Having flown twice on the Space Shuttle and almost six months on the International Space Station, Dr. Cady Coleman has been privileged to see the world from a different perspective than most. She envisions a future where people from all over the world work together to solve problems that affect everyone on planet Earth, and she is certain that these problems can be solved when we seek diverse and inclusive teams.
Cady was originally educated at MIT and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a polymer chemist. In addition to her space flights, she served as the Lead Science Officer for Expeditions 26/27 on the International Space Station, Lead Astronaut at NASA’s Astronaut Office for supply ships from NASA’s commercial partners, and Chief of Robotics.
Known for her ability to facilitate problem solving between groups with diverse interests, Cady went on to lead open-innovation and public-private partnership efforts at the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. She is especially proud of her work with LAUNCH.ORG and LAUNCH NORDIC, innovation platforms dedicated to using public-private partnerships to address world-wide challenges in sustainability.
Recently retired from NASA, Cady continues to share her experiences in leadership and inclusive collaboration thru speaking and consulting. She resides with her husband, son and two very large Maine Coon cats in Shelburne, Massachusetts, USA.
Cady Coleman is speaking at the following WCEF2017 sessions:
Mon 5 June at 18.00 : Finlandia Block Festival