ILTA Announces History-Making NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly to Speak at ILTA 2023
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ILTA Announces History-Making NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly to Speak at ILTA 2023

ILTA is excited to announce that attendees at our next annual conference (May 22-24, 2023) will hear from Captain Scott Kelly, the first astronaut to complete a full year in space mission. Captain Kelly will speak to our conference attendees about the leadership lessons he has learned throughout his remarkable career, and how they apply down here on Earth just as well as they served him aboard the International Space Station. 

Scott Kelly is a retired United States Navy Captain, U.S. spaceflight record holder, and an experienced test pilot who logged more than 15,000 hours of flight time in more than 40 different aircraft and spacecraft.  

Captain Kelly has traveled more than 200 million miles, more than twice the distance to the Sun, and orbited the Earth more than 8,300 times. During his yearlong mission, known worldwide as the “Year in Space,” he conducted three spacewalks before returning home in March 2016. His Year in Space Mission was chronicled in a Time Magazine documentary series and an Emmy Award-winning PBS special.  

Kelly has received many awards and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was on the cover of TIME Magazine in December 2014 and was named one of its 100 Most Influential People in 2015. United States President Barrack Obama recognized Kelly in the 2015 State of the Union Address.  

Kelly is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a member of the Association of Space Explorers. He is a highly sought-after public speaker who exemplifies leadership while testing the limits of the human spirit and endurance. In 2016 he published a New York Times bestseller memoir Endurance, A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery. Published in 2022, his most recent book is Ready for Launch: An Astronaut’s Lessons for Success on Earth. More recently, he published Infinite Wonder – a collection of extraordinary images he photographed aboard the International Space Station, also a New York Times bestseller.  

Captain Kelly’s keynote will follow our previously announced keynote speaker, Generational Workforce expert Jason Dorsey.  Stay tuned for more announcements of our distinguished and exciting keynote and plenary panel speakers!   

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