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For release: 08/05/04
Release #: 04-204  

Seats available for NASA's Marshall Center symposium on 'Leading in a Time of Change' Aug. 24 in Huntsville

A limited number of seats are still available to the public for the "Leading in a Time of Change" symposium, sponsored by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 24.


The event will be held from 7 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 for $125 per person. The deadline for early registration is Aug. 11. Reservations made after this date will be $175. Reservations can be made and tickets purchased online at:

Symposium sign-in will be 7 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24 with the first session beginning at 8:30. The symposium features nationally recognized speakers on leadership and discussion panels including NASA associate administrators and NASA field center directors.

Among the keynote speakers are John Maxwell of Atlanta, the best-selling author of more than 30 books on leadership; J.C. Watts, former University of Oklahoma football star later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; 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.

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 David 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 Customer and Employee Relations Directorate; Col. Kathryn Sommerkamp, deputy chief counsel, staff judge advocate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command; and keynote speakers Dortch and Maxwell.

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

Questions about the seminar should be directed, via e-mail to or by phone at: (256) 544-7527. For more information, including photographs of the speakers visit:

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(256) 544-0034

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