1400 hrs ET USA
Lockheed Martin
HomeASCENDxSeriesASCENDxSummit: Accelerating the Next-Generation Workforce

Who’s now? Who’s next?

ASCEND is helping to build the most technically, professionally, and culturally diverse space workforce pipeline on the planet!

This three-session ASCENDxSummit brought together futurists, educators, and motivators from classrooms through careers to address current needs and future opportunities for EVERYONE to succeed in space.

Looking to make your mark in the universe? Watch the Summit recordings for information, insights, and inspiration!


Two webinars and an interactive workshop.


Session 1: 1000-1105 EST | Space Workforce of the Future

Space Workforce of the Future

Session 1: 1000-1105 EST

Join a panel of futurists and academics to envision the space workforce of the distant future.


Session 2: 1110-1215 EST | Mid-Career Malaise

Mid-Career Malaise

Session 2: 1110-1215 EST

At some point in your career, it is perfectly normal to feel stuck. The signs can be subtle – a gut feeling that something is off, questioning everything, a general sense of “meh,” – and it can ultimately impact both your professional and personal life. It’s important to know that you are not alone – people in many industries and countries experience this and while this is typically known as a “mid-career” slump, it can happen at any age or stage of your career. This session focuses on career ruts and why they happen, and will share effective, proactive tools and strategies for breaking free – many of which may surprise you!


Session 3: 1230-1400 EST | Future Workforce Workshop

Future Workforce Workshop

Session 3: 1230-1400 EST

Participate in an interactive workshop hosted by the Women of Aeronautics and Astronautics in partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers Aerospace Special Interest Group and the AIAA Young Professionals Group.


Meet Our Summit Speakers

The lineup features a cross-section of forward-looking thought-leaders and influencers who will bring your off-world future into focus.

Heather Doty

President, Society of Women Engineers

Harshini Sivakumar

Senior, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech

Kay Sears

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

Enanga Daisy Fale

Director, Aerospace Special Interest Group, National Society of Black Engineers

Devin Liddell

Principal Futurist, Teague

Lindani Johnson

Chief Engineer, Aerospace Special Interest Group
National Society of Black Engineers

Kara Cunzeman

Project Leader, Strategic Foresight Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

Simon Shuham

Propulsion Engineer, Blue Origin

Margaret O’Mara

Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington

Lisa Wu

Mechanical Engineer, Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL)


Rosemary Davidson

Ph.D. student, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Who should watch?

Everyone! The off-world future will be built by collaboration across multiple technical, scientific, and engineering disciplines.

Whether you’re already committed to a career in space or simply exploring your options, this ASCENDxSummit will empower and excite you to pursue your passions.

How does it work?

The Summit is a four-hour program presented entirely online.

What will you learn?

The Next-Generation Workforce program is comprised of keynote remarks, presentations, and panel discussions, plus interactive Q&A.

From big picture to small details, you’ll learn the current state of the off-world workforce and how individuals, organizations, and even nations, are innovating now to recruit, staff, and train for the future.

What does it cost?

This ASCENDxWebinar is FREE to watch.

We welcome the entire space community and those passionate about learning more about space exploration to the ASCENDx events.

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