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For release: 07/23/04
Release #: 04-195  

Nationally renowned speakers to appear at NASA Marshall Center symposium on 'Leading in a Time of Change' Aug. 24 in Huntsville

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The Marshall Center's "Leading in a Time of Change" symposium will be 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. Featured speakers include best-selling author John Maxell, known as "America's expert on leadership;" former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma; Atlanta businessman Thomas Dortch Jr.; and Maj. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville. The symposium is open to the public with a limited number of spaces available for $125 per person.


NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will host a community symposium Aug. 24 on "Leading in a Time of Change," featuring nationally recognized speakers on leadership and discussion panels including NASA Associate Administrators and Center Directors.

The event will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The symposium is open to the public with a limited number of spaces available for $125 per person. Reservations can be made and tickets purchased on line at:

http://mi.msfc.nasa.gov/Leadership/index.html

Among the keynote speakers are John Maxwell of Atlanta, the best-selling author of more than 30 books whose topics span the field of leadership; J.C. Watts, former University of Oklahoma football star later elected to the U.S. House; Thomas Dortch Jr., former chairman of 100 Black Men of America, formed in 1986 to improve the quality of life and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African-Americans; and Maj. Gen. James H. Pillsbury, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville. They will be joined by NASA and military leaders for panel discussions throughout the day-long event.

"We are bringing together accomplished leaders with the talent for sharing their leadership philosophies and expertise with others," said David King, director of the Marshall Center. "Leadership is not reserved for management only; it should occur at all levels and among all people within an organization. We are committed to developing strong leaders who have the knowledge and skills to make a difference today while creating an exciting future. It is out of such a commitment that this symposium has been developed.

"We have an exciting day planned with notable speakers and panel members who will discuss leadership challenges that affect us all," King said.

A morning panel session — "Leadership for the Vision for Space Exploration" — will include William F. Readdy, NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Space Flight; Craig E. Steidle, NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Exploration Systems; and Michael C. Wholley, NASA General Counsel, all of Washington; Marshall Center Director King; Jefferson D. Howell, director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Alphonso V. Diaz, director of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The afternoon panel session, "Leadership Through Inclusion," will feature Rex Geveden, deputy director of the Marshall Center; Tereasa H. Washington, director of Marshall Center's Community and Employee Relations Directorate; and Col. Kathryn Sommerkamp, deputy chief counsel, staff judge advocate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.

Registration information, seminar details and speaker information are available at:

http://mi.msfc.nasa.gov/Leadership/index.html

Questions about the seminar should be directed, via e-mail to Vanessa.P.Suggs@nasa.gov or by phone at: (256) 544-7527.

For more information, including photographs of the speakers visit:

www.msfc.nasa.gov/news

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