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  • Kathy Sullivan - the first person to both fly in space and dive to the deepest point in the ocean - explores the human condition through the life journeys of her guests, people from all walks of life and levels of fame whose stories will inspire, inform and amuse you. Along the way Kathy shares her own stories of lessons learned, obstacles overcome and crazy moments from her unique career in space, the deep sea, government and business. 

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  • May 19 2022
    Three-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith is a coach, public speaker, and basketball icon. Katie attended Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Life and Human Sciences and, during her freshman year, led the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA title game. In 2014, Katie earned her Master’s degree in Medical Dietetics. She won two WNBA Championships with the Detroit Shock and two ABL Championships with the Columbus Quest. Katie was also a seven-time WNBA All-Star and is named among the WNBA All-Decade team. Katie was Head Coach of the WNBA New York Liberty and served as an analyst for women’s collegiate basketball at ESPN. In 2020, Katie joined the Minnesota Lynx to serve as its official Assistant Coach. Katie joins us today to share the motivation, work, and learning it takes to be the best in any endeavor. You’ll hear about her journey to becoming an Olympic athlete and coach. She outlines insights on coaching she picked up while she was still an athlete and discusses the value of communication in coaching. You’ll also learn about the factors that make great coaches and going for gold in your field. “Take pride in whatever you’re doing–school, sports, mowing the lawn–whatever it is, do it at a level where you can take pride in and other people don’t have to correct you.” - Katie Smith This week on Kathy Sullivan Explores: Katie’s childhood and her road to becoming an MVP college basketball player, Olympic athlete, and coach Where Katie’s motivation and drive to do well comes from Her recruitment into collegiate sports and how she realized she was meant for sports and not dentistry How Katie started her career in the Olympics Katie’s first Olympic ceremony and what it feels like to represent your country as an Olympic athlete Why getting selected as an astronaut is similar to becoming an Olympic athlete Instilling work ethic in people and creating motivation The insights Katie picked up from her coaches The importance of communication in coaching Katie’s pathway from athlete to coach and the lessons she learned along the way The time commitment involved in being a sports coach Katie’s thoughts on Name, Image, and Likeness in collegiate sports Her advice to young people figuring out their way through life and career Our Favorite Quotes: “The best coaches are confident enough to allow us to be ourselves. They embrace what we bring to the table: personality or game.” - Katie Smith “All the things we do come together to make us who we are.” - Katie Smith Connect with Katie Smith: Katie Smith Website Spaceship Not Required I’m Kathy Sullivan, the only person to have walked in space and gone to the deepest point in the ocean. I’m an explorer, and that doesn’t always have to involve going to some remote or exotic place. It simply requires a commitment to put curiosity into action. In this podcast, you can explore, reflecting on lessons learned from life so far and from my brilliant and ever-inquisitive guests. We explore together in this very moment from right where you are--spaceship not required. Welcome to Kathy Sullivan Explores. Visit my website atkathysullivanexplores.com to sign up for seven astronaut tips to improving your life on earth and be the first to discover future episodes and learn about more exciting adventures ahead! Don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts! Spotify IStitcher IApple Podcasts I iHeart Radio ITuneIn IGoogle IAmazon Music. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    51 mins
  • May 12 2022
    One of the coolest assignments I had back in my early astronaut days was being the science equipment operator aboard NASA’s WB-57F aircraft. It was 1982 when I flew an unusual mission not only because of the sinister feel of the WB-57F or the assignment’s details, but also because of what came after it—and the foreboding I felt that night seems confirmed by recent events far too often. In this episode, you’ll hear about the UFO sighting that defined one of my early missions as an astronaut. I discuss NASA’s WB-57F aircraft and describe why astronauts get picked for science operator roles. I also explain how public distrust can lead to social collapse and underscore the importance of creating a common ground with everyone, every day. “The spread of this could atomize everything—shatter social structures into fragments of individuals awashed in distrust of everything except their own experiences and perceptions.” - Kathy Sullivan This week on Kathy Sullivan Explores: My assignment aboard the NASA WB-57F aircraft What the WB-57F aircraft’s like, its uses in science, and what makes it sinister A UFO sighting and the public’s perception of it The long-term implications of distrust Our Favorite Quotes: “They had seen a UFO, and dismissed the explanation out of hand. My laughter soon gave way to worry as I deeply thought about the long-term implications of this mindset.” “We can each do something within our own circle to build a piece of common ground with those around us regardless of their views. No matter how small that may be, it will matter.” - Kathy Sullivan Spaceship Not Required I’m Kathy Sullivan, the only person to have walked in space and gone to the deepest point in the ocean. I’m an explorer, and that doesn’t always have to involve going to some remote or exotic place. It simply requires a commitment to put curiosity into action. In this podcast, you can explore, reflecting on lessons learned from life so far and from my brilliant and ever-inquisitive guests. We explore together in this very moment from right where you are--spaceship not required. Welcome to Kathy Sullivan Explores. Visit my website atkathysullivanexplores.com to sign up for seven astronaut tips to improving your life on earth and be the first to discover future episodes and learn about more exciting adventures ahead! Don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts! Spotify IStitcher IApple Podcasts I iHeart Radio ITuneIn IGoogle IAmazon Music. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    8 mins
  • May 5 2022
    Steve Isakowitz is the President and CEO of the Aerospace Corporation, the only federally-funded research and development center for the United States’ space enterprise. A highly-regarded leader in the government, private, space, and technology sectors, Steve has served in prominent roles. These include serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy from 2007 to 2011 and the President of Virgin Galactic from 2011 to 2016. He was also the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA—a position he held from 2002 to 2006. Steve completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been awarded various accolades in recognition of his work, including NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. Steve joins us today to discuss the new space age. You’ll learn how his career in engineering was ignited by the Apollo mission and Stanley Kubrick’s classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. He discusses how seemingly random events and small kindnesses helped sustain his childhood interests. He describes the congested, contested, and commercial aerospace environment. He explains the notion of space as a service rather than a place and explores the topic of mining the moon. You’ll also gain insight into why space exploration is a great unifier of nations and how finding the right mentors can help spark your passion. “People think of space as ‘limitless,’ but as we do more in it, we need more global effort to regulate what we do in lower orbits and be more responsible.” - Steve Isakowitz This week on Kathy Sullivan Explores: The young Steve Isakowitz and his journey into the aerospace industry One of the biggest challenges of the U.S. space program Why sports are a great way to learn organizational management Steve’s academic path and the importance of mentors in your career His stints in government and the lessons he learned from them The 1986 Challenger explosion and how government policies drive the space industry Steve’s thoughts on space tourism and cleaning debris in the low Earth orbit The Long Duration Exposure Facility and how many countries participate in space programs The evolving business dynamics of the space industry International cooperation and science diplomacy through space programs The ISRU and the plans to mine the moon Steve’s favorite math equation and his love for The Martian His advice to young people for navigating life and career Our Favorite Quotes: “Education is the one thing that can’t be taken from you.” - Steve Isakowitz “It’s one thing to have the ‘spark,’ but it’s the little things along the way that make the difference— that keep the fire burning in you and make you want to keep going.” - Steve Isakowitz Connect with Steve Isakowitz: Aerospace Aerospace on LinkedIn Aerospace on Instagram Aerospace on Facebook Aerospace on Twitter Steve Isakowitz on LinkedIn Spaceship Not Required I’m Kathy Sullivan, the only person to have walked in space and gone to the deepest point in the ocean. I’m an explorer, and that doesn’t always have to involve going to some remote or exotic place. It simply requires a commitment to put curiosity into action. In this podcast, you can explore, reflecting on lessons learned from life so far and from my brilliant and ever-inquisitive guests. We explore together in this very moment from right where you are--spaceship not required. Welcome to Kathy Sullivan Explores. Visit my website atkathysullivanexplores.com to sign up for seven astronaut tips to improving your life on earth and be the first to discover future episodes and learn about more exciting adventures ahead! Don’t forget to leave a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts! Spotify IStitcher IApple Podcasts I iHeart Radio ITuneIn IGoogle IAmazon Music. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    1 hr

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