Dr. Kathy Sullivan Keynote Speaker
- First American woman to walk in space
- Distinguished scientist, astronaut and executive
- One of the 46 distinguished First Women by Time Magazine (2017)
Dr. Kathy Sullivan's Biography
Dr. Kathy Sullivan is a distinguished scientist, astronaut and executive. She was one of the first six women to join the NASA astronaut corps and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. Her submersible dive to the Challenger Deep in June of 2020 made her the first person to both orbit the planet and reach its deepest point, as well as the first woman to dive to full ocean depth.
During her time at NASA, she flew on three space shuttle missions and logged 532 hours in space. Since leaving NASA in 1993, she has held a variety of senior executive positions including Presidential appointments to the National Science Board and as Chief Scientist, Deputy Administrator and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
She currently serves on the boards of International Paper, Accenture Federal Services, the National Audubon Society and Terra Alpha Investments, and is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Kathy is the author of the children’s book To the Stars! (Charlesbridge Press, 2016) and Handprints on Hubble, An Astronaut’s Story of Invention (MIT Press, 2019).