Shelli Brunswick brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the journey and opportunities available to women - from traditional higher education, to the US Air Force, to her current roles as COO and executive leader of the Center for Innovation and Education at Space Foundation; chair of Women in Aerospace (WIA); host for the annual Women’s Global Gathering; and as a 2020 UN Space4Women Mentor.
The lack of diversity in the space technology workforce has become a systemic problem - women and minorities are an untapped demographic and resource. With our daily lives increasingly reliant on space-based technologies, it is imperative to provide women with awareness, access, training, connections and mentoring for the expanse of workforce and economic opportunities available.
Shelli’s focus for 2020 is workforce development and economic opportunity initiatives at Space Foundation. For the $424B global space economy to reach the forecasted $1-3T value by 2040, it will require new strategies and approaches to address the workforce shortage, skills deficit and innovation gaps that presently exist. Today every country, community and citizen are connected to space. As such, the growing space economy presents extraordinary opportunities for women that span every avenue of interest.
Through its recently launched Center for Innovation and Education, Space Foundation is building on its national and international networks to create positive change for women and minorities in the space economy by:
• Introducing space and STEM awareness early
• Offering access and training for space commerce and,
• Connecting and mentoring talent
The future of the space economy is partnership, so Space Foundation seeks like-minded advocates and mentors in government, public and private business, education, and the community to collectively make a difference in the lives of women and minorities the next generation of space contributors.