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WIA Conference

Aerospace 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014      Hyatt Regency Crystal City      2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy • Arlington, VA 22202

Don’t miss WIA’s Aerospace 2014: Breaking the Mold – the must-attend event of the year. This 5th annual day-long conference is a high-intensity, content-rich event that provides attendees important insight into today’s biggest trends.

  • Hear perspectives from top agency officials as they guide their organizations into future.
  • Learn about evolving U.S. government priorities and strategies and how they will impact your business development and program delivery activities.
  • Receive an update about the Space Launch System and Orion Crew Capsules from the professionals developing these systems.
  • Hear first-hand experiences from some of the most compelling women leaders across government as they offer the audience insights on their personal paths to professional success.

Register Here – Early Registration Ends on March 31st

Join WIA at the AIAA Spotlight Gala: AIAA is pleased to announce that the annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala will be held the same evening as WIA's annual conference, Aerospace 2014: Breaking the Mold and will continue the tradition of honoring and recognizing some of the most prestigious awards in the aerospace industry, including our newly elected Fellows and Honorary Fellows. This black-tie affair will be held at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. For more information and to register, please click here.

Full Conference Agenda

7:00am Registration

8:00am Opening Remarks

8:15am Morning Keynote: Honorable Deborah James, Secretary of the Air Force

8:45am Executive Roundtable I: Stepping up to the Challenge: Limited Resources and Limitless Possibilities

As government agencies are being asked to do more with less, refining methods of manufacturing, discovering new technologies, and creating fresh models for doing business is imperative. The defense industry in general and the aerospace industry in particular is stepping up to the challenge; whether developing so-called "game-changing" technologies, developing more cost efficient models for space launch, improving and enhancing robotics capabilities, or discovering different ways to deal with cyber threats. This panel will discuss the wide-range of possibilities where government and industry can work together to solve technological challenges while seeking sustained cost efficiencies.

  • Moderated by: Ms. Mary E. Kicza, Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Ms. Margaret Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Ms. Pam Melroy, Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA; former astronaut and FAA Office of Space Transportation Official
  • Ms. Janet Petro, Deputy Director of NASA's John. F. Kennedy Space Center and one of the first women to graduate from West Point

10:15am Networking Break

10:30am Executive Roundtable II: A Deeper Purpose, A Bolder Mission for the Deep Space Generation

After decades of humans in low earth orbit, the United States is again developing the capabilities and know-how to travel to deep space. Development of the Space Launch System and the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle are necessary first steps towards sending humans to Mars and beyond. As our nation moves forward with these goals, our next generation of space exploration scientists, engineers, program managers, and astronauts stand ready to accept this challenge.

  • Moderated by: Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Mr. Tom Martin, Advanced Space and Launch Project Manager, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Ms. Heather McKay, Propulsion Engineering, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
  • Dr. Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Ms. Debbie Sharp, Senior Manager, ISS Vehicle and Flight Support Equipment Projects, The Boeing Company
  • Mr. Mark E. Tobias, Advanced Booster Chief Engineer, ATK
  • Capt. Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., USN (Ret), former NASA astronaut, Robert A. Heinlein Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the U. S. Naval Academy

12:30pm Featured Speaker

Admiral Michael Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

1:00pm Featured Lunch Speaker

Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL), House Appropriations Committee serving on both the Defense Subcommittee and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agenices Subcommittee

1:50pm Networking Break

2:25pm A New Paradigm Unfolding: Women of Impact

The last several years have seen an unprecedented increase of women in senior leadership positions within specific government agencies where few - if any - women have served before. These women are not only breaking gender barriers but are also facing immense challenges as government rethinks the way it spends scarce resources. This evolution is also occurring at a time when research suggests that diversity of gender, thought and background is a critical component of innovation. This panel will offer the audience insights on their personal paths to professional success. They will also discuss current challenges that our industry faces and what they are doing to make the changes needed to define the next era of aerospace.

  • Moderated by: Maj. Gen. (Retired) Lawrence A. Stutzriem, Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  • Ms. Catherine Marsh, Deputy, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
  • Colonel (retired) Martha McSally, United States Air Force
  • Lt. General Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Ms. Lesa B. Roe, Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters

3:45pm Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations

  • Confirmed to become the first female four-star Admiral of the U.S. Navy

4:30pm Closing Remarks

4:45pm Cocktail Reception

Registration Details

  • Conference registration fee includes all events of the day, including lunch and reception.
  • On Monday, March 31, 2014 the registration rates will increase by $75 for the full conference and by $25 for the lunch only.
  • 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 20, 2014.

* WIA is pleased to offer complimentary registration to members of the federal government and military. If you have any questions about your ability to accept free registration, please contact your agency ethics advisor.

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