“Speaker - Astronaut - Executive"
For 21 years, Ed Gibson held the American record for time in space, having spent 84 straight days aboard
his 14-year career with NASA, Ed served on the support crew of the
Apollo 12 mission and was the ground communicator with the flight crew
as they explored the moon. He earned Air Force wings and logged over
2,200 hours in high-performance aircraft and 100 hours in helicopters.
Ed earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the
his NASA career, Ed excelled in program management and marketing with
Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and TRW. He later served as the president of
the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and his own consulting
company, Gibson International. He is recently retired as Senior Vice
President and Contract Manager with Science Applications International
Motivation • Leadership • Management • Adventure • Humor
Dr. Edward Gibson brings a wealth of experience, an intriguing background, and captivating anecdotes to each presentation.
Astronaut - 84 record breaking days in space
Executive - 25 years of innovative business leadership
Author - 2 novels, 1 highly acclaimed textbook, well published articles
Scienist - Ph.D. in engineering and Physics from California Institute of Technology and 14 years as a ground breaking NASA researcher.
With an impressive and diverse professional portfolio, Ed has a wide range of presentation topics to motivate, captivate, and energize any audience. Tailored to meet your event's objectives and audience needs, his presentations have consistently garnered high praise and earned him a reputation as a fascinatingly effective speaker.
Whether addressing 80,000 cheering football fans during a San Francisco 49ers' halftime show, delivering a speech to a standing room only audience of 3,000 in Rochester, New York's Eastman Theater, leading a discussion with 1,100 members of the Explorers Club in New York City or motivating 2,500 University of Texas Medical College graduates during a commencement address, Ed has enthralled hundreds of diverse audiences.
Speech Topic: Leadership and Space Flight
Late U.S. President John F. Kennedy launched
While most managers possess a reasonable level of administrative ability to accomplish tasks that flow from a declared goal, the qualities that distinguish true leaders are much less common, a situation as true today as it was in 1961 when President Kennedy issued his national challenge.
weaves absorbing descriptions of the experience of spaceflight into
clear identifications of leadership qualities of the early pioneers who
set the stage, the rocketry spearhead, the political leader who
inspired a nation, astronauts who set the bar high, and dynamic heroes
on the ground who compelled success in technical development and
Speech Topic: Our Greatest Adventure - Spaceflight
Just as explorers, and later
settlers, sailed the seas and spread across our continent, humans now
leave our planet and venture into space. From liftoff and space walks
to re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, the audience is absorbed and
entranced by a world that only a handful of humans have ever
over Earth at a serene five miles per second, living months without
gravity, and watching Earth’s features become as familiar as the face
of an old friend, Ed intrigues audiences with personal experiences
gained during his 35-million-mile flight into space. With touches of
humor, he puts the mind of the audience into the spacecraft to enjoy
the sensations and emotions felt exclusively by those few humans who’ve
led our outward thrusts into the universe around us — astronauts and
Speech Topic: Management and Space FlightHumankind’s most ambitious and exciting venture — human flight to the moon — succeeded beyond all expectations. Adherence to the basic principles of good management guided by common sense led the way. The early management of the space program set the bar at unprecedented heights. However, in subsequent years, mediocrity crept in, lowered performance, and escalated costs as national leadership ignored the very principles that enabled earlier success.
As Ed describes the triumphs of America’s space program during the Apollo era, he identifies the seven basic principles of good management that led to success — principles that apply to any endeavor, public, private, or non-profit. Integrating personal experiences from liftoff and space walks to re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, Ed illustrates the ability to initiate action, focus on the mission, organize lean, competent teams, motivate and properly support staff, and lastly, get out of the way.
The presentation is enriched by Ed’s ability to creatively put the listener’s mind in the spacecraft to experience flight. Through humor and an insightful perspective into America’s opportunities in space, he demonstrates how solid management can enable the U.S. to maintain and extend its leading role in space exploration.
“You did an amazing job at our customer appreciation event for us. Those customers are still talking about it!”
- Debra DeCristofaro, Microsoft Corporation, New York
“As emcee for the evening, I must say they scored a coup landing you as their speaker. You had the audience in the palm of your hand with just the right mixture of humor and information!” - Ned Foster, Newscaster, KTAR 620 AM (Phoenix)
“Your role as keynote far exceeded any I have heard in the past. Your ease at the podium, your sense of humor, and your stories of space flight truly captivated the audience and added a depth to the banquet that is unsurpassed.”
- James Woods, Federal Aviation Administration
“Dr. Gibson’s awe-inspiring slides and unique presentation were very well received by the audience. Everyone agrees he is an excellent presenter and has a very special set of experiences to speak about.” - Adela Awner, American Red Cross
“Over three hundred people filled the banquet facility to hear Dr. Gibson’s presentation based on his experiences as a NASA Scientist Astronaut. They were not disappointed. Aviation enthusiasts and other guests as well were unanimous in expressing their acclaim for the program.”
- James Burch, Aviation Safety Group of Arizona