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Keynote Speaker:  Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA space shuttle pilot and astronaut

Calling upon experiences from his thirty-four and a half years as an active duty Marine and a member of the NASA Astronaut Corps, Charles Bolden shares many of the lessons he has learned on leading people through demanding challenges and difficulty situations. Using breathtaking photos from some of his Space Shuttle missions, he takes you aboard a spacecraft and shares with you the visual and emotional perspectives of witnessing the beauty of Earth from the rare vantage point of space.

Designated a naval aviator in May 1970, Charles Bolden has flown more than 100 combat missions in South Asia in the early 1970’s. Throughout his career, he has logged more than 7,000 flying hours in over 30 different fixed and rotary wing aircraft.  In 1980, Bolden was selected as an astronaut by NASA. It was at NASA that Bolden earned his shuttle flight wings by flying four missions aboard the space shuttles Columbia, Discovery and Atlantis. Bolden served as pilot on STS-61C (1986), and STS-31 (1990), and was mission commander on STS-45 (1992), and STS-60 (1994). Over the course of these four space flights, Bolden logged more than 680 hours in orbit, assisted in deploying the Hubble Space Telescope, and commanded the first mission that included a Russian cosmonaut as a mission specialist crew member.  He was selected for induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.  Given his proven leadership experience, Charles Bolden is uniquely qualified to provide prospective from above and beyond.

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