Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009.
As Administrator, Bolden leads a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the U.S. space program. Born Aug. 19, 1946, in Columbia, S.C., Bolden graduated from C. A. Johnson High School in 1964 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
After completing flight training in 1970, he became a Naval Aviator. Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand between 1972 – 1973. Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps also included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office.
After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. For a complete bio on visit: Keynote Speaker – Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden
General Bolden’s keynote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, from 9:00am – 9:45am
Lee Ellis is President and founder of Leadership Freedom® LLC, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company, and FreedomStar Media®, a publishing company that provides leadership resources and training. A popular media personality and high-profile human performance expert, Lee focuses on organizational integrity, operational effectiveness and personal accountability for enterprise, government and not-for-profit leaders. A native of Commerce, Georgia, Lee graduated from the University of Georgia in 1965 and began a career in the Air Force.
Early in his career, Lee’s interest in leadership was piqued when he served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam.
In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. Lee’s latest award-winning book, Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor. For a complete bio, visit: Keynote Speaker – Colonel Lee Ellis
Colonel Ellis’ keynote is schedule for Wednesday, June 24 from 10:00am – 11:00am
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