43rd Session of ICESCO Executive Council Rabat & ICESCO International Space Science Symposium.
Satellite Workshop “CanSat”, theme: Building a Comprehensive Workforce for the Future.
Dr. Shelli Brunswick,Ph.D Honoris Causa.
—— Chief Operating Officer @ Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the Global Space Ecosystem — Passionate about promoting Diversity & Inclusion across the World, encouraging the next generation of women to pursue STEM and Space subjects and join the Space industry.
—— From a Distinguished Career as a Space Acquisition and Program Management Leader and Congressional Liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current roles, including...
Official Forbes Council Member.
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Role Model of the Year, and Global Ambassador at WomenTech Network.
Shelli is a mentor for the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs Space4Women Network and a mentor for the Global Policy, Diplomacy, and Sustainability Fellowship program.
She is Chair for Women in Aerospace Foundation & Chair for Space Tourism Society Africa.
She is a Co-Chair for Global Policy Insights Quad grouping of nations comprising the United States, India, Japan, and Australia .
In 2020, Shelli received the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence award.
Founding Advisory Board (FAB) Member for the NYU SPS Human Capital Analytics and Technology Program.
Interviewed for AeroTime Women in Aviation campaign and presented with a 2021 AeroTime Aviation Achievement Award, for devotion and commitment to the space sector.
Rabat | Dubai | Qatar | Egypt | San Francisco
Satellite Workshop “CanSat”, theme: Building a Comprehensive Workforce for the Future.
TEDx Manitou Springs -- 'A New Era' Program -- Talk and Q&A.
Commencement Speaker at my alma mater, Colorado State University-Pueblo, invited by President Timothy P. Mottet and the faculty. This was the highlight of Ms. Shelli Brunswick's 28 years journey since graduating.
Moderator at the Women's World Majlis | Mission Equality: Expanding Equal Opportunities in Space. How women are leading the trajectory of space economy and exploration.
Honored to be hosting a virtual panel discussion at the World Investors and Entrepreneurs Summit WISE Q1 (#WISE2022Q1). With the theme "Impact Investments & Global Economic Recovery," the WISE2022 Quarterly Meeting will be hosted from March 26-29 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The role of citizens in space exploration for scientific knowledge, innovation and market creation, 17 Oct 2021. Honored to be a speaker at The People's Mission: Citizens in Space Exploration at Dubai Expo.
Global Forum for Higher Education and Scientific Research (2nd edition), “The Future in Action”, panelist for “Employability in the ERA of Pandemics and Beyond” plenary session; Cairo, Egypt. Year 2021 marked the second edition of The Global Forum for Higher Education and Scientific Research (GFHS). The first global initiative of its kind in Egypt. The forum is organized under the auspices of H.E. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Part of the 2021 Qatar - USA Year of Cultural - a campaign of exchanges, knowledge transfer, and mutual understanding. The program aimed to “Deepen programs and initiatives that enhance Qatar's ties to the U.S. - based on educational institutions, research organizations, and business associations, facilitating U.S. investment opportunities and fostering professional networks between Qataris and Americans. Astrocon21 is a conference dedicated to astronomy and space science, organized by the Astronomy Alumni Chapter at Qatar University (QU) and Astronomy Club.
WomenTech Network 2020, 2021 & 2022 Global Technology Leadership Awards following the honor of receiving Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Role Model for Years.
Engagements for creating opportunities in SPACE.
She oversees the Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.
Selected as one of only 56 women worldwide as a Mentor at the UNOOSA.
At the end of 2020, Shelli also became a WBAF Senator to the USA and Global Women Leaders Committee Board Member.
In early 2021, she became the Chair of Space Entrepreneurship at Tod’Aérs (Multinational organization promoting Global Sustainable Development through Research in Geospatial and Space Studies).
Global Diversity Role Model, Leader and Ambassador.
The People's Mission @ DUBAI Expo| Singularity University @ SOUTH AFRICA | Special Judge & Mentor International Space Apps Challange Brescia 2021 @ NASA .
United Arab Emirates will welcome more than 200 nations and international organizations for the first World Exposition in the history of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and three sub-themes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, Expo 2020 Dubai will gather diverse global thought leaders and experts to collaborate and catalyze positive change.
Invited for Women in Space panel hosted by Singularity University South Africa (SUSA). The SUSA Summit takes place every year as a thought leadership gathering for different industry makers.
Shelli was Invited to be a judge and mentor for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge -- Brescia 2021.
Advocating for Space Technology Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Inclusion, Shelli collaborates with Organizations around the world to connect Commercial, Government and Educational sectors.
Shelli plays an important role at the WomenTech Network Community. She is a WTN's Founding Member, Advisory Board, Global Ambassador, Mentor & Diversity and Inclusion Officer / Role Model of the Year 2020, Global Conference Main Stage Speaker in both 2020 and 2021. She has been actively involved in the WTN Community and in promoting WTN, diversity, inclusion, and equity. If you ever have a chance to work with Shelli, make sure not to miss it! I am looking forward to continuing making an impact together with Shelli in the future!
I have the pleasure of having Shelli as part of the WBAF Global Women Leaders Committee. She is part of our 'Amplifying Success Stories" action group. Shelli’s work to champion the inclusion of underserved groups stems from staying true to the values instilled while she was in the military: a passion to share her journey, give back to the space community, and contribute to the development of the next-generation workforce. It is clear her passion and focus is on uplifting women/girls and she is generous with her social network to ensure measurable outcomes.
As a former Chair of Women in Aerospace and now WIA Foundation’s President, Shelli’s evident passion to mentor the next generation of women leaders has been an instrumental part of WIA’s success and mission to inspire female students to assume leadership roles within the aerospace industry.
I joined the United States Air Force right out of high school, got my degree by going to school at night, and was selected to become an officer. I worked in acquisitions, primarily on space-related projects. My last five years on active duty, I had the privilege of working as a legislative liaison to the House of Representatives. I wanted to continue in the space industry and make a difference for future generations, and Space Foundation was the perfect fit.
I look at my career in three distinct chapters to my journey. First, I was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Turkey and Germany, which gave me the chance to learn and understand other people, customs and cultures. I also worked toward my bachelor’s degree, courtesy of the Air Force’s tuition assistance program, taking classes at night while I served in the military by day.
After completing my bachelor’s degree through the Colorado State University – Pueblo and serving 12 years as an enlisted airman, I was fortunate to be promoted to a space acquisition officer. This is where I really connected with space and learned how big the space industry could be, even at a time when the only way to get involved came through civil agencies such as NASA or through the military.It meant looking at ground stations, military launch vehicles, and satellites because that’s what space was at that time. It’s so much more today!
I went on to earn my master's, completed Air War College, and served my last five years in the U.S. Air Force on Capitol Hill in a dream-come-true job as a congressional liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, working through the ins and outs of space policy, budget and appropriations. This period gave me an understanding of the importance of advocacy, outreach and processes, and taken altogether, these experiences supplied all the necessary tools to become a strong candidate for a senior leadership position.
Space Foundation and the launch of our Center for Innovation and Education marks my latest phase, which I think will be the most important ever because of the size of the market opportunity and the lives that will be touched through this vital work.
After decades as a military officer, I now serve as chief operating officer at Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. I oversee the operations of three divisions: Symposium 365, Center for Innovation and Education and Global Alliance.
After more than two years in development, Center for Innovation and Education is one of my most rewarding initiatives. It was launched to create and deliver inclusive, innovative and sustainable workforce development and economic opportunity programs at a time when people need them most and the $424 billion space economy is primed with career opportunities.
Humbly, I was honored in 2020 as the Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year by WomenTech Network for my global advocacy to make space careers available to all people. I was also selected by the United Nations as one of 35 inaugural global mentors for its Space4Women program. These roles are very rewarding to me because mentorship is an integral component in developing a strong, qualified space workforce that will drive future innovation. In fact, mentorship is one of our five core disciplines at Center for Innovation and Education.
As a passionate role model for women in space, I speak to organizations and at events around the globe to advance space technology innovation partnership and collaboration opportunities. I take great pride in bringing people together to raise awareness and launch programs. Chair the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, host the Women’s Global Gathering annually at Space Symposium, and serve on numerous boards, regionally and globally. In the last year, I spearheaded workforce initiatives based on space-inspired curriculum, teacher training, and entrepreneurship in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United Arab Emirates.
When I left Capitol Hill to come to Colorado Springs and work for Space Foundation, I told my team in the Air Force Congressional Liaison office that I saw this as an opportunity to serve the greater good beyond the military, and today my work with Space Foundation and organizations like WomenTech Network and Space4Women enables me to stay true to values instilled while in the military. These pursuits fulfill my personal quest to put service before self by sharing my journey, giving back to the space community, and contributing to the development of the next-generation workforce.
Virtually every industry on the planet has advanced as a result of tech transfer, the commercialization of space technologies for use on Earth, or space tech insertion, the application and integration of space-based technology products and services into established enterprises. This is the true return on investment of every space program.
Healthcare, transportation, communications, agriculture, energy, security, business and more have been transformed by space, and that transformation is only going to continue through the support of space policy, funding and engagement. Companies like Microsoft, Google and Garmin are using space technologies to provide navigation and tracking services, while real-time data is being used to track and monitor endangered marine species, locate survivors trapped in buildings after natural disasters, and find sources of safe drinking water.
But it is not just about what we can apply back on Earth today. There remain some great mysteries to uncover “out there” as well. With three missions to Mars over the last year, we are learning about our planetary systems in ways that were not possible previously. The implications could be enormous for colonization, tourism and sustainability for future generations.
With luminaries like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and others making space cool again, and scientists like Jill Tarter studying extraterrestrial intelligence or Louis Allamandola searching for the chemical origins of life, new questions are being asked and answered. New seeds of excitement in space are being planted — now we just have to nurture them.
Not every person will get to ride on a rocket, see one lift off, or build a satellite or payload, but they can contribute to delivering space technology solutions that we depend on today and tomorrow.
In particular, NASA's patent portfolio offers thousands of technologies for commercialization. It, as well as the Pentagon and other government and research organizations, support aggressive tech transfer programs that are at risk without the vision and talent of entrepreneurs to craft, refine and apply these technologies to real problems in space as a new frontier as well as on planet Earth — that is if we can build a broad-reaching space ecosystem that truly unites us all to further innovation.
Absolutely, more women will pursue careers in space technology and space travel for two predominant reasons: 1) Commercial expansion in the space ecosystem accounts for 80% of new opportunities, and 2) the space economy is resilient and expected to grow to $1-3 trillion by 2030. As industries relying on space technology are broadening and intersecting in exciting ways, traditional barriers to entry are disappearing. The profusion of opportunities are now accessible to a vast talent pool, from rocket scientists to project managers to welders — in virtually every community around the world. Simply stated, there is no better time to be a part of the space industry.
The challenges for women and other underserved groups are deeply rooted in the systemic limitations of the traditional educational system, insufficient lifelong learning programs, and the absence of mentoring programs and role models.
At Space Foundation, our Center for Innovation and Education and its Workforce Development Roadmap outline five core disciplines that address these challenges head-on to empower people to pursue opportunities in the space ecosystem:
1. Awareness of Space Technology's Impact and Opportunities : For 38 years, Space Foundation has raised space awareness, but the future depends on broadening the awareness of space technology, its impact on virtually every facet of daily life on Earth, and of the plethora of jobs, careers and business ventures available. In raising this awareness, we are inspiring lifelong learners to pursue studies, jobs, careers and new business ventures across a broad range of space technology-based industries.
2. Access That Opens Doors to Space Industry Jobs, Careers and Contracts : Working with partners and sponsors, Space Foundation aspires to break down the barriers to entry and enable access for all people to jump into the space ecosystem. Opening the door to additional demographics and populations benefits individuals and suppliers as well as the organizations that hire and contract with them, further growing a pipeline of qualified space technology contributors that will continue to grow over time.
3. Training for Lifelong Learning at Every Stage : Space Foundation endeavors to enable lifelong learners from the student to professional levels. We provide a wide range of multimodal training, including hands-on camps, field excursions, self-guided online webinars and collaborative regional workshops for training, as well as plans for reskilling or upskilling to grow and retain a vibrant space workforce.
4. Connections to People Through a Vast Space Foundation Network : Space Foundation, with the largest global network of any nonprofit in the space ecosystem, is the ultimate resource to connect aspiring space enthusiasts to workforce and career opportunities. This is where large enterprises meet small businesses and entrepreneurs to fill the vital supply chain that makes it possible for important space initiatives to become a reality for both the future of space exploration as well as advancing the quality of life on Earth.
5. Mentorship of Young Leaders To Develop Role Models for the Next Generation : Space Foundation programs are designed to ensure a healthy, balanced progression of mentorship at all levels — from aspiring workforce candidates to space professionals — effectively providing role models for the next generation of space industry contributors.
My next big dream is to create access and opportunity around the world through space-inspired curriculum, space entrepreneurship, and teacher training.
I want to change the world by unlocking opportunities through partnership and collaboration to ensure all people are benefiting from space technology innovation in their daily lives.
Together we can change the world!
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