Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Mike Massimino | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, NASA Astronaut, Columbia Professor, Bestselling Author, TV Personality
New York
Explore the final frontier of teamwork, leadership, and innovation with Mike Massimino, speaker, NASA astronaut, and space mission veteran.

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How A Team Culture Fuels High Performance
A Formula One team has to design, manufacture, develop and operate a high performance vehicle which combines technologies from aerospace, automotive and ICT. Compliance is essential, so too ensuring that the cars are safe, reliable and high performing. Deadlines cannot be missed; the Grand Prix which includes the FIA Formula One World Championships represents a series of non-negotiable deadlines.
Teamwork is key; the top teams have 1000 staff, only 10% of whom attend the races, so the high performance teamwork starts weeks, months and years before an event in the research & development facilities and factories where these fascinating Formula One machines are developed.

Trackside, the high performance teamwork continues, perfectly exemplified by the pit crews who can execute precision pit stops in 2 seconds.
Developing the right team behaviour and culture is a key focus for the leadership teams. This means ensuring that everyone is accountable, takes responsibility and understands the importance of avoiding silo-mentality and embracing cross functional communications.
Alignment behind the team’s strategies and ambitious goals is vital, so too having the agility to flex strategy in the face of constant changes in technology and the performance of competitors.
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Taking Your Team To The Top
This keynote covers Resilience, Growth Mindsets, Performance mindsets, Goal Setting, Planning, Team Dynamics, Overcoming Setbacks, Risk, Collaboration, performing under pressure, Achieving things against the odds, Stepping outside your comfort zone, decision making, trust, Challenge & Support, celebrating success.
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Leadership: Take Control To Lead And Succeed
How to be an effective leader and bring the best out of your team, considering the challenges we face? Using the latest data and her interviews with top business minds, Mariana will share her 3UP Method for managers and employees to turn the current uncertainty and migration of talent into a unique leadership opportunity. In this session attendees will learn to preach optimism (because no one wants to follow a pessimistic leader) and specific ‘action items’ to reclaim their power, lessen their fear of failure and the imposter syndrome. This session will leave your attendees empowered to meet the moment.
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Mike Massimino | Speaker Biography

Mike Massimino, a former NASA astronaut, is currently a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University and the senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. He obtained a BS from Columbia University, as well as MS degrees in mechanical engineering and technology and policy, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prior to his academic career, Mike worked as an engineer at IBM, NASA, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. He also held academic appointments at Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1996, Mike was selected as an astronaut by NASA and went on to complete two space flights. He participated in the fourth and fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions in 2002 and 2009, respectively. Notably, Mike holds the team record for the most hours spent spacewalking during a single space shuttle mission. He also achieved the distinction of being the first person to tweet from space. Throughout his NASA tenure, Mike was honored with two NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Flight Achievement Award from the American Astronautical Society, and the Star of Italian Solidarity.

Mike has made numerous television appearances, including a recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. He has also hosted Science Channel's The Planets and its special Great American Eclipse. Additionally, he is featured in National Geographic Channel's series One Strange Rock and serves as the host for Science Channel's series The Planets and Beyond. Mike frequently appears as a guest on television news and talk show programs, such as NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, and CNN. He has also been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, as well as on StarTalk radio and television shows.

Mike's book, Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has garnered rave reviews and achieved New York Times best-seller status. In April 2020, he published a new book titled Spaceman: The True Story of a Young Boy's Journey to Becoming an Astronaut, which is a young adult version of his previously published autobiography. Mike has received several accolades, including the 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Columbia University Community Impact Outstanding Community Service Award, the 2017 National Space Club Communications Award, and induction into the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2018. As a tribute to his upbringing, the street where Mike grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island, has been renamed "Mike Massimino Street."

When speaking to audiences, Mike shares personal stories that inspire, showcase innovation, teamwork, and leadership. Drawing from his experiences as a NASA astronaut, he emphasizes the pursuit and achievement of childhood dreams, the dedication and teamwork required for NASA's challenging space missions, the resilience needed to overcome tragedies like the Columbia space shuttle accident, and the resourcefulness and leadership necessary to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in space and beyond. Through humor and storytelling, Mike imparts the importance of passion for one's work, perseverance in achieving goals, the power of teamwork in tackling significant challenges, and the role of creativity and innovation in problem-solving. Moreover, he instills awe and appreciation for the beauty of space, while sharing his insights on the future, both on a personal level and within the ever-evolving and competitive space program.

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