Session: Investing in Space Innovation Will Solve Our Greatest Challenges on Earth
Shelli will share her space journey from high school graduate to global space leader.
She will discuss the growing opportunities for space technology innovation in the $447 billion space economy and the importance of global collaboration.
Today, virtually every community, infrastructure, and aspect of modern life is profoundly reliant on or affected by space technologies. These innovations span weather forecasting, new materials for manufacturing goods, advanced global communications, healthcare discoveries, and precision farming — all which impact societies and regions across the globe.
Advocating for space technology innovation and entrepreneurship, Shelli collaborates with commercial, government and educational sectors around the globe on initiatives for space commerce, young professionals, teacher development, and space-inspired curriculum.
- Investing in Space Innovation is Key to Solving our Greatest Challenges on Earth. To do so, we must prioritize workforce and education initiatives, while establishing norms of behavior to work together peacefully in space.
- The Space Ecosystem is Defined as Space Exploration and Space-to-Earth Industries. This is most evident by the direct connection between space innovations and our daily lives, such as global communication, weather prediction, and healthcare advances.
- Space is Driving the Era of Access and Opportunity. As history has shown, when we create more access, we create more opportunity for people, jobs, research, and innovation — both in space exploration and space-to-Earth industries.
- Space for You. Space for All. The space industry needs an inclusive and diverse workforce so that everyone in all skill sets — STEM and non-STEM — can pursue studies, jobs, careers and business ventures.
- Space is an Entrepreneur’s Paradise for Innovation: With more than 80% of business opportunities in the space sector generated from commercial enterprises, the vibrant supply chain relies on entrepreneurs and small businesses to contribute new products
Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role overseeing Space Foundation's three primary divisions: Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.
Advocating for space technology innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, Shelli collaborates with organizations around the world to connect commercial, government and educational sectors. Shelli was named the 2021 Global Technology Leader and the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year Award by WomenTech Network.
Shelli plays an active leadership role with United Nations Space4Women, WomenTech Network, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) Global Women Leaders Committee (GWLC), G100 Global Chair for Space Technology, New York University, Global Policy Insights – Global Policy, Diplomacy and Sustainability (GPODS) Fellowship program, Global Policy Insights -- Quad Forum, Space Tourism Society Africa, Tod'Aérs, Lifeboat Foundation, America’s Future Series, Women’s Global Gathering, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.