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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Douglas Clayton, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and HR Learning &...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Douglas Clayton, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and HR Learning & Development at SES, talks about his early years,  the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Dr. Douglas Clayton is the Senior Vice President, Talent Management and HR Learning & Development at SES, the world's leading provider of satellite services. Doug joined SES in 2001 and works primarily at SES's Princeton location. His role includes leading SES's global Learning and Development function and providing guidance to SES's HR team for the Americas. Doug is the chairperson of the SES US benefits committee, is a board member of SES Americom, and a board member of the Luxembourg – American Chamber of Commerce. In addition to directing HR functions in the US and Luxembourg, Doug has directed HR functions in the UK, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

     

       

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Steve Collar, President & CEO of SES,...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Steve Collar, President & CEO of SES, talks about his early years,  the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Steve Collar was appointed CEO of SES in April 2018. He had been the CEO of SES Networks since May 2017. Prior to SES Networks, Mr. Collar was CEO of O3b Networks and guided the company through the successful build and launch of its constellation of state-of-the-art satellites. In 2015, O3b Networks became the fastest growing satellite operator in history, and in 2016, O3b was fully acquired by SES and now forms an integral part of SES Networks.

     


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    This is the SSPI Mentorship Roundtable Series sponsored by Airbus. This second episodes features Tim Deaver, Head of US Space...

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    This is the SSPI Mentorship Roundtable Series sponsored by Airbus. This second episodes features Tim Deaver, Head of US Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space, and former SSPI Mentors of the Year Andrea Maleter, Former Technical Director of the Space and Communications Division at Futron Corporation and 2010 Mentor of the Year, and Clay Mowry, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Customer Experience at Blue Origin and 2013 Mentor of the Year.

    Tim Deaver has over 30 years of space system experience ranging from satellite design, operations, acquisition to policy and intelligence. As Head of US Space Systems at Airbus Defense and Space, he is responsible for managing all US Government space-related marketing, program capture, program management and customer liaison activities for the company. Prior to joining Airbus, Tim worked for SES and SES Government Solutions for over 10 years where he led the business and product development activities. Before joining SES, he served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force in various space operational, acquisition and policy positions. Tim is a board member of SSPI's Mid-Atlantic Chapter and previously served as President and Vice President. Click here to learn more about Tim.

    Before retiring, Andrea Maleter served many years as Technical Director of the Space and Communications Division at Futron Corporation. In an industry career that began at Comsat, where she served on the Intelsat Board, and took her to Intelsat and Futron Corporation, Andrea has worked tirelessly to support and promote the careers of her colleagues.  The list of those proud to claim her as a mentor is long.  It includes Hamadan Toure, Director General of the ITU; Maury Mechanick of White and Case (the last Chairman of Intelsat’s Board of Governors); Eric Beranger of EADS and Patricio Northland of SatMex.  Promise Award winner Eileen McGowan cites Andrea as a mentor, as does Jeffrey Foust, Futron employee and increasingly recognized space journalist. She devotes many hours as a volunteer to support satellite industry organizations, including service as a Board member and President of SSPI’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and as President of the Washington Space Business Roundtable. Andrea was SSPI's 2010 Mentor of the Year. Click here to learn more about Andrea.

    Clay Mowry joined Blue Origin in September 2016 to lead global sales, marketing and customer experience activities for the innovative private company developing launch vehicles and technologies to enable commercial satellite and human space transportation. In a career bridging government, the nonprofit sector and the launch business, he has developed a reputation as a trusted and capable leader as well as an approachable and supportive mentor for the next generation. In previous positions, including President of Arianespace, Inc., Clay has made it a personal priority to hire and mentor interns from a wide variety of backgrounds. He also goes out of his way to mentor young professionals in the industry outside of his company through one-on-one informal mentorship and through active participation and leadership in such organizations as SSPI, SIA, the Space Generation Advisory Council, the Washington Space Business Roundtable and the Future Space Leaders Foundation, which he founded. Clay was SSPI's 2013 Mentor of the Year. Click here to learn more about Clay.

     

       

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Viasat’s Mark Dankberg talks about his early years, his first role in managing people and the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Robert Bell, Viasat’s Mark Dankberg talks about his early years, his first role in managing people and the leadership lessons he learned, how he hires and what he has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Mark co-founded Viasat Inc. in 1986 and has led the company's rapid growth. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception.

    Under his leadership, Viasat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. As a start-up, Viasat was selected to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies three times. After listing on the NASDAQ exchange in 1996 Viasat has been recognized multiple times by leading business and industry publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Red Herring, DefenseNews, Space News, and Washington Technology for its exceptional performance and growth.

    Mark is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has co-authored several military standards on satellite networking, and holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. He has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels and was invited to testify before a Congressional committee on high technology growth companies and IPOs. For his achievements, Mark was inducted into the Space & Satellite Hall of Fame in 2015.

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talked about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires...

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    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talked about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    As VP of business development, Gwynne led the effort to build the Falcon vehicle manifest to over 50 launches representing $5 billion in revenue including commercial resupply services for delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.  She became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations and for managing the customer and strategic relationships that support company growth.  Under her leadership, SpaceX's backlog has grown to more than $7 billion worth of launches while achieving a set of remarkable milestones. Gwynne was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame on March 13, 2018.

     


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    SSPI’s first Making Leaders podcast is now live!

    In a conversation with SSPI’s Robert Bell, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO, talked about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    As VP of business development, Gwynne led the effort to build the Falcon vehicle manifest to over 50 launches representing $5 billion in revenue including commercial resupply services for delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.  She became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations and for managing the customer and strategic relationships that support company growth.  Under her leadership, SpaceX's backlog has grown to more than $7 billion worth of launches while achieving a set of remarkable milestones. Gwynne was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame on March 13, 2018.

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    In a conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, 2018 Promise Award Recipient Mike Safyan talks about how he got his start in the industry and what it...

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    In a conversation with SSPI Executive Director Robert Bell, 2018 Promise Award Recipient Mike Safyan talks about how he got his start in the industry and what it takes to succeed.

    Mike began his career in the space industry at NASA Ames, where he worked on the PhoneSat project, developing low-cost CubeSat platforms that use smartphone technology. In 2011, he joined the eight-person founding team at Planet Labs as a systems engineer. As the company grew from the initial eight employees to a global organization of over 450 people, Mike moved through a wide range of roles, from export regulatory licensing & compliance, overseeing Planet’s global ground station network to managing Planet’s launch strategy, the position he holds today. Click here to learn more about Mike.

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    Catherine Mealing-Jones did not set out to become a key player in the space sector of the United Kingdom, a nation that produces about 44% of...

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    Catherine Mealing-Jones did not set out to become a key player in the space sector of the United Kingdom, a nation that produces about 44% of the world’s small satellites and aims to double its share of the global space economy by 2030. As Director of Growth, she is now responsible for meeting that ambitious goal. But her early goals were quite different.

    She was the first in her family to attend university, where she majored in English because she wanted to be a writer. What she ultimately became was a civil servant as well as chartered accountant. Her early career was with UK Border, a law enforcement agency responsible for border protection. She learned to manage large-scale technology programs there as well as to manage partnerships among different organizations.

    Attracted by a job posting with the UK Space Agency, she applied and won her current position – in an industry of enormous excitement and potential. In this podcast, she shares that excitement, her unusual career path and the lessons in leadership it has taught her.

    This podcast was featured in The Orbiter: The New Space Chase!  Check it out here.

     

       

     

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Rocky Mountain Chapter Director Michelle LaMar, Lockheed Martin’s Kay...

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    In a conversation with SSPI's Rocky Mountain Chapter Director Michelle LaMar, Lockheed Martin’s Kay Sears talks about her early years, her first role in managing people and the leadership lessons she learned, how she hires and what she has learned about leading a team bringing major innovations to market.

    Kay Sears was planning to be an advertising executive with a nice corner office in Manhattan and influence over the purchasing choices of millions. Today, she is vice president and general manager for military space for Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company with a major role in both commercial and government space and satellite.

    What happened? She had a job interview with an official of the US Department of Commerce and “in that one interview, I just completely changed my whole idea of what I wanted to do,” says Kay. “He was talking about some of the satellite weather programs that the Commerce Department runs through the National Weather Service, and I started becoming so intrigued with space and sensors, and that became my first job.”

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