TOP 100 Aerospace & Aviation Professionals to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 88. Gitika Gorthi

88. Gitika Gorthi

Founder and CEO of IgnitedThinkers | Columbia University C.P. Davis Scholar '26 | 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar | Former NASA Intern, IgnitedThinkers

88. Gitika Gorthi

Average Post Engagement: 34.7


United States

How LinkedIn has helped you in your careers or businesses:

LinkedIn has propelled my career and outreach efforts exponentially. LinkedIn enabled me to reach out to a large audience with common interests/goals in the aerospace industry, and develop a community of supporters/mentors. I have met some of my best mentors and role models through LinkedIn.

Furthermore, LinkedIn provided a platform to expand the outreach efforts of IgnitedThinkers, a non-profit organization I founded to spread space education to all students. Whether it be connecting with thousands of diverse individuals across the world, meeting my best mentors, or getting my foot as a young professional in the aerospace industry, LinkedIn was the platform that jump-started both my career and outreach efforts.

Tips on how to Thrive on LinkedIn:

Staying active on LinkedIn is a great way to continuously connect with incredible members who share similar passions/interests, and provides a method to stay connected professionally with the rest of your network. I post on average around once a week, but engage with my network’s posts every day. I focus on putting out content related to highlighting diverse space champions in the industry and their accomplishments, as well as outreach events and conference I had the honor of attending/organizing. With all of the content I engage with or put out, I always make sure it will add value and help overcome/address some of the systemic issues we see in the aerospace industry.

What I use Linkedin for:

To spread space education to students across the world and inspire students to start young in making a different in the world.

Number of Followers:





Who am I:

I am a firm believer in taking every shot because you miss a 100% of the one’s you don’t take;it is important to take risks and keep chasing your dreams.

What I do:

I am an incoming student at Columbia University and am the Founder/CEO of IgnitedThinkers, a non-profit organization I founded in the 8th-grade to spread space education to students across the world by informing, inspiring, and igniting their passions for the aerospace industry (

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

On LinkedIn, I post opportunities for young students to get involved in the aerospace industry, inspire the next generation of aerospace leaders to start young, and raise awareness about the industry’s diverse aerospace internships/career opportunities.

Who I follow on Linkedin

There are many incredible women to follow on LinkedIn, and my top five women are Grazia Vittadini, Shelli Brunswick, Christina Korp, Kim Macharia, and Harriet Hunt.


Grazia Vittadini

Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Rolls-Royce

Shelli Brunswick

Visionary Thought Leader | Strategic C-Level & Chair | Speaker & Author | Space Pro & Policy Advocate | UNOOSA Space4Women | WBAF Senator for USA | WTN Global Technology Leader & DEI Officer of the Year, Space Foundation

Christina Korp

Astronaut Wrangler | Space Advisor | Director, Space for a Better World

Kim Macharia

Chair Of The Board Of Directors at Space Frontier Foundation & Executive Director, Space Prize Foundation

Harriet Hunt

Brooke Owens Fellow | Incoming CRONUS Flight Controller Trainee | 2x NASA Intern | Astranis Mission Operations | NGC | Collins Aerospace, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Gitika’s Favorite Post

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❝This is my favorite post because it highlights some of the most incredible aerospace professionals in the industry who I have had the opportunity to meet at Space Prom, and highlights how there are experts in the industry who are willing to spend their time to inspire the next generation of the aerospace industry;students just have to reach out, and there are mentors ready to help.❞

Gitika’s Successful Post

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❝This is my most successful post because I share one of my best accomplishments of the year where I was recognized as one of the top visionary high school graduate leaders in the nation by Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. I believe it was my most successful post because my network was excited to see how my work with IgnitedThinkers to spread aerospace education to all students was starting to be recognized nationally.❞

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