The Alliance is pleased to welcome these two community leaders to Rally to share their insights with us:
As someone who has personally seen our planet earth from space, Pam Melroy (Colonel, US Air Force, Retired) is uniquely able to share her perspectives on the value of conservation and women in leadership. Pam is a former NASA Astronaut who has flown on three space shuttle missions (STS-92, STS-112 and STS-1200), and she is one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. She has extensive experience leading high-performance teams in complex environments and has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.
After graduation from Wellesley College with degrees in physics and astronomy, Pam attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned her Master’s Degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She was then commissioned as a USAF Officer, attended flight training and then flew the KC-10 as copilot, aircraft commander and instructor pilot.
Pam is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. In addition to her spaceflights, Pam held various other positions at NASA including Lead for the Crew Module of the Columbia Reconstruction Team, Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia crew survival investigation team, CAPCOM, and Branch Chief for the Orion Branch of the Astronaut Office.
After her time at NASA, Pam worked at Lockheed Martin, then joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Senior Technical Advisor and Director of Field Operations for FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. After leaving the FAA, Pam became Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA, where she currently serves. #WeBelieveInAstronauts
Photo courtesy of NASA
Learn More About Pam at AstronautPamMelroy.com
Luis Benitez has emerged amongst climbers as one of the more experienced and respected guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. While managing expeditions on the most remote peaks in the world, Luis works to tie the lessons from the outdoors and carry them back to the challenges of life and business.
At the heart of his career, Luis has always focused on teaching as well as serving. He helped create the nonprofit Trekking For Kids, which focuses on service-based expeditions allowing participants to climb and trek while teaching them about issues like housing and healthcare for orphans around the world, as well as Warriors to Summits, which serves returning Veterans by connecting them with the outdoors. Throughout all of this, Luis has managed and led programming in Ecuador and Chile for the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has grown to have a deeper investment in public service first by serving as a Town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado and now currently serves as the first State Director for the Outdoor Recreation Industry office for the State of Colorado.
Photo courtesy of From the Hip Photo
Learn More About Luis