Natalie Panek is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology and engineering. She has had some extraordinary experiences that have shaped her dreams of becoming an astronaut, including her grit and perseverance at applying and being rejected not once, not twice but 4 times by NASA before she earned her internship at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center and Ames Research Center, where she worked on a mission to Mars.

Natalie is an intelligent, insightful and energetic speaker whose powerful storytelling and unrivalled passion for ideas inspires audiences to embrace the learning process: demand the most of themselves, commit to a goal, and develop intellectual fortitude.




Tying into our theme of Shared Perspectives, Clear Vision, Natalie will be sharing her knowledge and experience in the areas of utilizing shared perspectives, collaboration and innovation to achieve success. 


Building for Mars & Beyond


Whether it’s building space robots that need to perform in the extreme environment of space or building a Mars rover that will be operating on another planet, Natalie’s engineering experiences teach what to do if there is no existing road map for your ideas, or even for the execution of those ideas. Having a vision, the design process, decision making, teamwork, and mentorship are each navigational waypoints for helping get new ideas off the ground – for transforming an idea into reality. In this presentation, Natalie shows you the importance of each, and how to implement them within your organization.


Date: Tuesday November 3, 2020

Time: 7:45 am - 9:15 am

Venue: South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton 





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