Terry Virts Keynote Speaker

  • Former Commander of the International Space Station
  • Film Director, Photographer, Author
  • Keynote Speaker

Terry Virts's Biography

Colonel Terry Virts (ret) served in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA astronaut. He is a former Commander of the International Space Station. On February 8 2010, he made his first spaceflight as pilot of the Space Shuttle Endeavour during mission STS-130. His next launch was the Russian Soyuz TMA-15M on November 23 2014. The following year, in March, he assumed command of the International Space Station (ISS) as Commander of Expedition 43.

Terry travels the world, inspiring his audiences from his stories in space to his insights into life on earth. Terry brings his unique perspective to businesses around the world, touching upon diverse topics including: the environment ent; global wealth; intercultural leadership; crisis and risk management; innovation; strategy and vision; and decision making.

He recently directed his first film, “One More Orbit” that was about his Guinness World Record-breaking mission in July 2019, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. His book, “The Art of Space Travel” is due to be published in September 2020. He has also authored “Apo11o: To the Moon and Back”; a collector’s edition reproduction of the original flight plan Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the mission control team in Houston used to plan and execute man’s first mission to land on the moon. Terry is also involved in several television and film projects. And serves on corporate boards, promotes public policy and pursues photography. While in space, he took over 300,000 photographs of planet Earth, which then became an integral part of the IMAX film, “A Beautiful Planet”. His photography has been featured in his National Geographic book, “View from Above”.

He is one of the only four astronauts to have piloted a Space Shuttle, flown a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks and commanded the ISS. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Harvard Business School.

Terry has performed National Geographic Live talks, delivered keynote addresses to corporate and non-profit entities worldwide. He impacts his audiences with his wit, fascinating stories from his time up in sapce, breathtaking images and his wisdom about life on Earth.



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Terry Virts's Speaking Topics

  • Life off Planet Earth

Terry shares beautiful images and captivating stories from his seven months in space as a Space Shuttle pilot and NASA astronaut.

  • Why Organizations Fail

With the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters as a cautionary tale, Terry explains the management and leadership failures that led to these two tragedies and gives practical advice to help your organization make the same mistakes that NASA made.

  • Innovate Like NASA

By diving into the innovation that NASA used to fly to the Moon during the Apollo program and looking ahead to how we will send humans to Mars, Terry will help your organization and people match their creativity with that same innovative process to reach your objectives.

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Videos of Terry Virts

Terry Virst Sizzle Reel
Terry Virst Sizzle Reel
Living in Space With Astronaut Terry Virts | Frank Buckley Interviews
Living in Space With Astronaut Terry Virts | Frank Buckley Interviews
An Inspiring Leadership Q&A with NASA's Terry Virts, presented by HBS Executive Education
An Inspiring Leadership Q&A with NASA's Terry Virts, presented by HBS Executive Education

Books by Terry Virts

View From Above
View From Above: An Astronaut Photographs the World
The Astronaut's Guide to Leaving the Planet
How to Astronaut

Comments & Testimonials

Terry is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard Business School and always a highlight for our participants- he combines fascinating stories, dynamic connection with his audience, and unique perspectives on leadership as well as life on earth.
Dr. Sunil Gupta, Harvard Business School Professor and Chair of the General Management Program
Terry truly gave an inspiring speech, which motivated our team to see the bigger picture. With fascinating stories and lessons learned especially concerning intercultural leadership he give an impressive insights for a pan-European company like ours.
Christian B. WALTER GROUP – Member of the Management Board

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