SGx2024

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A series of fast-paced inspirational talks from aerospace innovators and leaders

Drawing inspiration from “TEDx,” SGx cultivates an atmosphere that encourages young professionals, industry experts, and government leaders to convene and exchange valuable insights and experiences. The program addresses critical challenges and presents groundbreaking ideas, igniting the aspirations of future space pioneers. Taking place over the first two days of SATELLITE, SGx offers students, young professionals, and emerging figures in the government and commercial space sectors a platform to deliver engaging talks, sharing fresh perspectives on the history, current state, and future prospects of space commerce and exploration.

SGx stands out for its ability to provide attendees with direct access to prospective employers. In 2023, the SGx career fair in collaboration with Via Satellite, attracted prominent participants like Lockheed Martin, NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program, Northrop Grumman, Astroscale, Iridium, and Advanced Space!

Built in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF), SGx promises to be one of the most engaging and compelling events at SATELLITE 2024!

SGx2024 At-A-Glance
  • Two days of high-impact programming and events to deliver a meaningful experience to attendees, speakers, and sponsors.
  • A unique opportunity to network with 300+ industry professionals spanning various career levels.
  • Multiple sessions followed by moderated Q&A, broken into unique themes.
Registration

SGx tickets can be purchased through the SATELLITE 2024 registration system.

Act now, obtain your $99 SATELLITE Exhibit Hall Pass and secure your SGx registration for as little as $175 ($65 for professionals under 35 years of age)!

SGx2024 | Agenda

MARCH 18, 2024
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Registration
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM | Welcome Coffee

Sponsored by
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Opening Remarks

• Bradley Cheetham,
Chairman, Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF)
• Hamza Hameed, Chair, SGAC
Jeff Hill, Executive Chairman, SATELLITE 2024
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | Launching Careers: Making the Leap into the Space Workforce

Anthony Yuen (Moderator), Consultant, McKinsey & Company
• Carissa Christensen, CEO, BryceTech
• Raycho Raychev, Founder & CEO, EnduroSat
• Jennifer Rodgers, Chief Architect, Payload & Ground Systems Division, Northrop Grumman
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | Young Professional/Student Lightning Talks
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM | Career Fair & Speed Networking
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM | Break for Lunch (Extended Time for Career Fair Conversations)
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Keynote

• Thomas Sinn, CEO, DCUBED
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM | Workshop
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Coffee Break
Sponsored by
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Young Professional/Student Lightning Talks
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM | Space 4 Good: Harnessing the Power of Space for Positive Change

• Sarah Schellpfeffer (Moderator), Sector Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Space Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman
• Jessie Pechmann, Global GIS Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
• Jagdeep Shergill, Program Director, Geo Weather Satellites, Lockheed Martin Space
• Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Project Kuiper
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | SATELLITE Opening Reception
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | SGx Reception

Sponsored by
MARCH 19, 2024
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | SATELLITE Opening Keynote
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | SATELLITE Opening General Session
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Welcome Coffee/Art Showcase

Sponsored by
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Introductory Keynote
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Young Professional/Student Lightning Talks
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM | Career Fair
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM | Break for Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM | Space Beyond STEM: Exploring the Multidimensional Space Workforce  

Kelli Kedis Ogborn (Moderator), VP, Space Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Space Foundation
• Tom Kelly, Co-Founder & CEO, EVONA
• AJ Link, Adjunct Professor, Space Law, Howard University
• Lauren Ward, Video Producer, NASA
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM | Workshop Cont.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Championing Change: Practical Steps for Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

• Ginny Randall (Moderator), Leadership & Career Coach, Ginny Randall Coaching
• Bridget Chatman, Chair, Women in Aerospace (WIA)
• Billy Gallagher, Senior Robotics Engineer, Johns Hopkins University APL
• Nik Lassiter, Agency DEIA Program Manager, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, NASA
4:30 PM – 4:40 PM | Featured Presentation

• Leo Teeney, Lunar Flight Operations Engineer, Blue Origin
4:40 PM – 4:50 PM | Keynote
4:55 PM – 5:25 PM | Young Professional/Student Lightning Talks
5:25 PM – 5:30 PM | SGx Closing Remarks

SGx2024 | Panel Descriptions

Space 4 Good: Harnessing Space for Positive Change
With its unique vantage point and cutting-edge capabilities, space can be a force for positive change. From satellite technology aiding disaster response to Earth observation enhancing our understanding of climate change, space technologies play a critical role in improving life on Earth. Our panel will highlight inspiring initiatives where space takes center stage in supporting sustainability and humanitarian efforts, offering new solutions to today’s biggest challenges. Explore innovative ideas and collaborative strategies that harness space for the collective good.

  • Sarah Schellpfeffer (Moderator), Sector Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Space Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman
  • Jessie Pechmann, Global GIS Manager, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
  • Jagdeep Shergill, Program Director, Geo Weather Satellites, Lockheed Martin Space
  • Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Amazon Project Kuiper

Space Beyond STEM: Exploring the Multidimensional Space Workforce  
The space industry offers a plethora of career opportunities beyond rocket scientists and astronauts. With the space economy projected to reach a staggering one trillion dollars by 2030, there is a growing demand for individuals with vibrant and diverse backgrounds to help propel the global space industry to new heights. From art and film to business and law, this panel will explore the myriad of careers shaping the trajectory of the space industry beyond traditional STEM fields. Reimagine how you think about a career in space and explore the evolution of the space industry into a multidimensional workforce.

  • Kelli Kedis Ogborn (Moderator), VP, Space Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Space Foundation
  • Tom Kelly, Co-Founder & CEO, EVONA
  • AJ Link, Adjunct Professor, Space Law, Howard University
  • Lauren Ward, Video Producer, NASA

Launching Careers: Making the Leap into the Space Workforce
Aspiring to join the space community? Whether you’re a student, a recent graduate, or a seasoned professional seeking a career change, this panel is your roadmap to unlocking the secret of securing a job in the space industry. Join our esteemed panel of industry experts, seasoned professionals, and trailblazers as they share their personal stories detailing the challenges they overcame and the pivotal opportunities that propelled them into the careers they have today. Gain first-hand knowledge about the myriad of pathways, essential skills, and nuances to launching and building a successful career in the space industry.

  • Anthony Yuen (Moderator), Consultant, McKinsey & Company
  • Carissa Christensen, CEO, BryceTech
  • Raycho Raychev, Founder & CEO, EnduroSat
  • Jennifer Rodgers, Chief Architect, Payload & Ground Systems Division, Northrop Grumman

Championing Change: Practical Steps for Driving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
As workplaces across the nation define their approach to DEI, employees at all levels of decision-making play a significant role in driving progress. Join our expert panel for a thoughtful discussion on actionable strategies, personal insights, and successful initiatives aimed at cultivating a workplace that champions diversity and ensures equity and inclusion for all. Engage in this critical conversation to learn how you can support socially responsible solutions and contribute to creating an environment where every voice is heard, valued, and respected. This discussion is a must-attend for individuals and organizations committed to advancing DEI and building a workplace that champions the diverse perspectives within your organization and the broader space community. 

  • Ginny Randall (Moderator), Leadership & Career Coach, Ginny Randall Coaching
  • Bridget Chatman, Chair, Women in Aerospace (WIA)
  • Billy Gallagher, Senior Robotics Engineer, Johns Hopkins University APL
  • Nik Lassiter, Agency DEIA Program Manager, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, NASA
Past SGx Presenters
  • Steph DelPozzo, Associate, NextFed
  • Elias Hailu Daniel, Aerospace Engineering Student, University of Maryland College Park
  • Sapna Rao, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Commercial Civil Space
  • Carson Coursey, Associate Member of the Technical Staff, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Rachita Puri, Aerospace Engineer, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Alex Merker, Senior Consultant, Guidehouse
  • Emma Louden, Astrophysics Ph.D Student, Yale University
  • Clay Mowry, President, International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
  • Amelia Batcha (Moderator), Executive Officer to the Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Tim Kopra, CEO, Nanoracks
  • John Marzano, Director, Human Landing Systems, Northrop Grumman Space Systems
  • Jason Hopkins, Director, Lunar Infrastructure Services, Lockheed Martin
  • Kristina “K” Leszczak (Moderator), Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State’s Office of Space Affairs (OES/SA)
  • Dr. Masami Onoda, Director, Washington D.C. Office, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Paul Steinmetz, Consul General & Executive Director, Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office New York
  • Krystal Azelton, Director of Space Applications Programs, Secure World Foundation
  • Blake Bullock, Vice President of Communication Systems, Northrop Grumman Strategic Space Systems
  • Debra Facktor, Head of U.S. Space Systems, Airbus U.S. Space & Defense
  • Deborah (Debi) Tomek (Moderator), Senior Advisor, Space Infrastructure and Logistics, In-Space Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), NASA
  • Eric Ingram, Founder & CEO, Scout
  • Dr. Trevor Bennett, Co-Founder, Starfish Space
  • Dr. Clare Martin, Executive Vice President, Astroscale U.S.
  • Mariah Baker, AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Fellow, Office of Senator John Hickenlooper
  • A.C. Charania (Moderator), Chief Technologist, NASA
  • Alex Gilbert, Director of Space & Planetary Regulation, Zeno Power
  • Dr. Gary Li, Business Development Manager, Impulse Space
  • Marshall Smith, Vice President, Exploration, Voyager Space
  • Mike French (Keynote), Vice President for Space Systems, AIA
  • Dr. Tom Colvin (Keynote), Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS), NASA
  • Brandi Burnett, Sustainability Director, Northrop Grumman Space Systems

SGx Sponsors

Sgx2024 Coffee Break, Workshop, Space 4 Good Panel Title Sponsor, Launching Careers Speaker, & Scholarship (YP Lightning Talk & Art Competition) Sponsor
SGx2024 Coffee Break, Career Fair, & Scholarships Sponsor
SGx2024 Career Fair Sponsor
SGx2024 Coffee Break Sponsor

SGx2024 Speaker Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor of SGx? Contact Ashley Peter (ashley.peter@spacegeneration.org) to start the discussion!