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Shelli Brunswick          

Chief Operating Officer at Space Foundation

Former Air Force Officer and Congressional Budget & Appropriations Liaison Shelli Brunswick is recognized as not just a voice but arguably THE voice for diversity and inclusion in the space sector. Today, she is the COO of Space Foundation, one of the largest foundations for promoting space-inspired awareness and education, where she advocates for space technology innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity, inclusion, and global partnership while overseeing Space Foundation's three primary divisions: Symposium 365, Center for Innovation and Education and Global Alliance.

Brunswick is also one of 55 women selected by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) as a mentor for its Space4Women program. Additionally, she was named the 2021 Global Technology Leader and the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year by WomenTech Network.

As a visionary thought leader, speaker, author, and space policy advocate who collaborates with change-makers all over the world, Brunswick possesses the ability to connect with audiences in a truly unique manner. She is able to help people see themselves differently and unlock their potential to achieve things they’ve never considered, things that have real-world impact. She builds up those around her, believing that the greatest accomplishments and biggest, boldest ideas are those that stem from collaboration. But Brunswick is also grounded in practicality; she gives people concrete steps they can take to engage with the global space ecosystem — as women and members of other underrepresented groups, as educators, as entrepreneurs, as mentors, financiers, and so much more. Brunswick makes space for everyone.

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What's Space Got to Do With It?

Shelli operates from the vantage point that space touches us all in different ways. She takes a central theme — What’s Space Got to Do With It — and applies lessons about how space technology impacts everything from precision agriculture and environmental sustainability to national security, medical care, workforce development, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in order to show that space is not just about exploring the universe — but that space is actually the key to the future of life on Earth.

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