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2020 Kiwanis Convention speaker: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

| Jan 08, 2020

Ellen Ochoa

2020 Kiwanis International Convention BlueEllen Ochoa has spent nearly 1,000 hours in space and is the first Hispanic female astronaut. She’s used the robotic arm to deploy and capture free-flying satellites and maneuver spacewalking crewmates. Her scientific activities on the International Space Station have led to technological breakthroughs on Earth.

In 2013, Ochoa became the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, leading the human space flight enterprise for the nation. During her five-year tenure, she spearheaded changes to help the center operate in leaner, more agile and adaptive ways, as well as launched initiatives on innovation and inclusion.

Ochoa is an outspoken advocate for girls and minorities entering STEM fields and has several K-8 grade books written about her. On Thursday, June 18, Ochoa will help Kiwanians see that innovative change management can push a team — an entire organization — forward.

Kiwanis is serious business with a playful spirit. So that's exactly what this convention will be — a union of grown-up commitment and childlike exuberance. Come to Indianapolis for leadership and community service education with a playful twist. June 17-20, 2020. Click here to see all the master classes available at the 2020 Kiwanis International Convention.

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