Lessons from Business Women in the Space Industry – Positive Tales from a Journey Through a Male Dominated Industry

Wednesday 23 October 2019, 10:45 – 11:35
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom C

The 21st century is full of exiting prospective innovations in space technology, space exploration and space concepts. In the same way that innovation is key for reaching the skies, innovation is also needed in some of the space industry’s business etiquettes to move from the traditional to the modern, diverse and inclusive. Women are changing the game in the space industry by moving forward regardless of the challenges and utilizing a new creative positive way to innovate the workplaces, academia and environments as key actors in the field. The woman in the panel are either leading their own business or have climbed the corporate ladder and will tell their stories how they got ahead in a male dominated industry. We will address challenges these women faced, but will focus on positive experiences, solution oriented advice and perspectives that aim to teach and encourage other women to follow step. The stories are meant to be uplifting and we will explore how women can blend the current dynamics with a pinch of daringness and freshness, as they work to achieve their goals. The session aims to empower women and provide positive solutions as these new actors challenge the status quo and inspire the space industry to embrace these innovative approaches.

Organized by:


Megan KANE

Co-Founder, Disrupting Space LLC

United States of America



System Engineer, Loft Orbital

United States of America


Senior Scientist Staff, NASA Ames Research Center

United States of America


President, Disrupting Space LLC

United States of America

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