Launch into Space with Dr. Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director NASA
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Ever considered working in STEM or the space industry?
Blast off into space with Dr. Christyl Johnson, as she speaks about her journey at NASA, starting off as an intern to becoming the first female African American Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA Goddard. Hear all about her astronomical achievements, as well as her exciting work to help young women pursue careers in STEM.
“If you want to participate in the space industry, there’s room for everyone” - Dr. Christyl Johnson
This event is part of the Visiting Entrepreneur Program, produced by the City of Sydney in collaboration with StartCon and Generation Entrepreneur, a not-for-profit organisation empowering young people through entrepreneurship.
- 5:00 pm – Doors open and networking
- 5:30pm – Event begins, presentation from Dr. Christyl Johnson
- 6:00pm – Fireside Chat with Jack Leung, CEO Generation Entrepreneur
- 6:30pm – Event concludes, networking
This is a launch event for the brand new Darling Square Library Ideas Lab, Sydney’s newest makerspace and innovation hub. The Ideas Lab connects the best and brightest with Sydney’s most curious minds.
As NASA Goddard’s deputy director for technology and research investments, Dr. Christyl Johnson has a wide array of remarkable achievements and duties, ranging from managing Goddard’s research and development portfolio, to formulating the centre’s future technology goals, and most importantly, standing as an advocate for women in the STEM and space ecosystems.
Dr. Johnson is the first female African American to serve as NASA Goddard’s deputy director for technology and research investments, which is serving as a catalyst and inspiration for young women to pursue careers in STEM. When she was younger, Dr. Johnson was intrigued with space, like most children, especially after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing; in that moment, she decided she wanted to become an astronaut when she was older. Her parents said, “If that’s what you want to be, you know you could do it. You just have to put your mind to it and, once you decide, you have to make it happen.” And ever since then, Dr. Johnson has worked tirelessly to get to where she is now.
About Jack Leung:
Jack Leung is the CEO of Generation Entrepreneur, a non-for-profit advocating for high school entrepreneurship across New South Wales. He believes deeply in the power of youth entrepreneurship to solve social issues, and make a larger difference in society.
Alongside his advocacy work, he spend his time working in technology companies making a global impact, and has worked in corporate innovation roles at UNSW and Ashurst LLP.
Refunds are available 7 days prior to the event
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City of Sydney - Visiting Entrepreneur Program
The Visiting Entrepreneur Program brings high profile international entrepreneurs to Sydney twice a year to share their expertise and knowledge with the local tech startup community with a range of events, including talks, mentoring sessions and workshops.