Leading Ladies Of… Defense & Space
2024 Annual Summit 

[and Careers Fair]

Virtual | 25th April 2024 | #leadingladiesof

9:00am-1:00pm PST / 12:00pm-4:00pm EST/ 5:00pm-9pm GMT

Maintaining Calm Amidst the Chaos

At this year’s summit we’ll be diving into how the changing global landscape, market dynamics and geopolitical conflicts are affecting the defense & space industry. Together we will address how companies and individuals can maintain a sense of calm amidst the chaos and how they can best position themselves to rise to new levels of success.

A look back at

Our 2023 Summit

Event Logistics

Our summits are designed to be affordable & accessible for everyone. The virtual Zoom Events Platform allows us to attract attendees from all across the globe.

Networking rooms and exhibit booths will be open from 8am-2pm PST, while the main content will be delivered from 9am-1pm PST. Structured networking opportunities will be available before & after the main content.

A Careers Fair will run concurrently with the summit and will be open from 6:00am-6:00pm PST to accommodate different time zones.

Hours of Learning & Networking

Amazing Speakers



Why Sponsor

Attract Future Talent

Women in the workforce, students & transitioning military

Leadership & Education

Delivered by aerospace female role models

Speaking Opportunities

Position yourself as a leader in the Aerospace Industry

Global Brand Recognition

Aerospace professionals from many continents

Commitment to DE&I

Make a statement to your employees and future talent

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Draft Agenda

Past Speakers Include

COL Merryl Tengesdal (Ret)

COL Merryl Tengesdal (Ret)

AKA ‘Dragon Lady’

US Air Force

Cara Sindir

Cara Sindir

Chief Operating Officer

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense

Neela Rajendra

Neela Rajendra

Chief Inclusion Officer

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

LTG Dave Bassett

LTG Dave Bassett


Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

Chris Parrett

Chris Parrett

Director, Human Capital


US Space Force

Dr. Rebecca Grant

Dr. Rebecca Grant

National Security Analyst & Founder

IRIS Independent Research

Candace Williams

Candace Williams

Senior Manager, Cybersecurity Leadership

Raytheon Technologies & Founder, Cyb(H)er Ally

Kate Casey

Kate Casey

Army/Air Force Aftermarket Operations Manager


Sonja Zeigler

Sonja Zeigler

Director of Specialty Engineering - New Glenn

Blue Origin

Karina Corkum

Karina Corkum

Sr., Mgr, Digital Manufacturing

Northrop Grumman

Speaker Highlights from the 2023 Summit

Overcoming DE&I Fatigue

Like Father, Like Daughter: Why Allyship Needs To Start At Home

Weathering The Storm: How To Make Global Uncertainty Work For Your Business

Defense & Space Market Outlook