Top 62 Women In Aerospace and Aviation to Follow On LinkedIn 2021

"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women." - Malala

Introducing The First-Ever Top 62 Women in Aerospace and Aviation to Follow On LinkedIn

This article is a celebration of trending LinkedIn posts from amazing Women in Aviation and Aerospace.

Overwhelming one hundred and twenty-five nominations. Nominees coming from twenty-four different countries. Sixty-two answered our google form answering the question of what they do, who they follow on LinkedIn, and their most successful post.

We arranged the list by using the criteria "Average Post Engagement" where we averaged the nominee's fourteen recent posts and one successful post. It's not the only way to do it, but you gotta pick one. All these women are absolutely incredible and worth a follow and support.

Four months after our initial announcement, we are excited to share the results!

 

Here's What we learned from their most successful post:

 

????Post about personal milestones is almost always a big hit.

????Adva shared her struggles getting into Airline industry.

????Grazia bid my “Arrivederci” after working at Airbus for 20 years 

????Jill shared about mentoring Serena Hart for several years that helped her get into the Navy and into a flight training spot, and after two years of intense training, she soloed in a jet for the first time around five months ago. The number of views as of today is 383,891.

????Ovilia celebrated National Aviation Day and 23 years in the Aviation Industry

????Consistency is key. Case in point: Erika Armstrong have been consistently writing LinkedIn articles starting from 2014. One hundred nine articles later, one got picked up by Business Insider and got 350,000 views. Talk about grit.

"Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. Now is the time. Get out of your comfort zone and go do it. Whatever that is."

Adva Amir's most successful post got a total of 74,201 reactions, 3,126 comments and 3 million views

What They use LinkedIn for

????Networking and raising awareness about space, aviation, women's issues and promoting inclusivity and diversity. I believe that space technology, research and development are the key to solving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. If the right people with the resources start paying attention to what's at their disposal and use it for good in a more targeted way, kind of like how the pharmaceutical companies made a vaccine so quickly for covid, then we could get to solutions and make an impact on a broader scale.

????I'm sharing my passion.

????Insights on Aerospace, STEM and leadership.

????LinkedIn is my primary network for connecting with peers, partners and people around the world who want to learn, connect and conduct business in the space ecosystem, so you will find me actively engaged on a daily basis.

????I hope people follow me on LinkedIn to be INSPIRED! With my unique background in aviation and aerospace, supporting both military and commercial aircraft, working for both large companies and small, and my work with non-profits, I have a wide span of interests and experiences to draw from. I also have an amazing group of friends and colleagues from all around the world with great stories to tell and important messages to share. And because I am so passionate about inspiring girls and young women to consider STEM and aviation/aerospace careers, I share many opportunities like educational programs, scholarships, etc, that people may not know about otherwise.

"I provide an endless source of information, conversation and humor about the aviation industry"

Erika Armstrong

Without further ado, I am excited to announce the final results!

Adva Amir

Adva Amir

Co-Founder & CEO at Direct | TEDx Speaker | Pilot

Average Post Engagement:

6,778

Country:

Israel / US

What I use Linkedin for:

Promote women in aviation, Networking

Number of Followers:

5,562

Industry:

Aviation 

Who am I:

I strive to inspire more women to join the aviation world. I want to show them it's possible against all obstacles and challenges. Furthermore, I'm changing the perception in hope to close the big gender gap in the aviation industry (only 6% of women are airline pilots around the world). Big exposure, more role models and fewer stereotypes will encourage more women to join this amazing and unique industry.

My TEDx talk - "how women can change the world of the aviation industry" presents an in depth look on my way in aviation and how I believe women can change it. 

What I do:

Airline Pilot

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I'm sharing my passion.

Who I follow on Linkedin

Two of my favorites: Erika Armstrong and Dan Price - fun, unique and inspiring.

Erika Armstrong

Author, A Chick in the Cockpit

Dan Price

Founder/CEO, Gravity Payments

My favourite or most successful post:

This post reached over 3M views. When I first shared it I had no idea it will inspire so many people. I was absolutely shocked from the amount of messages I received from people who my post pushed to follow their dreams.

"People told me I’m too young

People told me it’s not for women

People told me I’d never be a pilot

People told me I’m too gentle to fly an airplane

People told me I’ll never make it to the airlines"

I didn’t listen to any of those people and this week one of my dreams came true. It was a hard, challenging, and uncertain journey, but I was determined and so focused that I saw nothing but my dream in front of my eyes.

4 years ago I got to the US alone with 3 big suitcases, 2 kg of Halva, 1 dream, and 0 experience in aviation. Last year, after years of hard work I was hired by the airlines. I thought I finally made it. However, the world had other plans for me, and I was sent home in the middle of training due to COVID-19. It was a challenging year, my future in the aviation industry was doubtful, but I stayed optimistic and this week I flew my first trip for the airlines.

TLDR: Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. Now is the time. Get out of your comfort zone and go do it. Whatever that is."

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6785257592500326400/

Have you wondered why females make up only 6% of airline pilots?

You can find Adva's TEDx Talk - "How women can save the future of the aviation industry" in the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBoeQDehDCs&t=26s

Grazia Vittadani

Grazia Vittadani

CTO at Airbus

Average Post Engagement:

1,293

Country:

Germany

What I use LinkedIn for:

Connect with the world

Number of Followers:

30,489

Industry:

Aviation and Aerospace

Who am I:

My purpose is to have a positive impact and change the world into a better place

What I do:

CTO

Why you should follow me on LinkedIn:

Insights on Aerospace, STEM and leadership

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Janina Kugel, John Hope Bryant, Tijen Onaran, Capt. Sullenberger

Janina Kugel

Non Executive Board Member, Advisor and Speaker, former CHRO, Konecranes

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and CEO at Operation HOPE, Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, Operation HOPE

Tijen Onaran

CEO, Investor, Author, GDW Global Digital Women GmbH

Capt. Sully Sullenberger

Safety Advocate | Author | Speaker | Pilot, The Harry Walker Agency

My favourite or most successful post:

6,687 reactions, 713 comments

 

Jill Meyers

Jill Meyers

Aviation & Aerospace Management Consultant, STEM Advocate & Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, and the Assistant & Constituent Services Director for New Mexico House Representative Day Hochman-Vigil.

Average Post Engagement:

627

Country:

United States

What I use LinkedIn for:

I use LinkedIn for several reasons. The first is to network and connect people to each other, which is so very important in my efforts to help others grow and succeed. The second is to share stories of amazing women in aviation and aerospace who can be strong role models for girls and women around the globe. Lastly, I use LinkedIn to keep up with new technological and business advancements in my industry.

Number of Followers:

1,808

Industry:

Aviation/Aerospace

Who am I:

I am a person with several strong interests. I have been passionate about aviation since my first ride in a small airplane at the age of 12. I am a licensed pilot (since age 17), aerospace engineer, Air Force veteran, STEM advocate and mentor, and business leader.

I am a firm believer in Sally Ride’s quote: “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”, which is why I spend so much of my volunteer time supporting organizations like Women in Aviation International, providing inspiration, education and mentorship to girls and women around the world.

I have also been a serious amateur photographer since my teenage years....something I don't promote on LinkedIn as I try to separate personal and professional social media.

What I do:

After several decades working in corporate America, I started my own aviation management consulting business three years ago. I provide support to different types of organizations all over the world, only working for those who are trying to make a real difference.

I am also a keynote speaker with an inspiring presentation called “Shifting the Balance: Women in Aviation”, which inspires audiences of all types to connect with and follow their dreams.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I hope people follow me on LinkedIn to be INSPIRED! With my unique background in aviation and aerospace, supporting both military and commercial aircraft, working for both large companies and small, and my work with non-profits, I have a wide span of interests and experiences to draw from.

I also have an amazing group of friends and colleagues from all around the world with great stories to tell and important messages to share. And because I am so passionate about inspiring girls and young women to consider STEM and aviation/aerospace careers, I share many opportunities like educational programs, scholarships, etc, that people may not know about otherwise.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow different categories of people on LinkedIn for different reasons. I follow friends and former and current colleagues to keep up with and share their successes, such as Nicole Malachowski. Nicole was the first female USAF Thunderbird pilot, and we have known each other for 15 years. She has amazing experiences and insight and I follow her to be inspired, and to share her messages with others.

Another friend I follow is Kimberly Arcand, who works in astrophysics and is a "science communicator". She shares incredible stories about her work that are so very unique in this world. I also follow leaders in aviation and aerospace like Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, to keep up-to-date on his groundbreaking technology advances and brilliant business acumen.

My favourite or most successful post:

My most successful post was about a young woman I’ve been mentoring for several years named Serena Hart. I helped her get into the Navy and into a flight training spot, and after two years of intense training, she soloed in a jet for the first time around five months ago. The number of views as of today is 383,891.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jillrmeyers_aviation-womeninaviation-aviationcareers-activity-6742790460571475969-EFTR

Ovilia Fernandez

Ovilia Fernandez

Managing Director- Ozzone Group LLC ????Director Inflight services????UN ???? Chairwoman- Goodwill Ambassador ????Pilot ????Forbes

Average Post Engagement:

437

Country:

United Arab Emirates

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional networking and one-on-one support/networking/mentoring.

Number of Followers:

352,873

Industry:

Aviation

Who am I:

I am an Aviation professional & an Entrepreneur , being in the aviation industry for 24 years in the aviation industry in Middle East countries. I am an firm believer of hardwork & loyalty. I value people who are ambitious & career oriented. My journey in the aviation industry has been remarkable & an learning process since 1997.
1) My life's purpose is to encourage women to join the aviation industry especially to become an Pilot & Aircraft Engineer
2) What do I enjoy being in the aviation industry for 24 years I think it’s very dynamic. You meet a lot of people, see different places and every day is unique because the weather changes and you work with different people. Every month’s schedule is totally different from another.
3) Biggest challenge which I have overcome in the aviation industry I traveled extensively and worked extended hours. It was fascinating. I met lots of people and developed significantly. But after marriage & having kids ,it isn't easy to fly extensively.. Not every industry has that kind of flexibility even after an female employee is married & has kids ..but airlines make sure that they have off ramps and on ramps if someone needs to take some time off. On a personal note, the hard thing is managing both and being fully available for clients, businesses, and my family. That's the most challenging thing to manage. I feel very lucky and happy to do both.
4) My message for women in the aviation currently: Something to bear in mind is looking further ahead. Aviation is very resilient, and the underlying demand for aviation will remain. The appetite for flying, the value of connectivity, is proven and continues to grow. Coronavirus is a massive shock to the industry. I can't underestimate how hard the next period is going to be. But, anyone, men and women, can be sure that the industry will pick back up. The industry will evolve, innovate, and present opportunities to connect tourists, families, businesses. It will bounce back, that's a positive. The pandemic will also accelerate some trends like more flexible working, greater acceptance of nontraditional working styles, which should be positive for women. I would say that all women already in the aviation industry wouldn't see this pandemic as a reason to exit. It will bounce back, and the trends in terms of improving diversity will continue.
5) My message for Women aspiring for an career in the aviation industry I started my airline career as an Aircraft Appearance Supervisor in india working for 12 hours night shift and then reporting to college in the morning for an monthly salary of 1800 INR (24 US dollars) in 1997 & then relocated back to Qatar in 1999 and since then I have been here in Qatar and Dubai since 2006 If there are no aviation jobs, many of the skills relevant to aviation, particularly in management or commercial areas, can be developed in other sectors. So, if you have a passion for aviation and you have a draw to the industry knowing the rebound will come, there are things that you can do that will be very attractive for the aviation industry. I wouldn't write it off, aviation is a fascinating industry that offers many careers. If we look long term in 10 years, we will look back and see an unprecedented dip, but it will bounce back. Over the span of an entire career, this will be just a blink.
6) One inspirational message which you would like to share to all women in the aviation industry? The only other thing that is worth stating is that before I got into aviation, I was a researcher and worked in different sectors. I had the chance to interact with people in other industries. One of the things that struck me about the aviation industry when I went to airline events is how passionate and friendly those in the industry are. It is a global industry, but it is a small world. Most people that work in aviation never leave. They might move from airline to airport or supplier, but generally, people here love the industry. Aviation is a very satisfying industry. There is support even between fierce competitors. As a result, people share this passion for the industry. People are very supportive. As a minority, I've never experienced any negative interactions because of my gender. I sometimes feel weird being the only woman, but men have been welcoming, supportive. Even though it is very competitive, the character of the industry is positive, encouraging, and rewarding
7) If you could go back and tell your younger version of yourself one thing, what would it be? Never take no for an answer. The moment that you do is the moment you stop pursuing greatness
8) You must have encountered many stereotypes working in a male-dominated industry - what was the prevailing one? How did you deal with such views? Of course, stereotypes in male professions are present, but I look at it without prejudice. I am sure that there is no significant difference between men and women and I do not accept division of male and female works and professions. Men consider themselves leaders in aviation and do not believe in gender equality in this industry, which is why women will have to fight for their place in aviation. But if you, as a woman, with your mental strength can prove that you are successful and equal, male pilots, like true gentlemen, will recognize and appreciate you. I never had any problems in this regard ‒ we are partners, friends, and true professionals.
9) How did you manage to juggle your career in the military with your family life? Family support is very important for women to achieve professional success, because without understanding, love and tolerance there is no success. It is especially important that your spouse understands and takes a share of family responsibilities, so that you can properly handle different aspects of life. Without it, professional success becomes uncertain and difficult to achieve.

What I do:

Entrepreneur & Senior Aviation professional in UAE

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I inspire & motivate women to start their career in the aviation industry.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Richard Branson, He is an inspiration in the aviation industry

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6701929556305072128/

I believe in the spirit of freedom of being independent woman and not being pressurised by people for choosing her own plans & future!

"I believe in the spirit of freedom of being an independent woman and not being pressurized by people for choosing her own plans & future!"

Ovilia Fernandez

Erika Armstrong

Erika Armstrong

429,568 Aviation Enthusiasts | Airline Captain | A Chick in the Cockpit | VP Business Development | Author | Marketing | Keynote Speaker | Networking = Sales!

Average Post Engagement:

382

What I use Linkedin for:

Sharing the joy and challenges of aviation.

Number of Followers:

429,486

Industry:

Aviation

Who am I:

I am passionate about sharing the joy of aviation with the next generation.

What I do:

International Airline and Corporate Pilot/Captain, aviation professor, instructional design for business aviation eLearning, author of A Chick in the Cockpit.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Because I provide an endless source of information, conversation and humor about the aviation industry.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Too many to list. Richard Branson is my idol because he is not only intelligent, but he uses his humor to strengthen his platform.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pilotspotting-art-knowing-erika-armstrong/

I had 350,000 people read "Where'd All the Pilots Go" a couple years ago. It was an overview of why people are no longer to choose the aviation industry as a career. I'm here to change that...

I had 350,000 people read "Where'd All the Pilots Go" a couple years ago. It was an overview of why people are no longer to choose the aviation industry as a career. I'm here to change that...

Erika Armstrong

Nyika Allen

Nyika Allen

Director of Aviation at City of Albuquerque

Average Post Engagement:

268

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to promote myself, the airport, the City of Albuquerque, Aviation in general, and other topics of interest in business. I also use it to connect with my peers across the world. I've found it to be an incredibly powerful platform..

Number of Followers:

9,909

Industry:

Aviation

Who am I:

Complete wanderlust who believes the world is our oyster. We are each more powerful, more passionate and more connected when we live in each others shoes. It's hard to hate someone you know. Which is why I do what I do. Being in aviation and running an airport allows me to facilitate those connections for my community.

What I do:

Nyika A. Allen was appointed as Director of Aviation for the City of Albuquerque in February 2018. She is the first millennial to lead a city department and is the first woman to serve as Director of the Department of Aviation. As Director, Mrs. Allen is responsible for management oversight of the largest airport in New Mexico, the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and Double Eagle II (AEG) General Aviation Reliever Airport. This includes the airport's annual operating budget and multi-year capital program. Director Allen is a founding member of the New Mexico Land of Enchantment Chapter of Women in Aviation International, an organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

According to the most recent economic impact study, KABQ and KAEG generate $2.25 billion annually in economic impact for the region. During her tenure as Director, Nyika has overseen the development of an entirely new Airport Security Program, began a major concession program remodel to include relocation of the TSA screening area, began negotiations for a new Airline Use and Lease agreement, new Rental Car agreement and has been aggressively recruiting companies to ABQ to support the city’s economic development plans and the airports growth of its non-aeronautical revenue streams.

Under Mrs. Allen’s leadership, ABQ has expanded its route portfolio, completed a $30 million-dollar terminal renovation, taxiway reconstruction, added new streamline exit-doors, a nursing room and pet relief area, all while maintaining the Sunport’s A+ and AA credit ratings with Fitch and S&P rating agencies.

Most recently, Mrs. Allen has led the effort to partner with the electric utility to perform major upgrades to the electrical infrastructure, negotiated a water reuse contract with the water authority to save millions of gallons of potable water per month and was awarded funds to purchase electric passenger busses and charging stations for EGSE. In 2020 the Albuquerque International Sunport was recognized as one of the most stable midsized airports in the country in terms of liquidity while maintaining some of the lowest Cost Per Enplaned Passenger (CPE) metrics for an airport of its size. The airport was recognized by JD Power in both 2018 and 2019 as a top 10 medium hub airport and was most recently recognized by Art Desk Magazine as having a top 9 airport art program in the world.

Prior to her time in Aviation, Mrs. Allen was President & CEO of the New Mexico Technology Council. She is the former ‘Tech Expert’ on Fox New Mexico, Chair of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Committee, Chair of the TechHire NM business advisory council and a 2015 TEDxABQ main event speaker.

She holds a BBA in International Management from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and the UNM Honors Program. Nyika graduated magna cum laude with both university and scholastic achievement honors and a special international designation.

Mrs. Allen has both worked, studied and traveled to over 19 different countries. She has served on many board and advisory councils for multiple organizations such as: the Small Business Assistance Program (managed by Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories), New Mexico EPSCoR, UNM Anderson Alumni Council, UNM Economic Development Forum, Albuquerque Economic Development, Kirtland Airforce Base Honorary Commander, the Mid-Region Council of Governments - Workforce Connections of Central NM and was recognized as an Albuquerque Business First 2016 Women of Influence honoree, a 40 Under 40 honoree and the most influential 40 under 40 for the class of 2016.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I try to post articles and images to inspire and educate others about the aviation industry and happenings involving the city of Albuquerque. I love connecting with interesting people and love to show my support for others by commenting and sharing their work.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I love to follow other aviation influencers especially airline / airport management, the FAA and government leaders.

My favourite or most successful post:

My most successful post was a celebration of the completion of my first three years as the Director of Aviation. The post was viewed 124,260 times, had 2,225 reactions and 252 comments. 

"My most successful post was a celebration of the completion of my first three years as the Director of Aviation. The post was viewed 124,260 times, had 2,225 reactions and 252 comments."

Nyika Allen

Bharti Singh

Bharti Singh

Assistant professor- Faculty in charge Transportation at UPES || Aviation Consultant || MRO || IATA-Trainer

Average Post Engagement:

173

Country:

India

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to connect, share and exchange views & ideas on Aviation and Aerospace industry. I am here to be an influencer and train young minds in the field of international aviation, human factors, Innovation Practices in the industry. I use LinkedIn for designing curriculum as per industry relevant, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Counselling with core expertise in the domains of Student Welfare. Lastly liaising with industry and industry experts to work on Aviation projects as a consultant.

Number of Followers:

10,569

Industry:

Aviation and Aerospace.

Who am I:

An academic and Trainer that researches and teaches aspects of international aviation, human factors, safety management, and training methodologies. I am very passionate about what I do, and my works makes me excited every day. I feel obliged by the opportunity and resources bestowed upon me to become a better person and now it is my turn is to give back to the society.

What I do:

Aviation Professor, based in the Department of Transportation UPES, I teach and train professional in aviation courses including Airport Economics, Human Factors in Aviation and Aviation Safety and Sustainable Aviation. My research focuses on aviation safety and training methodologies and Aviation MRO and ERP solutions

- Collaborate with Industry for provide effective industry specific course curriculum

- In charge for Skill development and career Counselling

- Launching of new Courses and training products for CCE and Transportation sector

- In charge of NAAC Audit (Task committee force) - Content development for Aviation training Material and case study writer.

- Competitive Intelligence perspective for Indian Aviation Infrastructure: Exploiting dual nature of Aerospace for Welfare and Warfare publication date Jul 20, 2018 publication description APJ Business School & University of Toledo, United States

- Certified IATA Trainer in the North Zone (Certified by IATA Singapore) - Chamber Member National Aviation Council at WICCI (Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

- SME for Aerospace Aviation Skill Sector Council (AASSC)

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Let’s connect to share and exchange views & ideas on Aviation and Aerospace industry, Exploring the dynamic of Airline commercial and MRO business Services. We can connect to understand the differentials learning methodology for UG and PG Level. We can also discuss on liaising with industry and industry experts to work on bottleneck and help the Aviation industry to achieve it fullest.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Mr. Amber Dubey: Joint Secretary at Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India I like the way he drives great initiatives for the Aviation industry. I admire his work and contribution toward our industry

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6572061884797816832/

"I like the way he drives great initiatives for the Aviation industry. I admire his work and contribution toward our industry" - Bharti

Amber Dubey

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India

Amanda Kandawire

Amanda Kandawire

Pilot (ICAO ATPL) | Digital Illustrator | Founder of Fly Like a Girl | Layover Art

Average Post Engagement:

145

Country:

South Africa

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, business and personal opportunities.

Number of Followers:

940

Industry:

Aviation

Who am I:

I am a girl from Soweto who is passionate about flying, art and empowering women and children. I have been flying for 13 years and my greatest joy comes from serving people through my passions.

What I do:

I am a Pilot, Digital Illustrator and Founder of Fly Like a Girl and Layover Art.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I love to connect with people who share my passions and interests from all corners of the world.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Aviation Professionals, Airlines and Aviation Companies. Artists and Entrepreneurs

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/amanda-kandawire-95901749_fly-like-a-girl-launch-day-so-today-i-activity-6783119259670339584-qTVC

This is my favourite post because it is the post where I finally introduced my connections to Fly Like A Girl.

Aastha Kacha

Aastha Kacha

Architectural Designer | Space Architect | TEDx Speaker | Philanthropist | Athlete

Average Post Engagement:

140

Country:

Canada

What I use Linkedin for:

To empower and inspire generation to follow In STEM, to grow my Professional network, to connect to like minded people and collaborate across the globe.

Number of Followers:

12,895

Industry:

Architecture and Construction

Who am I:

I am a Space Architect, a TEDx speaker, a philanthropist and an Architectural Designer. I believe in thinking far and beyond and finding the pathway from the impossible to the possible. My life’s purpose is to build actual habitats that can be carried from Earth to moon and Mars and also build affordable housing in under-developed and developing countries. 

What I do:

I recently founded “AAKA Space Architects” a firm focused on Space habitats and habitats for extreme environment. I am also serving as an Architectural Concept developer at Mars Society of Canada and working at GBL architects. I own a small non - profit organization in Uganda that promotes Child welfare activities.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Follow me on LinkedIn, if you are looking for Inspiration, intellectual conversations, want to grow their skills and knowledge, grow a network of like minded people and collaborate related to STEM.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow quite a astronauts, reputed dignitaries from NASA, space agencies, professors at University, students and a lot of professionals

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aastha-kacha_marsexploration-marssociety-advancingx-activity-6705331301689520128-yKCK

This is one of my most favourite posts, as I have shared my whole journey in this post.

Nandita Bhatt

Nandita Bhatt

Airport Director Udaipur ,General Manager Arch. at Airports Authority of India ,WICCI National Aviation Council Member

Average Post Engagement:

129

Country:

India

What I use Linkedin for:

For enhancing knowledge not only in aviation but other sectors also It is one single stop platform for learning inspiring getting inspired networking.

Number of Followers:

1,581

Industry:

Aviation Management Operations Training Trends

Who am I:

I believe there is always rain before a rainbow shines in life My purpose of life is unconditional love to humanity

What I do:

Professionally I am an Airport Director of Udaipur Airport as Operational n Administrative Head I also train aviation professionals and develop courses for ICAO Trainair Plus Program.I hold designation of IAP+ from ICAO-ACI AMPAP program.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

For a journey of knowing those small steps which I take not by being different but by trying to do things differently.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

ICAO to be updated with mandatory world aviation practices ACI to know what globally the airport operators are progressing with and also review on international aviation industry IATA for airline operations and changes in world PTE for I speak with them at the conference and getting to learn more through the conference and exhibition.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nandita-bhatt-airport-director-iap-architect-icao-cd-instructor-45254023_westandtogether-unite2fightcorona-activity-6792749007119642624--Axy

Christina Korp

Christina Korp

Astronaut Wrangler | Space Connector | Strategic Partnerships | Marketing Executive | Executive Producer | Content Creator | Social Media Expert

Average Post Engagement:

122

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and raising awareness about space, aviation, women's issues and promoting inclusivity and diversity. I believe that space technology, research and development are the key to solving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. If the right people with the resources start paying attention to what's at their disposal and use it for good in a more targeted way, kind of like how the pharmaceutical companies made a vaccine so quickly for covid, then we could get to solutions and make an impact on a broader scale.

Number of Followers:

2,628

Industry:

Marketing and Aerospace

Who am I:

I am passionate about inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds. I grew up as one of ten kids in South Dakota from a humble background. In spite of my circumstances, I've gotten to experience and make some of my own dreams come true. I've gotten to do "impossible" things because I worked for a man who walked on the Moon and I saw firsthand how the impact of Apollo and the first moon landing made on the hearts and mind of a generation.

I want to use my experience and knowledge to light the spark of pursuing big dreams in other people. I think that space is a great unifier and the reminder that we're all just humans on the same planet. I'm particularly focused on promoting women's issues and people of color, those who often get overlooked. And I think connecting the mainstream world to what is going on in space is one of the best ways I can bring my experience, knowledge and contacts to make a difference.

What I do:

I manage astronauts for appearances, licensing and branding but I'm also a marketer, content creator, experiential producer and big idea producer and space and science communicator.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

To learn about ways space unites us as humans on the same planet, and how I think that space and science are the key to making a better world for future generations.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

NASA, other inspiring women in aerospace.

My favourite or most successful post:

I posted this about Dr. Shirley Jackson because she's not a common household name. And yet, she should be. Also, I try to post photos of trailblazers like this when they were young so that others can see someone who looks like them. Which may inspire them to aim for a dream they didn't think they could do before. One image and statement could be that powerful.

Chille (AJ) Bergstorm

Chille (AJ) Bergstorm

Aerospace Engineer

Average Post Engagement:

106

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Companies post about their latest, coolest things. They want to attract the brightest talent & people who will be excited & proud to work for them. They don’t post about the same device or technology that they’ve always used. They like to brag, to say, ‘We are using artificial intelligence to diagnose heart murmurs.’ like the innovative company Eko or ‘We are a company that focuses only on supersonic jets.’ Like the awesome company Hermeus. So you get a good idea about which companies are doing what with new technology & what’s important to them. That’s exciting. That keeps me up to date & helps me know what experts to go to when I have a specific engineering question or need help with something.

For example, right now, I’m the lead on secondary propulsion on MIT’s Hyperloop III team. Our team is a finalist in Elon Musk’s Boring Company’s Not-a-Boring competition. We beat out almost 400 other competitors to be in the top 12. But we need half a million dollars to build what we designed. With my LinkedIn contacts, I can reach out to these super cool people I follow - people that I engage with regularly - to tell them about our design, why it might be of interest to their company, & ask if they’d sponsor us.

Number of Followers:

1,241

Industry:

Aerospace Engineering

 

Who am I:

When I was eight years old, I met Buzz Aldrin & he asked if I knew that I couldn’t go to space because of my heart defects & because every heart beat was dependent on my pacemaker. I wanted to be an aerospace engineer, not an astronaut, so the question didn’t hurt me as much as it made me think. Buzz was designing a rover for Mars & I was thinking about how long it would take an astronaut to get to Mars. I thought of the best athletes like Usain Bolt & how being in microgravity for such a long trip lowers your heart rate. For someone as healthy as an Olympic gold medal sprinter, his resting heart rate is so low that space would be not be survivable. I thought Buzz Aldrin’s thinking was old-fashioned because it seemed obvious to me that my broken & repaired heart, hooked up to a battery, was better than a heart that had no back-up at all. This thinking led me to creating my theory - that someday, disabilities may be hyper-abilities in space.

I was named the Space Futurist with MIT Media Lab’s Space Initiative & invited to present my research at MIT’s Space Week during the 50th anniversary of the Apollo in 2019. People laughed at my theory. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t pay attention! In 2021, the European Space Agency announced that they are actively seeking disabled astronauts. It feels good to influence the future.

What I do:

I’m a student but very much enjoy being a consultant to companies. I don’t compartmentalize my thoughts. For me, I can see how it’s possible to use microgravity to manufacture better energy storage to be used in medical devices. I can see how air-compressed launches could make the hyperloop better & think that roller coaster companies & theme parks would benefit most from this technology.

What 13 year old wouldn’t love to have an astronaut as their aerospace engineering professor at school while getting emails from NASA & waking up knowing that I get to design for the International Space Station that day to work towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - which I was introduced to by my mentor, Dr. Danielle Wood. I’m living the dream & my asynchronous brain development is my super power.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I’m always learning. I represent diversity & intersectionality- my disability is constantly influencing my engineering design. My thinking makes a difference & it’s not always aerospace or life-saving medical devices or hyperloop technology or inflatable 3D printed habitats for Mars - it’s also roller coasters & marvel movies & trying out the latest tech gear & video games. I’m a great addition to any university bar trivia team & know every Beatles lyric, too. But the truth is that in space - It’s not about gravity & four walls holding up a ceiling like in traditional design. We, as a planet, get to start fresh & truly start over in our design approach completely. We have a chance to be inclusive. We have an opportunity to be & do good. I strongly believe that we shouldn’t go to space unless it’s to improve life here on earth. Let’s do that together!

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Joy Buolamwini

Algorithmic Bias Researcher | Poet of Code | ajl.org, The Algorithmic Justice League

Shawna Pandya, MD

Director of Medical Research, Orbital Assembly Corporation

My favourite or most successful post:

This is a post I made when I learned I would have the opportunity to study under my hero Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at MIT. It went viral with 100,000 views. She is the coolest person on planet earth.

 

Canan Dagdeviren

Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab

Karin Nilsdotter

Karin Nilsdotter

Astropreneur, Future Astronaut, Board professional, Tech Woman of the Year, Speaker, Women & Girls in Space & Tech

Average Post Engagement:

102

Country:

Singapore and Sweden

What I use Linkedin for:

Connecting, learning, sharing, inspiring and encouraging others

Number of Followers:

2,765

Industry:

Space Industry

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about advancing humanity into space and how technology can be used to empower all communities worldwide and foster sustainable business solutions on Earth. I wish to inspire and encourage people to reach for their stars, whatever they may be, and know we can all do stellar things as the sky is no longer the limit! As such I am very proud to a have been recognized as a role model and Tech Woman of the Year in Sweden, a Game Changer in the world by Wired and as 100 Women in Tech in Singapore.

What I do:

My mission is to open up space for humanity and I lead an effort to establish a launch site and destination for human space travel, Spaceport Sweden. Further, I am a board professional with a passion for initiatives that pushes the boundaries of technology and projects that positive impact for society in general and for women and girls in particular. I also serve as a proud mentor as part of the UNOOSA Space4Women program.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I strive to inspire others about the very exciting, positive and exponential developments we are seeing and how we can all be part of it. As such I share opportunties, thoughts, projects and experiences around space, leadership, women in space, technology and innovation, diversity and inclusion.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

On Linkedin I follow people and organisations that inspire me and others working to create a positive impact for others, the world and beyond.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/karinnilsdotter_nasa-spaceexploration-commercialspace-activity-6671279958406635520-5iMT

"When something is important enough you do it even if the odds are not in your favor". When Elon Musk started out, not only did he face many disbelievers but they were even laughing at his efforts. Elon's determination, perseverance and resilience speaks volume and his achievements have changed the course of history and are disrupting not one but several industries. We can all achieve remarkable things and this post is a reminder that we should surround ourselves with people who believe in us and that we should never be afraid of failure but instead keep dreaming, as our dreams inspire our actions.

Bianca Cefalo

Bianca Cefalo

Exploring Infrastructure & Entrepreneurship

Average Post Engagement:

97

Country:

Italy | United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Scientific and Technical Communication, Human Rights & Feminist Activism, Networking, Community Building, Professional Collaborations, Sales, Hiring, Learning & Reading Quality Content from Leaders and Friends I admire.

Number of Followers:

11,783

Industry:

Space & Defence, New Space Start-ups

Who am I:

A tech nerd since I was 7yo. I'm a very sarcastic Feminist, a Rocket Scientist, a STEM Ambassador, a Space SciCommer and a New Space Entrepreneur.

Speaking the word of Space Science and Engineering, my mission is to advocate for Equality & Humankind Evolution through Conscious Space Exploration and Exponential Technological Advancement in the New Space Age..

What I do:

Across UK, EU & US I'm relentlessly dedicated to:

◾ Helping International Customers choosing the best thermal solution for their spacecraft - as Director of International Business Development at Carbice Corp.

◾ Co-producing creative Space Scicomm programmes and educational content - as Founder of Cosmica Space Consulting Ltd.

◾ Running Stealth-Mode-CEO my New Space venture 'Space DOTS® Ltd - smartphone-sized satellites for on-demand access to space, in less than a 100g' (Co-founded in Jan '21, UK).

◾ Loving every bit of what I do, and the people I do it with!

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

- If you're intrigued by Space Technology Trends and how they blend in with Art & Poetry;

- You want to learn about the Business of Space in the New Space Economy, from the unfiltered perspective of a millennial feminist Engineer & Entrepreneur;

- You want to build or expand your support network, and make friends with geeky fun space people;

- You want to land on a Judgment & Hate-free zone. ...then my profile is your cup of tea 🙂

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow Tech Entrepreneurs, Politicians, Artists, Scientists & Public Speakers (from Space to Fashion industries) - because I love to learn from their very unique perspectives and stories, and I want to be up to date with technological, cultural and geopolitical trends.

Studying quality content from thought leaders feeds my relentless curiosity, makes me see reality with another pair of eyes, and helps me understand how to improve my personal branding strategy, how to tailor my message for my audience and how to become a better leader and team player with daily practice.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6700913305818583041/

Love this post, because it shows that if a random Italian young engineer (myself), in her bedroom, at 4:00AM CET, with blue lipstick on, can share her views on the future of Space Exploration and Science alongside a legendary Neil DeGrasse Tyson -->then everybody can achieve anything, with intentional passion, discipline and persistence!

Gloria Bouillon

Gloria Bouillon

Airport Director | Commercial Pilot | Public Speaker | Thought Leader | Builder of Strategic Alliances | Innovator | Board Director | STEM | French/American Citizenships

Average Post Engagement:

95

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Increased opportunities for growth and regional development. Business connections, growth for the airports I manage. I love to read inspiring stories as well as posting my own stories and articles to inspire and share my passion for aviation and flying with others. Also, emerging news, trends and to connect with a broad range of industries worldwide. I have made many connections through innovative articles I post of successes from my teams and businesses.

Number of Followers:

4,167

Industry:

Aviation, Airlines, Aerospace

Who am I:

I cast the vision and work the day-to-day detail. This is what makes progress. It's passion, vision, and a skill set to drive the vision.

I love this aviation and aerospace industry so much, I was born to be in this industry. My life revolves so much around aviation, that I own my own aircraft. It came to the point where I had to choose to buy a house or an aircraft, I chose an aircraft. Some people check social media on their breaks, I fly my plane on my lunch breaks. That's where my passion lies.

I have been asked to represent over 5,000 airports nationwide for General Aviation airports. I am an Airport Director, commercial pilot, Incident Commander, aircraft owner, globally recognized public speaker, thought leader, expert skier and aviation professional who creates strategic alliances with federal, state, business development agencies, to effectively improve the aviation industry infrastructure and regional economic development. I have a varied background including complete airport system management, aviation infrastructure development planning, including commercial spaceport planning, construction project management, emergency management, aviation insurance, operations and security, and I even was an airport rescue firefighter at one point in my career.

I am a transformational change leader, I have led two airports to their largest infrastructure development in their history through stakeholder engagement and collaboration with key decision makers. I have never thought to myself I can’t do something. I always know that I can excel wherever I am placed. I search for opportunity and growth continually. I have been told over and over from people that I am the most motivated and strongest person they know; both in my professional life and personal life. I don’t see any road blocks. I see ways to rise above them.

What I do:

I transform airports, I transform lives, I’m a turnaround leader. I see beyond what most people see. Once companies and businesses realized my vision of growth and opportunity, they really wanted to be a part of a really exciting future. People saw both airports I managed contracting, I saw the potential.

What I did during a COVID recesion, I changed lives, and set the course for the region. I find growth opportunities during a pandemic. I grew our employment in the region, our businesses grew their employees, and expanded all their operations. I saved the airport from losing it’s primary runway when I came on board to lead the Airport I manage. There were years of planned demolition for most of the infrastructure on the Airport. Though, I knew the data had to be looked at with a new vision and developed a Master Plan for the Airport. Now, the Airport is looking at the largest expansion in its history.

I add jobs, I add revenue, I create opportunities and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. In just a small time, the footprint has changed dramatically. Our businesses are so excited about the future I have created for them.

I have the leadership and vision and willingness to go outside the boundaries, stretched vision and mind. Within three years of my leadership we moved from #eight in the state to become the second busiest airport in the state. That’s impressive.

I made history for the City of Beverly and it’s communities as the first female director in it’s history, since the start in the 1920’s. The last airport I managed, I was also their first female leader in the Airport’s history. I cast the vision and work the day to day detail. It takes courage to face the constituents, it takes skill to ensure and work the major projects through, even through the difficulty of push back with constituents. I roll up my sleeves and get the job done. I have a willingness to do whatever it takes.

To our future businesses and customers, I say, “we have just one mission, yours.”.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

From me, you’ll get inspiring messages and posts, leading the direction, I'm at the forefront of innovation, driving change, helping the industry see new opportunities and different ways of growth and expansion. So the people that follow me will also grow and expand. I stretch the horizon.

I create new leaders, not just followers. The people I mentor, and keep in touch with, I want to see their success. I want these people to keep flourishing. These effects multiply.

When someone is in a state of restlessness or worry, I calm them down. Just like in the accidents’ I respond to and direct emergency fire, police, air traffic and crew, as the Incident Commander, I have a sense of presence, I am calm about it, and approach the accident methodically. Just as in pilot training, I am always prepared for an accident, and the processes and procedures for success in caos. I use those methods of preparedness in business negotiations and when challenges arise on a daily basis.

I am passionate about the aviation industry and highly involved in monitoring young professionals and women in aviation through STEM programs. An aviation professor, who had a student who was having some challenges and questions about a career in aviation. He said to me, “The first person I knew to turn to was you.” It was the quality of information I provided her in how to start her career and interviewing tactics. After I gave her advice, she said "oh that's a good way to look at it!" This was from a lot of years of my own experiences.

The people I mentor, young professionals often say I want to move up to the next point in my career. I say, no, take the time, learn the job, you'll need the experience if you want to move up. We like to wear the hat of the boss, though, you have to do the work and put in the time. If you want to be a good pilot, you have a process to go, you have to take many exams, meet milestones and checkrides. If you want to be a manager, you have to learn the job, gain the experience, as menial as you see it now, it will help you at some point down the road. Don't be in such a hurry to move up. I am currently mentoring several young professionals, various college students as well as several new airport managers

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Thought leaders, speakers, life coaches, people I aspire to become, men and women who think outside the bounds, people I can always learn from, powerful women in my industry and outside my industry. Some of the influencers and individuals I am following include; Brene Brown, Whitney Johnson, Arinanna Huffington, Amy Cuddy, Richard Branson, Melinda Gates, Simon Sinek, Jeff Winer, Mark Cuban, Tony Robbins, Scott Kirby and Bill Gates. I am continually searching for growth; whether it’s challenging myself on skiing double black extreme expert terrain, or constantly adding to my certifications, education, and flying certificates. I am always looking for the next challenge to overcome. That is what excites me..

My favourite or most successful post:

I’ve had posts with over 20,000 views and many more comments, though, my favorite post is this one;

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/gloria-bouillon-c-m-ace-8720928b_aviationpros-podcast-beverly-regional-airports-activity-6767303103734722560-T07Q

This post was from when I was asked to do an interview with a global magazine and company on my success at growing an airport in the worst pandemic and one of the hardest hit industries; the aviation and airports worldwide. I was one of the only female leaders interviewed in years, and I was really honored that they wanted to hear my strategies on how successful I was able to become and bring on new companies and grow jobs and employment in the most devastating time for airports in their entirety.

Priyanka D. Rajkakati

Priyanka D. Rajkakati

Aerospace Engineer (Ph.D.) | Artist | Forbes India 30U30

Average Post Engagement:

93

Country:

India | France

What I use Linkedin for:

Mostly to follow people with great ideas and content, and occasionally share mine.

Number of Followers:

1,994

Industry:

Aerospace and Art

Who am I:

An Aerospace engineer and artist who wants to mix these two domains to find some happiness and satisfaction in life.

What I do:

Recently finished my PhD in satellite navigation, and currently a Research Engineer at Capgemini as well well as Artist.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

My LinkedIn profile is a work-in-progress... however, with time I wish to use this as a platform to bridge the misunderstood art-science divide.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Grazia Vittadini

CTO, Airbus

Tien Nguyen

JPL Fellow - Chief Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6765993974885842945-oJEd

I think it's been the most successful of my posts - about my selection in the 2021 list of Forbes India 30 under 30. The article speaks about my projects and motivations, and also a few nice quotes from two of my mentors.

Yumna Majeed

Yumna Majeed

Medical Lab Technologist-Aspiring Astronaut

Average Post Engagement:

87

Country:

Pakistan

What I use Linkedin for:

To look for professional contacts, collaborations and to share my work. 

Number of Followers:

1,575

Industry:

Space Education

Who am I:

I have always been passionate about becoming an astronaut and recreating dinosaurs. Growing up, I realized my country is far behind in the space race and people are unaware of this amazing science we call "astronomy/space science'. So I started space awareness campaign when I was 18 y/, now it is a registered organization. Long story short, I became someone whom I needed when I was younger. Also, I recently graduated as a Medical Technologist, hoping to sneak into Human Genetics research sector!

What I do:

I teach space! I am a space educator, founder of "Exploration by Yumna" which is a Pakistani chapter of various international space organizations. This organization has worked as a one woman army for almost 4 years and now in 5th year, I am making a team. Via this platform, all I have done is to raise awareness about astronomy in my country and I have seen positive outcomes as well..

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

To see how small steps can take you on a long successful journey, to get inspiration from a very few women in space/STEM.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

People from space sector belong to different countries and educators as well..

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6728541459911319552-lg2c

 

Dr. Mindy Howard

Dr. Mindy Howard

Future Astronaut /Astronaut Trainer and TEDx & Keynote Speaker

Average Post Engagement:

77

Country:

Netherlands

What I use Linkedin for:

Enhancing my business network and creating new opportunities. Also finding other women in the field of space.

Number of Followers:

3,468

Industry:

Commercial space training

Who am I:

I am a firm believer of persistence and how if you keep at it, you can accomplish anything even your dream of going to space. My motto is never give up!

What I do:

Commercial astronaut trainer and coach and future astronaut.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

People tell me that my posts provide inspiration for people to fight hard to make their dreams happen (especially for women in the field of space).

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Claudia Kessler- I follow Claudia because I think she has a great example of a woman helping other women to become an astronaut, which is also my aim. She has done a number of things to promote more women in space and as astronauts, and she deserves the recognition she has earned. She totally inspires me!.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mindyhoward1_womeninspace-nasa-makespaceforwomen-activity-6641344776027336704-btDf

This is my favorite and most successful post because I am extremely vulnerable in this post, by saying that I am getting up there in age, but people really find it empowering. (If you can see that in all the comments). And it also goes along with my theme of “never giving up on your dreams”!

Anne Nderitu

Anne Nderitu

Co-Founder and COO at Swift Lab Limited

Average Post Engagement:

77

Country:

Kenya

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn for connecting to like minded people in the drone industry or other related fields. This has helped me tremendously to grow and expand my network. I also use it to inspire young women through my work to believe in themselves and work hard in their careers.

Number of Followers:

7,247

Industry:

Drones

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about using technology to solve local problems in Africa. I am a firm believer that Africans can create lasting solutions to our challenges and create a better future for the communities. Through emerging technologies, we are capable of leapfrogging from poor transport infrastructure to drone deliveries therefore opening up remote areas and offering better standards of living to people.

What I do:

I am a co-founder and Chief Operations Officer at Swift Lab. Swift Lab is a truly African company that manufactures and operates drones to deliver essential and critical medical supplies in remote areas. I am an aerospace engineer and a licensed drone pilot. I am also the Founder of Girls Boardroom Foundation, which aims to help young female professionals to navigate their careers and become leaders in their fields.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should follow me, as I am a great example of what being bold can do for your career. Most of my career achievements have come along because of believing in myself and going for it even when the odds were against me. For example, last year I was honored to be named 2020 Women To Watch in UAS and through this, I believe other young professionals to follow their dreams.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow thought leaders in my areas of interest which are : drone technology & leadership. I follow the to enhance my knowledge on technology and leadership.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6653231454362959874/

My favorite post is my graduation keynote speech at the African Drones and Data Academy. This is the day I overcame my fear of public speaking. When my classmates and I were told of the opportunity to give a speech during our graduation, I immediately took up the opportunity, not knowing how I would go about it. I would do this despite my fear. Over the next two weeks I thoroughly prepared and whenever I watch the video, it reminds me that there is nothing I cannot do, as long as I set my mind on it. The speech has opened more opportunities for me and I have been courageous about sharing my thoughts with the world. Recently, I was a panelist at World Humanitarian Forum, giving my perspectives on the use of drones for humanitarian purposes. I am glad that I keep pushing the boundaries for myself, to create an impact in the society and influence others.

Shreya Santra

Shreya Santra

PhD MEXT Student || Roboticist || Aerospace Engineer | Space Generation Advisory Council

Average Post Engagement:

76

Country:

Japan

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, Job hunting, Staying connected professionally

Number of Followers:

2,287

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I am a world citizen extremely passionate about space exploration. Having lived in more than 6 countries and interacted with people from around the globe, I am convinced science and technology can bring multiple positive changes in everybody's lives. Therefore, the purpose of my science is to spread awareness and inspiration about science and its applications, by developing disruptive tech for the coexistence of Nature and humanity.

Space is one such sector where it is necessary to assess all the risks involved and ensure that none of our actions backfire. I believe we should approach all modern technology development in the same manner.

What I do:

Since October 2018, I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Space Robotics Lab (SRL) Tohoku University, Japan as a Japanese government MEXT scholar. My Ph.D. is focused on Swarm coordination for planetary surface exploration carried out at the SRL in collaboration with DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation, Germany.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You can follow me if interested in space and extreme environment robotics; or want to collaborate on space related projects. I am also open to mentoring young students for space career related queries, so feel free to follow me and watch out for my posts.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Researchers and Entrepreneurs who dare to do take new initiatives

Minoo Rathnasabapathy

Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Priyanka D. Rajkakati

Aerospace engineer (Ph.D.) | Artist | Forbes India 30U30, Capgemini Engineering

My favourite or most successful post:

Caltech Space Challenge is one of the most toughest space challenges for graduates held every 2 years.
I was fortunate to be 1 of the 32 successful participants from a pool of 567 applicants of 264 universities around the world.
We were divided into 2 teams - Voyagers and Explorers, given a set of requirements & constraints to plan a New Frontiers mission to Enceladus.
The jury who judged our proposals were from NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryLockheed MartinNorthrop GrummanThe Aerospace Corporation, @Keck Institute of Space Studies, etc.
After 5 days of literally no sleep, arguing, storming and trade offs, we Voyagers finally emerged as the winning team!
It was of course a dream come true to come to Caltech, visit JPL & see the Mars2020 spacecraft, work with an outstanding team, be mentored by amazing space-cialists, visit JWST and extend my space network.
Special thanks to the organizers Fabien Royer and @Simon Toedtli for making it happen ????
#space #nasa #enceladus
Shawna Pandya, MD

Shawna Pandya, MD

Director of Medical Research at Orbital Assembly Corporation

Average Post Engagement:

63

Country:

Canada

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn for sharing news and connecting with other space and space medicine professionals.

Number of Followers:

8,664

Industry:

Space / Medicine

 

Who am I:

I am a physician, scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM/IIAS, aquanaut, skydiver, pilot-in-training, explorer, VP of Immersive Medicine with Luxsonic Technologies, Director of Medical Research with Orbital Assembly Corporation, Director of the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) Space Medicine Group and Chief Instructor of the IIAS Operational Space Medicine Course.

I firmly believe in pushing the limits, that a work ethic is free, and that the right team can get you through the toughest of spots.

What I do:

Depending on the day, I can be found saving lives in the ER, testing spacesuits in 0g, exploring extreme environments, helping develop virtual and immersive technologies for space and austere environments, or developing research and protocols related to human health in space.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Follow me if you believe in continually pushing the limits - and lifting others up with you as you go.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow those who believe in expanding the bounds of human exploration, knowledge and limit - and bringing others up with them. Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, astronaut wrangler Christina Korp and Elevate Aviation founder Kendra Kinckaide all fall into this category.

Scott Parazynski, MD

BOARD DIRECTOR • CEO • CTO • PHYSICIAN • INVENTOR • ASTRONAUT Startups/VC/PE/Biotech/Aerospace/Medical Device/IP/Patents, Fluidity Technologies, Inc.

Christina Korp

Astronaut Wrangler | Space Connector | Strategic Partnerships | Marketing Executive | Executive Producer | Content Creator | Social Media Expert, Purpose Entertainment

Inspiring you into Aviation

Kendra Kincade

Founder/Chair at Elevate Aviation, Air Traffic Controller, Host of 'Air Time' a webinar and podcast, Honorary Colonel for 417 Squadron, Columnist, Speaker., Elevate Aviation

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/shawnapandya_final-crew-members-named-for-worlds-first-activity-6782938056421986304-zehz

I have long said that there is space for all of us. In this post, I talk about the rise of access civilian spaceflight with the naming of the Inspiration4 crew.

Katherine (Bowes) Bennett CBE

Katherine (Bowes) Bennett CBE

Senior Vice President, Airbus in the UK; CEO (Designate) HVM Catapult; Chair, Western Gateway; Founder, Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter

Average Post Engagement:

63

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, sharing news of the organisations with whom I am involved

Number of Followers:

4,003

Industry:

Aerospace and Manufacturing

Who am I:

I am a strong believer in the need to lift people up

What I do:

CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Networking reaps so many rewards.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow people in public life but also others who inspire me

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/katherine-bennett-0336b16_catapultnetwork-ukmfg-ceo-activity-6752523728166363136-OEql

This was my favourite post as it was about the announcement of my new role, a major decision for me and led to some very important networking and advocacy opportunities for aviation, aerospace and manufacturing innovation. Had 37,050 views.

Jeanette (Neri) Quinlan

Jeanette (Neri) Quinlan

Director of Space Systems at Akash Systems

Average Post Engagement:

61

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Latest industry news, Industry and women's events, professional accomplishments

Number of Followers:

2,965

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I have over 15 years in the space industry, working my first few years as a thermal engineer at both large and small companies. I now work for Akash Systems helping to bring our GaN-on-Diamond RF amplifier technology to market. I am a fervent advocate for the advancement of women in aerospace, having founded a speaker series in the Bay Area and worked with national conference organizers to co-plan women’s networking events.

What I do:

Director of Space Systems at Akash Systems - I'm involved with everything related to getting our GaN-on-Diamond parts and products into space!

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I post positive original content about the aerospace, the majority of which is related to events advancing and highlighting women in the industry.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Too many to name! However, I do find the Boeing account to be particularly positive and I love how it features many employees from executives to interns doing great things at the company.

My favourite or most successful post:

This was the first Women's event and happy hour at the Satellite conference, which is attended by thousands in the Aerospace industry from around the world! HR professionals from large and small companies shared tips and tricks for hiring and retaining women. Their advice was incredible and it means so much that a large conference supported the event.

Michaela Musilova, PhD

Michaela Musilova, PhD

Director of HI-SEAS missions at the International MoonBase Alliance

Average Post Engagement:

54

Country:

USA and Slovakia

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to connect with people all around the world and to do STEM and space related outreach.

Number of Followers:

2,044

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I'm an astrobiologist and the Director of the HI-SEAS analog space research station. My love for space started when I was eight years old and I have been following my dream to become an astronaut ever since.

I have conducted research at University College London and the California Institute of Technology, amongst other institutions. Later, I worked for NASA, the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and I have been the Commander of 30 simulated missions to the Moon and Mars.

I'm also a visiting Professor at the Slovak University of Technology and a member of the Global Faculty of the International Space University. I'm very grateful to have received numerous international awards, including Forbes Slovakia’s 30 under 30 recognition. Doing outreach and educational work is very close to my heart, which is why I actively engage in outreach activities worldwide. This includes co-writing a my biography, A Woman from Mars, to inspire others to follow their dreams as well.

What I do:

My primary job is to organize and run simulated missions to the Moon and Mars at HI-SEAS, which is a space analog research station that I'm the Director of in Hawaii. I also take part in missions as a crewmember and Commander if asked to do so.

I now have over 30 such missions under my belt and I'm about to be the Commander of a Mars Ocean Analog mission called Harmonia. We'll be sailing from Florida to New York, while facing the challenges and dangers of doing work out at sea. Our "spacewalks" will be scuba diving research during our mission. I'm also a professor in astrobiology, planetary science and other space related subjects at the Slovak University of Technology and the International Space University (ISU). This year I'll be co-Chairing the Science Department at ISU's Space Studies Program in Spain.

I also lecture at different universities and during various outreach events around the world. As a side, I'm a consultant for space technology companies like NEEDRONIX in Slovakia and Mission Control Space Services in Canada. I love to write and so I write as freelancer for Space.com and other media outlets, as well as posting actively on social media for outreach purposes.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I love what I do and I love sharing my passion for space, education, outreach and research with others. I hope to be able to inform the public about the different space-related activities and adventures that I'm part of, as well as teach people in my network new things through my posts and articles. Additionally, I enjoy connecting people around the world and I'm very happy when I can encourage others to pursue their passions and dreams.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow people of all walks of life on LinkedIn, as I love learning from others and finding out new information in areas ranging from arts to technology. The more diverse the people I follow, the more I can widen my knowledge and perspective.

This post is one of my favorite posts because of the humor in it and the fact that it's showing the human side of space exploration. Even though we may have big plans to go back to the Moon and to build first settlements on Mars, we'll have to do that as a team working together with people from around the world, coming the private and the public sectors. We'll have to learn to put aside our differences and work together.

When I'm the Commander of analog space missions, I also try to encourage the crew to become a space family, rather than to just stay as a group of colleagues. As a family, we can face challenges together better and be there for each other in good and bad times.

In this post, I wanted to show this important aspect of space exploration. It's a fun picture accompanied with text highlighting the importance of teamwork and good relationships within a crew. I could tell that it was a good topic to talk about, because the post got a lot of likes and several people engaged with it through comments. 

Mariam Naseem

Mariam Naseem

Consultant | Tech Strategist | Business Development | Engineer | Space Advocate.

Average Post Engagement:

47

Country:

Canada

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional Networking.

Number of Followers:

2,992

Industry:

Space

Who am I:

I am a multi-passionate, global citizen with experiences across technology and business domains interested in the big questions - What will humanity's future in space look like? And is there life beyond Earth?

What I do:

I am currently a Visiting Scholar at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science working on science communication projects and collaborating on research involving Ocean Worlds with a scientist at NASA Goddard. I have a global and multi-disciplinary background, having worked as a commercial space consultant, as a technology strategist in the Enterprise Innovation team at one of the largest banks in Canada, as a field engineer on an oil rig in Russia, a manufacturing engineer in a Product Development center in Texas and as a business development manager for a Toronto-based Quantum computing startup. I also serve as National Point of Contact for Canada at the Space Generation Advisory Council, as coordinator for the Next Generation Plenary at the International Astronautical Federation’s WD-YPP Committee and as a SEDS-Canada Advisory Board member.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I share my interest in the state of commercial spaceflight! I am also committed to sharing opportunities enabling students and young professionals to participate in the space sector.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

My interests are vast and diverse. I follow individuals in the space community who are involved in commercial human spaceflight, advocating for space policy and sustainability and planetary scientists who conduct astrobiology research.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6770721785680846848/

 

Fiona McKay

Fiona McKay

Credentialed Executive Coach, Speaker, Trainer| Chief Badass Officer | Courageous Leadership Expert | Lightening Rod | A&D Leader

Average Post Engagement:

45

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

To expand the Leading Ladies Of... Aerospace community, and showcase women's achievements and women's collaboration.

Number of Followers:

14,447

Industry:

Aerospace & Defense, Learning & Development

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about empowering people to embrace their magic and uncover their full potential, with a heavy focus on supporting women. I come from a blue collar background and went on to be the first in my family to go to university, studying at Oxford. My success in my education and my career was made possible because people believed in me, people encouraged me, people spoke out for me, people went out of their way for me. I am forever grateful and will spend the rest of my life paying that forward and hope to inspire others to do the same. I have been told by others that my essence is presence, curiosity, power, strength and love. My goal is to use these qualities to drive change in the industry.

What I do:

I help people and organizations be the best that they can be, by reflecting their greatness and asking the hard questions needed to light a fire underneath then and inspire them to change the status quo. I do this through my coaching, consulting, training and public speaking work. I would love to tell you the names of who I work with, but I don't want to break confidentiality!

My dedication to the transformation of people, products, and organizations has been full throttle since graduating from university. After spending two years teaching in an inner-city school as part of the Teach First social enterprise program, I embarked on a career at Rolls-Royce. Recognized for my exceptional leadership skills, I was advanced into leadership positions and nominated for the High Potential Pool. In my last two corporate roles with Rolls-Royce and Parker Aerospace I was the first female and youngest person ever to serve.

In 2017 I turned my attention to developing others using my varied and global industry experience. I work with both individuals and organizations to embrace courageous leadership, to super-charge their impact, and build better communities around them. In one engagement with an aerospace alliance my strategies and tools resulted in over 40% growth in revenue, an increase from 180 members to 250+, a doubling of the number of programs, improved market perception, and expansion in team size and capability. However, the thing that I was most proud of in this engagement was that I significantly increased the diversity of people onstage for their events, with more women and people of color speaking than ever before.

Throughout my career I have been dedicated to the advancement of women in A&D. In 2007 I joined the board of Rolls-Royce Women, serving for many years, and was ultimately responsible for implementing their Mentoring & Coaching activities. I have since been a speaker and a coach at various women’s events, and went on to deliver in person events. I successfully grew the annual Women In Aerospace conference from 150 attendees in 2017 to almost 300 attendees in 2019. During the pandemic I wanted to find away for women to connect regardless of our current circumstances, so I launched the Leading Ladies Of… Aerospace virtual community. Our first summit raised over $20k, the proceeds of which were donated to a women’s organization, and we were asked for ‘more, more, more.’ Today we have summits, programs, and a two thriving LinkedIn groups, one for defense and one for aerospace. We have attracted women from all levels, with many females in the C-suite joining and presenting at our events so they can lift more women through the class ceiling.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You should follow me on LinkedIn because I am proactively connecting women and male allies in A&D on a global scale! I wand to make sure geography / lockdowns / finances don't keep all the amazing women and male allies apart! You should also follow me if you want to be inspired to make a difference for women in male dominated fields and / or become a more courageous leader. My posts focus on connecting people through my Leading Ladies Of... community, promoting the successes of women and minority groups, sharing examples of women being badasses and / or collaborating together, and showcasing male allies.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Foram Brown – Foram has launched an executive search firm for women in engineering. My work is creating a community, but her work takes it to the next step by ensuring more women are considered in the hiring process. Plus I love the way she is challenging the way people think about recruitment. Gina Radke – I love her book, “More Than,” as it fiercely talks about some of the challenges she has faced as a female CEO and how she overcomes them. Gina and I have become friends. Erika Armstrong – I love her pots because she shares both important aviation stories, and posts that bring humor into aviation. I really appreciate her book, ‘A Chick In The Cockpit,’ and I think she has a great way of engaging men – which is a very important part of changing the culture in aviation. Lorraine Diaz – she represents female mechanics in the industry and has a great brand ‘the pint-size mechanic.’ I think it is important to hear their voice of women in this field, as it is so easy just to focus on the challenges of women in office based roles. Plus she is a fierce advocate for LGBQT. A range of DE&I influencers – I am part of the ‘Future For Us’ community, which is dedicated to advancing womxn of color. I have been following a lot of the influencers involved in this group as I think it is important for me to understand DE&I beyond just women. I will never fully understand what it means to be a woman of color and the additional challenges they must overcome, but I can educate myself and learn how I can make a difference.

My favourite or most successful post:

This is difficult for me to choose, as I post so regularly and it is hard to go back and find them all! If we define 'successful' in terms of views, then my most successful post was a post I made about my own personal journey overcoming adversity. I think this was an important thing for me to share, as being vulnerable can lead to breakthroughs for yourself, and inspire others. It is so easy to see women like me as successful and strong and that can be intimidating for others. That is why I want to be authentic and share as much about my struggles as I do about my successes. If people understand they can make mistakes in their career, lose jobs, get laid off, but come back wiser and more resilient, then less people will lose their confidence. While this was not specifically an aerospace post, it resonated with a lot of people in aerospace, with many people - men and women - writing to me privately.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6777293029767299072-DeN9

In addition to this post I have so many posts that make me so happy, especially the ones that showcase the amazing women in Aerospace & Defense and get people excited about the Leading Ladies Of... communities, e.g. C-suite post -

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/activity-6764613380935421952-3ApQ LLOD post - https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiona-mckay-ready/detail/recent-activity/shares/

 

Dr Bianca Capra

Dr Bianca Capra

Senior Lecturer | Aerospace Engineer | Superstar of STEM | STEM Outreach | Gender Equity in Engineering | @DrBiancaCapra | @aerobianca

Average Post Engagement:

44

Country:

Australia

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional networking, advancing profile of women in aerospace engineering and STEM, connecting with other professionals in the field of high-speed flight, influencing people, promoting leadership and personal influence

Number of Followers:

803

Industry:

Higher Education & Research Engineer (high speed flight)

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about creating a diverse and equitable engineering industry, particularly in aerospace. Key to achieving this is ensuring that our future engineers reflect all of society, as we need all voices at the design table. Education is a right for everyone and this includes engineering and I am passionate about supporting all minorities in engineering.

I believe we must address the ongoing gender disparities within engineering schools and am a strong advocate for creating the systemic change we need to achieve gender parity. I am passionate about high-speed flight and unlocking the engineering challenges that remain with this final frontier of engineering.

What I do:

I find creative solutions for high speed flight. I am an educator and I advocate for more diversity in engineering and aerospace in particular.

In my day job, I teach our future engineers and engineering leaders, specialising in thermal engineering applied to high speed flight. I lead a research team within this area with a strong focus on better understanding how the high temperatures experienced in high speed flight effect both the structure of, and the airflow around, the vehicle. This work is critical in achieving sustained viable high speed flight. I use a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental engineering tools to investigate the fluid and structural interaction when travelling more than 5 times the speed of sound, or around 2,100 km/hr.

I have a number of STEM outreach roles, within my University and professional societies where I develop and run outreach events to encourage, support and inspire young people into engineering. I am also a leader within my university and technical societies where I have led the development of a number of initiatives to improve and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

People interested in hearing from diverse voices within the aerospace sector should follow me. I sit at the nexus of creativity, research, education and leadership within the aerospace sector. As an academic I am a custodian for educating our future aerospace and aeronautical engineers with a strong defence focus.

My technical background in the field of high-speed flight is an area of growing interest Internationally and hearing from diverse voices within this area is important. I am also a strong advocate for driving change in the makeup and increasing diversity, running and participating in a number of STEM outreach events focused on engineering and aerospace. I am passionate about aerospace engineering and inspiring, encouraging and supporting all women in this field.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow a diverse group of people, government, companies and educator on LinkedIn. One key demographic for me is women in aerospace and women in engineering from across the world. I have a strong focus on supporting and promoting all women, particularly in aerospace and this drives who I follow. I also follow this demographic to grow my networks. Additionally, I follow key and interesting people in aerospace and defence companies (Space X, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Reaction Engines, BAE systems, Boeing, etc) with a strong Australian focus, although not exclusively. I follow politicians, company and inspirational leaders in the areas of defence, aerospace, space, and equity and diversity as well as community and outreach groups. As I work in higher education, I also follow universities and other research institutes.

 

My favourite or most successful post:

I have two favourite posts, detailed below.

The first is a post I made about the work my team and I achieved in developing and implementing gender equity and diversity with the Australasian Fluid Mechanics society. This is one of my most successful with 4,454 views, 79 interactions and 18 comments and also reflects my commitment and passion for increasing diversity in my field. Fluid mechanics remains very male dominated, and these policies are making real impact.

The URL for this post is: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/bianca-capra_womeninstem-womeninengineering-stem-activity-6717723360744361984-liu_

The second post is on the success of the outreach program I run here at UNSW Canberra to engage more young women with engineering. I am deeply passionate and committed to increase gender diversity within engineering. This is driven from my own experience as often being the only woman in the room and my passion for engineering. We need more young women to enter this profession which requires us to have more visible, accessible and diverse role models so young women can see themselves in this profession. This post has had 3752 views and 67 interactions. The link to the post is:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/bianca-capra_womeninstem-stem-stemeducation-activity-6625628686932680704-6Slk

Nikki Malcom

Nikki Malcom

Aerospace Connector | Sales Coach | Board Chair - PNAA Mobile (206) 250-4902

Average Post Engagement:

43

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Connection to the aerospace industry, inspiration and communication

Number of Followers:

2,784

Industry:

Aerospace & Defense

Who am I:

My life purpose is Joy. I find this through connection to people. I have a passion for the aerospace industry since I started in it 21 years ago at 18 years old. I've been fortunate to see the continued growth of women in the industry, but we still have a long way to go. I love to connect with people and learn about their passion for all things aerospace, space and defense

What I do:

I recently started my own aerospace company as a manufacturing rep, sales strategist and life coach helping to empower women to claim their power in the world. I am also the board chair for a large aerospace non-profit called Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance where we host a "Women in Aerospace" Conference every year in May that usually has around 250 attendees.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I want to create a community of inspiration, empowerment and wonder. The more people that come to the space curiously the better we can learn from each other and empower and lift each other up to be our best selves

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow a ton of aerospace individuals on LI. I especially love following all of the new companies deploying new technology so I can learn about them and be excited by it.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nikkimalcom_aviation-pnaa-aircraft-activity-6610430503692705792-UJHR

It is a post about watching the first commercial electric powered aircraft flight with MagniX and Harbour Air in Canada.

Rikhi (Rukmini) Roy

Rikhi (Rukmini) Roy

Systems Safety & Certification Intern, Kitty Hawk | FAA Graduate Researcher | Brooke Owens Fellow | WoAA D&I Chair | AIAA Scholar | Founder of Singapore's first 'Women Leaders in Aerospace Conference'

Average Post Engagement:

42

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Finding inspiring mentors and peers

Number of Followers:

2,221

Industry:

Aerospace 

Who am I:

I am passionate about aerospace systems safety, advocating for diversity and inclusion, and the well-being of minorities in STEM. My life's purpose is to change the face globally of aviation safety with a spectrally diverse leadership team.

What I do:

I am a Systems Safety Engineer for Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Vehicles (air taxis/ flying cars) and a Graduate Student at the Aerospace Systems Design Lab at Georgia Tech researching for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am incredibly passionate about the well-being of minorities in STEM and share stories, thoughts and musings on taking care of ourselves to further propel our success. I believe it is crucial to recognise that intersections in which we exist in to feel like we are thriving in these spaces, instead of merely surviving

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Aerospace industry executives and peers.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/rukmini-roy_on-my-mind-the-fear-of-success-rocket-activity-6774883429956820992-BJeO

My favorite post is a recent article I shared on my write-up about the 'fear of success' and what it means in the context of gender-minorities in aerospace. It is part of a column I write for the global non-profit Rocket Women and it is such an honor to be able to share my thoughts on wellness, and personal and professional development for the modern day rocket woman

Dr. Michaelyn Thomas

Dr. Michaelyn Thomas

Head of Affordability and Executive Sponsor of Teammates for Women Empowerment at Virgin Orbit

Average Post Engagement:

41

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

LinkedIn is a wonderful platform to connect with people across the globe. I use LinkedIn to grow, to learn, and to network with diverse professionals and students at all levels. I have met some wonderful people and I have been afforded many opportunities to share my deep passion for space exploration and scientific discovery.

Number of Followers:

1,894

Industry:

Aerospace, particularly the space sector

Who am I:

I am on a mission to encourage as many underrepresented groups as possible to pursue STEM education and careers by leveraging my personal experience and partnering with dedicated allies across the globe. I always strive to be an example, and through mentorship, allyship, and sponsorship, STEM education and careers will become more accessible and equitable for everyone.

I have three publications entitled:

1) “Exploring the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) executive management positions in the aerospace industry: Strategies identified by women that enable success”;

2) “Empowering women to take on STEM leadership positions within the aerospace industry”; and

3) “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work on rockets: My top three reasons why the aerospace industry needs you”. I hold a doctoral degree in organizational leadership; a master’s degree in space systems engineering; a master’s degree in business administration (MBA); a bachelor’s degree in political science, public law; and a minor degree in Russian language. My diverse academic background has led to a fruitful and well-rounded space career.

What I do:

I am an aerospace leader based out of Long Beach, California, USA. I work on space systems and I program manage spaceport development at Virgin Orbit. It is my job to make rocket science affordable and accessible by democratizing space.

I also serve as a mentor, a sponsor, and an ally to everyone pursing STEM education and careers. I do this through my inclusive and supportive employer, as well as the “Spaced Out Doc” community I founded at https://spacedoutdoc.com/. There, I provide a regular fix of space chatter through a female perspective while emphasizing the importance of allyship, and I encourage all underrepresented groups to keep persisting, to dream wildly, and to plan ferociously for whatever they aim to achieve.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am a positive person and I aim to find the opportunity in every unfavorable situation. I mentor many, and my online presence sparks inspiration and innovation in others. Through challenges, I remind people to turn any negativity received into the power needed to fuel their greatness.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow many inspirational leaders on LinkedIn, too many to list! However, I follow those who want to make a positive impact within their respective professional communities while building a positive sphere of influence.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/dr-michaelyn-thomas-175938145_hopkinsengineer-ilooklikeanengineer-classof2021-activity-6794664600924225536-KFn-

While this post highlighted my academic accomplishments, it proved to be a source of inspiration to many professionals and students alike who look like me, as well as my allies. I found this post to be very successful because many have reached out for academic and career guidance, and I was able to elaborate on my experience and point them to sound resources.

Christelle Astorg-Lepine

Christelle Astorg-Lepine

BLAST Program Director at Starburst Aerospace

Average Post Engagement:

41

Country:

French

What I use Linkedin for:

Linkedin is THE perfect media for acting in the service of its own passions and commitments. For me, it's about sharing my spatial dreams while attaching my commitment to inclusion and environment! A triptych that makes perfect sense when it comes to engineering, tech and space exploration! I hope through my career and my missions that I can inspire new vocations and prove every day that our dreams are possible..

Number of Followers:

1,803

Industry:

Aerospace 

Who am I:

I am a space engineer, committed to my projects, and who wants to move the lines towards more diversity and agility in French space. The New Space represents for me the line through which we will be able to achieve previously unattainable goals.. 

What I do:

Since April 2021, I have been the director of the BLAST program, the first accelerator in deep tech technologies in ASD area. It’s a public-private program unprecedented in France piloted by Starburst, in collaboration with ONERA, SATT Paris-Saclay and Ecole Polytechnique, which aims is to create and support 20 deeptech startups through year in aeronautics, space and defense.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Thanks to my long career in space and my participation in associations such as Elles Bougent, Women in Aerospace or HubTen, I now have an important aeronautical and space network coupled with the commitment network for diversity and for environment. I thus relay information and positions in connection with my convictions. I always respond to people who contact me and as a result I have often been able to connect different people so that they can go further together.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6745981281080868864/

This is a post that relays important information on intensifying cosntellations in space. If nothing is done, we are headed for disaster. Many reactions and discussions following this post which made me happy.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6711254748265349121/

This post relayed the article that appeared about me in "l’usine nouvelle" and I wanted to recall how little things had changed for 25 years concerning girls in engineering schools. The opportunity to remember that we must act every day and each at his own level to make things evolve

Who I follow on Linkedin

Jessica Flautre-Aubry : CEO of Femmes Alpha, a feminist digital medium that provides a positive voice for leadership, role models, entrepreneurship and technology.

Olivier Salomon for his weekly newsletter

Torsten Kriening for #SpaceWatchGL Share

Ilan Dray : for his incredible creative sense

 

"A feminist digital medium that provides a positive voice for leadership, role models, entrepreneurship and technology." - Christelle Astorg- Lepine

Jessica Flautre-Aubry

CEO chez Femmes Alpha & Executive Sherpa chez Groupe JKB Inc., Femmes Alpha

Torsten Kriening

Publisher, SpaceWatch.Global

Incredible creative sense - Christelle Astorg-Lepine

Ilan Dray

Senior Director of Creative, Aqua Security

Olivier Salomon

Tech & Innovation Program Leader @ Allianz IT Lab, Allianz France

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6745981281080868864/

This is a post that relays important information on intensifying cosntellations in space. If nothing is done, we are headed for disaster. Many reactions and discussions following this post which made me happy.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6711254748265349121/

This post relayed the article that appeared about me in "l’usine nouvelle" and I wanted to recall how little things had changed for 25 years concerning girls in engineering schools. The opportunity to remember that we must act every day and each at his own level to make things evolve

JJ Snow

JJ Snow

Chief Technology Officer at United States Air Force/AFWERX

Average Post Engagement:

40

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

To connect innovators, thought leaders across public and private sector as well as academia as part of a value based network to share insights, creative ideas and advancements of interest that benefit not just the US but also the world.

Number of Followers:

9,603

Industry:

Government/Public Sector

Who am I:

I am an innovator and ecosystem builder with a passion for tackling wicked problems alongside other positive change agents who share similiar values and ethics with a goal to make the world a better place daily.

What I do:

I am focused on creating value based networks that connect positive change agents with bright ideas in meaningful ways that will help to accelerate technologies, ideas, and collaboration around the toughest challenges confronting society today both inside the U.S and globally.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

If you are excited about being a force for good and see the potential for technology and people to come together to drive postive change then you're in the right place! My ultimate goal is to advocate for a layered tech approach that is designed to guide world leaders towards consensus and displomatic solutions instead of conflict. I don't think it will happen in my lifetime but together we can get it off to a good start!

Who I follow on Linkedin:

The people I follow on LinkedIn are usually people who have said, done or written something that helped me to think differently, see the world from a fresh perspective or who amplified an area that I was interested in learning more about. They are all leaders and/or influencers in their own way and even if I don't completely agree with them on certain topics, they are teaching me important lessons through what they are sharing and excited about!

My favourite or most successful post:

I think the majority of my favorite and most successful posts have been those that are intended to give people a break and make them smile or highlight a positive news story. Far too often we get lost in the negative news cycle and lose sight of the fact that there is a lot of good happening out there as well. The latest favorite post was an article on the kindess of a stranger with the intent to highlight that we all have the opportunity to be that stranger and show kindess to someone else.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jjsnow_instead-of-dirty-looks-a-kind-stranger-laid-activity-6800366796710006784-iXKW

 

Ruvimbo Samanga

Ruvimbo Samanga

Space Law & Policy Analyst | Research Fellow at Open Lunar Foundation | Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar | Top 10 Under 30 African Space Industry | Top Talents Under 25 in the World

Average Post Engagement:

39

Country:

Zimbabwe

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and personal/career development.

Number of Followers:

2,158

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I consider myself a life-long learner. I don’t think there can ever be a point when we can claim to know it all. For that reason, I shy away from calling myself an expert at anything. But what I am exceedingly sure of is my ability to continuously bring my best self to any space.

What I do:

I am an attorney, legal scholar, and policy analyst with a master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Law. I am originally from and currently based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, and I work as a freelance consultant.

I have been awarded prominently for her leadership in the emerging African space economy. I am a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, a Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar, and a Robert Bosh Fellowship holder for the European Forum Alpbach. I have also been recognized as an African Emerging Space Leader by the Space Generation Advisory Council, a Top 10 Under 30 in the African space industry by Space in Africa, and a Top Talent Under 25 in the World by the German Magazine GenZEO.

I am also a Research Fellow at the Open Lunar Foundation, and co-host the podcast and blog newmoon, on sustainable and inclusive lunar exploration. I volunteer at the International Astronautical Federation's Space Traffic Management Committee and Subcommittee of New Technical Regulations, The Space Court Foundation's legal methodology team, and the Tod’Aers Sustainable Space Studies Research Organisation.

I was part of the first African team and winner of the 2018 International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, which dealt with planetary defense issues and liability for damages caused in outer space. I was also instrumental in launching the first space education E-curriculum in Zimbabwe, Astro Zimba, and now currently manage my time between my research and my early stage geospatial start up AgriSpace. I am passionate about exploring the linkages between technology, human rights and sustainable development.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I thrive on my dynamism, I am what they call an agile lawyer, educator, leader, friend. You can count on me to bring thought-provoking ideas, solutions and conversation, ALWAYS. I am certainly passionate and knowledgeable about my continent, Africa, but the whole endeavour to outer space requires our undivided efforts to be truly sustainable, meaningful and globally impactful, so I adopt a worldview.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow individuals who inspire me to be. I am always looking to learn something new, so active, thought-provoking content is a must on my feed. I naturally gravitate to out-of-the-box thinkers and go-getters such as Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty, Malak T Loeb, and Moriba K. Jah. I am also drawn to young pioneers and beacons of sustainable change such as Nelly-Helen Ebruka, Giuliana Rotola, Chris Van Eijk and Britt Adkins.

My favourite or most successful post:

My favourite post is when I had opportunity to share the realisation of a childhood dream. Since I was 10 years old I have always wanted to work for the UN, at 25 this dream was finally realised.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ruvimbo-samanga-248212135_i-am-officially-a-remote-consultant-for-the-activity-6750356812664467456-K22y

Janine K. Iannarelli

Janine K. Iannarelli

Founder & President | Par Avion Ltd.

Average Post Engagement:

33

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and searches. It is a helpful tool to see credentials for those who are proposing to do business with me or have been recommended. I also enjoy reading the updates for my connections and learning of advancements in technology as pertains to the aviation industry.

Number of Followers:

2,643

Industry:

Aviation

 

Who am I:

I am certainly a driven, hard working individual who holds myself to high standards and admire others who do the same. It may at times reflect my being a bit "old-school" in that there is no substitute for investing time in learning and patiently practicing your craft. There are no short-cuts on the road to the top, but there are obstacles. Without obstacles one never gets to test themselves or hone their skill set. Meeting a challenge head-on is perhaps a hallmark of the way I have pursued my business career. Today I am called a disruptor for I have broken at least some of those glass ceilings and successfully advocated for advancement of women in aviation. I am a leader and an influencer. I am an innovator. I am at times the voice others do not have for I have little fear in speaking up or speaking out. My empathetic, softer side I think shows through the commitment to charitable work I have done throughout my life.

What I do:

I work as an aircraft sales professional focused on business aviation. Having established my own aircraft brokerage firm in 1997, I assist companies and individuals in the acquisition or sale of their business/private aircraft. My area of expertise is among a select group of make/models of jet aircraft.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I offer a window into the wonderful world of business aviation and a perspective as to the unique opportunities that exist in the industry. If you want to know more about the commercial side of business aviation and how to differentiate yourself in the industry, read on

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Richard Branson...an entrepreneur with a broad way of thinking who has consistently, successfully expanded and responded to consumer demand. And one who recognizes humanity and the world need our help to better the lives of all. Mike Bloomberg...because I want to hear the other side of the aisle. Besides, who can not say great things about a man who has built such an economic empire! Bertrand Piccard...an intrepid explorer through whom I can live vicariously.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/janine-iannarelli-778130_janine-k-iannarelli-activity-6724481028741840896-KUC4/

The post itself did not shed so much light on the good works associated with this organization, but clearly just showing involvement resonated with so many across the LinkedIn platform. I was pleased with the way it raised awareness and it encouraged responses from both men and women in equal numbers. Girlstart is a game changer and if my small part in it can help change lives and shape futures for the better, then I am happy to commit my time and resources!

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith

Director GT Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence and Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

Average Post Engagement:

29

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Reach and follow fellow Vertical Lift Researchers.

Number of Followers:

1,115

Industry:

Vertical Lift

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about Engineering. Specifically, my calling is in rotorcraft - or as it is called now - Vertical Lift. These amazing vehicles are the transport of Heroes who save lives daily. My career is to do anything I can to advance the technology to design and analyze these vehicles, and to train the next generations of engineers and scientists to take us farther, faster, and safer. If my research helps to save even one life, then my career and the sacrifices I've made have been worthwhile.

What I do:

Professor and Director of Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, Georgia Tech

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Vertical Lift - whether military, civilian, manned, unmanned - is expanding and innovating daily. I focus not only on these important technology innovations, but I provide a female perspective and act as a role model in an area with the one of the fewest percentages of women in positions where decisions are made. As a professor at one of the top universities in engineering, I also am engaged on the pulse of academic advancements in this and other areas.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow the companies and organizations - large and small - who I believe are making a difference in vertical lift, such as the US Army, NASA and Archer. With respect to individuals who I follow for professional reasons, I look at those whose opinions I respect, whose research/innovations are making a difference, and other women leaders in Aerospace, either in Academia, Industry or Government.

My favourite or most successful post:

There are a couple, but the best one about me personally is this one (and one from DRL):

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/marilyn-smith-6815836a_the-aerodynamics-of-drone-racing-activity-6754813608015753216-G2vV

It was posted by Georgia Tech, but it shows how research isn't boring but can be really fun being used by the DRL and an XBOX game Virtual Simulator. This post has attracted a lot of attention from people on LinkedIn and at GT, where young people across the world have contacted me about how to get involved in something like this - including women who were so happy to see this "cool" innovation by a woman. It opened their eyes! Everyone, including women and URM, should be judged on what they have done or can do - not their gender, color, religion, national origin, or even politics. We must celebrate victories and provide support in stamping out bias and discrimination. I try to keep that in mind when I am on LinkedIn

Mariya Tarabanovska

Mariya Tarabanovska

MEng Aerospace Engineer / UAM advisor

Average Post Engagement:

28

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Connecting with like-minded individuals

Number of Followers:

1,479

Industry:

Aviation/Aerospace; specifically - future flight technology, Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

 

Who am I:

Mariya believes that 21st century Aerospace professionals should aim to shape an accessible, sustainable and safe future of mobility and transportation, and is very excited about the potential benefits that UAM and other future flight technologies will bring to the world.

What I do:

Mariya Tarabanovska is the Co-Founder of Flight Crowd, a global platform for supporting the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, as well as an Aerospace engineer. As a UAM consultant, Mariya focuses on bridging the gap between the industry and the public it wishes to serve through outreach, education, and informative content, as well as bringing critical members within the space together. Her work is critical for the UAM industry to build demand and acceptance of Future Flight technology and plays an important role in paving the way for the industry to scale.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

If you are unfamiliar with the Future Flight industry or indeed want to shape this future - we should definitely connect!

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Of course, most of my network are all from Aviation, Aerospace and Future Flight technology industries. I do, however, pride myself in also being a Product Designer, and so I definitely keep in touch with the Creative Arts community! The future of Urban Air Mobility will be shaped by everyone, regardless of their background! Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Languages, Arts... you name it! I am always trying to keep creative, innovative and ambitious individuals in my surrounding.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/international-women-engineering-day-mariya-tarabanovska

I shared this post a few years ago upon receiving my Outstanding New STEM Ambassador award. I think many people in my network liked it because I shared a personal story of what inspired me to go into STEM, congratulated ladies with the International Women In Engineering Day and tried encouraging others to take up a career in STEM and indeed do more outreach. It is through personal loss and pain and many difficult lessons that I see myself slowly reaching the heights I never thought I would... But I am forever grateful to my family and those friends and colleagues who keep supporting and being there for me no matter what.

Stacey Rudser

Stacey Rudser

Director at Association for Women in Aviaton Maintenance (AWAM)

Average Post Engagement:

28

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and Outreach

Number of Followers:

763

Industry:

Aviation Maintenance

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about supporting and normalizing women in Aviation technical roles

What I do:

Maintenance Supervisor.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I address issues unique to the experiences of women in aviation maintenance and building the future aviation workforce pipeline

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow a wide variety of individuals on LinkedIn, it is a great way of preventing a self-induced echo chamber

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/stacey-rudser-8b6a4170_things-ive-learned-while-aog-1-teleportation-activity-6739515910605942784-j8ZX

I love this post because it brings an element of humor to a difficult situation that almost everyone in maintenance has experienced. The list is true and accurate and comes from hard earned experience

Mahsa Esfandabadi

Mahsa Esfandabadi

Project Architect at AUTOARCH Architects

Average Post Engagement:

27

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and finding opportunities

Number of Followers:

1,269

Industry:

Aerospace, Human Factors and Architecture

 

Who am I:

She is the first Middle Eastern graduate of the AeroSpace Architecture program at the University of Houston, and the first person from the Middle East to serve on the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC).

What I do:

I am aerospace architect researcher, designer and consultant.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I'll post about events happening in the field.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Academics, CEOs and pioneers of the field.

My favourite or most successful post:

Most Successful:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mahsaesfand_mdrs-marsdesertresearchstation-capcom-activity-6763558268750172160-E-hF

Favorite:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mahsaesfand_it-is-an-honor-to-be-elected-as-a-member-activity-6658049754607468544-26MU

It was my first achievement and I was so proud of myself

Agnieszka Elwertowska

Agnieszka Elwertowska

My ambitions are crossing the Karman Line ????

Average Post Engagement:

27

Country:

Poland

What I use Linkedin for:

For connecting with people from space industry, make new contacts and to promote my achievements and experience.

Number of Followers:

7,95

Industry:

Space

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about human space flight. That's why I train by participating in analog missions and astronaut training to become Polish Astronaut in the future.

What I do:

I am Astronaut Candidate in AdvancingX program. I took part in analog missions in Poland as analog astronaut, mainly as Commander. Moreover I take part in space projects as engineer. For example I participate in PW-Sat3 project, where I am responsible for radio communication between satellite and ground station.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am very ambitious, I am still looking for and I take part in new projects. It could be not only inspiration for other people to see what student from Poland is able to do to reach her dreams. It could be also good source of information and examples what other people can do if they would like to become an astronaut 🙂

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow Mariam Naseem, who is also Astronaut Candidate in AdvancingX program. I am also in touch with Michaela Musilova, who is director of HI-SEAS habitat on Hawaii. We had a chance to cooperate during mission in Feruary 2020. It's also worth to visit and follow Charlotte Pouwels' account, with who I will take part in analog mission on Iceland in the end of July 2021.

My favourite or most successful post:

1. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/agnieszka-elwertowska_od-3-do-7-sierpnia-bra%C5%82am-udzia%C5%82-w-warsztatach-activity-6698557230058414080-PVkP

This one is my favourite post, because in the photo I am holding rocket, which I built on my own. It reached the ceiling of 0.5 kilometers and after this I gained flying licence in Polish Rocketry Association.

2. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/agnieszka-elwertowska_w-sumie-nie-chwali%C5%82am-si%C4%99-ale-prawie-roku-activity-6769622801881055232-DnnK

And this one is one of the most popular posts, because it shows how soft skills and management are also important for engineers and in space industry.

Kanchana Gamage

Kanchana Gamage

Founder | Director | Pilot | STEM Engagement Lead | Former Headteacher

Average Post Engagement:

26

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

I’m currently making the career transition from education to aviation and find LinkedIn a source of inspiration. It’s certainly giving me the opportunity to meet and network with so many colleagues from aviation and aerospace.

Number of Followers:

778

Industry:

STEM Education / Aviation

 

Who am I:

Growing up in Sri Lanka, near the approach to Colombo airport and seeing aircraft flying over the ocean triggered my passion for aviation. From a young age, I knew I wanted to become a pilot and dreamt about flying the vast oceans. My interest remained and I gained my private pilot’s licence in 2015. I was determined to influence the industry to ensure a more diverse workforce.

Using my experience in education as a headteacher and a lecturer and combining my aviation passion I set up The Aviatrix Project<http://www.theaviatrixproject.com/> in 2015.

As a Community Interest Company it is entirely self-funded and encourages women and girls and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a career in aviation. It is so important to ensure that there are strong role models from all walks of life – this can be life changing. We need to ensure that we use our skills within STEM to challenge stereotypes and support schools and families to change perceptions.

We’re at a crossroads and I can see things changing from what they’ve been, but it takes passionate people with the right mindset to do this. As a BAME STEM Ambassador, I feel a great sense of responsibility to ensure that I continue to be a role model for the next generation.

What I do:

I am currently working as a STEM Engagement Coordinator for a charity based in the East of England. My role involves working across a number of regions building new contacts and sustaining valuable stakeholder relationships with companies, universities and schools/colleges in the region.

My main aims are to promote the STEM Ambassador programme in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and to engage companies and organisations across the East of England and Greater London to provide Nuffield Research Placements for students.

I am also actively involved in delivering educational outreach activities and offering bespoke training sessions for educators and businesses.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

My work for The Aviatrix Project makes such a difference to the young people I work with. All too often my followers are keen to support initiatives and make a difference to young people. I’d love to increase this base so that I have a wider audience of people who can help me make that change.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow a number of passionate and inspiring people from the world of education, aviation and aerospace.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kanchanavanhove_diversity-inclusion-in-aviation-and-aerospace-activity-6758111196584394752-0-yI

This post was particularly successful I believe due to the nature of the topic discussed. Diversity & Inclusion is a focal issue in the sector and I’ve received a number of questions and support following this.

Gitika Gorthi

Gitika Gorthi

Founder and CEO of IgnitedThinkers | 2021-2022 Girl Scout Nation's Capital Teen Board of Director

Average Post Engagement:

24

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

To spread awareness on space education and my non-profit organization IgnitedThinkers, as well as increasing network.

Number of Followers:

750

Industry:

Space Education

 

Who am I:

I am a junior in high school, Founder/CEO of IgnitedThinkers (a non-profit organization to spread space education to all, www.ignitedthinkers.org), & an aspiring space doctor and astronaut.

What I do:

Student, researcher, educator, space communicator, and non-profit CEO.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

To support my initiative of #space4all and spread space education to all.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Many space champions, such as Mr. Cantrell, Mr. Mike Mongo, Dr. Raghavan, Professor Baatout, Dr. Velho, Dr. Pandya, and many more (many which can be viewed on my youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMDrWQipwFT0_tLUY4c6ig), because they all are space champions who achieved much so much in the space industry and give back to the space community by setting a perfect example.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXaACX-tqBs&t=276s

<-- most viewed youtube video. My favorite post because it displays diverse space careers and how space is truly for all.

Shelli Brunswick

Shelli Brunswick

Visionary Thought Leader | Innovative & Entrepreneurial | Strategic C-Level | Agile | Chair | PMP | P&L | Biz Dev | Policy | Speaker & Author | Space Pro | Space4Women | Mentor & Coach |

Average Post Engagement:

23

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, global collaboration, education, business relationship building

Number of Followers:

16,270

Industry:

Space exploration and space-inspired industries on Earth

 

Who am I:

My life's purpose is to bring people together to serve the greater good. I am passionate about collaborating with global organizations to advance educational and workforce opportunities for all people and to mentor the next generation of contributors improving our daily lives on Earth through space innovation. My work to champion the inclusion of underserved groups stems from staying true to the values instilled while I was in the military — a passion to share my journey and give back to the space community, As a leading role model for women in space, I was selected as the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Role Model of the Year by WomenTech Network.

What I do:

I bring a global perspective and deep vision of the space ecosystem — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and Congressional Liaison for the US Air Force — to my current role as Chief Operating Officer at Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization, founded in 1983, for the global space ecosystem.

Advocating for space technology innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, I collaborate with organizations around the world to connect commercial, government and educational sectors. I actively participate with Women in Aerospace Foundation, Women’s Global Gathering, United Nations Space4Women, WomenTech Network, World Business Angels Investment Forum, New York University, Tod'Aérs, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

LinkedIn is my primary network for connecting with peers, partners and people around the world who want to learn, connect and conduct business in the space ecosystem, so you will find me actively engaged on a daily basis.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow people from the commercial, government and education sectors on a global basis interested in both space exploration and becoming part of the vibrant supply chain serving space-inspired industries on Earth, such as telecommunications, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and information technology.

My favourite or most successful post:

 

 

I am honored to have been selected as an inspiring woman who has had a positive impact on others. As part of International Women's Day 2021, Diversein launched a campaign to recognize and reward inspiring women leaders globally. They received hundreds of submissions for fantastic women who truly inspire people around the world. Together we can create access and opportunity for all!

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6787399597196144640/

One of my proudest moments this past year was receiving the Diversity and Inclusion Officer/Role Model Award for 2020 from WomenTech Network, and this post further catapulted my mission to 1) spread space ecosystem awareness and access to untapped and under--represented groups and 2) advance space innovation by bringing forth diverse skill sets and solutions from diverse contributors.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/womentech-network_womentech-network-diversity-and-inclusion-activity-6741638804932698112-YngV

The America’s Future Series, Women Leading Space in April 2021 highlights access and opportunity in the space ecosystem, providing essential role models for diverse space careers, diverse skill sets and diverse demographics. This post is representative of the many events ahead in 2021 that are meeting the demand for the growing awareness, interest and popularity of women in space.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/shellibrunswick_spaceexploration-spaceeconomy-spaceeducation-activity-6775880348418023425-fdsq

Karin Brünnemann, PMP

Karin Brünnemann, PMP

Project Manager | Trainer & Coach | Mars Pioneer Slovakia Contact info Borospace

Average Post Engagement:

20

Country:

Slovakia

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn for worldwide networking. Besides growing my own network, I also bring other people together whenever I sense there could be innovation and mutual benefits from their cooperation. I also have frequent 1-on-1 message exchange with interesting people, often resulting in online meetings and discussions about business or life. I use LinkedIn to make connections, not to accumulate followers.

Number of Followers:

8,642

Industry:

Consulting & Training / Space Industry

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about human factors in space exploration. I am greatly interested in space psychology and cultural aspects of space exploration. I want to make space professionals aware of cultural differences and the synergies we can create when learning from other cultures.I want to create a place in space for girls and women. I want space to be a place for people from all cultures and all walks of life.

What I do:

I provide consulting as well as training and coaching tailored to the space industry. I am part of several research teams around the globe, investigating human factors in space exploration.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Follow me if you want to learn more about human factors and cultural aspects in space exploration, or if you want to see how I as a one-woman company without a STEM degree can make a contribution to the space industry.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I am connecting rather than following. I connect with people I have met and worked with, and with people I find interesting. I connect with people who have interesting ideas and work in different fields all over the world. I follow not only large companies but a lot of small enterprises who are very innovative.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/karinbrunnemann_space-leadership-interculturalcompetence-activity-6789862532820598784-tikc

I like this recent post about me providing some pro-bono training to a group of Israeli space researchers. I like it because it is a good example of how such training can open people's minds for cultural differences and their importance in space exploration. It helped greatly in breaking down stereotypes about different nationalities, gender, etc.

Erika Ramos da Silva Teixeira

Erika Ramos da Silva Teixeira

R&D Engineer - Manufacturing Technologies | Airbus

Average Post Engagement:

20

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking

Number of Followers:

1,883

Industry:

Civil Aviation (Manufacturing)

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about challenges. I feel motivated to prove to myself and others that I can do anything and more. My mother taught me how to fight for the things that I want and to be independent. My father taught me to be responsible and hardworking. I fear many things but instead of stopping at the first "no" I keep going until I see a "yes". My first response to everything is being objective because it is easier to make decisions this way but sometimes my emotions speak louder. I don't know what I will be doing in 5 or 10 years and that is scary so after I reach a target I am already planning the next one because I need to keep moving forward and learning new things.

I love being free to be creative at work or at home cooking. I am very curious and the weirdest things or theories can make me very interested. I like to think that there is something bigger than us and keeping the positive vibrations is the best way to connect people to these bigger things.

What I do:

I am a manufacturing research & development engineer in one of the best manufactures of civil aircraft in the world. I look at opportunities to improve processes (across plants and externally), plan and implement solutions.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I usually post in Brazilian Portuguese and English so you have the opportunity to see interesting things in both languages. I have friends all over the world so I try to keep up to date with all kinds of subjects, specially related to aerospace. I support a lot women in technology and the opportunity to study abroad.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I Follow Grazia Vittadini, that is the CTO of Airbus. She is a brilliant woman and give talks to many technology events. She posts many things related to what I am interested - sustainability, future technologies, aviation in general. I Follow as well Andrew Carroll, that is a specialist in industrial systems. He posts some very interesting things related to leadership And manufacturing.

My favourite or most successful post:

I think it was when I graduated in my masters degree. I am from a city in Brazil, where not many people go abroad and I felt very proud for having coming so far and still have my dream job.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/erika-rmsst_on-25th-june-2020-there-was-an-online-graduation-activity-6683033734536675328-Jfu3

Marnie (Irwin) Munns BSc MSc FRAeS

Marnie (Irwin) Munns BSc MSc FRAeS

Airline Captain

Average Post Engagement:

20

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Reach out to other aviation professionals.

Number of Followers:

352

Industry:

Aviation/ Airline

 

Who am I:

An airline pilot who believes that anyone with talent and passion should have the opportunity to be a valued part of this industry.

What I do:

I’m an airline pilot

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

We are a unique group of aviation professionals who together can make a difference.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I tend to link up with fellow female pilots.

My favourite or most successful post:

Launching a project on why are there so few female pilot trainers in airlines.

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6780491958847594496/

 

Lori Nevin

Lori Nevin

2020 PNAA (Pacific Northwest Aerospcae Alliance) Woman of the Year

Average Post Engagement:

17

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to stay informed about advances in technologies, people, organizations, trends, market intelligence and advances in aerospace and aviation. I use LinkedIn to share my experiences in project/program management and share information with other women in aerospace. I use LinkedIn to build and nurture my network, and advance the mission of the Women of Washington State in Aerospace group.

Number of Followers:

1,617

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I am a specialist in bringing new products from concept to prototype and production for spacecraft and military aircraft. As a certified Project Management Professional, I have an ability to adapt quickly to manage changes in projects and in the business environment. Adapting quickly allows me to build team cohesion and customer partnerships. I can accomplish tactical initiatives at a detail level and also be trusted with the organizations most strategic initiatives and key customers.

I adapted to the aerospace industry in 2006 and have worked on projects below deck, in the passenger cabin, on the flight deck and on landing gear. Before aerospace, I worked in automotive, technology, the non-profit sector and have owned several of my own businesses.

What I do:

I create community for continuous professional growth, and give support and make connections to help others reach their ambitions, and to remain a positive force for myself, for my colleagues, and for our organizations.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I welcome a diverse audience that follows me on LinkedIn 1) to learn about events, speakers, and workshops that are driving the advancement of the aerospace and aviation fields; 2) to make connections that will help advance your goals; 3) to get inspired by the things I share about what I'm up to #todayinprojectmanagement.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Primarily:

1) I follow the organizations I work/have worked for and that I volunteer/have volunteered for because I continue to nurture the connections I have made in those organizations;

2) I follow Adam Grant, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates, Richard Branson, and Barbara Humpton because their articles and discussions always bring value to my day.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/lorinevin_leadership-success-womeninspiringwomen-activity-6705255928167563264-gril

My favorite and most successful post was the recent announcement of the honor to be recognized by the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance as the Woman of the Year.

Kirsten Bartok Touw

Kirsten Bartok Touw

Investor & Executive in Aerospace, Defense and Space

Average Post Engagement:

17

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Researching companies, investors, potential hires. Advance work regarding someone I am meeting with.

Number of Followers:

6,022

Industry:

Aerospace & Defense

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about building companies that make a difference in people's lives and the world.

What I do:

Investor, Financier and Operator

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

if you are interested in hearing about emerging technologies in aerospace

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow companies and individuals who are doing interesting and novel things.

My favourite or most successful post:

Our recent Aviation Week Check 6 podcast about New Vista Acquisition Corp

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kirsten-bartok-touw-a2b2_podcast-dennis-muilenburgs-bet-on-the-future-activity-6768952886996074496-eFTg/

 

Alessandra Testa

Alessandra Testa

Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Sales at JetClub

Average Post Engagement:

17

Country:

Italy

What I use Linkedin for:

Business

Number of Followers:

1,863

Industry:

Aviation

 

Who am I:

Passionate aviation professional

What I do:

Chief Commercial Officer

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

To learn more about JetClub and the benefits of fractional ownership

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Inspiring minds

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/alessandra-testa-2442075_chris-is-joined-by-alessandra-testa-chief-activity-6780434889591279616-cTq7

This is my latest interview with EVA International where I had the opportunity to speak about JetClub launch, our services, our inclusive culture and what the future of post-pandemic private aviation will look like.

Adele Gammarano MSc MRAeS

Adele Gammarano MSc MRAeS

Integration Manager | Fascinated about Space

Average Post Engagement:

16

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

Aviation/Space updates and networking

Number of Followers:

1,921

Industry:

Space and Aviation

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about the Space industry with a focus on Spaceport development and curious about the future of human space exploration. Also, I am an enthusiastic advocate of Women in Aviation and Aerospace and the promotion of equitable and inclusive workplaces by empowering, inspiring and nurturing role models.

What I do:

I love working in the Aviation industry despite the fact we have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, is still remaining a dynamic and enjoyable environment. In the meantime, I am continuing studying and researching on Space topics and taking part in online events.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I publish regularly updates on Space topics, from latest missions, new opportunities, new developments and most important I share public international events which can be useful if you are interested in joining.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I mainly follow Spaceports, spaceflight operators, Aviation & Aerospace companies. I follow up in particular SpaceSpecialists Ltd as they organize international talks every Tuesday (SpaceMates Online)

 

 

SpaceMates Online

SpaceSpecialists Ltd

My favourite or most successful post:

Brief summary overview of the first commercial vertical and horizontal small satellite launch from UK spaceports and links to the draft regulations and guidance documents for the people interested to find out more.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/adele-gammarano-msc-mraes-5352a730_giant-leap-for-uk-spaceflight-programme-as-activity-6694119724168704000-Wyy6

Hania Mohiuddin

Hania Mohiuddin

Aerospace Systems Engineer | Chairwoman

Average Post Engagement:

16

Country:

United Kingdom

What I use Linkedin for:

I prefer quality over quantity. My intention is to create valuable and insightful posts about Aerospace engineering, STEM awareness, Systems thinking, forward-thinking futuristic and cutting-edge technologies and ideas, personal and professional development and sharing career opportunities that my network may benefit from.

Every single one of my LinkedIn posts has a purpose - a careful pondering behind it, a lesson to learn and/or a true celebration.

Number of Followers:

767

Industry:

Aerospace / Defence / Aviation / Engineering

 

Who am I:

I am an Aerospace Engineer forging my life through living the Kobayashi Maru & leading by example!

What I do:

• I am working on developing state-of-the-art airborne electronic systems for the most advanced fighter aircraft ever to be made.

• This involves complex Mathematical (Algorithms) modelling, Systems modelling and Requirements Engineering.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You will not find a post on my profile that contains political content, non-profession related content, funny videos, empty quotes or rants.

I am a woman of strong principles. I advocate what I believe in and my actions align with what I advocate. A common hashtag I use is #leadbyexample and that is what my profile is all about. I don’t assess my LinkedIn success by the number of followers or reactions on my posts.

The actual success occurs via unseen reactions, for example:

• A direct personal message of thanks

• A message of support

• A message of congratulations

• A message to ask me to share my expert views in detail

• A message to seek my help (mostly graduates seeking career advice but at times experienced even C level executives)

• A thought triggered in the reader’s mind

• An idea inspired by my post

Many people do not actively react to LinkedIn posts often, like myself. But that does not mean that they are uninspired by the post. It simply implies that they chose to show reactions when the times comes. Most of the times it is during direct interactions i.e. conferences or networking events that people mention that my post made them think and ponder or that they were inspired to do something after reading my post. THAT is what counts to me as impact or leading by example! Quality over quantity.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I have a strategic agenda for the people / organisations / companies that I follow.

My ‘Following’ list on LinkedIn is carefully chosen to address various areas of my professional and personal development that I wish to keep a knowledge of … both for today and for my future! I often unfollow people and organisations who do not align with my future vision and principles. Quality over quantity again!

Some of the reasons / people / organisation / subjects I follow are:

• To keep on top of technological advancements & the Aerospace industry as a whole

• To build relations with people I wish to add to my network before sending them a connection request

• Aerospace and general Engineering companies

• Space Engineering

• Personal development: Harvard Business Review, McKinsey & Company and TED Conferences

• Professional registration organisations e.g. Royal Aeronautical Society, The Institute of Engineering and Technology and The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

• Latest Tech / Engineering Start-ups of interest

• Experienced people at peak of their careers including C level executives, professors, lawyers, entrepreneurs,

• Some acquaintances who share valuable content

• Educational institutes to keep updated on latest engineering courses

• Carefully down-selected recruitment agencies and recruiters

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hmohiuddin_womeninengineering-aviation-networking-activity-6554722946512936960-CnyE

This post is the day I met Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri who is UAE's first Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and also the chairperson of the country's space agency. The post has over 5000 views.

I represented UK’s Women in Engineering (and Aviation) at special networking lunch with Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousef ALAmiri. It was a great privilege to meet her and other engineers to discuss challenges facing women and girls to study and excel at STEM.

I believe that day something changed in me … I had a new drive to pursue higher than ever dreams in my future!

Other posts include:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hmohiuddin_nasaperseverance-mars2020-marsperseverance-activity-6768277605985615872-NobZ

The post has over 4000 views

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hmohiuddin_kerbspacehack-fordmotorcompany-engineeringsolutions-activity-6606760499814166528-Fiif

The post has over 8000 views

Paulie Rose

Paulie Rose

✈Helping engineers find lightweight, fire-proof solutions for high-temp applications in challenging environments

Average Post Engagement:

12

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking and personal/career development.

Number of Followers:

2,210

Industry:

Aerospace

Who am I:

I help engineers find lightweight, fire-proof solutions for high-temp applications in challenging environments.

What I do:

I am the Director of Sales and Marketing for RCF Technologies. I help engineers find solutions utilizing our proprietary material called Rishon® which we use to manufacture components for the aerospace industry. I work with engineers to help ensure their designs meet the temperature, life and performance requirements of each application; Offer alternatives for simplifying installation and removal, better performance, or extreme environmental conditions; and help find solutions for high temperature applications.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Follow me if you are interested in innovative design and material engineering solutions to challenges in high temperature applications.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow Joe Anselmo for great aerospace insights and industry advances. LeRoy Aday for industry insights and info on drones. Mike Nadolski and Yesy Posada for their deep knowledge of the aerospace industry. Ryan Boulter for news about Defense and Alberto Garcia Romera because he is an industry leader. And many more!

My favourite or most successful post:

One of my favorite posts is a video about our solution for bonding two metals or substrates using no adhesives thereby reducing weight and saving on cost and time!

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/paulierose_save-money-and-time-bonding-without-adhesives-activity-6742831234499526656-weMJ

Isil (Isil Sakraker, PhD) Sakraker Ozmen, PhD

Isil (Isil Sakraker, PhD) Sakraker Ozmen, PhD

Project Manager at German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Average Post Engagement:

12

Country:

Germany

What I use Linkedin for:

Professional social networking. I prefer to post on linkedin and twitter rather than facebook or instagram.

Number of Followers:

968

Industry:

Aerospace Engineering

 

Who am I:

I am a Turkish girl who dreamt of being an astronaut but eventually found out that she even feels sick in a car ride. I was always passionate about space so I studied aerospace engineering. Lived in Italy, Belgium and now in Germany working on spacecraft aerothermodynamics as well as space debris mitigation. I am full supporter of supporting women in STEM fields. I try to appear in live streams of popular science in platforms like Youtube to encourage youth and especially girls to go in my field. I also try to raise awareness to the problems that women in aerospace go through with social media posts.

What I do:

I work on innovative satellite technologies, re-entry of spacecraft and the combination of both which is space debris mitigation technologies.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I try to post not only related news from my field and community but also share interesting stories from the field, such as the book tips series I made on the struggles of women in aerospace.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I mainly follow companies, research institutes, universities or UN-like international organizations who are in my field. I also follow a lot of student teams working on for example satellites or rovers. Other than that I also follow the leaders in the space community so that I am up to date with things going on.

My favourite or most successful post:

I made a series of books related to the struggles of women, Here is an example:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/isil-sakraker-ozmen-phd-12563816_kadaftnvebilim-kadaftnveuzay-womeninspace-activity-6783722566063288320-2Xhy

It may not have a lot of likes or so, but I got a lot of valuable feedback from my connections. We tend to forget reading books these days. Web is not the only source of information.

Dawn Zoldi

Dawn Zoldi

CEO & President at UAS Colorado

Average Post Engagement:

12

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking & educating others

Number of Followers:

2,493

Industry:

Unmanned Vehicles Consulting/ Media

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about elevating the unmanned industry to new heights, literally and figuratively!

What I do:

At the heart of it, I educate about unmanned tech and related law/policy through speaking, teaching, writing & consulting.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am dedicated to moving the unmanned vehicle market and use social media to inform businesses.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

Several drone & advanced air mobility companies, nonprofits and media outlets to cross-level information and stay up to date.

My favourite or most successful post:

This was a Top 1% LinkedIn post - about drone swarms around US Navy ships and whether remote identification, a FAA rule published in Jan 2021 wold have helped:

linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6780460137158066176/?updateEntityUrn=urn%3Ali%3Afs_feedUpdate%3A%28V2%2Curn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6780460137158066176%29

Czarina Salido

Czarina Salido

Chief Executive Officer at Time In Cosmology

Average Post Engagement:

11

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Sharing information and connections

Number of Followers:

323

Industry:

Space educator

 

Who am I:

I am IndigenousX. I mentor Native American girls in STEAM with an emphasis in aerospace and Indigenous culture. My cohorts and I travel to Space Camp as the flagship of our program. My passion is to share my love of STEAM while mentoring girls to be confident in taking up space.

What I do:

Executive Director of 501(3)c Time in Cosmology and Program Director of Taking Up Space

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Follow me for information about Space Education and Indigenous Topics of Interest.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I love to follow educators, space enthusiasts, aerospace CEO's, and any uplifting positive people.

My favourite or most successful post:

The most successful post is about our "Hootenanny" fundraiser with NASA commander, Robert "Hoot" Gibson. It is one of my favorite posts, because it's a wonderful example of what we do - have fun, raise funding, combine art and aerospace, all while supporting Native American girls STEAM education.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/czarina-salido-927457169_chat-with-an-astronaut-make-art-and-help-activity-6766889746728919040-QPBQ

Charlotte Pouwels

Charlotte Pouwels

Test Engineer Airbus Defence and Space, Physicist, Analogue Astronaut and mission organizer EuroMoonMars.

Average Post Engagement:

10

Country:

Nederland

What I use Linkedin for:

Work and meeting other people in the space sector

Number of Followers:

599

Industry:

Space Industry

 

Who am I:

My name is Charlotte Pouwels and I am an analogue astronaut and mission organizer for EuroMoonMars. In addition, I work full-time at Airbus Defence & Space as a satellite solar panel test engineer.

I am a firm believer of going beyond your limits and pushing boundaries while working together with people from different backgrounds.

I am very passionate about diving, riding my motorcycle, bouldering and exploring Earth its wonders.

My life's purpose is to become an astronaut and to develop space systems for human exploration.

In my time off, I am enjoying a nice glass of whiskey while stargazing at a campfire with friends and strangers (yet to become new friends).

What I do:

During analogue astronaut missions, we conduct experiments and research on how it would be to live on the Moon/Mars. These missions and researches are of how high importance to sustain a permanent habitat in an extra-terrestrial environment and to get international and interdisciplinary teams to work together on the same problem.

In addition, a lot of the work is outreach, scouting and obtaining international collaborations. Another goal is to get in contact with the public and stimulate/inspire (young) woman in and for STEM. For the work at Airbus Defence and Space, I test different systems for satellites in a clean room to make sure all the specifications are alright.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Getting updates on analogue astronaut missions and information about the space sector.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow inspiring people on LinkedIn with a fresh perspective on creating a better Earth and beyond. Among those are my colleagues from different backgrounds in the space sector but also amazing companies.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/charlotte-pouwels-921474b7_behindthescenes-stemeducation-womeninhightech-activity-6729049579028836352-aedZ

Veronica Moronese

Veronica Moronese

Space law researcher Space4Women Mentor @UNOOSA Popularizer TEDx speaker

Average Post Engagement:

10

Country:

Italy

What I use Linkedin for:

I use it to keep in touch with the space community and to share useful information about space law

Number of Followers:

553

Industry:

Center for Near Space

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about future. I deeply value human rights and strongly believe in the power of space sector to promote a better future for all mankind.

What I do:

I imagine what life in space will be like, what kind of problems space workers and citizens will have to face. I then contribute to the foundation of a rightful use of outer space in order to bring that kind of legality back on Earth and improve our lives.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I'm working to build a better future for humanity and that's something that requires everybody's contribute.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow people who show to have strong and brilliant ideas about our future in space.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/veronica-moronese_spacelaw-spazio-diritto-activity-6736710468674576384-H5r0

This is the post where I announced I was awarded with the Young Italy award for being an inspiration for young people in my country.

Eva Blaisdell Lady Rocket

Eva Blaisdell Lady Rocket

CEO & President at UAS Colorado

Average Post Engagement:

10

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

To expand my network of Space and professional partners, colleagues, friends, announce and share key achievements, and promote visibility and importance of Space economy, entrepreneurship, culture and philanthropy, Express my goals and encourage other women to pursue opportunities relevant to space. Maintain long term friendships, organize my events and deliver live shows. Participate in LinkedIn events.

Number of Followers:

2,479

Industry:

Space

 

Who am I:

I am a 3rd generation Space Maverick, Entrepreneur and philanthropist. I am passionate about creating new Space ventures which accelerate and expand a diverse new Space opportunities, while also demonstrate a universal importance of Space.

I firmly believe that Space will play a key role in dealing with the climate change, and will create new democratized access to Space economy,and expand equality among us.

My passion includes creating initiatives “Space with Human Face” where, for example I am building Satellite venture to help locate poached rhinos in Africa together with the Saving the Survivors.

I created my “space personality” “ Lady Rocket” , recognized by my blue hair , and. “Space fashion” to attract young women to look at Space as opportunity for all of us - from woman astronaut, to Space Fashion Designer, Space economist and musician, CEO of Space company, Space financier.

What I do:

I am a co founder of Copernic Space, dedicated to democratization of Space Economy and use of blockchain and crypto currencies and NFTs to provide new sources of significant funding for Space start ups.

I also funded and run Lady Rocket Foundation launched in Vandenberg Space Base area in California to provide Hispanic youth with opportunity to become Space entrepreneurs and artists. I focused on Lompoc area in particular.

My Foundation expanded internationally carrying the message of American Space Program, NASA and American entrepreneurship.

As an immigrant I am committed to contributing to American Space leadership as a way of appreciating USA. I also host special events during all Vandenberg Space Base rocket launches to engage artists, media , investors and students in direct interaction with Space.

My Space fashion events in Los Angeles,and Beverly Hills are aiming at attracting broader public and keep Space in front of them.

My branded campaigns like “ What time is it on Mars” are a new way to inspire people to follow NASA JPL and Mars mission. I am developing also Space Art NFTs to promote Space and Art.

I recently produced Space Art NFT event to celebrate SpaceX astronauts and showcase Space through art. As a 68 year old Space entrepreneur I demonstrate that spirit of Space keeps us relevant and ageless.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I bring my 40 years plus experience from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Internarional and Space ventures into focus through a. passionate development of Space ventures, with deep social and entertainment engagement.

I actively follow up with my contacts, and share my uncommon journey with the purpose of demonstrating professional progress, contribution to others.

As a woman, Immigrant, entrepreneur, I pay attention to the international women seeking contacts in the US,and frequently mentor them . I engage with senior executives and young professionals.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow Grant Blaisdell , my son , Space entrepreneur and Space musician who is also the 4th generation of our Space family. He is a CEO of Copernic Space and we are engaged in shared space ventures.

Grant ₿laisdell

Co Founder at Copernic Space and Coinfirm, Pointer.Capital

My favourite or most successful post:

I like this post because it is showing me with, at that time, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnucin, Angeleno, and billionaire. Because it shares with my LinkedIn community a milestone event of not only developing Copernic Space with Grant Blaisdell, but also demonstrating my quest to elevate importance of Space economy in eyes of the key financial decision makers of our country, without getting involved in politics.

It also shows me in the context of Miliken Conference and my ability to hold my own events during the prominent global event, to elevate importance of Space as the place for phenomenal opportunity for all, and women in particular.

I would like to continue opening of the door to other women to elevate our Space engagements outside of the Space industry as well!

Morgan Kainu

Morgan Kainu

Researcher at International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)

Average Post Engagement:

7

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn predominantly for networking and following space updates from connections and companies. Every now and then I utilize LinkedIn Learning to learn new skills or programs.

Number of Followers:

635

Industry:

Research

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about our continued presence in space and exploring what all is out there - but responsibly and respectfully. I firmly believe that space is for everyone and that we should work together, regardless of borders on Earth, to better understand our own planet as well as what is beyond. I also strongly believe that the research conducted in space and the technology developed for space will continue to assist us in supporting our planet and making it better for ourselves and the next generations to come

What I do:

I am a certified Applied Anthropologist that focuses on the Anthropology of Outer Space. This means that I focus on the present and future of humans in space. My current research is conducting in situ ethnographic and human factors research on space analog habitats on Earth to learn how astronauts can utilize their space for specific procedures and protocols on future deep space missions and for living on the Moon and Mars. I'm currently working for an aerospace company in research and development on facilities that can be used at a global scale. In continuation of my education, I am also a student and researcher with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) within the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Not many people are familiar with what Anthropology is. And, based on my own interactions, a good majority that do know a bit about it are unaware that the knowledge of Anthropology can be applied to anything that involves humans. This includes space! My background and experience with Anthropology paired with applying it to space environments and facilities that humans interact with provides a unique niche perspective to follow along.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I personally follow along aerospace companies that are making a lot of progress with space exploration and development or have been around for a while (i.e., NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Axiom) as well as people working in space medicine, space architecture, analog crew mates and space industry friends, and space educational institutions (i.e., International Institute of Astronautical Sciences).

Being able to follow along with updates in the industry in real time helps me to better understand the state of the industry as well as progress being made. I also find it exciting to see what people I know are doing and achieving within the industry. So many of them are doing some really neat and exciting things!

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/morgankainu_advanced-possum-space-academy-organized-by-activity-6634977613100261376-dn14

This is one of my personal favorite posts. Not because of the amount of views, likes, or support it received, but because it highlights a huge milestone in my progress in educating myself about topics in space.

For me, it was evidence that long nights of studying and rethinking my degree and research weren't in vain. It proved to myself that perservering and staying true to my life and career goals mattered.

Stephanie Soquet

Stephanie Soquet

FullTech & New Space pour les éveillés et bonnes énergies

Average Post Engagement:

7

Country:

France /Afrique

What I use Linkedin for:

To be interconnected in the world, to awaken,to inspire, to exchange , and do business. For a sustainable world

Number of Followers:

10,587

Industry:

Aviation, Aerospace, NewSpace, Edge technologies, DeepTech, SpaceTech, NewTech, Quantum, IA, IOT

 

Who am I:

Gift to link and visionary, my global’s vision, across knowledge and energy superpower inspire international community. I'm passionate about innovations in everything and my life's purpose is evolution, sharing to be better and progress, for a better life.

What I do:

I am a special advisor to a president of fintech firm, secretary general newpace network and in a few months I'll become a president of international foundation

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I'm positive energy and impact, I create and produce efficient disruptive solutions; I link humans-ideas-projects ; I act good high level and virtuous business. The quality of my global international network: Ceo-institutional-governmental-non profit organizations, United nations and my Africa network because Africa is the future of growth for all continents.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow influencers who awake me, inspire me, make me grow and reflect deeply

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6799625600865841152/

New emerging space sector #FutureOfAviation #FutureOfMobility #Transportation #SpaceExploration #NewSpace-New Space Economy : 5674 views post bringing together aviation, transportation and aerospace sector, entrepreneurship, investors and public private actors/orders, institutional, multinationals corporation and organizations

Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio

Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio

Science Researcher and Educator. PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidate. PoSSUM-13 Ambassador and STEM coordinator

Average Post Engagement:

7

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

To promote opportunities and share accomplishments of fellow World Changers in STEM & Social Change ranging from middle school to professionals. My goal is to lift voices with Diversity, Equity and inclusion in mind . I love to celebrate Multiculturalism in STEM

Number of Followers:

720

Industry:

Educator, Scientist, PoSSUM 13 ambassador, PoSSUM scientist-astronaut candidate

 

Who am I:

My goal is to lift voices with Diversity, Equity and inclusion in mind . I love to celebrate Multiculturalism in STEM. My purpose is to open doors for world changers interested in the STEM fields and celebrate the Multiculturalism in STEM & innovative accomplishments

What I do:

I am a scientist and an educator.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I am deeply committed to encouraging, supporting, and providing opportunities to students and young professionals who self-identify as women, black, Indigenous, people of color, genderqueer, or non-binary in computing, science, engineering and technology.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow individuals who are pioneers in the STEM fields, STEM advocates and fellow researchers and educators who promote the beauty of STEM, celebrate success of their peers and lift voices. Such examples of gracious and brilliant individuals I follow Dr. Shawna Pandya, Ms Yvette Gonzalez, Dr. Sian Proctor, Ms. Bailey Burns, Ms Ralinda Watts andMr. Orpheus Crutchfield.

My favourite or most successful post:

I have a tie between two posts I consider my favorites because one discusses the importance of representation, multiculturalism and social justice in the STEM curriculum in the United States.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aidyl-gonzalez-serricchio_the-importance-of-social-justice-and-representation-activity-6767637569569206272-5aj7

The second is celebrating a scientist who saved globally our lives in the development of the COVID vaccine who is brilliant and an inspiration for future world changers in the BIPOC community

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aidyl-gonzalez-serricchio_sars-cov-2-mrna-vaccine-development-enabled-activity-6743010791751987200-93ro

Yvette Gonzalez

Yvette Gonzalez

Space Science | Bioastronautics Researcher at International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)

Average Post Engagement:

5

Country:

Germany

What I use Linkedin for:

Building community as a call to action, fostering connections, remaining plugged in, and exchanging meaningful information to help other progress in the industry. For me, LinkedIn is a launchpad for action & collaborations.

Number of Followers:

3,674

Industry:

Space

 

Who am I:

I am a catalyst passionate about bridging the 'last mile' access to marginalized communities to space, science, research, international development, and aerospace technology. I am a firm believer in equity in access to information and opportunities will help solve some of Earth's pressing challenges.

What I do:

I simultaneously (a) conduct bioastronautics research to bridge space tech to solve Earth challenges while (b) rebuilding communities in active war, conflict, natural disasters, and epidemiological outbreaks. Applying space tech solutions to complex and adverse contexts to ultimately help revitalize and empower communities to be lead decision-makers for their futures.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I connect here then put relationships into action. I actively share opportunities & connect people to ensure doors are left open behind me. I do my best to create connection so that our community benefits and we grow.

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow inspiring colleagues who engage positively, propel others, exchange relevant content from the industry at large, provide productive content, serve as champions for others, offer mentorship to others, and enable access to underrepresented colleagues.

My favourite or most successful post:

I've been on here a while!

*** One memorable one which is dear to my heart, is a post from 2019 working in the field with my fellow female International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) researchers.

What struck me is that I did not even caption the photo, but we as a female research team coordinated posting it on the same day.

It received almost 1,800 views. Someone even commented "No words needed"! : ) What I found remarkable was that it was a fun moment captured while we conducted geological testing at an Apollo training site in Flagstaff, AZ with IIAS.

The power of photos to communicate unity & science in action is telling! ***

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/yvette-gonzalez-45610a3_activity-6633170277700251649-ZzJE

Lynn Frederick Dsouza

Lynn Frederick Dsouza

National President of the Aviation Council at WICCI | Founder & Director - ESPIRIDI || Aviation Strategist | Engineer

Average Post Engagement:

5

Country:

India

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking

Number of Followers:

9,776

Industry:

Aviation

 

Who am I:

I am the National President of the Aviation Council at the Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an Aviation Strategist - Founder & Director - ESPIRIDI . I am a firmly believe in equality and in building an inclusive workspace for women aviators. I am passionate about innovation and I help incubate startups as well as provide consultation.

What I do:

I am an Aviation Strategist and work with governments, universities and corporates towards helping aviation startups build a safer, secure and sustainable future, at ESPIRIDI. I am passionate about innovation and I help incubate aviation startups as well as provide consultation.

At the WICCI National Aviation Council, we help build a more inclusive and sustainable future for Indian women in the aviation field. I lead a team of 24 national council members where we work towards policy recommendations, articles and publications, podcasts, webinars, workshops, internships, conferences, summits, etc. We have a Covid Recovery and Response Team where we constantly collect insights to come up with new ways to overcome the challenges and uncertainties due to Covid as well as aid in the restart.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

You can follow me if you are interested in innovation, disruption, sustainability, inclusion in aviation and share similar values and goals. Also, If you wish to gain insights and updates on my work and the aviation industry

Who I follow on Linkedin:

I follow various governments, universities, corporates and organizations who are connected with aviation as we collaborate on various projects and follow insights and policies.

My favourite or most successful post:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/lynnfrederickdsouza_wicciin-wicciindia-indianaviation-activity-6709790666660089856-AQj9

This is my favourite post as this was when I was nominated as the National President of the Aviation Council at the Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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-Matty

 

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