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WIA Conference

Aerospace 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015      Washington Court Hotel • 525 New Jersey Avenue Northwest • Washington, DC 20001

Don’t miss WIA’s Aerospace 2015: Soar to New Heights – the must-attend event of the year. This 6th annual day-long conference is a high-intensity, content-rich event that provides attendees important insight into today’s biggest trends.

Conference Topics Include

  • The Impact of the Cyber Threat in the Aerospace World
  • The Operationalization of Space Sovereignty
  • Women of Impact

As always, WIA brings together the highest level of speakers and panelists to discuss important, top-of-mind issues relevant to those who work in the aerospace industry.

Ensure your registration is secured for this amazing experience on May 5th, 2015. Building on the success of the 2014 Conference, WIA expects to sell out early for this year's annual event.

Space is limited as we continue to provide exclusive development opportunities and events for attendees meeting our mission to facilitate advancement in the aerospace industry. Be sure to register today!

Register Here – Registration Ends on April 28th

Full Conference Agenda

7:00am Registration

7:45am Introduction – Giovanna M. Cinelli, Chair, Women in Aerospace

8:00am Morning Keynote Speaker – Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, Member of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Committee on Science, Space & Technology

8:40am Executive Roundtable 1: The Impact of the Cyber Threat in the Aerospace World

For decades, businesses and governments across the globe have struggled to understand the nature and scale of the cyber threat. During this session, prominent leaders from the Department of Defense will discuss significant challenges as this evolving catalyst maintains the potential to create sector and systemic breaches. Speakers will provide insight on strategies and emerging technologies to combat this informational security threat in the aerospace industry.

  • Rear Admiral Paul Becker, U.S. Navy, Director for Intelligence, DJ-2, Joint Staff
  • Brig Gen Sarah E. Zabel, Director, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer
  • Major General Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall, U.S. Air Force, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Rosemary Wenchel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Coordination in the National Protection and Programs Directorate for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Moderator: Natesh Manikoth, Chief Scientist, NAS Sys. Software, ANG-4 Federal Aviation Administration

10:00am Networking Break

10:15am The Honorable Manson K. Brown, P.E., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, NOAA Deputy Administrator

10:50am Table Talk Discussion

Join Women in Aerospace for an exclusive discussion between lead agency officials as they describe significant technological initiatives to advance critical national objectives. Distinguished speakers will deliberate on high-grade framework presently paving the way to more specialized and targeted intelligence gathering.

  • Major General Charles F. Bolden (ret.), NASA Administrator
  • Susan Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Moderator: Dr. Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, NOAA NESDIS

12:20pm Lunch

12:50pm Lunch Keynote Speaker – Admiral John M. Richardson, U.S. Navy, Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

1:35pm Networking Break

2:00pm Executive Roundtable 2: Space Policy 2020

Continually faced with changing political arenas and budget constraints, experts in the field will outline and analyze thrusts and challenges that arise to illustrate the development of space policy. Be prepared for a high-level discussion on how senior policy officials advance strategic initiatives given wavering election cycles and how these issues will impact the future of space policy.

  • Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Jim Martin, Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Chirag Parikh, Director, Space Policy, National Security Council – Invited
  • Moderator: Rebecca Spyke Keiser, Director of the Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation

3:00pm Networking Break

3:10pm Executive Roundtable 3: Women of Impact

Back by popular demand as one of the most talked about sessions of the year: the Women of Impact panel. Prepare yourself for one of the most inspirational and impactful sessions you'll experience at any conference as you'll hear extremely personal and passionate stories about women's professional success and growth. The unique dialogue between the panelists and the audience makes this session one that is remembered and referenced for years.

  • Pamela Melroy, Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Ellen Ochoa, Director, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Marilyn Thomas, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, U.S. Air Force
  • Moderator: Major General Lawrence A. Stutzriem USAF (ret), Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force

4:30pm Networking Break

4:40pm Closing Keynote Speaker – Lt General Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and the Deputy, Under Secretary for Space

5:40pm Reception

Registration Details

  • Conference registration fee includes all events of the day, including lunch and reception.
  • On Friday, April 10, 2015 the registration rates will increase by $15.
  • Lunch-only registration may be on an individual, table or half-table basis.
  • All registrations must be received at the WIA office on-line or by fax no later than April 28, 2015.

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